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Yazoo's Donation Helps Others Find Strength

     

Cancer.  The one word everyone knows and everyone hates.  It’s a disease that has become commonly known to everyone and anyone.  There are many different types of cancers and thousands upon thousands of people have been diagnosed, currently fighting, lost their battle, or are a survivor of cancer.

Breast Cancer, which is the most common type of cancer, can affect both men and women.  Heather Baker, a strong and determined mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, and teacher became a victim to this disease.  After giving birth to her youngest son, Heather was diagnosed with a rare type of sub-breast cancer called triple negative, which only about 10-20% of breast cancer victims are diagnosed with this type.  After fighting like a true champion, on March 8, 2010, Heather sadly lost her fight to cancer.

Heather’s love, dedication, passion, and strength have paved the way for a wonderful organization to be made in her honor, the Heather Baker Foundation.  This foundation brings hope to local families affected by cancer and terminal illnesses. 

HBF is able to help ease the financial burdens of families fighting cancer by the many fundraising events they hold each year.  Yazoo Mills is proud to support and donate $1,000 as a Silver Sponsor for the Fall Country Music Festival held on September 23, 2017 at AquaPhoenix Scientific, Inc. in Hanover, PA.  This is a 21 and older event that will feature live music, wine & hard cider tastings, dinner, and dancing.

For more information regarding the event, please click here

To donate to the Heather Baker Foundation, please click here


Kids Come First Campaign Offers Opportunities for the Community

     

You’ve heard the saying “it’s the little things in life,” right?  At Yazoo, we believe that the little things become big things and we strive to give back to our community year after year.  Being able to support local charities and organizations is extremely imperative to Yazoo, especially when it can have a positive impact on young lives.  The Hanover YMCA’s Kids Come First Campaign was started to help build a stronger community and brighter future for our youth and ever since then, they have made a huge impact on so many lives.

The Hanover Area YMCA serves over 14,000 children, adults and families in the greater Hanover area.  In 2016, Yazoo was one of the 442 donors who helped the Hanover and Littlestown YMCA’s assist 1,812 people with scholarships and are expecting that level to increase tremendously in 2017.

Their mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Tara Kauffman, Financial Development Director, says “We strive to ensure that everyone is able to participate in programs and memberships regardless of family income.  In order to achieve this, we provide need-based scholarships made possibly by generous donors, such as Yazoo Mills, to our Kids Come First Campaign.”  She continues to say “Yazoo Mills has ensured that countless children in our community are able to take swimming lessons, attend preschool, play sports, participate in gymnastics, and attend summer camp.  Our YMCA is blessed to have a true community partner such as Yazoo Mills, who has been a Platinum Level donor to Kids Come First since 2010!"

For more information on the Kids Come First Campaign, please click here


Lumberjax Shootout Continues to Grow

     


Lacrosse.  This is a sport that has skyrocketed in popularity and has become more recognized over the last 10+ years in Pennsylvania.  If you aren't familiar with Lacrosse, it is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick that is used to throw the ball in the air, across the field, and into the goal.  Tournaments are popping up everywhere but there has been a very popular one right here in our backyard for many, many years.

In its 11th year, the Lumberjax Shootout Lacrosse Tournament took place on Saturday, May 13th at the Spring Grove School District’s athletic fields.  The tournament offers teams ranging from 3rd through 8th grade the opportunity to play other teams in surrounding counties and vie to be dubbed the champions of their division.

Originally, it started out as a four team High School/JV tournament with only 70 athletes playing on just two fields.  This year, they had a total of 58 teams with 1,050 athletes (boys & girls) competing for the championship title.  The biggest turnout the tournament has ever had was a total of 78 teams and 1,500 athletes playing on a 16 fields.  Teams from York, Cumberland, Lancaster, Union, Berks, and Baltimore counties traveled near and far to play their hardest to have a shot at the title.  This was the first year in 11 years that it has rained during the tournament but that didn’t stop the athletes from showcasing their athleticism in the great sport of Lacrosse.

This event is carefully planned over the course of each year and takes a lot of time, effort, sponsors, and volunteers.  Yazoo was a major sponsor of the tournament and our donation helped contribute towards the $13,000+ that was paid in just referee fees alone.

For more information on the Spring Grove Lacrosse Club, please click here