Members of Team BSSF, one of 14 teams to compete in Harrisburg Hoopla this past June, recently presented a check for $1,457.91 to Capital Area Girls on the Run for general operating expenses.

“This is awesome! The amount is the equivalent of full scholarship assistance for 10 girls,” said Capital Area Girls on the Run Executive Director Gillian Byerly. “That’s 10 more girls who can participate in our programming without worrying about the cost.”

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.

“Giving back to the community is important to us at BSSF, and this was a unique event that allowed our team to give back and have a little fun at the same time,” said BSSF Managing Principal and President Kenneth Wolfe. “We are pleased that as a result of this event a donation was made to an important organization for young girls in our community.”

Combining fun with philanthropy, the inaugural Harrisburg Hoopla raised more than $7,000 for local nonprofit organizations earlier this month. The event gave participants a chance to relive memorable middle school days and compete in fun events such as potato sack race, three legged race, tug-o-war, and more. Each of the 14 teams that competed represented a local charity of their choice. The top three teams will be donating part of the event proceeds to their selected charity. Harrisburg Hoopla is an event of the Emerging Philanthropists Program (EPP), a partnership between The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP).

Pictured individuals: Left to right – TFEC VP of Development and Community Investment Jennifer Doyle, Harrisburg Hoopla Planning Committee Chair Devin Langan, Capital Area Girls on the Run Executive Director Gillian Byerly, Capital Area Girls on the Run Board Member Annie Olivés, BSSF Managing Principal and President Kenneth Wolfe, and BSSF team members Dana Della Loggia, Chris Wagoner, Lauren Fulmer, Donnie Wilson.

About the Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP)

The “Harrisburg Hoopla” field day is an event founded by EPP. This program teaches young professionals the process and importance of grant making in the nonprofit community, while providing resources and educational opportunities for Harrisburg’s developing leaders who wish to be actively engaged in giving back to their community. The experience culminates with class members applying their newly learned community and grantmaking skills by awarding a grant to a nonprofit organization. Participants choose the funding area based on their community needs assessment. After a competitive grantmaking process, a one-time $5,000 grant is awarded to a local nonprofit organization. To date, the Emerging Philanthropist Program has granted $15,000 to local nonprofit organizations. The Emerging Philanthropist Fund is an endowment fund used to ensure the $5,000 awards become sustainable for future participants. Given the need in our communities, our long-term goal is to grow the award amounts and enable future participants to award grants to multiple organizations. Click here for more information on the Emerging Philanthropist Program. Click here to Like Harrisburg Hoopla on Facebook.

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