JERSEY?SHORE - Bonner Sports & RV (BSRV), Jersey Shore, recently announced the winner of its Vote for Charity program. Vying for the top prize of $750 were: The Williamsport YWCA, Journey House (New Covenant United Church of Christ), The Jersey Shore YMCA, Red Cross Disaster Relief, and the Central PA Food Bank.
According to Bob Reeder, president and owner of BSRV, "the non-profits were selected by my employee team. They enjoyed being included since they all contribute to the business's success and its ability to give back to the community."
Each non-profit was essentially a winner in that when Reeder set-up this program, he designated that each non-profit would receive a $500 base donation for participating. Then, as a way to increase the donation and add some friendly competition, he pledged to donate an additional amount to the non-profit that received the most votes submitted via ballot at any of the community events BSRV attended in 2013, plus at their retail location on Route 44 North in Pine Creek.
Shown from left are Rob Phillips and Dave George, both of Bonner Sports & RV; Jamie Caputo, Central PA Food Bank branch director; Tom Szulanczyk, American Red Cross chapter executive; Anna Thompson, YWCA of Northcentral PA communications and development manager; Samantha Gonzalez, YWCA intern; Nate Metzger, Bonner Sports and Bob Reeder, Bonner Sports president.
The Northcentral Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross received the most votes.
According to Tom Szulanczyk, chapter executive, "$750 can provide a tremendous amount of assistance. For example, that can furnish 30 hot meals, blankets, and comfort kits to disaster clients, and provide training for 10 disaster action team members. This donation will help stretch our funding dollars even farther to serve more individuals in Lycoming County. We are incredibly thankful."
Journey House is a four apartment transitional living facility for homeless families, owned and run by New Covenant United Church of Christ.
The Williamsport YWCA's focus is on helping people build better lives through Wise Options, Liberty House, and many other outreach, educational and enrichment initiatives.
The Jersey Shore YMCA has been serving Jersey Shore for over 100 years and is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes more than 22 million pounds of food and grocery products every year to more than 700 soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties.
American Red Cross disaster relief. Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions.