Connellsville Community Ministries plan for fundraiser idea
Connellsville Area Community Ministries has received an $800 grant from the Fay-Penn Economic Development Corp.'s Community Revitalization Fund for a “Create to Donate” program.
Shelly Auer, assistant director of the Connellsville Area Community Ministries, said the funds will support a drive for non-perishable food collections beginning in January.
Organizations participating will be asked to design sculptures using the non-perishable food items that will be displayed in local businesses. Teams of at least six to eight people will form and design their own sculpture using no fewer than 100 items.
“There will be different collection points so that people can vote on the ones they like,” said Auer, who added those “votes” will be in the form of a non-perishable food item placed in a box by the sculpture.
One item will count as one vote. Auer said voters, community members, can place as many votes in a box as they would like and they may vote for more than one sculpture.
The votes will be counted for two weeks and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Porter Theater in the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center. The team with the top sculpture will be awarded the “Create to Donate” creative genius award.
Winning team members will receive gift cards that can be redeemed at local merchants.
The cans used in the sculptures must retain their labels, although the teams may wrap the cans in colored paper. All food items in the sculptures and collected as votes will be donated to the Connellsville Area Community Ministries food bank.
Auer said organizations can begin to form their teams and may register in January 2015. The actual competition will be held in March 2015.
Auer said the timing will help stock the food pantry during a time of the year when food donations are scarce.
Lori Scott of Fay-Penn said the idea is to get local businesses involved in a project that gives back to the community.
“We're happy we can help” said Scott. “It's important for local businesses. They feel they're helping to give back to their community.”
More information will be made as the event gets closer.
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.