‘Centre Gives’ gears up for big fundraiser

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Rachel Hartman and Shalen Steinbugl of the Centre Foundation talk about the annual event, Centre Gives, which is being held on May 7 and 8.

By CHRIS MORELLI

cmorelli@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE — Centre Gives is right around the corner and at Tuesday’s Centre County commissioners’ meeting, representatives from the Centre Foundation were on hand to talk about the big event.

The 36-hour online giving event begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7 and ends at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. With that in mind, the commissioners proclaimed May 7 and 8 as Centre Gives Days in Centre County. It was proclamation No. 9 of 2019.

“It’s all about Centre Gives,” said commissioner Michael Pipe. “We’re seeing so many emails and postcards from great organizations in town letting us know that the time is coming up.”

The Centre Foundation’s Rachel Hartman and Shalen Steinbugl were present to accept the proclamation.

“We’re hoping to turn the county green for Centre Gives,” Hartman said. “For 36 hours, donors can make a donation to their favorite local non-profits. This year, over 175 non-profits have registered.”

The event has grown considerably through the years. It began in 2012, when the Centre Foundation established Centre Gives to promote and support Centre County’s many nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, over $6.8 million has been invested into the community through Centre Gives, benefitting countless local organizations. The list of 175 non-profits is the largest to date.

According to Hartman, the minimum gift is $25.

“There are so many great organizations … each gift helps your favorite organization and there are so many great organizations on there, of course,” Hartman said.

During the 36-hour event, interested parties can follow along at the Centre Foundation’s Facebook page.

“It’s really neat to see how the community comes together to support such a great event,” Steinbugl said. “I really like the community involvement aspect of it.”

In other business on Tuesday, the commissioners approved:

∫ Change order No. 07 with general construction contractor J.C. Orr and Son for the Equipment Storage Building Project at the Centre County Public Safety Training. The change order provides an increase of $650 to install a new deadbolt latch on the restroom door as directed by the Department of Labor and industry inspector for building occupancy, increasing the contract total from $764,974.14 to $765,624.14.

∫ The county application and agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of State for the receipt of Federal financial assistance under the provisions of the Help America Vote of 2002 (HAVA). The application is for reimbursement of voting equipment replacement and upgrades in the amount of $180,027.57.

∫ Function agreement with Penn State Hospitality Services on behalf of The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center to rent space for the annual Retired Senior Volunteer Program Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24. The space will be provided as a Penn State In-Kind Service in the estimated amount of $12,000.

∫ A Letter of Support on behalf of the Temporary Housing Foundation (TFH) application to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to become a Housing Counseling Agency and part of the PHFA Partner Network. THF is a branch of Housing Transitions.

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