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2014 Extraordinary GiveCOBYS Family Services is gearing up for the third annual ExtraOrdinary Give on Friday, November 21. To sweeten the deal, we are partnering with Zig's Bakery & Deli to host The ExtraOrdinary Whoopie Pie Event. More on that later.

COBYS is one of more than 250 organizations participating in the 24-hour online giving campaign sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Here's how it works: With credit card in hand, donors simply need to visit ExtraOrdinary Give between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 21, choose COBYS from the list of organizations, and give a donation of $25 or more.

The Foundation, with help from Presenting Sponsors Rodgers & Associates and The Martin H. Baer Charitable Trust, is promoting the event, providing prize money, and offering a $250,000 "stretch fund" that will be divided proportionately among participating organizations. The more our donors give, the greater COBYS' proportion of the $250,000. For example, if a total of $3 million is given to all organizations and COBYS receives $60,000 from its donors, we would receive two percent or $5,000 of the match.

On top of the match, an additional $50,000 will be awarded in prizes. The first 10 organizations to receive 50 "unique gifts" will earn a $1,000 Early Bird prize. We are looking for people to give at the stroke of midnight to help us win an Early Bird Prize for the third year in a row! (A unique gift is one person giving with one credit card. A couple can give two unique gifts if they use two different credit cards.)

In addition, during certain time periods, individual donations will be randomly selected. If a COBYS donor is chosen, the foundation will add $1,000 to that donation. The more individual donations COBYS receives, the greater our chance of winning one or more prizes. Click here to learn more about prizes and the best times to give.

Now, about those whoopie pies: Donors who stop in at the COBYS Family Life Center at 171 E. King Street, Lancaster, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and donate at our giving station, will receive an extraordinary whoopie pie, courtesy of Zig's Bakery & Deli, as our token of thanks. How sweet is that? If you have time, our staff will be glad to give you a tour of the facility while you are there.

Last year, even without whoopie pies, COBYS finished in the top 20 out of more than 250 organizations with a net income for the day exceeding $35,000.

Please mark your calendar, tell your friends, and remember COBYS on November 21. Additional information will be mailed to COBYS supporters with a year-end appeal letter in mid-November. Unless the donor specifies otherwise, ExtraOrdinary Give gifts from previous COBYS donors will support our ongoing ministries through the general fund. Gifts from first-time donors will fund the Work for the Well-Being of the City campaign.

If you know a potential donor who doesn't have access to a computer or just have questions about the ExtraOrdinary Give, contact Don Fitzkee at 717-656-6580 or




Family Life CenterPledges toward the Work for the Well-Being of the City campaign have reached more than two thirds of the $300,000 campaign goal. Additional pledges currently are being sought in the Church Gifts phase of the campaign.

As of November 1, pledges totaled more than $225,000. Of that amount, nearly $160,000 had been received.

In June 2013, COBYS launched the campaign to pay for a new Family Life Center facility, located at 171 E. King Street in Lancaster, and undergird Family Life Education programming.

In concert with the education theme, the campaign goals can be summarized in three R's: Retire remaining debt on the Family Life Center ($185,000); Recoup a portion of costs for furnishing the building ($45,000); and Raise new funds to support Family Life Education programs ($70,000). Any giving above the $300,000 goal will support additional educational programming.

In October 2012 COBYS purchased the 5,400-square-foot facility at the corner of King and Lime Streets to house Family Life Education staff and programs. The move was prompted by a need for consistent, well-equipped facilities for education and childcare and a growing realization that many people served by COBYS education programs live in the city.

The campaign will receive additional support through the November 21 ExtraOrdinary Give. All donations to COBYS from first-time donors through the online giving campaign will support the Work for the Well-Being campaign (unless the donor designates otherwise). Donors are invited to visit the Family Life Center during the ExtraOrdinary Give between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Those who stop by to donate will receive a whoopie pie from Zig's Bakery & Deli as part of The ExtraOrdinary Whoopie Pie Event.




2014 Bike and HikeThe 18th annual COBYS Bike & Hike, held Sunday, September 7, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, established a new income record, marking the 15th consecutive year that income from the event has grown.

As of September 18, giving was projected at more than $108,000, up from last year's figure of $104,355.

"After making a big push last year to reach $100,000 for the first time, we wondered if we would be able to do it again," said Director of Development Don Fitzkee. "So we are thrilled that giving increased again this year!"

An unexpected large donation designated for the Bike & Hike received after the event guaranteed a new income record.

Bike & Hike participants choose between a three-mile walk, 10- and 25-mile bicycle rides, and a 65-mile motorcycle ride, and then pay a registration fee, enlist support from sponsors, or both. More than 500 people participated in the event, including 213 walkers, 153 motorcyclists on 93 cycles, and 87 bicyclists, along with some friends who stopped in to visit and participate in the auction.

Top fundraisers were Floy Fitzkee, Manheim; $6,185; Londa Brandt, Manheim, $6,118; Mari Cunningham, Lancaster, $5,851; and Lucy de Perrot, Lititz, $3,780. More than 20 individuals or families gave or raised at least $1,000 for COBYS ministries.

Three Church of the Brethren (COB) youth groups earned a gym and pizza night by raising at least $1,500. Top youth groups were: Little Swatara, Rehrersburg, $4,585; Midway, Lebanon, $4,295; and Chiques Junior High, Manheim, $1,623.79. Other participating youth groups included Mohrsville and Mt. Zion Road COBs.

Some 90 businesses supported the event by donating cash, grand prizes, auction items, food and supplies, and door prizes. Lititz Church of the Brethren donated use of its facilities and Camp Swatara, located near Bethel, staffed the break stop for the motorcycle ride.

Contributing to the income growth was the addition of a Silent Auction, which featured 35 donated items and raised nearly $3,000. "People seemed to be enjoying themselves at the auction," said Don, "and we think this will add a growing edge to the event in coming years."

Top selling auction items included a night's stay at the Presidential Suite of the Lancaster Marriott and Breakfast for Two at the Penn Square Grille, donated by Thomas Connelly; a three-night stay at a Potter County Chalet, donated by Jim & Pam Ament; and a patio heater with gas canister donated by Good's Store and Amerigas.

Business supporters included Event Sponsors Cocalico Automotive and Hagy's Towing; and Major Sponsors Fillmore Container, Speedwell Construction, The Hess Agency, and Carl & Margaret Wenger through the Wenger Foundation Inc. Sponsors were Bomberger's Store; The Furniture Doctor, Inc.; Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP; Hawthorne Electric, Inc.; Red Rose Pediatric Associates; Scenic Ridge Construction; TCW Computer Systems, Inc.; Toothsmiths, Inc.; and Young & Young Attorneys at Law.

Grand Prize donors for top fundraisers were Bob Neff Tours, Conestoga Tours, and Oregon Dairy. (See below for a complete list of business donors.)

WJTL FM 90.3 radio broadcast live from the event and reporter Lynn Rebuck covered it. Click here to read her article.

A photo gallery from the Bike & Hike is available on the COBYS Facebook page.

Next year's Bike & Hike is slated for Sunday, September 13. The event is held each year on the Sunday after Labor Day. If you would like to receive information on serving as a business sponsor or donating items for next year's Silent Auction, please contact Don Fitzkee at or 717-656-6580.

Event Sponsor
Cocalico Automotive
Hagy Towing

Major Sponsors
Fillmore Container
Speedwell Construction, Inc.
The Hess Agency
The Wenger Foundation

Bomberger's Store Inc.
Gibbel Kraybill & Hess, LLP
Hawthorne Electric, Inc.
Red Rose Pediatrics
Scenic Ridge Construction
TCW Computer Systems, Inc.
The Furniture Doctor, Inc.
Toothsmiths, Inc.
Young & Young, Attorneys at Law

Balsbaugh Insurance Agency, Inc.
BCF Group
Ebersole Brothers Construction, Inc.
Drs. May-Grant Associates
Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Hess Tent Rental
John M. Hess Auction Service, Inc.
Keller Brothers Ford-Lititz
Longenecker's Hardware
Martin Enterprises (Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service)
Merchandiser Advertiser PennySaver
S & A Paint & Repair
Steffy Printing
The Country Store
WJTL FM 90.3

Grand Prize Donors
Bob Neff Tours, Inc.
Conestoga Tours
Oregon Dairy

Auction Donors
Blue Ridge Communications
Carl & Margaret Wenger
Diane Hurst, Thirty-One Consultant
Domaki Leathers
Fillmore Container
Good's Store (and Amerigas)
Hershey Bears Hockey Club
Hurst House Bed & Breakfast
J. B. Zimmerman
Jim & Pamela Ament
Joan Fyock Norris
Kellye Martin, Thirty-One Consultant
Landis Valley Associates
Miller's Christmas Tree Farm
Mr. Hotshine
Outback Toys
S. Clyde Weaver, Inc.
Signature Custom Cabinetry
Smith's Candies
TCW Computer Systems, Inc.
The Castle Roller Skating Rink
The Goble Group
Thomas Connelly
Umberger's of Fontana

Lititz Church of the Brethren
Camp Swatara

Crystal Springs Water Company
Four Seasons Produce
Herr Foods
Hess Brothers Fruit Company
John Herr's Village Market
Oregon Dairy
Smith's Candies
Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc.

Door Prizes
ASK Foods, Inc.
Blue Ridge Communications
Country Table Restaurant, Bakery, Deli
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Esbenshade's Garden Centers
Halo Branded Solutions-Rick Bridgman
Harrisburg Senators Baseball Club
Kauffman's Bar-B-Q Restaurant
Keller Brothers Ford-Lititz
Keystone Pretzel Bakery
Kitchen Kettle Village
Lancaster Barnstormers
Landis Valley Associates
Leisure Lanes of Lancaster
Miller's Christmas Tree Farm
Mr. Hotshine
Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
Reading Fightin' Phils
Reist Popcorn Company
Shady Maple Farm Market & Smorgasbord
Shuey's Pretzels
Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc.
Smith's Candies
Stauffers of Kissel Hill
Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc.
Village Greens Golf Inc.
Weis Market
Willow Valley Associates
Zig's Bakery & Deli LLC




The politically charged debate surrounding abortion sometimes drives people apart, but adoption is a life-affirming option that people of diverse perspectives can embrace.

COBYS Family Services has prepared a three-minute video segment for churches to use in their observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 20. The video highlights the story of Beverly, who received free birth parent counseling through COBYS and chose to make an adoption plan for her soon-to-be-born daughter.

View and download the video here. Or check it out on Facebook and help spread the word to your friends. DVDs also are available for congregations who request them.

For more information about the video, contact Becky Frey or to learn more about COBYS Birth Parent Counseling services, please contact Melanie Swansfeger or go to





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