"What's happened in past"
the course of the last couple of months we have held fund raisers to help
raise some money and to get the word out to the communities. The first fund
raiser was a change drive held at the Coudersport Elementary School (April 1
thru April 8, 2009)with all the children being asked to collect as much
change as they could from family, friends and neighbors. In the course
of one week, the children collected $602.97 from 29 classes. Mrs. Gentzyl's class was the winner with a total collection of
$198.44 which also won them a pizza party donated by Fox's Pizza of
Coudersport. The Backpack program would like to thank the Staff and
Students of the Coudersport Elementary School for their participation and
Fox's Pizza for their donation of the pizza.
May 2nd, 2009 the Roulette Red Hatter's (It's All About Us - Mainly Me) held
a benefit Bake Sale in front of Coudersport Florists. Members of the
Hatter's and Backpack program donated homemade baked goods that brought in a
total of $256.00 in donations to help the program. The Red Hatters will
be holding a benefit Spaghetti Dinner in September to benefit the program as
well...with continued support we will be able to help more children in more
areas. Thanks to the Red Hatters for their continued support.
The Backpack program held a Bake Sale during the town wide yard sales in
Roulette on May 9th. Thanks to Fay Hauber for
donating the old 6B's Craft Barn area for us to setup our bake sale. In
a two hour time frame we collected around $75 in donations from the donated
baked goods. Thanks to all that donated and purchased the homemade
On May 3rd we
kicked off our first fund raising event with a change drive at the Eldred Elemntary school. From May 3rd to May 14th students
collected as much change as they could from family, friends and neighbors to
see which class could collect the most. At the end of the collection,
Ms. Boten's class was the winner. The class
was treated to a pizza party donated by Costa's Supermarket and Robin Mazurcawitz. The Backpack program supplied the
juice boxes for the pizza party. The total collection amount was
On May 15th we
held our second fund raiser for the year. A Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon was
held in Roulette with a 1 mile course setup. Approximately 25 people
participated between the hours of 9am and 4pm and raised over $850.
Participants were asked to solicit donations from family, friends and
neighbors. Participants used assorted means of getting around the 1
mile course...the methods ranged from riding a bike, to walking, roller blading or running. Prizes were given as follows:
Youngest walker - filled backpack, Oldest walker - Two Mile gift certificate
/ Most laps - MP3 player / Most money collected - skateboard and McDonalds
gift certificates. All the prizes were donated by local people and
businesses. Hot dogs and juice drinks donated by the Backpack program
were given to participants and purchased by people that were attending the
T-Ball game next to the start line. After a very long sunny day, Mia
Snyder and Jaminson Haskins won the most laps prize
with 42 & 43 laps each. Plans are starting for next years walk.
On July 9th we
attended the Jubilee in Elkland PA to get information out about the program
in that area. Unfortunatley we only collected
$28 worth of donations but at least we made an appearance in the area.
Elkland is one of the areas that we are planning on expanding in to.
Around the end of
June we started our next fundraiser. The organization purchased an Acer
Aspire One Netbook computer to raffle at a cost of
$271.03. Tickets will be sold for 1 for $1.00, 6 for $5.00 or 13 for
$10.00. The drawing was held on September 4th which cover's
the time frame of the kids going back to school or college. Ticket
printing was donated by TC Specialties of Coudersport. The winner of
the computer was Kathy Brook's son of Austin. The fundraiser raised
On July 12th we
started the collection of items to fill backpacks. In the first 3 weeks
we had received minimal donations. On July 29th we posted another
request for supplies stating that we were not getting what we felt we were
going to need for this year. The first filling of Backpacks is
scheduled for around the 2nd weekend in August. The Riverside United
Methodist Woman have donated their social hall to be used for the packing location.
By about the end of September we had distributed 521 backpacks in about 10 to
15 different towns.
On October 2nd we
had a community Chicken BBQ fundraiser with everyone invited and asked to
bring a dish to pass. Approximately 20 people showed up with others
stopping in and purchasing chicken dinners to take with them. The
Backpack program purchased the chicken at a cost of $49. Kenny Main
started cooking chicken about 8am on his donated portable grill so that we
were ready for early stop ins by people to pick up dinners to go. At
the end of the day we sold or had eaten all but about 20 pieces of chicken
that we put in the freezer and ended up selling the next day. This
fundraiser brought in about $217 after the price of the chicken. We will
be do another BBQ next year but it will be held earlier when there is better
fundraiser was started around the end of September. We held another
raffle for a Wal-Mart gift card and $250 cash. Tickets were sold at a
cost of $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The winners were drawn at the
Roulette Fire Hall by Richard Dugan. The first ticket drawn was Dorothy
Smith who won the $250 cash. This ticket was put back in to the bucket
and the 2nd ticket drawn was Joanne Freeman. Tickets did not sell real
well this year for some reason. This fundraiser only brought in about
$372. We will do this fund raiser again next year.
The paperwork to
file for 501(c)3 status was finally completed by Linda Hunt after about 1
year and 3 months of trying to get it completed and filed around November
3rd. We are hoping to have this status by the end of 2010 so that we
can start 2011 as a Non-profit organization. This cost us $400 for the
filing fee and $500 for consultation and completion of the paperwork by
Linda. A notice was received around November 29th that the IRS had
received our paperwork and payment and would be forwarding to the appropriate
people for review.
another batch of water bottles to be used when packing backpacks in 2011 and
also for events that we attend over the course of the year. This year
we bought 1000 bottles because we ran out with the 500 that we bought for
2010. The cost of this years order was $540
which included free shipping and we also took advantage of a 20% Cyber Monday
sale through Discount Mugs.com which is where we bought them last year.
Last years order was $394 which included 500 water
bottles and setup fees for the initial artwork. This figures out to
costing us an additional $146 this year to get 500 more bottles than last
year. Deb Grubbs from Erie Homes for Adults & Children will be
heading up the cap installation on these water bottles with the folks that
she has at her facility.
Over the course of
the year we were able to purchase items that are generally not donated or not
donated in quantities enough to be sure that all the backpacks get
them. We purchased colored pencils, markers, erasers, pencil sharpeners
and packs of kleenex through Dollar Days.com where
we were able to buy case lots and receive free shipping. We also had
purchased approximately 8 cases of backpacks. At the end of the packing
there is 4 cases left to start for next year. We will purchase more
backpacks at the beginning of 2011 when the new models are out.
are still in the process of finalizing our 501(c)3 paperwork with Fink Law
Office. They are working diligently to get everything corrected and the
paperwork filed again. The original paperwork was filed improperly
which caused us to have to dissolve one corporation and file as a new one.
The last of this paperwork has been received and forwarded to the state...we
are hoping to have everything finalized by the end of July.
We attended the Elkland Jubilee on July 9th and sold Walking Tacos. We
had enough supplies to make around 540 tacos and we sold only about 119.
We're not sure if it was the weather or because it was the week after the
4th of July weekend and no one had any money. We had a lot of
compliments on the one's that were sold so the product was good we just
needed more people. Thanks to the Jubilee crew for all your hard
work....you did a great job once again.
The big news for this year is that we finally made it in to the Bradford
area. We will be working with Georgia Newhouse on assorted fund
raisers, etc. to help raise funds for the program and with distribution of
backpacks. With this connection we hope to be able to help 700 children
or more this year. To date we have been able to help children in over
15 towns and
and 3 different counties.
We started our first fundraiser at the beginning of
February. We are selling cases of Troyer Farms potato chips at a cost
of $10.00 for a case of 36 bags. This fundraiser will run until the end
of March and orders will be delivered around April 16th. We are hoping
that this will be our big fund raiser this year.
will be holding our 2nd annual Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon on May 21st in
Follow up on our fundraisers:
Our potato chip
fundraiser went very well. We sold 598 cases of chips and pretzels and
brought in over $3,000. This was our biggest fundraiser we have ever
held and will be using again later in the fall of this year.
Follow up on the
potato chip fundraiser...when I called to place an order for another
fundraiser that we were planning I found out that the original order (the
598 cases) had been billed incorrectly. Unfortunately this is the reason
that we had made so much money on the chip fundraiser. Future chip
fundraisers may not bring is as much money unless we sell even more cases of
chips. Troyer Farms marked this up to their error so we were not
charged any additional monies.
was held on May 21st. Unfortunately the Thon didn't go as well this
year as it did last year. Approximately 10 children and 1 adult
attended. We brought in around $240 between sponsorships and
donations. The winners of the prizes were Priscilla Watson for the
oldest walker (this is Priscilla's second year in a row to win this prize),
Josh Kent for most money collected, Zach Haskins for the most laps and Levi
Howard for the youngest walker. All of the prizes that they received
were donated by First Fork Lodge of Costello, Gauld's Corner Store of
Coudersport, Lapps Logging of Port Allegany and BG's Engine Clinic of
Roulette. Thanks to Zach for helping us get setup before the Thon and
Kiera Keck for helping me clean up afterwards. Also thanks to everyone
who participated and to those who donated prizes.