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Central Penn College's Roteract Club (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg) recently volunteered at Bethesda Mission.rsz rotaract 2106

Dominican Republic Dental Clinic

rsz 1rsz img 1205rsz 1rsz img 1180The Dominican Dental Project is scheduled from November 5-12, 2016. The project has become enhanced with the addition of the Reading Hospital's Family Practice Intern Program. Dr. Bill Lovitt a physician from Lebanon, Pa. leads a team of ten Family Practice Interns who will provide medical exams prior to dental treatment.

This year Temple Dental School will provide an oral surgeon and eight senior dental students to work in three locations. Dr Stephen Grady of Camp Hill will provide, for the nineth consecutive year on site leadership to both medical teams. We are excited this year to have both the West Shore and Wellsboro, Pa. Rotary Clubs partnering with Harrisburg in support of the project.

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Two area business leaders and volunteers receive Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s “Service Above Self Award’’ for 2016

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At the September 26, 2016 Rotary Club of Harrisburg meeting, The Paxton Presbyterian Church will receive $1,000 and Shalom House will receive $500 after a volunteer from each organization received Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s “Service Above Self Award’’ for 2016.

Barbara Greenwood of Paxton Presbyterian and Marsha Fortney of Shalom House, a shelter for women and children, received the annual award this week during a lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg held at the Harrisburg Hilton.

“Every year our club is proud to recognize volunteers who give of themselves to make our community a better place,’’ said J. Stephen Feinour, Harrisburg Rotary president. “Barbara Greenwood and Marsha Fortney are making a positive impact in the lives of those they help.’’

Barbara Greenwood
Greenwood, a 28-year volunteer with the church is the force behind seven main projects that have galvanized hundreds of other volunteers throughout central Pennsylvania. Her projects include providing hand-made quilts for Harrisburg’s children which are distributed by the Downtown Daily Bread and a Santa Shop for intercity students allowing kids to “shop” for free among donated gifts for family member gifts. She also organized card projects in which volunteers send holiday cards to 5,000 soldiers as well as a Mother’s Day project enabling 2,000 soldiers overseas to send cards to their mothers and other family members. Greenwood also created a card project for women in Harrisburg’s shelters in which 30 women received message of love and hope from volunteers.

Marsha Fortney
Fortney, a Shalom House volunteer for 25 years, has taken various leadership positions within the organization, which provides shelter for women and children. Most Sundays, Fortney can be found preparing her legendary pancakes and sausages for the shelter’s women and children. She spearheaded an annual theater event that has raised more than $300,000 for the shelter over 20 years. During Fortney’s career with M&T Bank, she created a strong relationship between the bank and the shelter, generating monetary contributions, in-kind support and volunteer involvement. She also started the annual Gift Wrapping Event that involves nearly 100 volunteers wrapping gifts and raises more than $6,000 annually.

Pictured left to right:  Marsha Fortney, J. Steven Feinour, President Rotary Club of Harrisburg and Barbara Greenwood

Sophia’s on Market wins baking contest to raise money for children’s eye clinic in Harrisburg that will serve central PA region

 

More than 15 bakers participate in “Sweet Bites for Better Sight’’ sponsored by the

Rotary Club of Harrisburg

 

HARRISBURG, PA (June 20, 2016) – Sophia’s on Market captured first place today in a bake-off sponsored by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg to raise money for the creation of a children’s eye clinic at the Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg that will serve the central Pennsylvania region.

Sophia’s beat out the sweet treats offered by more than 15 bakers gathered at the Harrisburg Hilton with a salted caramel pot de crème. Anna Smith, a student in HACC’s culinary program, won Second Place with her chocolate decadence cake peanut butter ganache; and Stephanie Freedman, a student in HACC’s culinary program, and sisters Abeer Allen and Tania Srouji, owners of Eye Candy Family, tied for Third Place. Freeman made a deconstructed crème brulee topped with spiced fruits and Allen and Srouji made baklava.

Money raised will be used for a new eye clinic for children and adults. The clinic is an outgrowth of vision screenings that have been done periodically by The Rotary Club of Harrisburg and area optometrists. In addition to screenings, free eyeglasses were provided for school children in Harrisburg and surrounding districts.

The goal behind the planned clinic – which Hamilton officials hope to open by the end of 2017 or early 2018, is to offer free eye care services throughout the year.

“There is no greater joy than knowing you are making a real difference in the life of a young boy or girl by providing them with new glasses that allows them to see their teacher and realize their full potential,’’ said  Betty Hungerford, president of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. “The planned Hamilton Health Center clinic will help ensure that our area’s children receive the vision care they need.’’

Jeannine D. Peterson, Hamilton’s CEO, said as the only federally qualified health center in a 30-mile radius of Harrisburg, the clinic is serving an ever-growing need throughout central Pennsylvania.

While the planned eye clinic will primarily serve children, Peterson said adults will also be treated. In addition to the importance of providing children with what many times is their first eye exam and glasses, she said they now treat roughly 4,000 diabetics, many of whom suffer eye-related issues because of their disease.

“Hamilton has over 8400 youth out of 26,422 patients who all could use eye exams and glasses,’’ Peterson said. “The need in our community is great. As a one-stop medical center providing primary care, including medical dental and behavioral services, a vision center will complete our holistic treatment approach to every patient.’’ 

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1st Place Winner

Sophia’s on Market won First Place with their salted caramel pot de creme.

From left:  Brad Gebhart, Hamilton Health Center spokesman; Una Martone, Leadership Harrisburg Area and event organizer; Andy Rebuck, with sponsor Lamar Advertising and event MC; Meagan Seiferth and Sophia Nelms, Sophia’s on Market; and Betty Hungerford, president of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg.

 

 

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2nd Place Winner

Anna Smith, a student in HACC’s culinary program, won Second Place with her chocolate decadence cake peanut butter ganache.

From left: Brad Gebhart, Hamilton Health Center spokesman; Una Martone, Leadership Harrisburg Area and event organizer; Smith; Betty Hungerford, president of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg.

 

 

 

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3rd Place Winners

Stephanie Freedman, a student in HACC’s culinary program, and sisters Abeer Allen and Tania Srouji, owners of Eye Candy Family, tied for Third Place. Freeman made a deconstructed crème brulee topped with spiced fruits and Allen and Srouji made baklava.

From left: Una Martone, Leadership Harrisburg Area and event organizer; Freedman; Betty Hungerford, president of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg; Brad Gebhart, Hamilton Health Center spokesman; Allen and Srouji.