The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

July 24, 2013

Mini Makers create change for Ronald McDonald House

DANVILLE — Members of the Susquehanna Mini Makers Club used their craft to raise over $180 for charity at this year’s Iron Heritage Festival.

Club members created models of different rooms of a shopping complex, on display at Danville’s Wee Home Shoppe during July 19 and 20, during the festival. Each room was assigned a number and visitors could donate change to vote for which model they thought was the best. All of the money collected was donated to Danville’s Ronald McDonald House, which provides lodging for people with family being treated at Geisinger Medical Center.

“One of the quotes we have in our miniature club is ‘little things mean so much,’” said Nancy Pasco, president of the Mini Makers. “Every bit counts.”

During the festival, the models attracted a steady stream of visitors of all age groups, said group member Patty Kotsur.

The winners of the community voting were Diane Latranyi in first place, with her Victorian tea room model, Mary Stouffer in second with her replica law office and Pasco in third with a fairy store shop with rooftop fairy garden.

The Mini Makers held a similar contest last year and raised about $200 for the Ronald McDonald House.

The Susquehanna Mini Makers also celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, for which it was recognized by the National Association of Miniatures Enthusiasts just last week. The Mini Makers were also given a blue ribbon award by NAME for their participation in regional community activities, such as their regular children’s’ display in the Ralpho Township Library. The group is about “trying to show your skills and lend them to other people,” said Pasco.

The Mini Makers also regularly display their work in the Wee Home Shoppe, located on Mill Street, where they also meet the third Sunday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

People interested in joining the Mini Makers can call Pasco at 672-1219.



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