Saturday, May 21, 2016 was the 1st Annual PVYC 5K/10K Walk/Run. We had over 55 runners & walkers despite the cold and wet weather! Thanks to everyone who volunteered and ran/walked to support PVYC!!
PVYC partnered with Centre Foundation during this year’s Centre Gives event. PVYC hosted an informal dinner event at the famed Round Barn in Centre Hall. Friends of PVYC came out to this historic icon for a picnic style dinner and to donate $25 or more. We had no idea this event would raise over $28,000.00 for the Penns Valley Youth Center! If you gave to PVYC during this event, thank you, thank you, thank you! We were blessed beyond all we could ask or imagine!
This year’s event was a huge success! It was a great night of fun and laughter as the community came out to support the Penns Valley Youth Center.
Event Donations: $31,005 (this includes business and family sponsorships paid to date, silent and live auctions, and in-kind donations on the night of the event)
New Or Increased Monthly Donations: $4,800 annually ($400 per month in new giving)
New Or Increased Annual Donations: $1,500
Total Attributable Benefit Auction Giving: $37,305
In addition, we received seven pledge cards for the CentreGIVES event on May 3rd, totaling an additional $2,925.
Each of these monies go to support the operations of PVYC, from buying all of the great food that is served each day, keeping the facilities functioning, providing scholarships to students who can’t afford to participate in camps and retreats, etc. Each dollar raised is used to support the mission of providing hope, worth and friendship to 6th through 12th graders in Penns Valley.
Thank you to each of you who helped out, donated, attended, prayed for or participated in some way! Without your efforts and contributions, PVYC wouldn’t be possible!
Join us Saturday, May 21, 2016 for our 5k/10k Run/Walk through beautiful Penns Valley. The 5k will be mostly flat out and back along Sinking Creek. The 10k will circle Georges Valley with some challenging hills thrown in at the half-way point. Both distances will begin and finish near the Old Gregg School in Spring Mills and proceeds will benefit the Penns Valley Youth Center, providing a valuable After School Program for our local youth.
AWARDS: • 1st Place Female • 1st Place Male • Best Outfit • Three deep medals in each age groups for the 10K and the 5K in both male and female categories • Largest Group (High School Sports Teams, Youth Groups, Community Groups – $250 to be given back to the organization!) • Door Prizes
Registration opens at 8:00am, Race begins at 9:00am
Click HERE to register today!
Saturday, March 19 was a day for dodgeball! The 2016 Get In The Game Dodgeball Tournament and Community Showcase event was a huge success. We had over 200 students participate, with 22 teams whose members ranged from 5th through 12th grade. Every student received an event t-shirt thanks to several businesses and churches that contributed to make the event possible. We also had over 34 Organizations, Businesses and Churches throughout the community come and showcase what they are all about during the event. Winning teams won “champion-of-the-event” t-shirts, and gift cards to local businesses. Students who participated in the community showcase part of the event were entered in a drawing to win Beat headphones, a Fitbit or an Ipad Mini. More than 40 volunteers and support from the community made this event possible. A big thank you to all of the event sponsors:
Penns Valley Youth Center (PVYC)
Penns Valley Area School District
Grace United Methodist
Fellowship Bible Church
Grace United Church of Christ
Calvary Penns Valley
Penns Valley Community Church
Centre Hall Lions Club
East Penns Valley Ministerium
St. James United Methodist Church
Millheim Original Italian Pizza (OIP)
We have some talented teens in this valley! Saturday, March 5th many of our students came out to showcase their artistic abilities. Several of our students took to the stage to play music or sing, while others participated in the art show by displaying their various works of art in sculpture, painting and photography. Winners of the art portion were awarded a private art lesson with local artist, Karl Eric Leitzel from Green Drake Gallery in Millheim and a private photography class from professional photographer, Meagan Jepson as well as gift cards to community businesses.
Friday, April 8, 2016 — Save The Date!
You never know what destination may await at the 2016 PVYC Benefit Auction! Each year we fund many of our PVYC programs directly through our Annual Benefit Auction. This year promises to be the biggest and best event yet! While the night will be filled with laughter and heart-warming stories of lives that have been changed through the work of PVYC, this work cannot continue without you and your generous support! Pack your bags and join us as we travel to destinations unknown without ever leaving the Valley!
This year, through the extreme generosity of the community and PVYC supporters, we were able to put on a Christmas gift workshop for our students. We transformed the gymnasium of the Old Gregg School into a Santa’s Workshop of sorts! We provided the materials, direction and volunteers for about 15 projects that the students could build, create and personalize to give to their family as Christmas gifts. A lot of our students don’t have the means to buy gifts for family members or friends, so we were able to help them do just that. The kids could choose from several of about 15 projects with varying levels of skill required. We provided the materials and volunteers with the know-how to help them with whatever projects they chose. Some of their choices were: a card-making station, where students could create a packet of Thank you or Birthday cards, a wooden mail organizer, various coaster sets, a mug project, where they could design and decorate a mug, a photo block project and many more! After the students completed their projects, they then had the opportunity to wrap their gifts, so they could take them right home and put them under the tree. The students were really excited about the opportunity to give gifts to their family they otherwise would have no means to provide.
Thanksgiving is a time where our students are given an opportunity to reach out and help their community. Each year, PVYC hosts a Community Thanksgiving Dinner complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy– the works! Almost all the food is donated by the community so that we can offer this event free of charge. Our students pitched in to do setup, they helped serve the food and drinks, and they helped with all the cleanup an event like this requires. They were happy to jump in, roll up their sleeves and help give back. This year the PVYC Community Thanksgiving Dinner served over 200 people in the community, as well as provided approximately 70 take-out meals.
We had so much fun carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples and racing on hay bales! This event is always a great time! The weather outside WAS frightful with storms and rain, but we didn’t let that stop us from having a great night. We transformed the gymnasium at the Old Gregg School into an obstacle course as our students had to race to navigate a wheelbarrow full of hay through the course. If that wasn’t hard enough, they had to do it with another student in the wheelbarrow as well! After the wheelbarrow races, teams challenged each other to an apple bobbing contest. Each team had to bob for an apple, run a few paces to a table where they had to eat their apple, depositing their empty core into the bucket. It was fun to watch the kids slip and slide, trying to see through a veil of water! After the games, everyone tried their hand at pumpkin carving– we have some creative kids!!