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Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued an Emergency Appeal for blood and platelet donations, as our community blood supply has reached critical levels.  Approximately 450 donations are needed every day for lifesaving transfusions to those in need, including cancer patients, accident victims & premature infants.  Be the one to make a difference, because JUST ONE MORE donation truly does matter. To schedule your donation, call 800-B-A-DONOR or visit giveapint.org today.

The Save Our Stages Act provides Small Business Administration grants for independent venues, promoters, and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants offer at least six months of financial support to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector and our ecosystem for communities across America.  The mission of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.   Click here for Save our Stages. 

 

Baseball is back and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are inviting fans to show off their game faces! Fans can submit their photo and have a cutout placed in the stands at Coca-Cola Park for the Philadelphia Phillies Taxi Squad intra-squad games. The IronPigs are encouraging fans to showcase their favorite IronPigs or Phillies gear! Net proceeds will be donated to IronPigs Charities presented by Air Products. The cutouts are available for purchase starting today at $30.  Cutouts will be available for pick-up once the baseball season has been completed. IronPigs Charities is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the cornerstone of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ commitment to the Lehigh Valley community and is presented by the Air Products Foundation. Click here for more info.

 

The Backpack Challenge is an annual community effort led by Valley Youth House in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.  In addition, the campaign ensures that every young person who is a member of the Achieving Independence Center and enrolled in college receives as much support as possible to eliminate barriers to academic success.

COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives and prepare our young people to go back to school this fall. In response, the 2020 Backpack Challenge will focus on raising funds to provide laptop computers, textbooks, and enrollment fees for all our college freshmen. Our goal is to raise $30,000 to ease the financial burden faced by young people on their journey to higher education.  Click here to donate. 

Experience Brew at the Zoo on September 19 at the LV Zoo. There will be over 40 craft beers, ciders, and seltzers to sample as you make your way through our sampling stations located throughout the Zoo! Also featuring live performances by Kendal Condrad, Frank Porter, and John Rodden. Enjoy this exclusive, after hours opportunity to mingle around the grounds with your favorite animals plus, take home a 4 oz. Brew at the Zoo sampling mug included with your Brew admission.  Tickets on sale now at https://www.lvzoo.org/brew -$35 for standard admission and $14.50 for Designated Drivers (LVZoo member Designated Drivers are free).  Event is Saturday, September 19 from 3 to 6pm and must be 21 or older.  Don’t forget your mask!         

September 1-September 30, 2020:  

The health of our community is the American Heart Association’s top priority. Thanks to supporters like you, we are funding research to determine why those with heart disease and risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes may be more vulnerable to Covid-19. We hope you will join us for the Lehigh Valley Heart Walk Celebration, September 1st through 30th. Each day, we’ll have different activities to help you and your family be healthy for good. Participate at home and in the community, then share your selfies with #LEHIGHVALLEYHEART WALK.  Find out how to join the virtual fun, donate or fundraise, to help save lives at heart.org/lehighvalleywalk. Heart Walk is locally supported by Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley Health Network and PSECU. Cumulus Media is a proud media sponsor of the American Heart Association Lehigh Valley Heart Walk.

September 2, 2020:  Blue Ridge & PenTeleData present The 13th Annual Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and mental health awareness is Wednesday, September 2 at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville.  Under every helmet and hat is a child who needs us.  Please contact or send your registration to:  Judy Eckhart: jeckhart60@ptd.net or call Judy at 610.900.4436.  Through youth athletics, public awareness and financial assistance, we can promote positive mental health for students in our area, and annually benefit 1,000 or more students.

September 14, 2020:The John Walson Jr. Golf For Kids’ Sake presented by Service Electric is an annual fundraiser supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley.  This year’s event will take place on Monday, September 14 at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville.  Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with one-to-one mentoring relationships to ignite their biggest possible futures. Mentoring relationships which are built on trust and friendship defends children’s unlimited potential.  There are hundreds of children in the Lehigh Valley in need of a personal champion. It takes the financial support of the community to sustain our current Big and Little matches and to create new mentoring relationships for the kids who are waiting.  To learn more or to become a volunteer, visit www.bbbslv.org

February 5, 2021:  Riverbend Community Church has pledged to provide an unforgettable prom night experience called Night to Shine, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. February 5, 2021, Riverbend will be celebrating its 5th Night to Shine. We have the opportunity with partnering with churches around the world hosting around 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers! We invite you to partner with us in this experience.  Together, we can love people with special needs in our community and collaborate to grow our Allentown-based businesses!  Our event unites schools, businesses, and non-profits as well 200+ volunteers in one evening where those who have special needs will receive royal treatment! We make sure everyone who enters the prom walks the red carpet, enjoys the flashing lights of the paparazzi. More Info click here.

Do you ever lose your balance, or feel dizzy for no apparent reason? Do you hear ringing in your ears, or have migraines? One in five Americans will experience these symptoms, which could be signs you have a problem with your inner ear, or vestibular system. Because these symptoms are invisible and hard to describe, they are often overlooked by doctors and dismissed by family and friends.

Call the Vestibular Disorders helpline at (800) 837-8428. Or visit www.liferebalanced.org. Sponsored by the Vestibular Disorders Association.