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Tickets on Sale for the Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy Festival

Join us for an indulgent night of food and fun.

You are invited to this elegant chocolate themed fundraising event. Held at the Lewisburg Hotel, this gala event offers music and dancing, hor d’oeuvres, an auction, delicious chocolate creations from amateur and professional bakers, an open bar with signature chocolate themed cocktails, and a raffle.

Doors open at 6:30pm. This is an adults only (21+) event. Tickets are $75 per person or $520 per table of 8. Purchase your tickets today by calling 570.524.5000.

Find more information about the Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy Festival here.

Drick Repeats as Long Drive Champion in Big Dog Contest

Lewisburg, Pa – White Deer’s Ross Drick might be getting older but he is getting longer too. His 319-yard drive Thursday evening was 9 yards longer than his 310-yard winning drive a year ago. He took home the Big Dog Prize in Long Drive Contest on the 15th tee at the Bucknell Golf Club. It was the fourth time the event has been held as a fundraiser for the Donald L Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg.

With the fifteenth tee holding three sets of bleachers, a fair crowd gathered to watch 8 of the longest hitters in the area square off.

In the opening round, all eight golfers were given 6 balls to try to outdistance the others but the ball had to hit the fairway to count. The four best moved on to the second round. Drick got three of his six balls in play, the longest of 319 yards got him through the first round easily. He advanced to the semi-finals along with Williamsport’s William Knauth (304), Williamsport’s Justin Cooley (292) and Lewisburg’s Al Kline, Jr. (283 Eliminated for the second round were Lewisburg’s Todd Vonderheid (276), Williamsport’s Allen Kiessling (264), Lewisburg’s Jeffrey Levitan (250) and Williamsport’s Brian Ratajczak (275).

In the semi-final round, this time only hitting 5 balls, it was Drick, who is employed at the Lewisburg prison and Knauth, a first-year student at Carnegie Mellon who advanced to the final round when Drick’s 302-yard blast again topped the field while Knauth registered 288 yards and then squared off in the finals. Cooley only got one in play at 256 yards and Kline’s best was 277.

Drick and Knauth have won four White Deer Club Championship between them. A coin toss determined who went first and it was Knauth who chose to go first. This time the finalists had only 4 balls to hit and Knauth got two of the four in play, his best was 285 yards. Drick’s first attempt in the final round was 318 yards and that clinched the title.

Drick took home a $500.00 VISA Gift card and Knauth and Kline (Senior winner) each got $250.00. Lewisburg’s Kline won the Big Dog Grand Prize for raising the most money for the Heiter Center, a total of $1691.50. Each of the contestants had to secure pledges as sponsorships and Kline’s efforts got him and his family a week in North Myrtle Beach at a 4-bedroom, 4 bath Ocean View Condo.

The contestants raised over $8000.00 in pledges and when combined with sponsorships from businesses and individuals, the Heiter Center raised just over $17,000.

The Donald L Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg was named after a former Lewisburg Chief of Police. They conduct after school programs and summer day camp for kids and a variety of community services that last year served over 4500 individuals from the surrounding area.

Heiter Center Needs Cash to Raise a Roof

Originally published on The Daily Item

A contractor came to the Donald L. Heiter Community Center to inspect its roof after it sprung a leak.

It was stamped for installation in 1972 and rated for 10 years.

“1982 is really when it should have been dealt with,” Andrea Tufo, executive director, said of the flat, neoprene roof. “It’s time to build a pitched roof on top.”

It’s time to raise some funds, too.

A goal of $75,000 is set for the Heiter Center — the cost of a new roof plus repairs to water damage on the wooden floor in the gymnasium along with contingency cash for the project overall. It hopes to meet the mark by early February.

The Heiter Center, 100 N. Fifth St., holds an annual fund drive to support its programming but a capital campaign is out of the norm. August will mark 25 years for the nonprofit youth center.

“That’s a lot of money for us,” Tufo said.

Donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/heiter-kids-need-a-roof or under the Support the Center section of www.donaldheiter.org. Donations can also be made by mail or in person at 100 N. Fifth St.

The Heiter Center operates on an average annual budget of $250,000. It has just two full-time employees and is staffed largely by seasonal workers and volunteers. They serve 300 children enrolled in educational and recreational programs including before-school and after-school care. All told, Tufo said 6,600 children and adults were served by its services in 2016, including through the CommunityZone, which now falls under its umbrella.

Among the volunteers were students from Bucknell University’s Management 101 course. The college students sought in-kind donations and raised additional cash to buy mold-resistant paint and paint supplies. They redid the gym after the leak was patched and plan to paint an adjacent room.

“All of our money went to paint. We did have a bit extra to go toward the floor,” said Haley Mullen, 21, a junior at Bucknell.

University student involvement at the youth center is a continuation of the town and gown relationship between Bucknell and Lewisburg, Mullen said. It’s convenient, too.

“We can walk right over. It’s nice and local,” Mullen said.

The Heiter Center offers scholarships to families who may not be able to afford the modest fees for its programming. A school bus was recently purchased for the center to transport kids to off-site activities and planning is well under way for a new teen center in Mifflinburg.

According to Tufo, a Chestnut Street (Route 45) location is secured and it’s a matter of meeting code and zoning requirements before the site will be official. Among its planned features are a cafe and art studio.

The demographic will be different than the Lewisburg locale: 13 years and up compared to ages 5 to 13. With the bus, Tufo expects teens from Lewisburg to travel to their neighboring community and vice versa for Heiter Center programs and events.

A soft opening is planned for the summer and a full opening in September. Community support by way of participation and volunteers is needed.

“Mifflinburg is a different community and we want to make sure we appreciate that and build our own network there,” Tufo said.