Liederkranz distributes funds to community groups
Lancaster Liederkranz recently donated $9,600 to 10 local organizations. The donations were funded from the profits of the club's small games of chance.
Recipients included the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance, Community Food Bank -- Mount Joy, Fire Department Mount Joy, Hempfield Area Food Pantry, Hempfield Fire Department, Make-A-Wish, Manheim Borough Police K-9 Unit, Manheim Fire Department, Hope Fire Engine & Hose Co. No. 1, Manheim Community Library and Susquehanna Valley Emergency Medical Services.
In addition, the small-games proceeds will fund two $1,000 scholarships for area high school students planning a college major or minor in German.
Trustee Jim Schoch said that, as a German cultural organization, the Liederkranz has always used some of its small-games profits to assist students interested in perpetuating the German culture.
This year, the club also donated to organizations that serve as emergency responders for the club as well as to the food banks that help its neighbors in need.
The club learned that the Manheim Borough Police Department is raising funds to re-establish its K-9 unit, so the club is making a contribution to that effort.
Because the club's grounds at 772 S. Chiques Road, Manheim, are bordered by the Chiques Creek, the Liederkranz is interested in the well-being of its watershed and has supported the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance since its inception.
Now in its 133rd year, the Liederkranz promotes and perpetuates German culture through singing dancing language and food.
For more information about the Lancaster Liederkranz visit www.lancaster liederkranz.com.