Extraordinary Give Raises $8.6M

On Friday November 17, 2017, The Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Extraordinary Give raised $8.6M for local nonprofits. The city was filled with adrenaline as the community lined the streets to help raise funds. At ParadoxLabs, we were honored to attend part of the evening with the Lancaster Science Factory. As part of our community efforts we sponsor and support their Girl’s Code Club.

Rob Reed, the Science Factory’s Development Director told me he was overwhelmed by the turn out for both the children’s event and the adult happy hour. Unfortunately for the kid’s portion, I was still at work, but Rob said at one point there were about 500 people in the building experimenting, learning and having fun.

From 4PM to 6 PM The Lancaster Science Factory opened their door to celebrate the “Science of Star Wars.” Children in grades K-8th met Baxter, a lovable robot as they entered. Once inside the children were able to cast their own metal figurines, take photos with Star Wars characters, create free screen-printed T-shirts, make their own wooden snowmen, get a zipper pull produced on a 3-D printer, make techy jewelry from electronics components, explore how pollution gets into a stream or lake, try on virtual reality glasses, and see some of the Science Factory’s favorite science experiments like making a cloud or fly a drone.

Following the children’s event, The Science Factory hosted a STEM Happy Hour from 6PM to 8PM. Baxter the Robot even poured my glass of wine. And, being a huge Star Wars’ fan I, of course, found a few characters willing to have their picture taken with me.

During the 24-hour Extraordinary Give, The Science Factory received 124 direct gifts totaling $12,185. The mosey raised can do the following:

$50

Can give 20 students a free hands-on workshop with a local STEM professional. Together they will complete a hands-on project, experiment with materials, and explore a future career!

$250 can

Can give one week of enriching Summer STEM Camp to a promising student. Topics include engineering, chemistry, physics, math, and more. The Science Factory offers 22 weeks of Summer STEM Camps!

$1000

Can help give any 6th Grade Class in Lancaster County a FREE field trip – public, private, and homeschool – all year round!

After things wrapped up at the Science Factory I headed over to the Extraordinary Give Command Station. There was music, dancing, photo ops and snacks. The number of people attending the event blew me away. There was a true sense of kindness and generosity.

When the night ended, a grand total of more than $8.6 million dollars had been raised for, 464 nonprofit organizations in Lancaster County. 52,000 individual gifts coming in at a rate of $360,000 an hour; or $100 a second filled my heart with pride to have been part of such an exciting 24 hours. Moreover, I am proud that over the last six years, our community has raised about $31 million in just six days.

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