Lancaster County’s biggest day of giving is right around the corner! On Friday, November 19, the Lancaster County Community Foundation will hold its 10th Extraordinary Give. The 24-hour fundraiser is the most generous per capita giving day in the nation. Since its inception in 2012, the ExtraGive has raised more than $60 million for over 500 organizations.
Last year, in the wake of the pandemic, the ExtraGive pivoted to a virtual celebration and produced the ExtraGive CAST Live, a broadcast that highlighted extraordinary locals, music, live prize drawings and stories from participating organizations. Despite the switch to virtual, the fundraiser brought in $13.4 million from over 30,000 donors.
The ExtraGive will experience another first this year – an outdoor celebration! From 6 p.m. to midnight, there will be a block-party-style celebration at Penn Square in Downtown Lancaster. The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy live music, food pop-ups, donation stations, a beer garden hosted by Spring House Brewing Company and a light show featuring the 14-story Griest Building. Nearby eateries, including Blazin’ J’s, New Holland Coffee Co and Tellus360, will be open until midnight as well.
Extraordinary Give Festivities
In addition to the main event, many organizations are also hosting their own celebrations, fundraisers and activities. What follows is a sampling of some ExtraGive events to consider visiting on November 19.
Greenfield Lancaster will host two ExtraGive celebrations to support Aaron’s Acres, Lafayette Fire Company, Lancaster EMS and Power Packs Project. Visit the business center for lunch (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) or happy hour (4-6 p.m.) and enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages, courtesy of The Greenfield Restaurant, while learning more about the benefitting organizations.
At Tellus360, Lancaster Rec will present the Lancaster’s Extraordinary Talent Show from 4-6 p.m. The show will feature contestants from all over the county, competing for the chance to win various prizes for their associated organizations. In between sets, attendees will hear from Lancaster Rec and other local nonprofits about their impact in the community.
Church World Services (CWS) will be hosting several events throughout the day. They will be hosting a Community Art Show and Silent Auction (7-9 p.m.) at Two Dudes Painting Company. Artwork depicting local refugee’s stories will be on display and available for bidding. During Coffee & Conversation (2-3 p.m.) at Lancaster Sweet Shoppe, enjoy a warm drink and a stroopie and dive into critical conversations with CWS staff who were deployed in August to support initial processing and welcoming of Afghan evacuees. During Tunes and Take-Out at Musser Park (12-2 p.m.), take a lunch break and enjoy music and food from Chef Oliver’s Homage food truck. Read Around the World at Lancaster Public Library (10:30-11 a.m.) will feature a bilingual book reading by the CWS team followed by a fun craft.
The Demuth Museum will offer guided tours of the museum (6-9 p.m.), featuring a selection of works from the permanent collection, historic photographs of the artist’s home and the Demuth Tobacco Shop. Tours begin every half hour.
At the Courtyard at Eden Resorts & Suites, Allegro Orchestra Lancaster will host a festive reception featuring desserts and cocktails, followed by a 60-minute performance in the round. The event will be held from 7:30-9 p.m.
Lancaster EMS & Lafayette Fire Company will be hosting an all-day celebration at the fire company from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Visitors can enjoy Long Johns from Achenbach’s Pastries, food trucks, small business vendors, live demonstrations, a blood drive, a meet & greet with the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Cylo, live music from WIOV-FM and bingo.
Visit New Holland Coffee Company in Downtown Lancaster from 4-9 p.m. to learn more about the Clinic for Special Children. The organization will have a table where you can donate and learn more about their mission. The first 100 visitors will receive a free coaster and coffee.
Arch Street Center will host a Tailgate Party in their parking lot from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy food, games, music and fire pits.
Columbia Animal Shelter will host a party at the shelter from 7 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy food, drinks and entertainment from Columbia School of Music.
At Friendship Community’s Shop & Give Event (8 a.m.-6 p.m.), donate to the organization and get 20% off the Gallery’s Primitives by Kathy Collaborative Collection home décor items. Also enjoy light refreshments, door prizes and a giving station.
Lancaster Science Factory will host a Family STEM Fair from 5-8 p.m. Families can enjoy a variety of hands-on activities throughout the space, including virtual welding, make-and-take Olaf the Snowman, a bottle-cap mosaic community art project, maker space tinkering and much more. Admission is free.
Participate in Lancaster Farm Sanctuary’s Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a private tour for you and 10 others plus a merchandise set. The sanctuary will place yard signs featuring five of their animals around Lancaster. To enter, find and take a photo with a yard sign, share on Facebook or Instagram and tag Lancaster Farm Sanctuary. Each picture you take counts as one entry. Five entries are possible per person.
Ephrata Area Social Services’ Kick Homelessness to the Curb event (starting at 9:30 a.m.) will feature a “homelessness” encampment set up in their yard to raise awareness for homelessness challenges in Northern Lancaster County. A tent, tarp, blankets and reusable dishes will be set up for visitors to experience life outdoors in November. From noon to 5 p.m., Ephrata Area Social Services will also host a block party for the neighborhood featuring a meet & greet with staff, food, activities for children and the opportunity to make a donation.
Come hungry to United Way of Lancaster County’s Food Truck Frenzy (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at their offices. Participating food trucks include Hotbox BBQ, DoughHeads Stuffed Waffles and Bruno’s. Twenty percent of sales will go to United Way of Lancaster County.
The Mix will host an Extravaganza (4-8 p.m.) at their Southeast Lancaster City location, featuring live music, a food truck, corn hole, basket bingo and lots of other fun activities for the whole family.
At Samaritan Counseling Center’s Extraordinary Thanks (3-6 p.m.) event, enjoy complimentary sweet treats from Sugar Whipped Bakery and interact with staff. The event will be held outdoors in a heated tent at Samaritan Counseling Center’s headquarters.
For a chance to win prizes, participate in YWCA Lancaster’s Social Justice Scavenger Hunt (10 a.m.-8 p.m.). The hunt features landmark locations in Lancaster City that had significant impacts on racial equity. You can pick up a map at 10 a.m. at YWCA’s office or get the digital version emailed to you.
Eastern Mennonite Missions will host a Drive-Thru Food Drive (4-7 p.m.) in their parking lot. They will be collecting food items for Water Street Mission’s Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, vegetables, butter, salad dressing, cheese, potatoes and more.
Penn Manor Education Foundation will host a happy hour at Bert’s Bottle Shop starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy food and beverages while helping to support PMEF’s programs.
Support Pitties.Love.Peace during their ExtraGive celebration at Tattered Flag Barrel House (3-9 p.m.). Enjoy beer, food and adorable dogs. Tattered Flag will donate 10% from all food and merchandise sales to the organization.
Ephrata Public Library will host a by-donation Pop-Up Book Sale (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) in their multipurpose room.
An ExtraGive celebration (12-9 p.m.) will be held at Geneva Bakery Café, supporting Raven Ridge Wildlife Center, East Petersburg Events Committee and Hempfield Power Packs. The family friendly event will feature animals from Raven Ridge, crafts, free coloring books, T-shirts for sale, a movie in the gym, free food samples from Power Packs Project and lots of educational opportunities.
Lone Oak Animal-Assisted Therapy and Educational Services will host an art auction (6-10 p.m.) at Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse. Featured art will be provided by local artists and children who receive Lone Oak services. Drinks will be available for purchase at the Zoetropolis Booze Van with a portion of proceeds benefitting Lone Oak.
Enjoy an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music at The Janus School’s party (6-9 p.m.) in the Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery. The first 30 people to donate over $150 will receive a signed print of Pennsylvania from Freiman Stoltzfus.
Historic Poole Forge will be hosting Hammered At The Forge, which will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony to formally dedicate their new Hammer Exhibit at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m., they will continue the festivities in the mansion with hors d’oeuvres and craft brews from Animated Brewing Company. Also enjoy live music from Shakehouse Music.
The Library System of Lancaster County will host a Pop-Up Book Sale on Walnut Street from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Book sales are by donation. All proceeds will benefit the Bookmobile. They will be accepting reasonably sized book donations. Free hot beverages will be provided.
Crispus Attucks Community Center will kick off the ExtraGive with a free Midnight Brunch from 12-3 a.m. They will also hold a Give Back Turkey Giveaway from 3-6 p.m. where they will give away turkeys to their first 100 visitors.
Stop by Lancaster Central Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and donate $25 or more to be enrolled in their “Build Your Bouquet” passport program. After you make a donation, you will receive a passport that includes 10 stands to visit. Once you collect a stem from each of the 10 vendors, Central Market Flowers or Inspirational Blossoms will wrap your bouquet for you.
For more information on events and donating, visit extragive.org.