NextHome Capital Realty, through their charitable program MP Cares*, recently presented a check to the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee (HTVRC) in the amount of $15,025 representing all the fundraising efforts of the 2nd Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K that was held on March 19, 2017, at Al’s of Hampden, Enola, PA. Due to a late-season snow storm, the race portion of the event had to be canceled but that didn’t stop over 300 people from coming out to Al’s of Hampden to show their support. Entertainment from the McGinley School of Irish Dance along with a limited release Irish Pale Ale from Pizza Boy Brewing provided participants with a fun afternoon filled with lots of Irish cheer.
HTVRC plans to create a multi-use park with trails and other recreational facilities on land that has been donated by Giant Foods near Wertzville and Valley Roads in Enola. The park will be anchored by the Captain Leon Lock Veteran’s Memorial where members of the community can gather for celebrations and observances. It will feature an amphitheater concept centered around the five flags of the military branches that will be visible from Interstate 81 and other area roadways.
“We were disappointed that the race portion of the event could not take place due to weather but were pleased to see so many supporters at Al’s of Hampden on race day,” stated Michael Pion, owner of NextHome Capital Realty.
“The generosity of our community is incredible. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we come together to support a common goal. Thank you to all of our sponsors, runners and race partners, especially Pizza Boy Brewing who was integral in our fundraising efforts. As a resident of Hampden Township, I’m proud of our efforts to bring neighbors and businesses together to fundraise for important projects such as the HTVRC’s Memorial Park,” stated Pion.
For more information about HTVRC and their plans to build a Memorial Park in Hampden Township, visit HampdenPAVeterans.org.
*MP Cares is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor.