Fundraiser benefits community programs
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Guests patronized the second annual "Huge Indoor Yard Sale and Chinese Auction"on Saturday, April 2 at Lehighton Recreation Center. All proceedsbenefit community programs of both Lehighton Area Pool Pals and Lehighton Rotary Club. Pictured are Lehighton Rotarians Dr. Barbara BelÃÂ³n and Patti Stockhausenwho volunteeredtheir time selling tickets for theChinese Auction.
Lehighton Area Pool Pals and Lehighton Rotary Club teamed up to host their second annual "Huge Indoor Yard Sale and Chinese Auction" on Saturday, April 2 at Lehighton Recreation Center. All proceeds from this event benefit community programs of the two organizations.
According to Lehighton Rotary Club President Dr. Barbara BelÃÂ³n, "This combined effort by the Pool Pals and Lehighton Rotary is an example of maximizing the strengths of two area organizations - both of which work for the betterment of our community." Lehighton Area Pool Pals Vice President Diane Hoffman concurred, "I truly feel that organizations in our area should begin to think about working together. There is strength in numbers!"
Lehighton Area Pool Pals is a non-profit community organization that raised approximately $135,000 to renovate the Lehighton Swimming Pool at Baer Memorial Park. After several summer seasons closed, the pool reopened in 2009 - thanks to the efforts of this organization. It continues to support and promote ongoing fundraising projects and events for the pool. "Children will be safer because they will be provided water safety skills in the form of free swimming lessons," reminded Hoffman.
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotarians are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self." Locally, Lehighton Rotary Club organized in 1921. Among its community projects, the club annually distributes dictionaries to every third grade student in Lehighton and Palmerton Area School Districts in both public and parochial schools.