Raise the Region Fundraising Event Expands To Tioga County
On December 15, Blaise Alexander of Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships hosted a special event at the First Citizens Community Bank branch in Mansfield to promote Raise the Region’s expansion into Tioga County.
The following is an official press release from First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania about the expansion and Blaise Alexander’s and First Citizens Community Bank’s contributions to the program:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 15, 2021
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) is excited to announce Raise the Region 2022 will be expanding the service area to include nonprofit organizations serving the residents of Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The announcement was made by Blaise Alexander at a special event hosted for nonprofit organizations on December 15, 2021. Financial support from the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships and First Citizens Community Bank is creating this new community opportunity.
“I’ve always enjoyed coming to Tioga County and now that I own businesses here, I feel it is more important than ever to become more of a part of this community. I know of no better way to become a part of something than to participate and motivate their people to give. Can’t think of a better Christmas gift to give back to the county then bringing them into the Raise the Region event,” said Blaise Alexander, President of Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships.
Raise the Region is the area’s largest online fundraising event helping the communities of Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties support local nonprofit organizations fundraising efforts. Since the grams inception, the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships have generously donated $150,000 each year to stretch every donation during the online fundraising event. This year, the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships is increasing its donation to $175,000 allowing the program to include Tioga County, PA.
Jennifer D. Wilson, FCFP President & CEO, said, “The generosity displayed by Blaise Alexander and his family of dealerships continues to inspire others. The Foundation is grateful to Blaise for his philanthropic leadership and to Randy Black and his team at First Citizens Community Bank for helping to make this expansion possible. We are excited to introduce our program to the residents of Tioga County.”
First Citizens Community Bank will be providing $25,000 toward prizes and incentives the nonprofits can achieve during the event. The Bank’s donation is in memory of Lynne and Lowell Coolidge. Mr. Coolidge was the Chairman of the Bank’s board from 1989 until 2021, and he and his wife, Lynne, had a profound impact on many Tioga County community organizations.
“For nearly 150 years, First Citizens has been committed to the core beliefs and values that our bank was first founded on – that is supporting the community we serve. We are passionate about helping community organizations fulfill their purpose,” commented Randall E. Black, CEO and President. “It is our great honor to support Raise the Region in memory of Lowell and Lynne Coolidge who were so involved in the community. We honor their memory by giving back to Tioga County.”
Nonprofit participation in Raise the Region is available to 501c3 organizations. For nonprofits interested in learning more, visit www.RaiseTheRegion.org. The 2022 even will be hosted Wednesday, March 9 beginning at 6:00 PM through 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 10. The public is encouraged to visit www.RaiseTheRegion.org on these dates and select participating nonprofits to financially support. Each gift will be stretched by the $170,000 contribution from Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships.
In 2021, north central Pennsylvania showed its true spirit of philanthropy by donating $2,037,800 to 272 nonprofits. Raise the Region had thousands of donors make over 14,000 gifts. Since starting in 2013, Raise the Region has collectively received $12.3 million in donations for the benefit of local nonprofit organizations.
FCFP works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.
For more information on the programs and services offered by FCFP, or to learn more about ways to make a difference in your community, contact the office at 570-321-1500.
Megan Kirk – First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania
(570) 321-1500 – MeganK@fcfpartnership.org
Videography: Andrew Moore, Ethan Chabala
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania
Anchor: Rhonda Pearson
Correspondent: Rhonda Pearson
Guest(s): Jennifer Wilson, Blaise Alexander, Randy Black
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