William Gasper, fifth grade student at the Towanda Elementary School,
was one of the five $100 cash prize winners through a "Pay It Forward"
complimentary raffle sponsored by The Community Foundation for the Twin
Tiers (CFTT) and Memorial Hospital. Kneeling in front of the fifth grade
class, from left, Patty Dawsey, Memorial Hospital Community Outreach;
Angela Klopf, CEO of CFTT; William Gasper; Jeff Russell, Memorial
Hospital Director of Marketing; and Mrs. Amy Belosky, Williamís
fifth grade teacher.
The holidays are brighter for many families thanks to the five individual
$100 winners of the "Pay It Forward" giveaway raffle sponsored by The Community
Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) and Memorial Hospital at Decemberís
First Friday event in Towanda.
Jeff Russell, Director of Marketing at Memorial Hospital, explained,
"At the ten-year anniversary banquet of CFTT, Patty Dawsey was a winner
of a $500 grant. She agreed that "Paying It Forward" in our community
would be the best way to use the money."
With similar missions of enhancing the quality of life in the communities
they serve, these two organizations teamed up in front of the Rainbowís
End Thrift Shop to serve up complimentary hot chocolate topped with marshmallows
and offer a free raffle giving individuals the chance to win one of five
$100 "Pay It Forward" prizes.
"We really enjoyed telling people about the "Pay It Forward" opportunity
as they passed by our display," Russell said. "Everyone seemed to be very
intrigued with the idea."
Among the winners of the $100 cash prizes was William Gasper, a fifth grade
student at the Towanda Elementary School. "Weíve connected with William at
First Friday events before," said Mr. Russell. "He comes by on his bike and
stops by to see what we are up to."
This past First Friday was no different. "When William came by, I explained
the concept of the $100 "Pay It Forward" giveaway while he sipped his hot
chocolate," Mr. Russell said. "William was a bit skeptical and wasnít sure
about it and happily peddled away."
"A few minutes later, William wheeled up to our table and announced that he
was ready to sign up for the raffle," Mr. Russell says. "He told me he had
given it some thought and decided he would sign up after all. He said if
he won, he wanted to give the money to his school so his class could
enjoy more field trips."
In his own words, with the help of his teacher, William answered these questions:
Why did you choose to pay the $100 forward to your class? "My class is nice and
they work hard," was his answer. What would you like to do with the money?
"Iíd like to go swimming and have a party with my whole class. Maybe a pizza
or ice-cream party," he answered.
Mrs. Belosky, Williamís fifth grade teacher, says, "As a result of Williamís
generosity, our class will be walking to the high school to go swimming for
the day. We will have a pizza party while there. The $100 will pay for the
life guard and the party supplies."
And, to expand on Williamís "Pay It Forward" experience, Mrs. Belosky says,
"We decided to continue to pay it forward by asking each student to bring
in animal supplies (dog food, cat litter) on the day of the field trip.
We are going to donate these items to the Bradford County Humane Society."
Mr. Russell said, "We would like to sincerely thank Angela Klopf of the
Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers for making this "Pay It Forward"
community outreach event possible. The impact of paying it forward has
exceeded our expectations!"
Additional winners of the "Pay-It-Forward" raffle drawing include:
Michelle Netherton, Wysox, says she will be forwarding her winnings to
a family who recently lost their home in a fire.
Brian Morgan, Ulster, says he will be depositing the money in a college
savings account for his two young daughters. Mr. Morgan was proud to
say that both of his daughters were born at Memorial Hospital.
Amryn Golden, Towanda, six-years-old, wants to help her family have
a better Christmas and she wants some pizza.
Donna Stout, Towanda, will give the money a local family that needs
a helping hand.
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