October 21st, 2012

First day of school

Jason's famous! :)

Check out the bold part below about my friend Jason's cheesecake company:

Project Bundle-Up loses its biggest donor, UPMC

A program more than a quarter-century old that provides new winter coats and accessories for children and the elderly is doing its best to offset the loss of its biggest single donor, but it won’t know how well until next fall, an organizer said.

“We have to make it possible. We have to think of new fundraising events or ideas,” said Melissa Fereday, director of Project Bundle-Up for the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania Division in Carnegie.

A joint venture between the Salvation Army and Wilkinsburg-based WTAE-TV, Project Bundle-Up has raised more than $11.3 million over 26 years and provided new winter outerwear to 227,000 children and senior citizens in low-income households.

Proceeds from last year’s Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres provided $100,000 of the project’s $500,000 budget in January. The 3.2-mile holiday light show was held annually for 20 years at Hartwood Acres Park in Indiana and Hampton townships.

But Allegheny County canceled this year’s show, which would have run from November to January, citing costs after losing the primary sponsor, UPMC.

The county still could host a smaller light show if it receives a large sponsor very soon, said county spokesman Kevin Evanto. He said the county will work to find a major sponsor for next year.

Because proceeds from one year’s fundraiser are used in the next, the light show cancellation won’t affect Project Bundle-Up this year. But program organizers say they are trying to increase fundraising or modify events to boost the money raised for next year. They’ll know how well they’ve done when they tally up the totals next fall.

For the first time, companies and organizations will be able to buy hourlong sponsorships for the Project Bundle-Up telethon in December, Fereday said. For $2,500, companies will receive on-screen logo placements and mentions of their organizations during the broadcast on WTAE-TV on Dec. 7.

A charitable program with the longevity of Project Bundle-Up adapts to survive, said Michael J. Hayes, WTAE-TV president and general manager.

“I would say it’s a normal course of business in trying to grow the identity and the ability for the project to remain healthy and prosperous,” he said.

Project Bundle-Up has beefed up marketing of shopping-trip sponsorships, in which sponsors donate $2,500 and can accompany children to buy winter outerwear. This year, 15 trips have been scheduled, compared with six last year, Fereday said.

Business Records Management LLC, a North Side-based provider of information-management services, became a shopping sponsor this year. It will conduct other fundraising events, as well.

“Our goal is to make $15,000 for the organization. And I hope we exceed that,” said Tracy Kaib, Business Records Management events coordinator.

Another new donor, Jason’s Cheesecake Co. in Ambridge, will give $1 from the sale of each $5 Pumpkin Cheesecake In A Jar to Project Bundle-Up.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/2805421-74/project-bundle-events-county-donor-fereday-fundraising-program-sponsor-winter#ixzz29wAv0qNm

First day of school

Green Hand Gardens

Today Roommate and I went on an adventure! We had a groupon for a corn maze and free pumpkin at Green Hand Gardens! So, we went exploring (we did drive by the farm once, but we doubled back!)

The farm was much larger than it looked from the road and had quite a few things to do! We got there early, so we were the first one in the corn maze. We actually managed to find our way back to the entrance, but Roommate said that you have to find the exit. So, we went back in and spent around 40 minutes wandering around. It was rather confusing, but they did have different color ropes to assist. But, we did find the end!

Afterwards we took a short hayride and picked out our free pumpkin. Sadly because it is the end of the season there were slim pickings, but we did find a nice one. All in all, a lovely adventure!