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    FBA presents grants at the Season of Giving

    by Stewart Gross

    On Wednesday evening, November 13th, the Feasterville Business Association presented grants to 20 charitable and community organizations from the proceeds generated at its 29th annual charity golf outing.

    The presentations were made at the Lower Southampton Township supervisors meeting, held at the Township Administration Building located at 1500 Desire Avenue in Feasterville.

    FBA President Charles Roman presented grants to: A Woman’s Place, the American Red Cross, Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Friends of the Lower Southampton Library, the Lower Southampton Athletic Association, the Neshaminy Activitiy Center, Playwicki Farm Foundation, Sean/Me, Special Equestrians, the Sunshine Foundation, YMCA of Bucks County, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, Bucks County Heroes Scholarship Fund, the Throw Away Dogs Foundation, the Legacy of Life Foundation, the Flyers Alumni Association, and the Darren Daulton Foundation.

    The FBA is in its 71st year and their mission is to “promote growth and progress for the betterment of the community.”

    Here is a brief highlight of a few of the organizations present to receive donations at the council meeting.

    The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. is a non-profit substance abuse prevention agency that provides a wide range of services to reduce the impact of addiction. Founded in 1975, is a member of a nationwide affiliate network of The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. They can be contacted at 1-800-732-0999.

    The Neshaminy Activity Center is a public center offering recreation and fun activities for adults 55 and over who would like to connect with other seniors in the community. They offer a wide variety of activities; including health and fitness, line dancing, board games, card games, enjoyable trips, and covered-dish. They offer pastries, coffee, and tea at 9:15am each weekday morning followed by an affordable lunch, which is served Monday through Friday at 11:30am. They are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

    They can be contacted at 215-355-6967.

    The Bucks County Heroes Scholarship Fund was established in May 1990 and is a non-profit that provides four-year scholarships for the post high school education to the children of first responders: police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, rescue squad and emergency service personnel who are killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. They can be contacted at 215-340-8410.

    The Sunshine Foundation, whose national headquarters is in Southampton, is a local non-profit similar to the Make a Wish Foundation. They answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot help them realize their dreams due to the economic strain that their illness causes their families.  Philadelphia police officer Bill Sample founded it in 1976. It has grown to include the Dream Village, a 22 square-acre property, in Orlando, FL, near its theme parks, where children and their families stay in one of nine fairytale themed cottages and enjoy a handicapped accessible playground and a wheelchair accessible. The Sunshine Foundation has answered over 40,000 dreams since its inception. Their contact is 215-396 4770.

    The Throw Away Dogs Project was founded in 2014 by CaroleSkaziak.  Throw Away dogs takes rescued dogs and retrains them to be K-9 dogs for local police departments. It is headquartered in Huntingdon Valley. They can be contacted at Throwawaydogsproject@gmail.com.

    Special Equestrians is a therapeutic riding program located in Warrington. It was founded by Kathy Quinn in Doylestown in 1982. They improve the physical, mental and emotional health of disabled people through horseback riding. Special Equestrians gives 4,300 lessons to over 350 special needs riders each year. They work with anyone handicapped, ages 3 to 78, from the greater Philadelphia area. Some of the disabilities their riders have are Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, behavioral disorders, brain injuries, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. They can be contacted at 215-918-1001 and http://www.specialequestrians.org/contact/.

    The Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Association has always engaged in charitable donations in our community, including giving to St. John’s Hospice, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes and Junior Achievement. The association began helping US veterans in 2019 in a way that many people may not be aware of. They donate to the USA Hockey’s Warrior Hockey, an organization that helps injured and disabled US military veterans play ice hockey. USA Warriors is nationally based. The Philadelphia Flyers Warriors are coached by former Flyers defenseman Brad Marsh, who is the current president of the Flyer’s Alumni Association. While some of the participants played hockey prior to being injured, many try it for the first time for therapeutic reasons.  

    PHOTO CAP: Ed Shannon, Vice chairman of the Lower Southampton board of supervisors and FBA golf committee chairperson, Charles Roman, president of the FBA, Dennis Markowitz, FBA treasurer and golf committee member, Guillaume Stewart, YMCA of Bucks County, Karen Madotto, vice president of the FBA and golf committee member, Elliot Kolodny, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, Carol Skaziak, Throw Away Dogs, Rita G. Brouwer-Ancher, A Woman’s Place, Kate Sample, the Sunshine Foundation, JulieAnn Ody, the American Red Cross, Betty Heffron, the Neshaminy Activities Center, Bill Wiegman, Drug Council of Southeastern, PA and the Bucks County Hero Scholarship Fund, Linda Peters, Friends of the Lower Southampton Library, Denise Trimble, Legacy of Life Foundation, Mary  Jo May, Special Equestrians, Bob Sterner, Lower Southampton Athletic Association, Rose McMenamin, Playwicki Farm Foundation, Tracy Freels, FBA  financial secretary golf committee member, Patrice Luongo, Playwicki Farm Foundation, and Kathy Shannon, Legacy of Life Foundation.