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Nonprofits look forward to Mt. Pleasant festival

| Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, 8:12 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For Trib Total Media
Ruth Pologruto (left) and Phyllis Seaman, volunteers for the Center for Active Adults in Mt. Pleasant, make noodles that will be sold at the center's booth during the 29th annual Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival to be held Sept. 25-27.

In addition to the food and entertainment offered at the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival, the event, which will take place Sept. 25-27, also serves as a way for local nonprofit organizations to raise money for their groups, according to Jennifer Gilpin, supervisor of the Center for Active Adults in the borough.

“The glass festival is our biggest fundraiser for the year,” Gilpin said.

She added the group, formerly known as the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center, has been a part of the festival since the beginning.

Its volunteers annually operate in two tents in front of the center, where they offer hot dogs, Italian roast beef, chili and peanut butter fudge.

The group also sells egg noodles made fresh at the center every week.

“We have people who tell us that they come special every year just to get our noodles,” Gilpin said. “We always sell out by the end.”

The center collects donations every year that they use to prepare the food to help offset the cost, she said.

“We have our collection box out, and we will collect what we need up until the festival,” Gilpin said.

Churches, club and society also operate booths

Other nonprofit organizations will operate booths and displays during the festival, including the St. Pius X and Visitation Roman Catholic churches, as volunteers will sell dishes of ethnic derivations.

The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant will offer its fish sandwiches, and the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society will sell ham sandwiches and homemade bean soup in the “Old Town” section of the festival at the cabins along Washington Street.

“We have been selling the ham sandwiches and bean soup since 2009,” said Richard Snyder, president of the society's board of directors.

He added the soup has now become a favorite to fair visitors.

“We have people who come with takeout containers,” Snyder said. “Last year, we made 100 gallons of the bean soup, and we will probably be making even more this year.”

In addition to selling the sandwiches and soup, the society will also open both of the log houses for viewing and tours, he said, and the many relics, exhibits and information for visitors to explore and enjoy.

“Since we had to downsize our offices uptown, we moved some of those items to the log houses,” Snyder said. “There will be a lot of new items for people to see and there will be someone there from the historical society who will be able to talk about them and their history.”

Cat Committee to offer information

The Cat Committee, a group that traps, neuters and releases stray and feral cats in the borough, will sell feline-related items and offer information on the group and its mission at its booth, said Cynthia Stevenson, the nonprofit organization's president.

“We have something new this year — a lady who is making us ‘Garden Cats' that are decorative items for outside,” she said.

Committee volunteers will also sell chances on several gift baskets.

“Being a part of the glass festival has really been a beneficial thing for us,” Stevenson said. “We have raised money, and we have raised awareness.”

Festival committee co-chairman Jeff Landy said the festival welcomes all nonprofit groups, which wish to take part during the three-day event.

“Our original goal of the festival was to give the businesses, and especially the nonprofit organizations, a chance to get their word out, and to raise money that they can then use for their causes throughout the year,” he said.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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