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A Big Thank-You!

Jun 04, 2016 06:05PM ● By Erica Shames
Thank-you to everyone who came out to participate in, help with, sponsor and support the second annual Battle of the 'Burgs fundraiser for the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund! Nearly 250 people took part in either the race, the party or both! The fundraising goal was $5000. The total amount of funds raised is still being determined. 

A special thank-you to event premiere sponsor Associated Oral Surgeons of Lewisburg, and associate sponsors Dr. David Reiner, DC, of Watsontown, Lycoming Physical Therapy and Susquehanna Life magazine. And to Alan and Kyle Ard, Rusty Rail Brewing Co. and Folk Justice Band for once again being a part of this event. We couldn't have achieved a fun and successful event without you!

Special thanks also goes to our volunteers: Tony Massoud; Chris and Dan Greak, Sue Baker; Dr. Michelle Keller; Pete Mackey; Cheryl Baker; Gloria Phillips; Jeff Pauling; Bucknell students Sam Jacobson, Terence McHugh, Brian Hipwell, Chris Tacca and Brian Moretti; Lisa Perrone; Mitch and Michelle Chernin; Janelle Newswanger; Jennifer Church; Mike Zechman and Diane Elliott. Did we leave anyone out?
Organized by Tara Michaels and her Fit for Funds organization, including Michaele Kelly,  with help from Susquehanna Life magazine's publisher Erica Shames, the event consists of a three-mile race on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail and a post-race party at Ard's Farm where an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, beer tastings from Rusty Rail Brewing Co. and classic rock and roll from Folk Justice Band are highlights. 

The Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, administered by the First Community Foundation of Williamsport, was created by Erica Shames to honor and commemorate the generous spirit of Baker, a Lewisburg chiropractor, who was stricken with inoperable brain cancer in January 2014 and passed away a short time later.

The fund has an ultimate goal of raising $25,000 over five years; after which time the fund will live on in perpetuity and the accrued monies will be distributed, $1000 annually, to a family coping with catastrophic illness or circumstance.

For more information about the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, to contribute money or to help with next year's Battle of the 'Burgs, please call (570) 522-0149. 


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