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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.

Four Way Test Essay Contest

 

rsz march 21 meeting essay winnersThe Four-Way Test Essay contest’s goal is to increase the awareness, understanding and practice of the Four Way Test among young people in the local school districts. 9th grade students at Harrisburg High School were invited to answer how the Four Way Test affects what they think, say and/or do in their essays of no more than 1500 words, through their English departments and the English teachers. The Rotary Club of Harrisburg convened a committee of judges who screened, scored, and ranked the student essays. The finalists were asked to read their essays at the Club program on March 21st.
Cash prizes were awarded to the 9th grade student winners:
Jacqueline Celsky (1st place)
Huang Le (2nd place)
Janisa Perez and Peng Lu (3rd place)

Pictured with the students are Sam Levine Chair, Huang Le and Peng Lu (SciTech Campus), Jacqueline Celsky, Janisa Perez (John Harris Campus) and Betty C. Hungerford, President.

 

Speaker Topic March 14: Presidential bully pulpit: Not as effective as you might think

March 14 speaker topicWhen presidents try to influence policy using a religious argument – or simply use their famed “bully pulpit’’ to sway public opinion – just how effective are they?
Not very, according to David O’Connell, a Dickinson College political science professor and author of the new book GOD WILLS IT: PRESIDENTS and the POLITICAL USE OF RELIGION.
O’Connell, speaking at the March 14 meeting, said research shows secular arguments made by presidents on policy matters are more persuasive than religious ones. Surprisingly, however, research also shows that presidential rhetoric doesn’t convince the public much anyway – even FDR’s famous fireside chats failed to move his approval ratings, O’Connell said. Likewise, President Ronald Reagan’s invocation of religious reasoning for increased national defense spending failed to have the desired outcome. As for who may be the next president, O’Connell said he looks to four main factors to predict a victor:
If the economy is showing 2.5 percent or better growth in June, it will favor Democrats, since they are now in the White House.

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Pancake breakfast raises $15,000 for homeless children in the Harrisburg School District

TRCH check presentation to Harrisburg school district 2he Rotary of Harrisburg’s 2015 Pancake Breakfast raised $15,000 for post-secondary education scholarships for Harrisburg School District seniors and to help provide essentials and services for homeless students in the district.

During the Monday, January 11, 2016 meeting, district Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney accepted the check.

The annual Pancake Breakfast has grown to be the largest fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. Over the past four years, the event has raised more than $90,000 for students of the school district. Funds are raised through event day tickets, corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and raffles.

Photo: From Left, Marion Alexander, Harrisburg School District Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney and Karen Paris.