Ways To Give Program
The Ways to Give program is an opportunity for members and supporters to get creative and help raise funds for the organization. From your own backyard to the top of Mount Everest, the opportunities for members to contribute to PASA with their own unique event or promotion 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.
Examples of on-going Ways to Give activities and other notable projects:
Earth Week Celebration a Huge Success
Dine Fresh, Dine Local for PASA
Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering in State College (Centre County) is a quintessential Buy Fresh Buy Local® Partner and long-time PASA supporter. They have raised over $1,300 for PASA during multiple fundraisers at their State College eatery. Their creative approach involves contributing 20% of guest checks to PASA during week-long events, when diners tell service staff they are dining to support PASA. What a delicious approach to fundraising!
Art on the Farm provided a unique opportunity for guests to experience live art and local food. Area painters, ceramicists, fiber & performance artists engaged "en plein air" and guests were given a map of the Dickinson College Farm to interact with these artists in action. An amazing menu featuring local ingredients and samplings of craft beer and local wines were offered. The night culminated with a live and silent auction. Funds were raised for both PASA and the Carlisle Arts & Learning Center (CALC). A big thank you goes out to the organizers at the Dickinson College Farm & CALC for generating $4,200 for PASA.
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. We are touched by the generosity of so many! With 66 donors, PASA was tenth out of 74 organizations in the number of donors, putting us on the map in the region! We raised $4,915 throughout the two days and we received an additional matched gift from the of $1,184. We raised $6,099 total! We cannot thank everyone enough for your gifts of support.
Held every two years since 1949, the Pillsbury Bake-Off competition brings in thousands of contestants from all over the country, all vying for the $1 million prize. This March, Michael Klein, editor/producer of philly.com/food, took on the amazing challenge to judge, making his way through everything from falafel sandwiches to cherry chocolate pudding cake. Upon a full day of judging, and surely a full stomach, the judges were awarded a $500 gift to give to the charity of their choice. We are quite honored Michael chose to direct this donation to PASA - what an exciting act of generosity!
Philly.com is a valuable friend of PASA. In April, they were a media sponsor for Philly Farm & Food Fest. Our appreciation for their continued support of PASA goes beyond measure. To learn more about Michael Klein and to hear more about his experiences as judge, please visit philly.com/pillsbury.
Earth Week Celebration with Four Seasons
Four Seasons Produce in Lancaster County is a loyal contributor. On Earth Day 2012, the fruit and vegetable wholesaler hosted its fifth annual Earth Week celebration to benefit PASA. In Spring 2008 they called us to inquire if they could give PASA a percentage of the sale of each case of organic produce sold for one week, as they promoted the environmental sustainability measures they had applied to their plant. Our enthusiastic “Yes and thank you!” in 2008 has grown into an annual event resulting in over $70,000 in donations to PASA to date. PASA members Lady Moon Farms and Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms have contributed to this fundraiser too. This generous act has inspired our Development Staff to build the “Ways to Give” program, inviting others to design and hold fundraisers on behalf of the organization. Thank you for the ‘wind beneath our wings’ Four Seasons!
Long time friends and PASA Business Member, Tait Farm Foods generously donated 30% of every online order the first half of May 2012. Guests of the website were able to stock up on their favorite Tait produce - just in time for summer, Mother's Day, graduations and weddings - all while supporting PASA. We are honored to have partnered with our long time friends at Tait, their continued support and loyalty to PASA is touching!
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PASA Members Climb Mount Everest for PASA
Early May 2012, PASA member Steve Marks and son Randy of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, climbed Mount Everest for the second consecutive year in a Trek for PASA. These two exceptional men collected financial pledges and went to incredible heights for PASA! With the help of loyal sponsors and supporters, this fundraiser raised over $1,800.
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!
For a third year running, Elk Creek Café + Aleworks in Millheim held a Local Harvest Supper in October to benefit the Centre County Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter. This annual celebration is a chance to honor the farmers that supply the café throughout the year with fresh local ingredients, while raising funds for the campaign. The culinary mastery of Chef Mark presented a host of dishes that were pared with Elk Creek Microbrews. The dinner raised $330 for BFBL.