FCFP hosts 5 counties in support of nonprofits

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette Attendees sampled wine and tried gourmet food pairings during The First Community Foundation Partnership's Corks and Forks fundraising event.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania held its annual celebration, this year titled Corks and Forks, at Herman and Luther’s event center on Route 87 Sunday afternoon.

While in past years the foundation has held two different events during the year, this celebration was an attempt to bring together Montour, Northumberland, Union Snyder and Lycoming counties, all of whom the foundation works closingly with.

“We felt like this was our year to invite everyone to one place,” Jennifer D. Wilson, president and CEO of the foundation, said. “To unite all of our communities.”

According to Wilson, the event was a success, selling the 220 tickets available.

“It shows what the foundation is doing, to sell out like this,” Herman Logue, foundation chairman, said. “The organization as a whole is very well respected.”

Attendees of the event were treated to wine tastings from four Pennsylvania and four New York wineries, as well as gourmet food pairings for each of the wines by Herman and Luther’s.

Along with the wining and dining, there were complimentary hot air balloon rides and a raffle for a sunset helicopter ride.

“We sat down and brainstormed a lot of ideas and this was the one we wanted to pursue,” Wilson said.

Proceeds for Sunday’s event will go into the foundation’s Friends of the Foundation Fund, which aids the foundation in raising money for local nonprofits, scholarships and grants.

“A lot of people give money for a specific purpose, which is great,” Tim Fitzgerald, a foundation board member, said. “Uncommitted dollars can meet all those other needs.”

Last year the foundation donated over $4 million to different nonprofits, according to Wilson, and donations to the fund are an important part of the process.

“It helps us do the most we can,” Wilson said.