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1 million pennies sought for hospital scholarship fund

November 06, 2000

1 million pennies sought for hospital scholarship fund



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Area Hospital Auxiliary has set the ambitious goal of collecting 1 million pennies - or $10,000 - for its scholarship fund over the next year.

Auxiliary members have blanketed Franklin County with canisters to collect for the pennies, and any other monetary denominations residents would like to make to the fund.

The auxiliary hopes to meet its goal by the end of next October, said Nancy Cassel, publicity committee chair for the organization.

The auxiliary has given out scholarships to students pursuing a health-related field for at least 15 years, she said.

The idea came from Helen Skiba-Powell, president-elect and Ways and Means Committee chairwoman, after she talked to other state auxiliaries about fund-raisers they were sponsoring.

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"We want to augment our scholarship fund," she said. "In order to do this we had to do a fund-raiser."

In the past, the auxiliary gave out two $1,000 scholarships from its general treasury. This spring, the auxiliary will award a $1,500 and a $750 scholarship to two high school graduates and a $1,500 scholarship to an adult pursing a health-related career, Cassel said.

"The adult scholarship is given to a man or woman. Often they are married, raising a family and going to school or trying to carrying a job and they have all they can handle really," Cassel said.

She said the scholarship is a relief to those adults, who aren't eligible for as many scholarships as are high school students.

"We know the need is there. This past year we had some really good applicants and it was hard for the committee to make a decision," Skiba-Powell said.

"It's part of auxiliary's function to give to the community," she said. "Often those people will come back to Chambersburg."

The auxiliary has placed about 70 canisters throughout the hospital and the region since Oct. 5.

The canisters are one-pound coffee cans covered with white paper with a cartoon doctor smiling. "He looks like he is begging for pennies," Cassel said.

They have been distributed throughout Chambersburg, Greencastle, Shippensburg, St. Thomas, Fayetteville and Mercersburg.

So far the one in the hospital's employee cafeteria is doing the best," Skiba-Powell said.

American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts have taken the canisters as well as locally-owned businesses, she said.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the Chambersburg Area Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program or displaying a canister in their business may write to Helen Skiba-Powell, c/o Volunteer Services, Chambersburg Hospital, 112 Seventh St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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