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Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued an Emergency Appeal for blood and platelet donations, as our community blood supply has reached critical levels.  Approximately 450 donations are needed every day for lifesaving transfusions to those in need, including cancer patients, accident victims & premature infants.  Be the one to make a difference, because JUST ONE MORE donation truly does matter. To schedule your donation, call 800-B-A-DONOR or visit giveapint.org today.

The Save Our Stages Act provides Small Business Administration grants for independent venues, promoters, and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants offer at least six months of financial support to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector and our ecosystem for communities across America.  The mission of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.   Click here for Save our Stages. 

 

The State Theatre needs your help! COVID closures lead to 100% loss of ticket revenue which doesn’t expect to return until 2021. We urgently need the community’s help to sustain our beautiful theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, until the curtain can rise again.  As one of the leading cultural organizations in the Lehigh Valley, the non-profit State Theatre is a proven driver of economic vitality in the region. The State also produces the FREDDY Awards, known as a treasured annual event in the community.  Please help keep this iconic Lehigh Valley institution alive with your tax-deductible donation at www.statetheatre.org

October 2020:  

The IronPigs are looking to sell out Coca-Cola Park this October as they will be teaming up with Olympus Corporation of the Americas and Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute to host a “Virtual Strike Out Cancer” throughout the month of October. The event will run through Saturday, October 31.  The “Virtual Strike Out Cancer” will raise awareness and support for cancer patients, their families, and cancer support organizations in the Lehigh Valley. Fans are encouraged to submit photos of their loved ones (past and present) – those they will Stand Up to Cancer for. The IronPigs will share these photos on their social media platforms, with a special Strike Out Cancer frame around their loved one’s photo.  In addition, fans will have the opportunity to help the IronPigs sell out Coca-Cola Park. Fans can click here to purchase a virtual, Coca-Cola Park seat for $11. The net proceeds from these purchases will be donated to local cancer support groups. Those groups are:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Angel 34 Foundation
  • Boutique at the Rink
  • Cancer Support Community
  • Dream Come True
  • Julia’s Grace Foundation
  • Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute Prager Fund
  • Life Always Facing Forward
  • Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley
  • Women’s 5K Classic

Fans who purchase a seat(s) will be entered to win an IronPigs Pig Pack that will include promotional items plus items donated by Olympus Corporation of the Americas and Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Saturday, November 7, 2020: The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute invites you to the 2nd Annual Celebration Of Champions Virtual Event Saturday, November 76:45 p.m. Former CBS meteorologist and author Katie Fehlinger hosts this incredible evening full of heart- warming stories from cancer survivors, physicians and nurses.  Plus, special guest appearances! Registration is required.  Go to give.lvhn.org/champion to register and learn more.  Funds raised will stay local and support The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute.  Visit give.lvhn.org/champion

Wednesday, November 18, 2020:

Gray Strong Foundation is excited to present Shake it Up Lehigh Valley – A Virtual Gala & Auction to support and raise awareness for the Parkinson’s (PD) community. On Wednesday, November 18th beginning at 5pm, tune in for feature presentations from Joshua Kiner, Director of St. Luke’s Physical TherapyDr. Musa Tangoren of LV HospitalDr. Howard Gendelman of UNMC Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, and our Keynote Speaker Tim Hague, Sr. – Amazing Race Canada Winner, Motivational Speaker and author of Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined.

The lineup includes a special appearance from a notable Parkinson’s community spokesperson as well as surprise musical artists.  Gala virtual viewers are encouraged to bid on “live” auction items donated from the area’s top 100 companies, including Abbott, Americaven, Medtronic, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Nippon Life Benefits, Shepherd Hills Golf Club, Shootworks, Steel Club, Yanni’s Taverna, The Yoga Hut and Travel Experiences to see Hamilton on Broadway and a Disney World Family Adventure.  The Gray Strong Foundation was founded by local EMT and Michael J. Fox Foundation Ambassador, Eric Aquino, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 40. While undergoing treatment, Aquino discovered there was a lack of resources in his area. So, he established a support system by creating a podcast “Trembling EMT” to shed light on one of many Parkinson’s journeys and help start a conversation about the disease. 

Gray Strong’s mission is to help individuals and their families move forward with Parkinson’s while raising awareness in the community. They help individuals #moveforwardwithparkinsons by providing medical needs and program resource support for Parkinson’s patients and their families.

To register, visit this link: https://www.graystrong.org/event-details/shake-it-up-lehigh-valley

Gray Strong Foundation helps individuals #moveforwardwithparkinsons by providing medical needs and program resource support for Parkinson’s patients and their families. Founded by local EMT, Eric Aquino, Gray Strong Foundation offers much needed support and Parkinson’s disease (PD) awareness to the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas via fundraising initiatives, @tremblingEMT social media tips and podcasts, medical resource information and exercise programs. Aquino is no stranger to generating successful non-profit organizations as a former chapter President of a local Pink Heals chapter (easily recognized by their pink fire trucks) and current Michael J. Fox Foundation Ambassador.

 

 

Monday, December 7, 2020:

The Dream Come True Telethon is an annual fundraising telecast that supports the efforts of the Dream Come True organization to grant wishes to terminally, chronically and seriously ill children. Last year the Telethon raised $125,000! This year is the 35th Anniversary of the Dream Come True Telethon!

The Telethon will take place Monday evening, December 7, 2020. This year, portions of the Telethon will be taped in advance in observance of social distancing and Covid restrictions. The auction begins November 23 and is hosted by biddingowl.com. 100% of the proceeds raised from the auction go directly to Dream Come True.
 
Dream Come True’s mission is to promote and enrich the lives of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill. They offer children with life threatening illnesses the chance to hope, dream and live their fantasies. This grassroots organization was founded by a vision to help children who have faced many difficulties in their young lives. Dream Come True began by fulfilling the first dream for a young girl afflicted with cancer in 1984, and 35 years later the organization has touched the lives of more than 1,250 children.

Dreams are fulfilled for children who are diagnosed with illnesses that are life-threatening, terminal or have seriously altered their lifestyle. These illnesses include: cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, certain heart defects, organ transplants, AIDS, and more. The children are between the ages of 4 and 17.

Visit Dream Come True’s website, www.dreamcometrue.org, to learn more about this wonderful  organization, some of the recent dreams granted, other events held throughout the year, and much more!

Did you take a shower today? Did you brush your teeth?  Well the Brodhead Watershed Association hopes so.  Most people take clean water for granted every day.  But clean water can’t take care of itself.  We need to protect this precious shared resource.  Brodhead Watershed Association works with elected officials, residents, businesses, groups, and people like you to protect and improve our water and environment.  You can help safeguard this vital and abundant resource.

Learn more at www.brodheadwatershed.org.  “Pocono Waters…now streaming”.

February 5, 2021:  Riverbend Community Church has pledged to provide an unforgettable prom night experience called Night to Shine, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. February 5, 2021, Riverbend will be celebrating its 5th Night to Shine. We have the opportunity with partnering with churches around the world hosting around 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers! We invite you to partner with us in this experience.  Together, we can love people with special needs in our community and collaborate to grow our Allentown-based businesses!  Our event unites schools, businesses, and non-profits as well 200+ volunteers in one evening where those who have special needs will receive royal treatment! We make sure everyone who enters the prom walks the red carpet, enjoys the flashing lights of the paparazzi. More Info click here.

Do you ever lose your balance, or feel dizzy for no apparent reason? Do you hear ringing in your ears, or have migraines? One in five Americans will experience these symptoms, which could be signs you have a problem with your inner ear, or vestibular system. Because these symptoms are invisible and hard to describe, they are often overlooked by doctors and dismissed by family and friends.

Call the Vestibular Disorders helpline at (800) 837-8428. Or visit www.liferebalanced.org. Sponsored by the Vestibular Disorders Association.

The Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) is proud to announce a new suite of services for individuals with disabilities over the age of 21.  These Adult Programs and Services form a natural extension to the Bucks IU’s existing, high-quality services for children with disabilities from birth through age 21.  Person-centered and growth-oriented, these Adult Programs and Services offer an exceptional opportunity for this more mature population as they transition to adulthood.  Many may find an extra level of comfort working with the Bucks IU, having previously received services from them. 

The Bucks IU’s Adult Employment Services provide individuals with the ability to meet the goal of obtaining and sustaining competitive, integrated employment.  Provided by the Bucks IU’s knowledgeable, qualified, and highly experienced staff, these new Adult Employment Services offer a variety of supports tailored to each individual’s unique needs. These services features job skills training, access to our established partnerships with a wide variety of community businesses located throughout Bucks County, and job search and development supports.  Provided as an itinerant service, these Adult Employment Services also offer:

  • Career Assessment: Service used to identify career options based on the skills and interest of the participant
  • Job Finding or Development: Variety of activities and services to match the participant with a potential employer
  • Job Coaching and Support: Training the participant on specific job assignments and providing periodic or ongoing support as needed

Persons with disabilities, aged 21 and older, may be eligible for these new Adult Programs and Services from the Bucks IU.  If you are unsure of eligibility or who to contact for information, the Bucks IU is happy to assist you.  Contact the Bucks IU Adult Programs and Services team at 215-348-2940 Ext. 1330, or email AdultPrograms@BucksIU.org.  As additional Bucks IU Adult Program and Services updates and details become available, they will be posted on the Bucks IU’s website at https://www.BucksIU.org/AdultPrograms

The Bucks IU’s Adult Programs and Services are offered in accordance with the Office of Development Programs (ODP).