The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 9, 2014

Raise the Region to aid more than 200 nonprofit groups

By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — More than 200 nonprofit groups from across the Susquehanna Valley will participate in the second annual “Raise the Region” fundraiser this week.

The 30-hour event will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday and run until 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will benefit groups in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. It is organized by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania in partnership with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships.

Donations can be made through the website at, from which donors can select the groups they wish to give to and designate the amounts. Donations must be at least $25 and are tax-deductible. A full list of nonprofit groups can be found at

Donations will be stretched by a $125,000 contribution from Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, which is participating in “Raise the Region” for the second time.

Last spring’s inaugural “Raise the Region” collected $835,000 for more than 160 nonprofit groups.