The 4UDREW Foundation

The 4UDREW Foundation, founded in 2008, is a registered 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support hunger prevention. Family and friends were inspired to form this Foundation in memory of Drew Panettieri, who tragically passed away in a motocross accident on March 11th, 2006 at the age of 19.

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AAUW presents, “Quilts of the Underground Railroad”

In honor of Black History Month, Ruth Keiser will explain how quilting was used as a vehicle of communication during the Underground Railroad on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7:00-9:00PM at Wesley Enhanced Living, 200 Veterans Lane, Doylestown. Using examples to illustrate the various techniques, our speaker will explain the hidden messages found within the needlework. The Doylestown area was an active part of this historical era from 1830 to 1860. New members are welcome – open to the public.

As a follow-up to the program, members may also be interested in visiting the quilt competition and display at the Village Gazebo in Peddler’s Village. The display is open to the general public until March 29 and admission is free.

To learn more about the American Association of University Women, a leading advocate of equity for women and girls since 1881, please go to www.aauw-pa.org or call 215-340-4088.

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A Woman’s Place & Coalition to Shelter and Support The Homeless Announce Alliance

Ifeoma Aduba, Executive Director of A Woman’s Place (AWP), says that it’s been on her mind for quite a while. Meeting and reading the work of Hildy Gottlieb of Creating the Future, discussions with other nonprofit leaders, and recent events such as Giving Tuesday Bucks have helped solidify her thoughts on the matter.

“I’ve been thinking through how AWP can be supportive of other organizations in Bucks County – basically operating from a position of shared resources and abundance rather than one of scarcity, competition, and lack. I heard Hildy Gottlieb say, “It is only on our own that we experience scarcity; together, we have everything we need.” It rang very true and I’ve felt compelled to put it into practice.”

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Lenape Valley Foundation Recognizes Employees at Annual Staff Breakfast

Lenape Valley Foundation recently held its Staff Recognition Breakfast at Doylestown Country Club.  At the annual event, five staff members were recognized for excellent job performance.

Award recipients included Jake Christie, IT Director; Ali Coppola, Intellectual Disabilities Supports Coordinator Supervisor; Sandra Mandell, Information and Referral Administrative Assistant; Tiffany Manners, Outpatient Therapist; and Mary Ann Venezia, M.D., Psychiatrist. The employees were nominated by their peers for their outstanding work on behalf of the foundation.  Presenting the awards were Alan Hartl, M.S., Lenape Valley Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, and David Bailey, President of the Board of Trustees.

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Community service groups help with CHC client party

Several community service groups — Upper Bucks Kiwanis, Sisters U, and Palisades High School Key Club — donned elf costumes and reindeer ears and helped CHC with a client party for 32 young parents and their children who live in the Upper Bucks area. Upper Bucks Kiwanis wrapped dozens of presents that parents picked out for their children; Sisters U prepared and served a delicious dinner and dessert; and Palisades Key Club members coordinated crafts, games and other entertainment for the 32 children in attendance.

Wawa of Hatfield also contributed several trays of hoagies.

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Through Service Bucks County Links Remember A King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of hope and social justice rings with honor in Central Bucks County. For more than a decade, the Bucks County (PA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has joined forces with the historic Second Baptist Church of Doylestown to celebrate the legacy of a man who defined a movement by actively giving to communities in need. General Electric and the local chapters of Jack & Jill and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will join the group. Their efforts will make January 19th, 2015, the MLK Jr. holiday, truly a day on to work and to share and not just a day off.

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Foundations provides grants to 14 Bucks non-profits

Over 175 community service leaders, non-profit organizations, and local governmental leaders attended the Foundations Community Partnership (www.fcpartnership.org) “Partnership in Youth Services” luncheon ceremony held at the Doylestown Country Club in Doylestown last month. This year the event honored 14 non-profit community programs in Bucks County that are making a difference in the lives of local children with monetary grants of $3,000 each. The keynote speaker was Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and adjunct faculty of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Brad Phillips elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Brad Phillips, of Doylestown, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County. Phillips, a retired retail executive, attended Waynesburg University and worked for Pier 1 Imports, Inc. from 1976 to 1997 where he served as Vice President, Eastern Operations for more than a decade. He then became President and CEO of Superpetz LLC from 1997 to 2011.

“Each board member brings a unique talent to our organization, and Brad is no different,” says Michael J. Mattie, President of Family Service’s Board of Directors. “Spending most of his life in senior management for nationally recognized firms, Brad draws upon this experience to guide our audit and development efforts, among other areas.”

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Rotary Club of Doylestown celebrates 90 years of ‘Service Above Self’

The Rotary Club of Doylestown celebrated its 90th anniversary on October 22nd, at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown. Rotary International recognized the club and its Rotarians for 90 years of “Service Above Self.” The recognition ceremony was conducted by John Ortolf, president of the Rotary Club of Doylestown, and centered on the club’s 90 years of contributions to the community and the service of individual Rotarians. Seventy Rotarians and guests were joined by District Governor Gary Fedorcha and former District Governor Tony Jannetta for the club’s celebration.

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‘A Place at the Table’ explores hunger in U.S.

by Patricia Cangelosi

This year’s iteration of the Farm Fresh Film Series, screened by the Doylestown Food Co-op ended with “A Place at the Table,” a documentary exploring hunger in America. Shown at the County Theater in Doylestown on November 13th, the film follows several individuals and families and offers many perspectives on the problem.

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