Ways To Give Program
The Ways to Give program is an opportunity for members and supporters to get creative and contribute to PASA via their own unique event or promotion. From your own backyard to the top of Mount Everest, the opportunities for members to contribute to PASA are endless. Ways to Give events are meant to be hands on and offer opportunity for involvement with PASA, while helping to educate consumers, grow our membership, and help with community building.
The Steel Fork is donating 5% of the sales of their steel word signs made with recycled farm machinery to PASA. Visit www.thesteelfork.com to see these delightful hand crafts!
Recent past fundraisers,
thanks to our many creative supporters!
Whole Foods Co-op Natural Foods and Cafe, of Erie Pennsylvania, has raised $336 for PASA. Through the month of September, they collected donations from customers, and Whole Foods Co-op also contributed a matching donation.
Porktoberfest featured a celebration of Highland Games, music, a pig roast, and seasonal activities held at North Mountain Pastures farm in Perry County on October 5, 2013. This benefit event raised over $2,000 for PASA's Shon Seeley Legacy Fund for Sustainable Farming Education.
PASA participated in the Pittsburgh Day of Giving on October 3, 2013. A portion of donations raised through Pittsburgh Gives for participating nonprofit organizations will be matched by the Pittsburgh Foundation.
Art on the Farm was a collaborative event celebrating local art, food, farms, and cuisine, organized by the Dickinson College Farm and Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC). Guests enjoyed art "en plein aire" while feasting on hors d'oeuvres, a sampling of craft beers & wines, and a seasonal, local foods dinner, culminating with a live & silent art auction. All profits will be shared between PASA and CALC.
The Supper Club at The Greensburg Train Station, a farm-to-table restaurant, held a Local Foods Bash on Thursday evening, September 19, in recognition of Local Foods Month. This unique dining event showcased the best of the region's local foods, and they raised $1,200 to benefit PASA’s Arias Brownback Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Oyler's Organic Farms featured a Summer Harvest Farm Dinner and donated 5 dollars per ticket is to PASA. Oyler’s Organic Farms is an organic-certified, family farm and farm market in Biglerville (Adams County) and a member of South Central Buy Fresh Buy Local. Diners enjoyed a meal made from delicious farm-fresh seasonal ingredients served buffet-style on hay bale seating overlooking the farm.
Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering, a long-time Buy Fresh Buy Local® Partner and PASA supporter, held a "Dine Fresh Dine Local" fundraiser during Centre County Local Foods Week. They donated 20% of checks from guests who mentioned PASA or Buy Fresh Buy Local to PASA.
Paragon Foods is Pittsburgh's largest, independently owned fresh foods distributor and is the leader in local foods distribution. Over a decade ago, Paragon pioneered a local farm program to logistically bring local foods to area restaurants, and this program has grown tremendously since. Today Paragon works with over 25 local farms, and they are dedicated to increasing their positive impact on area growers. Paragon is celebrating 50 years in business this year, and to 'give back,' they donated 50 cents per case of local produce sold during the week of August 12th to PASA.
Village Acres Farm and Foodshed held a Pampered Chef gathering to benefit PASA. Attendees samples Pampered Chef kitchen tools and tasted dishes made with fresh, organic products. Thanks very much to this CSA farm for their support!
Fedco Seeds of Maine is a mail-order company encouraging sustainable growing methods and specializing in cold-hardy varieties. They offer a large selection of certified organic cultivars and heirloom varieties, as well as trees, plants and supplies for organic growers. They’ve been in the seed business since 1978 and fill nearly 40,000 orders annually. Fedco Seeds is a cooperative – this structure gives workers a real voice in running the company and a stake in its success. They love to ‘give back’ too, awarding over $10,000 annually to organizations that they feel are making a difference. PASA was seen as one of those organizations recently, and Fedco Seeds awarded PASA $400 towards educational programing. We are honored to have their support.
JRI Consulting, LLC has a new branch -- Kitchen Table Consultants, whose goal is “‘to help passionate farmers and food artisans build lasting, profitable, locally-focused businesses.” Kitchen Table Consultants contributes $50 to PASA for each new farm client they acquire, and contributions have totaled $450 this past year.
Rotary International is a service organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and build goodwill in the world. Nandu Desai, a member of the Rotary of State College, recently identified PASA as an organization that had aligned missions of ensuring clean water and working to combat hunger, and he asked the Walnut Creek Rotary Club Community Foundation of Walnut Creek, California, to make a contribution of $1,935 to PASA. We were honored to be the recipient of this generous contribution!
In lieu of payment for windsurfing lessons, Willem van den Berg of Better World Windsurfing School in Centre County asks students to donate directly to one of 20 non-profit organizations, including PASA. He has raised $170 for PASA this season.Visit betterworldwindsurfing.org to learn more.
What an event! We would like to give a special thank you to all our supporters who participated in Centre Gives, the 36-hour online day of giving opportunity on May 22 and 23, 2013. We are touched by the generosity of so many! With 63 donors, PASA raised $4,650 throughout the two days and we received an additional matched gift from the of $760. We raised $5,352 total! We cannot thank everyone enough for your gifts of support.
From April 13 - 20, Chatham University student Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee showcased an art installation providing a commentary on sustainable farming, displayed at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. The exhibition also featured information about PASA business partner East End Food Cooperative and their sustainable, member-owned business and food policies. Karchella-MacCumbee created Elm Leaf mementos for visitors: the elm tree is called the tree of justice, and these leaves symbolize the journey to the power we each hold through our educated consumerism. The event raised $75 in donations for PASA.