CLEARFIELD – More than 100 men and women partook in the Clearfield Revitalization Corp.’s (CRC) first-ever “Vera Bradley, and What He Wants Badly” fundraiser event Sunday at the St. Charles Café. The event benefited the CRC.
Vera Bradley items and many other prizes donated from Clearfield area businesses were raffled for the ladies. In addition, “What He Wants Badly” items such as guns, a crossbow and other “manly” items, were raffled off for the guys.
Bee Kind Winery provided a wine tasting with a large selection of locally-made wines. The raffle tickets were sponsored by Lezzer Lumber and Errigo Auctioneers MC’d the event.
The same local businesses provided more items for an additional raffle of prizes, such as wine gift baskets, YMCA memberships, purses and handbags, fly rod packages, car washes, tool sets, home appliances and gift cards to area businesses.
The raffle items were made possible by local Clearfield businesses such as Zalno Jewelers, Grice Gun Shop, Bob’s Army & Navy, Sweet Art Bakery, Jim’s Sports Center, Clearfield Pharmacy & Gift Shoppe, Ashlee Reid Photography, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, No Place Like Home, St. Charles Café, CAST Theater, Knickerbocker Villa, Clearfield YMCA, Historica Plus Antiques and Napa Auto Parts.
“With the generosity of our local businesses in Clearfield, CRC volunteers and the support of everyone who attended and helped out, this event was an all-around success,” said Main Street Manager Kellie Swales.
“It was a beautiful spring day, but that did not hinder participation. We are so thankful for everyone’s effort to make this fundraiser successful so the CRC can continue to offer the community valuable events and engage as many groups possible towards the revitalization of Clearfield.”
The CRC’s five-year Main Street designation ends next year. However, the CRC hopes to continue for another five years as a Main Street community. Another five-year designation requires a new application in which sustainability is a prerequisite, according to Swales.
She said as a non-profit organization, the CRC has concerns about financial sustainability, as it must rely on community support and fundraisers to ensure the programs and special events like the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Run 5K continue in Clearfield. This year the CRC has added new events to their calendar like the summer festival, “Bloom and Berry Bash,” on June 22 and a Beautification Day on Armed Forces Day, which is May 18. She said it is the hope of the CRC and volunteers to make these events an annual staple in the community as part of encouraging locals and visitors to the downtown area and Clearfield overall.
Swales said in the fall of 2008, the CRC became officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit charity to rally the grassroots spirit of a community and lead the revitalization efforts of the downtown. She said because of the CRC, Clearfield is a designated Main Street community by the state of Pennsylvania.
To learn about upcoming events or to join the Friendship Program, log on to www.DiscoverClearfield.com. If you would like to make a donation to the CRC, please contact the office at 814-765-6000.