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A "Berry" Successful Fundraiser

A "Berry" Successful Fundraiser
This is such a worthwhile effort because the funds will go directly to neighbors who are in need.

It was another successful year for the Red Cross strawberry shortcake fundraiser in Bradford. A total of $6,700 was raised with the sale of 1,138 shortcakes to local residents in Bradford and surrounding townships during June. An additional 400 shortcakes were donated to local seniors. The proceeds will benefit local disaster relief.

An ever-popular fundraiser, the delicious Red Cross strawberry shortcakes feature a full, southern-style biscuit smothered with fresh strawberries and topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream, served in a sealed 16-oz. container. The price per shortcake is just $5. Local businesses including Tops Markets, Zippo Manufacturing and Bradford City Beers supported the event with donations of products and in-kind services.

So, just how many strawberries does it take to make over 1,500 shortcakes? According to Jason Bange, Red Cross disaster program manager, they used 700 pounds of strawberries to make the shortcakes.

“We needed a forklift to unload the strawberries,” he said. “Fortunately, we were able to use our Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to pick up and deliver the pallet holding the berries since it’s designed for heavy loads,” he said.

Once the berries arrived at the Red Cross along with other supplies, volunteers assembled and packaged the shortcakes for delivery on June 18. “It takes three days to prepare, assemble and deliver the shortcakes,” Jason said. “We are grateful for the 18 volunteers who helped out this year, along with staff members who also pitched in to help.”

The funds will be used to provide financial assistance to local residents who are displaced due to fire, flooding or other natural and man-made disasters. Financial assistance includes expenses for temporary lodging, food, clothing, transportation and other needs that people who are affected by disasters may experience.

“This is such a worthwhile effort because the funds will go directly to neighbors who are in need,” Jason said. “We couldn’t do this without the support of the sponsors as well as the help of our volunteers.”

Pam Masi, executive director of the American Red Cross serving Northwestern Pennsylvania, congratulated Jason and his team for completing another successful year with the fundraiser.

“Jason, the staff and volunteers do an exceptional job every year with the fundraiser. Many people look forward to it, not only for the delicious shortcakes, but as a way to give back to the community. We congratulate them for their hard work and we are grateful for everyone’s support,” she said.