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Extraordinary Give


COBYS Family Services is gearing up for the fourth annual ExtraOrdinary Give, Lancaster County's largest day of giving. COBYS is one of 365 local organizations participating in this 24-hour giving marathon.

Every dollar donated at on November 20 will be stretched with at least $300,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Rodgers & Associates, and other corporate sponsors. In addition, at least $50,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Here's how it works: With credit card in hand, donors simply need to visit between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 20, choose COBYS from the list of organizations, and give a donation of $25 or more.

The "stretch fund" will be divided proportionately among participating organizations. The more our donors give, the greater COBYS' proportion of the $300,000. For example, if a total of $5 million is given to all organizations and COBYS receives $50,000 from its donors, we would receive one percent or $3,000 of the match.

On top of the match, an additional $50,000 will be awarded in prizes. The first 10 organizations to receive 50 "unique gifts" will earn a $1,000 Early Bird prize. We are looking for people to give at the stroke of midnight to help us win an Early Bird Prize for the fourth year in a row! (A unique gift is one person giving with one credit card. A couple can give two unique gifts if they use two different credit cards.)

In addition, during certain time periods, individual donations will be randomly selected. If a COBYS donor is chosen, sponsors will add $1,000 to that donation. The more individual donations COBYS receives during designated times, the greater our chance of winning one or more prizes. Click here to learn more about prizes and the best times to give.

This year COBYS is joining hands with Brethren Village to host a giving station at the Village. Stop in at Chives American Grill (Fieldcrest C) between 11 am and 2 pm to make your online donation to COBYS, Brethren Village, or other participating organizations and receive a COBYS tote bag (ideal for grocery shopping) as our thank you gift. Computers will be set up and development staff from COBYS and Brethren Village will be available to assist. While you are there you can grab a treat and view the live leader board to see how your favorite organizations are faring. If you already gave, feel free to stop in just to say hello and pick up a tote bag (while supplies last).

Last year, COBYS finished 25th in dollars raised out of 306 organizations. COBYS donors gave $38,915-an increase of about $5,000 from the previous year. Included in that figure was nearly $3,000 from first time donors and a $1,000 Early Bird prize. It took just 12 minutes for COBYS supporters to reach 50 donations to win the prize.

Please mark your calendar, tell your friends, and remember COBYS on November 20. Additional information will be mailed to COBYS supporters with a year-end appeal letter in mid-November. If you know a potential donor who doesn't have access to a computer or just have questions about the ExtraOrdinary Give, contact Don Fitzkee at 717-656-6580 or




The 19th annual COBYS Bike & Hike, held Sunday, September 13, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, raised a record amount of money to support the ministries of COBYS Family Services.

A total of 469 participants raised more than $118,000, a jump of nearly $10,000 from last year's previous record amount. Event income increased for the 16th consecutive year.

Bike & Hike participants choose from a three-mile walk through Lititz, 10- and 25-mile bicycle rides, and a 60-mile motorcycle ride. They pay a registration fee, enlist support from sponsors, or both. A total of 469 people participated in the walk or rides, including 196 walkers, 143 bicyclists, and 130 motorcyclists on 84 cycles, along with some friends who stopped in to visit and participate in the silent auction that ran throughout the afternoon.

Mari Cunningham, Lancaster, set a new record for individual fundraising, with her figure of $10,665, more than $4,000 higher than the previous best. Other top fundraisers were Floy Fitzkee, Manheim; $6,565; Londa Brandt, Manheim, $6,165; and Lucy de Perrot, Neffsville, $3,795. About 20 individuals or families gave or raised at least $1,000 for COBYS ministries.

Four Church of the Brethren (COB) youth groups earned a gym and pizza night by raising at least $1,500, including Little Swatara COB, Rehrersburg, which raised a record amount of $7,740. Others were West Green Tree COB, Elizabethtown, $3,200; Midway COB, Lebanon, $2,480; and Chiques COB Junior High, Manheim, $1,650.

The second annual silent auction at the Bike & Hike raised more than $3,100.

Some 90 businesses supported the event by donating more than $23,000 in cash, along with in kind gifts of grand prizes, auction items, food and supplies, and door prizes (see below). Lititz Church of the Brethren donated use of its facilities and Mt. Wilson Church of the Brethren, located near Colebrook, staffed the break stop for the motorcycle ride.

More than 50 volunteers staffed the event, including eight from Linden Hall in Lititz, which volunteered as part of the United Way Day of Caring that took place the weekend of the Bike & Hike.

Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services educates, supports, and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential. COBYS ministries include foster care and adoption services, counseling, and family life education. Proceeds from the Bike & Hike support these programs and services.

A photo gallery from the Bike & Hike is available on our Facebook page. Bike & Hike participant Glenn Riegel also shared these photos.

Special thanks to these business supporters:

Event Sponsor
2015 Event Sponsor - Hess Agency

Major Sponsors2015 Sponsors
Cocalico Automotive, Inc.
Fillmore Container
Speedwell Construction, Inc.
The Wenger Foundation

Ag-Industrial, Inc.
Bomberger's Store Inc.
BR Kreider & Son, Inc.
Design Data Corporation
Ebersole Brothers Construction, Inc.
Garcia Garman & Shea, PC
Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, LLP
Hawthorne Electric, Inc.
Oakmont Enterprises
Red Rose Pediatric Associates
Sam S. Smucker & Sons, Inc.
Scenic Ridge Company
Staffing Service USA
TCW Computer Systems, Inc.
The Furniture Doctor
Young & Young, Attorneys at Law

Grand Prize Donors
Bob Neff Tours, Inc.
Giant Food Store, LLC
Sight & Sound Theatres

Lititz Church of the Brethren
Mt. Wilson Church of the Brethren

ASK Foods, Inc.
Balsbaugh Insurance Agency, Inc.
Breakaway Snacks
Cassel Signs
Corey Showalter Home Improvements
Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc.
Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Hess Tent Rental
J. B. Zimmerman
Longenecker's Hardware
Messick Farm Equipment
North Group Consultants
Penway Construction, Inc.
S & A Paint & Repair
Spence Funeral & Cremation Services
Steffy Printing
The Country Store
Toothsmiths, Inc.
WJTL FM 90.3

Auction Donors
Blue Ridge Communications
Carl & Margaret Wenger
Conestoga Tours
Darryl & Abby Keiser
David & Tracy Bosis
Diane Hurst, Thirty-One Consultant
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Foxchase Golf Club & Banquet Facility
Halo Branded Solutions - Rick Bridgman
Henry Renn
Hurst House Bed & Breakfast
Jim & Pamela Ament
Kellye Martin, Thirty-One Consultant
Love Give Live Gallery & Gift Shop
Main Street Jewelers & Gifts
Miller's Christmas Tree Farm
My Digital
Outback Toys
Plum Salon and Spa
Primitives by Kathy, Inc.
Raymond Zimmerman
Shuey's Pretzels
Smith's Candies
The Castle Roller Skating Rink
Umberger's of Fontana

Crystal Springs Water Company
Four Seasons Produce
Herr Foods
Hess Brothers Fruit Company
John Herr's Village Market
Oregon Dairy
Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc.

Door Prizes
AMERIgreen Energy, Inc.
Clay Bookstore
Cocalico Automotive, Inc.
Country Table Restaurant, Bakery, Deli
Domaki Leathers
Esbenshade's Garden Centers
Family Chiropractic of Lancaster
Furman Home for Funerals
Good's Store
Halo Branded Solutions-Rick Bridgman
Harrisburg Senators Baseball Club
Kauffman's Bar-B-Q Restaurant
Keller Brothers Auto Company - Lititz
Keystone Pretzel Bakery
Landis Valley Associates
ModernEYES Optical
Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
Reist Popcorn Company
Rocky Springs Entertainment Center
S. Clyde Weaver, Inc.
Shuey's Pretzels
Smith's Candies
Stauffers of Kissel Hill
Tangles Salon, LLC
Village Greens Golf Inc.
Zig's Bakery & Cafe


The politically charged debate surrounding abortion sometimes drives people apart, but adoption is a life-affirming option that people of diverse perspectives can embrace.

COBYS Family Services has prepared a three-minute video segment for churches to use in their observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 20. The video highlights the story of Beverly, who received free birth parent counseling through COBYS and chose to make an adoption plan for her soon-to-be-born daughter.

View and download the video here. Or check it out on Facebook and help spread the word to your friends. DVDs also are available for congregations who request them.

For more information about COBYS Birth Parent Counseling services, please contact Melanie Swansfeger or go to





Annual Reports & Newsletters

November 2015 COBYS Connection Newsletter

Fall 2015 Fostering Hope Newsletter

August 2015 COBYS Connection Newsletter

Summer 2015 Fostering Hope Newsletter

Spring 2015 Fostering Hope Newsletter

February 2015 COBYS Connection Newsletter

2014 Annual Report/Contributors List

2014 Staff Christmas Card

Winter 2014 Fostering Hope Newsletter

November 2014 COBYS Connection Newsletter

Fall 2014 Fostering Hope Newsletter

August 2014 COBYS Connection Newsletter

Summer 2014 Fostering Hope Newsletter

April 2014 COBYS Connection Newsletter

Spring 2014 Fostering Hope Newsletter

February 2014 COBYS Connection Newsletter

2013 Annual Report/Contributors List

2013 Staff Christmas Card

Winter 2013 Fostering Hope Newsletter

November 2013 COBYS Connection Newsletter


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