COBYS BIKE & HIKE RAISES MORE THAN $115,000
The 19th annual COBYS Bike & Hike, held Sunday, September 13, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, raised a record amount of money to support the ministries of COBYS Family Services.
A total of 469 participants raised more than $115,200, a jump of more than $5,000 from last year's previous record amount. Event planners expect the income figure to continue to rise by the time all money is in. Event income increased for the 16th consecutive year.
Bike & Hike participants choose from a three-mile walk through Lititz, 10- and 25-mile bicycle rides, and a 60-mile motorcycle ride. They pay a registration fee, enlist support from sponsors, or both. A total of 469 people participated in the walk or rides, including 196 walkers, 143 bicyclists, and 130 motorcyclists on 84 cycles, along with some friends who stopped in to visit and participate in the silent auction that ran throughout the afternoon.
Mari Cunningham, Lancaster, set a new record for individual fundraising, with her figure of $10,665, more than $4,000 higher than the previous best. Other top fundraisers were Floy Fitzkee, Manheim; $6,565; Londa Brandt, Manheim, $6,165; and Lucy de Perrot, Neffsville, $3,795. About 20 individuals or families gave or raised at least $1,000 for COBYS ministries.
Four Church of the Brethren (COB) youth groups earned a gym and pizza night by raising at least $1,500, including Little Swatara COB, Rehrersburg, which raised a record amount of $7,740. Others were West Green Tree COB, Elizabethtown, $3,200; Midway COB, Lebanon, $2,480; and Chiques COB Junior High, Manheim, $1,650.
The second annual silent auction at the Bike & Hike raised more than $3,100.
Some 90 businesses supported the event by donating more than $23,000 in cash, along with in kind gifts of grand prizes, auction items, food and supplies, and door prizes (see below). Lititz Church of the Brethren donated use of its facilities and Mt. Wilson Church of the Brethren, located near Colebrook, staffed the break stop for the motorcycle ride.
More than 50 volunteers staffed the event, including eight from Linden Hall in Lititz, which volunteered as part of the United Way Day of Caring that took place the weekend of the Bike & Hike.
Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services educates, supports, and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential. COBYS ministries include foster care and adoption services, counseling, and family life education. Proceeds from the Bike & Hike support these programs and services.
A photo gallery from the Bike & Hike is available on our Facebook page. Bike & Hike participant Glenn Riegel also shared these photos.
Special thanks to these business supporters:
Cocalico Automotive, Inc.
Speedwell Construction, Inc.
The Wenger Foundation
Bomberger's Store Inc.
BR Kreider & Son, Inc.
Design Data Corporation
Ebersole Brothers Construction, Inc.
Garcia Garman & Shea, PC
Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, LLP
Hawthorne Electric, Inc.
Red Rose Pediatric Associates
Sam S. Smucker & Sons, Inc.
Scenic Ridge Company
Staffing Service USA
TCW Computer Systems, Inc.
The Furniture Doctor
Young & Young, Attorneys at Law
Grand Prize Donors
Bob Neff Tours, Inc.
Giant Food Store, LLC
Sight & Sound Theatres
Lititz Church of the Brethren
Mt. Wilson Church of the Brethren
ASK Foods, Inc.
Balsbaugh Insurance Agency, Inc.
Corey Showalter Home Improvements
Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc.
Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Hess Tent Rental
J. B. Zimmerman
Messick Farm Equipment
North Group Consultants
Penway Construction, Inc.
S & A Paint & Repair
Spence Funeral & Cremation Services
The Country Store
WJTL FM 90.3
Blue Ridge Communications
Carl & Margaret Wenger
Darryl & Abby Keiser
David & Tracy Bosis
Diane Hurst, Thirty-One Consultant
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Foxchase Golf Club & Banquet Facility
Halo Branded Solutions - Rick Bridgman
Hurst House Bed & Breakfast
Jim & Pamela Ament
Kellye Martin, Thirty-One Consultant
Love Give Live Gallery & Gift Shop
Main Street Jewelers & Gifts
Miller's Christmas Tree Farm
My Digital Conversion.com
Plum Salon and Spa
Primitives by Kathy, Inc.
The Castle Roller Skating Rink
Umberger's of Fontana
Crystal Springs Water Company
Four Seasons Produce
Hess Brothers Fruit Company
John Herr's Village Market
Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc.
AMERIgreen Energy, Inc.
Cocalico Automotive, Inc.
Country Table Restaurant, Bakery, Deli
Esbenshade's Garden Centers
Family Chiropractic of Lancaster
Furman Home for Funerals
Halo Branded Solutions-Rick Bridgman
Harrisburg Senators Baseball Club
Kauffman's Bar-B-Q Restaurant
Keller Brothers Auto Company - Lititz
Keystone Pretzel Bakery
Landis Valley Associates
Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
Reist Popcorn Company
Rocky Springs Entertainment Center
S. Clyde Weaver, Inc.
Stauffers of Kissel Hill
Tangles Salon, LLC
Village Greens Golf Inc.
Zig's Bakery & Cafe
WORK FOR THE WELL-BEING CAMPAIGN SEEKS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO REACH GOAL
Pledges toward the Work for the Well-Being of the City campaign have reached more than two thirds of the $300,000 campaign goal. Additional pledges currently are being sought in the Church Gifts phase of the campaign.
As of June 15, 2015, pledges totaled more than $280,000. Of that amount, nearly $220,000 had been received.
In June 2013, COBYS launched the campaign to pay for a new Family Life Center facility, located at 171 E. King Street in Lancaster, and undergird Family Life Education programming.
In concert with the education theme, the campaign goals can be summarized in three R's: Retire remaining debt on the Family Life Center ($185,000); Recoup a portion of costs for furnishing the building ($45,000); and Raise new funds to support Family Life Education programs ($70,000). Any giving above the $300,000 goal will support additional educational programming.
In October 2012 COBYS purchased the 5,400-square-foot facility at the corner of King and Lime Streets to house Family Life Education staff and programs. The move was prompted by a need for consistent, well-equipped facilities for education and childcare and a growing realization that many people served by COBYS education programs live in the city.
The campaign will receive additional support through the November 21 ExtraOrdinary Give. All donations to COBYS from first-time donors through the online giving campaign will support the Work for the Well-Being campaign (unless the donor designates otherwise). Donors are invited to visit the Family Life Center during the ExtraOrdinary Give between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Those who stop by to donate will receive a whoopie pie from Zig's Bakery & Deli as part of The ExtraOrdinary Whoopie Pie Event.
VIDEO CLIP HIGHLIGHTS ADOPTION AS LIFE-AFFIRMING OPTION
The politically charged debate surrounding abortion sometimes drives people apart, but adoption is a life-affirming option that people of diverse perspectives can embrace.
COBYS Family Services has prepared a three-minute video segment for churches to use in their observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 20. The video highlights the story of Beverly, who received free birth parent counseling through COBYS and chose to make an adoption plan for her soon-to-be-born daughter.
View and download the video here. Or check it out on Facebook and help spread the word to your friends. DVDs also are available for congregations who request them.
For more information about COBYS Birth Parent Counseling services, please contact Melanie Swansfeger or go to http://www.cobys.org/birth_parent_counseling.
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