Fund Development Summer Update

By George S. Holliday, Team Leader

PCB 2019 Calendar Raffle
On behalf of the Fund Development Team, I thank those who participated in the raffle thus far. For those procrastinators, we are offering a half – price ticket. Any calendar raffle ticket purchased after June 1, will cost just $10, but it can only be used during the months of July, August and September.

Winners are based on the PA Lottery’s 7 p.m. Pick 3 (First Draw Only) Winning days and amounts are: holidays 7/4 and 9/2 $125; the 1st and 15th monthly $75; and all other days $30.

To acquire tickets, contact Christina in the PCB office at 717-920-9999 or toll-free 877-617-7407. Email her at pcboffice@pcb1.org. Good Luck! And thanks in advance for your support of PCB.

ACB Exhibit Hall Table
PCB is sponsoring a table at the 2019 ACB Conference. With assistance from Kathy Keck of Loving Touch Connection, (LTC), several items will be available for purchase for those attending the conference and those at home. Also, attendees will be able to enter a free drawing to win a unique LTC item while visiting the table. The exhibit hall will be open: Saturday from 1-5 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Now, for this fundraising event to be successful, we are requesting assistance from those attending the conference. By now, you have begun to schedule your daily activities. Please consider volunteering at the table and talking to visitors. To volunteer, contact me at 215-796-9813 or george.holliday@comcast.net.

For the summer season, LTC is offering a great promotion for PCB friends and ACB attendees. From June 15 through August 15, a set of summer themed salt and pepper shakers with watermelons and the “S” and “P” in braille are on sale for $13, regular $15. These glass shakers with metal tops are the perfect accent for picnics and patio dining. To purchase your set, stop by the PCB table in Rochester or call Kathy Keck, owner of LTC directly at 610-657-9869 if you will not be in attendance.

PCB and Amazon Smile
PCB has been a benefiting charity of Amazon Smile for a few years. If you purchase from Amazon Smile, is Pennsylvania Council of the Blind designated as your charity? Amazon Smile will donate .5% from your qualified purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything to sign up. So, what are you waiting for? Follow the steps below and choose Pennsylvania Council of the Blind as your designated charity.

Using the web browser on either your phone or computer, go to smile.amazon.com and sign in like you normally would to your Amazon account. Where it asks you what charity you would like to support, type Pennsylvania Council of the Blind and hit enter. (Just typing PCB brings up lots of hits that have nothing to do with our PCB.) When the resulting list of organizations appears, select Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. You will then land on an I accept page that says you agree to use smile.amazon.com in order to ensure that PCB gets the .5% donation from your qualified purchases. Hence, every time you go to smile.amazon.com and shop for qualified items, you will be donating to PCB. It’s important to note that if you purchase directly through the Amazon app or Alexa, purchases do not qualify for Smile. However, if you use the app or Alexa to place items in your cart, and then log-in to Smile.Amazon.com through an internet browser and purchase the items in your cart, PCB will get the donation. Have fun shopping!

Fresh Ideas
Finally, the PCB Fund Development Team is looking for new fundraising ideas and opportunities. If you have any, please consider sharing them with our team. If one of your ideas is selected and implemented by PCB, you will be rewarded with a gift card. Suggestions can be sent to me at george.holliday@comcast.net or 215-796-9813.

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