No one recalls it ever happening before: two local groups coming together to raise money for businesses and non-profit agencies in the wake of a natural disaster.
It occurred in the aftermath of last year's flooding.
The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania ended up raising hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the effort.
As the flood waters still were receding, Vince Matteo, chamber president, contacted Scott Lowery, Lycoming United Way executive director, and Jennifer Wilson, foundation president.
The question: What could they do?
Other community leaders and government officials, including the Lycoming County commissioners, got involved.
It was decided, Matteo recalled, to have the chamber and foundation collect money with the funds given out to those hit by flooding.
The chamber was to concentrate its efforts on businesses and the foundation was responsible for non-profit agencies.
The foundation doled out $264,725 from its disaster relief fund with 10 agencies receiving dollars.
The chamber gathered $62,750 for businesses.
"Between the two of them, we raised in no time over $300,000," Matteo recalled. "It shows the generosity of this community."
Matteo said all the money raised was given out, too, although there was thought of keeping money in reserve in case of another flood or disaster.
But given the outpouring of generous support, it was felt the community would certainly respond again in similar fashion, if called upon.