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Larry Wasser of Harrisburg, shown here, is in his 30th year of cycling to fight MS and is preparing for the Mason-Dixon Challenge in Gettysburg in October to benefit the Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter of the National MS Society. Wasser got started when a work colleague's spouse was diagnosed with MS and was inspired to help, having just begun bicycling. Over the years, he has built a fundraising group, Team Mountain Side, and even rode for a few years with a multiple sclerosis patient who inspired the team even more. Wasser writes, “As I have aged, the rides have gotten more difficult, but I remember why we ride and the suffering that MS patients have to endure, that makes the ride easier.”
Larry Wasser of Harrisburg, shown here, is in his 30th year of cycling to fight MS and is preparing for the Mason-Dixon Challenge in Gettysburg in October to benefit the Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter of the National MS Society. Wasser got started when a work colleague's spouse was diagnosed with MS and was inspired to help, having just begun bicycling. Over the years, he has built a fundraising group, Team Mountain Side, and even rode for a few years with a multiple sclerosis patient who inspired the team even more. Wasser writes, “As I have aged, the rides have gotten more difficult, but I remember why we ride and the suffering that MS patients have to endure, that makes the ride easier.” West Hanover Township-based Houck Services Inc. and local suppliers completed a community service project where they repaired and re-roofed sections of the Community Progress Council building in downtown York. CPC is York County's community action agency, helping to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency and advocating for change to promote community growth. Shown above is an aerial view of the work in progress. Myerstown-based Edward Jones Financial Advisor Steve Goodhue, at right, treats players and parents from the Edward Jones baseball team to ice cream following a recent win. Goodhue has sponsored a team in the Elco Youth Baseball League for three years. Members 1st Federal Credit Union, with the support of PA Landscape Group and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, dedicated a garden in memory of Members 1st president and CEO Robert “Bob” Marquette, who died last year. PA Landscape Group completed the project at the Upper Allen Township corporate headquarters of Members 1st. Shown from left are: Jon Kirssin, Members 1st FCU board chairman; George Nahodil, Members 1st FCU president and CEO; Betty and Harry Marquette, parents of Bob Marquette; George Book, West Shore Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; and Tim Langletz, PA Landscape Group president. Lebanon-based E&E Metal Fab Foundation Team hosted an outing for 152 golfers at the Fairview Golf Course in West Cornwall Township and raised $20,660 for Virginia-based nonprofit ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer and the Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Shown, from left, are Willie Erb, Linda Erb, Pat Forsburg, Liane Erb- Frattaroli, Ron Birch, Mike Sheehan and Tom Erb. First Capital Federal Credit Union gave $550 to the Salvation Army of York from its second quarter First Cap Gives Back program, the final portion of a total of $1,800 raised. Staff sold peanut butter and coconut Easter eggs to members at all branches, paid $5 to wear jeans on a specific day, and sponsored a table at the Boots and Bags event. Shown above, from left, are Lisa Barshinger, First Capital community engagement officer; Major Dennis Camuti, Salvation Army corps officer and area coordinator; and Sue DeStephano, First Capital president/CEO. At the Highmark Caring Place in Lemoyne, Highmark representatives hosted students from 10 local schools who participated in mini-THONs earlier this year to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund and its support of pediatric cancer patients. Highmark presented recognition certificates to the students, who raised more than $625,000 collectively. The schools included Millersville University and nine high schools -- Carlisle, Central Dauphin East, Central York, Cumberland Valley, Ephrata, Hershey, J.P. McCaskey, Lower Dauphin, and Milton Hershey. In addition, Highmark donated $10,000 to the Four Diamonds Fund. Shown above, from left, are Suzanne Graney, executive director of Four Diamonds; Elizabeth Blosky; Hershey High School student Charlie Fackler; Amy Licata; and Kathleen McKenzie, vice president of community affairs for Highmark Blue Shield. F&M Trust employees presented a collection of laundry items and hair care supplies to the Carlisle Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter (CARES) after hosting a donation drive at the Carlisle Crossing branch in South Middleton Township. Shown above, from left, are Bree Vance, community office manager, F&M Trust; Melissa McGowan, customer service representative, F&M Trust; Shari Bellish, executive director of Carlisle CARES; and Beth Kempf, program director, Carlisle CARES. Agents from RSR Realtors of Lemoyne volunteered for Harrisburg nonprofit Caitlin's Smiles by assembling “Bag of Smiles” craft kits for children who are in the hospital. Shown above, from left, are Olivera Pticek; Heather Johnson and her son, Manny; Charity Castner and her daughter, Amelia; and Alyssa Brewer. Geisinger Holy Spirit of East Pennsboro Township hosted 50 students from five midstate counties at its annual Future of Healthcare Academy. The day-long program provided ninth and tenth grade students an opportunity to learn about healthcare careers by visiting four stations -- allied health, EMS, nursing and wound care. Above, students get hands-on experience at the academy. WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital donated $1,150 to the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company for the purchase of protective gear for firefighters including hoods and gloves. The hoods have a material that helps protect firefighters from carcinogenic particulates that are emitted by some materials as they burn. The gloves allow firefighters to have a second pair, so they can switch out their gear and lessen their exposure to dangerous particulates. Above, Ephrata Pioneer Fire Chief Michael J. Kiefer, left, and Kim Stonebraker, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital manager of safety, security and emergency management, show some of the new gear. David Zimmerman of the Isaac Meier Homestead in Myerstown, at right, and retired U.S. Army Col. Clifford Keys of the Stoneridge Retirement Community, unveil a portrait of Colonel Joseph Wood by artist Jason Woodruff. A Myerstown resident, Wood was a soldier during the French and Indian War and was later commander of the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment during the American Revolution. The painting was installed in Stoneridge's Meier Room and is on permanent loan from the Isaac Meier Homestead in honor of the Borough of Myerstown's 250th anniversary celebration this year. York Traditions Bank gave five $500 awards through its 2018 Her Traditions Scholarship program for leadership, academic achievement and promising potential. Seated, from left, are Shaely Gamble, Dover Area High School, and Jenna Bittinger, Northern High School. Standing, from left, are: Gene Draganosky, president and CEO of York Traditions Bank; Avery Martz, Hanover High School; Sarah Groetz, Dallastown Area High School; Olivia Quartey, Central York High School; and Carolyn Schaefer, Her Traditions founder, York Traditions Bank. The Harley-Davidson Foundation gave a $10,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties to support the organization's community and school mentoring programs. Children facing adversity are paired in strong and enduring one-to-one relationships for enriching activities of their choosing. Above, Linda Gorter, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties, second from right, accepts the donation from leaders from Harley-Davidson's Springettsbury Township facility. Employees at Hampden Township-based McKonly & Asbury held a diaper drive and delivered the donations to the Lancaster Health Center's New Holland Avenue location for the center's growing families. Shown from left are: Erin Pabon-Busansky and Jamie Ward of McKonly & Asbury, Dina DeJesus of the Lancaster Health Center, and Kady Faller of McKonly & Asbury. Employees from several branches of midstate Liberty Mutual Insurance offices provided a day of volunteer service to Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania, 1130 S. 19th St., Harrisburg. Workers weeded, mulched and completed a spring cleanup of the landscaping at the facility. Shown from left are: Bob Smith, Michael Unti, Joe Deitrich and Robert Brookens. Hampden Township-based West Shore Chamber of Commerce gave two local nonprofits a total of $1,266, which was raised at this year's Taste of the Chamber food sampling event. Chamber leaders and recipients are shown above, from left: West Shore Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Sam Jones; Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties Manager of Corporate Sponsorships & Events Tasha Frey; Girls on the Run Capital Region Executive Director Gillian Byerly; and West Shore Chamber President and CEO George Book. Harrisburg-based Tri-County Regional Planning Commission held its annual luncheon May 3 with keynote speaker Matt Smith of Michael Baker International, a national expert on automated vehicles. In conjunction with the meeting, the commission held a food drive for the Central PA Food Bank, filling a barrel with donations from attendees. Shown, from left, are commission employees Patty Buggy, Jason Finnerty, Larry Portzline, Casey Baxendale, Andrew Bomberger, Andrea Viazanko, Alexa Korber, Donna Clay, Associate Director Diane Myers-Krug, Executive Director Steve Deck, and Matt Smith. York Chapter of Credit Unions announced the winners of its 2018 scholarship contest, who will receive $1,000 each for their first year of college: Carmen Andreoli, a senior at Red Land Senior High School, and member of Members 1st Federal Credit Union, plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to study bioengineering or actuarial science; Philip Andreoli, a senior at Red Land Senior High School, and member of Members 1st, plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to study industrial engineering; and Daniel Hanuska, a senior at Dallastown Area High School, and member of First Capital Federal Credit Union, plans to attend Penn State University to study physics. Shown above, from left, are: Bill Bowker, York Chapter of Credit Unions president and Glatco CU president and CEO; Nadine Freet, York Chapter of Credit Unions board member and Members 1st FCU branch manager; Carmen Andreoli; Philip Andreoli; Daniel Hanuska; Sue DeStephano, First Capital FCU president and CEO; and Deb Kauffman, York Chapter of Credit Unions vice president and White Rose CU president and CEO. Managers from several Harrisburg area Giant Food Stores, shown above, donated their time to Downtown Daily Bread by serving lunch, cleaning the dining hall, folding laundry and cleaning outdoors on the property. In addition, the store managers and their associates collected and donated more than 10,000 pairs of new socks and underwear, the most requested items at the shelter. A ministry of Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Downtown Daily Bread provides daily lunch, counseling, showers, mail delivery and other services and assistance for the poor and homeless in downtown Harrisburg.

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