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This year will mark the fifth year that local organizations and communities have joined forces to help fight pediatric cancer and raise funds to benefit the ThinkBIG® Pediatric Cancer Fund. The Going Gold initiative, which began in 2015, continues to expand. To date, this initiative has raised $42,800. This year’s remaining Going Gold kickoff events are scheduled for tonight, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at Marley’s Brewery & Grille in Bloomsburg; and Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Brendan’s Towne Tavern in Lewisburg.
Each event will feature a proclamation, entertainment, and much more. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Going Gold shirts will be sold during the events for $15. In September, shirts will also be available at any Service 1st Federal Credit Union location, while supplies last. Marley’s and Old Forge have collaborated on a special brew called Gold Dust pale ale for this year’s Going Gold initiative. $1 from each pint of Gold Dust purchased throughout the month will be donated to this cause. Additionally, Rusty Rail Brewing Company is donating $1 from every goblet of their Fool’s Gold that is sold during September. All proceeds will benefit the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. Additionally, other events throughout the month of September will also benefit ThinkBIG, including at Chamber members Columbia Colonnade and Nickle Plate Bar & Grill. See the complete list of events and ways to support this initiative.
- Camp Victory will host its annual Community Open House on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 12-3 p.m. This free afternoon of family fun includes its rock climbing wall, zip line and paddle boats on the pond as well as hot dogs, ice cream, drinks, an arts and crafts project, a moon bounce, wagon rides and live music. at 1 p.m., there will also be a ribbon cutting to celebrate the recent expansion of the Welcome Center.
Service 1st Federal Credit Union held its 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 23 at Frosty Valley Resort. During the tournament, Service 1st presented three local charities with donations totaling $60,000. “Every year, I am amazed by the generosity of our golfers and sponsors,” said Bill Lavage, President/CEO, Service 1st. “To raise $60,000 to donate to three charities is wonderful. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who was a part of our outing.” Funds raised were combined with those from Service 1st’s Eighth Annual Charity Duck Derby on Aug. 3 and were presented during the tournament to Bridges Out of Poverty, Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, and the Mifflinburg Hose Company. Since 1994, Service 1st’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament has raised $513,500 to benefit area charities. This year’s tournament included 137 golfers, numerous volunteers, sponsors, and fellow credit unions.
- The PPL Foundation has awarded the Children’s Museum $50,000 for improvements in ADA accessibility, exhibits, and building infrastructure. The funds will be used to enhance visitor and workplace accessibility through the addition of an entrance ramp and ADA compliant workstations and check-in desk. A rotating exhibit space is planned in the first room of the Museum. This space provided a secure and controlled environment which allows the Museum to obtain on-loan exhibits from other institutions and individuals. The funds will also improve the building’s HVAC system to increase efficiency and comfort of visitors.