The Adams County Community Foundation’s Ninth Annual Giving Spree will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 4– 7 p.m. at the Gettysburg Area Middle School.

I have the honor of working on the Planning Committee, chaired by Stacey Green. This year, 85 nonprofit organizations are participating, including the United Way.

The Giving Spree is the only annual event in Adams County where you have the unique opportunity to meet staff, board and volunteers from nonprofits that provide services that make our community a great place to live, work, play, learn and volunteer. I encourage you to attend — bring the whole family — and learn more about their important work in our community and how your donation will make a difference. The first 1,000 guests will receive a Giving Spree “coin” to deposit in one nonprofit’s piggy bank.

Last year, thanks to hundreds of generous donors, the Giving Spree raised a record-breaking $733,000 for 80 nonprofit organizations. The goal this year is $1 million. There will be more than $100,000 in stretch pool funds generously provided by J. William Warehime Foundation Fund, Thomas E. & Florence B. Metz Fund, Adams County Community Foundation Board of Directors, Knouse Foods Fund, Gettysburg College Alumni and Friends of Adams County, Gettysburg Community Theatre Patrons, and the LeCompte Family.

You can also add your own gift to the stretch pool at the Spree. Stretch pool funds are distributed to participating organizations based on the percentage of the total funds raised. If United Way receives 25% of the total funds donated, we would receive an additional 25% of stretch pool funds. Stretch pool funds provide a great opportunity for you to increase the impact of your charitable gift. Last year, United Way donors gave $27,335 at the Spree. This included a very generous gift of $18,290 from the Forward Fund which helped fully fund our Ready to Learn initiative. Plus, we received $1,738.73 in additional stretch pool funds.

The 2019 Giving Spree Resource Book, which features a half-page ad for every participating nonprofit, was inserted in the Gettysburg Times and delivered to more than 13,000 homes on Oct. 23. Copies are available at the Adams County Community Foundation, all of the participating nonprofits and other locations throughout Adams County. It is also available on the Foundation’s website.

The Giving Spree would not be possible without our generous sponsors: ACNB Bank, Adams Cooperative, Inc., Biggerstaff’s Catering, Brown Advisory, First Energy Foundation, Giant Food Stores, Rice Fruit Company, C.S. Davidson, Fred and Susi Guinn, APM Building Materials, Consolidated Scrap Resources, Destination Gettysburg, Hockley & O’Donnell Insurance Agency, Stonebridge Financial Group and Tevis Energy.

If you haven’t made your annual contribution yet to the 2019-20 United Way Campaign, this a great opportunity to make your donation and increase your giving through stretch pool funds. If you can’t attend the event, you can stop by United Way to pick up a Giving Spree Gift Registration form which allows you to contribute to several organizations at once. Checks must be made payable to the Adams County Community Foundation and received by and dated Nov. 7. You can also make your contribution online by visiting www.adamscountycf.org.

Hope to see you at the Giving Spree. Great things happen when we give United!

Vickie Corbett, Executive Director, United Way of Adams County

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