Orrstown Bank steps up for Schreiber’s Duckie Race
The bank will make a major gift during a special presentation Sept. 19 to help Schreiber make up for revenue lost due to this year’s weather-shortened festival.
Orrstown Bank, which partnered for the first time this year on Schreiber Pediatric’s annual Rubber Duckie Race & Festival, announced Wednesday in the aftermath of Schreiber’s rain-abbreviated Festival it would make a major gift to help the children and families who depend on the Center.
Orrstown Bank, headquartered in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, expanded into Lancaster County, opening four locations in the past two years. It was one of the major sponsors for this year’s event and it sold tickets in its Lancaster branches.
Orrstown volunteers were on hand Sunday to see how the weather curtailed what is normally an event attended by thousands of visitors buying Duckie tickets, T-shirts and festival games, with proceeds from sales supporting Schreiber’s therapy programs.
Schreiber sent messages to supporters via email and on social media Sunday and Monday, inviting them to make a donation to help cover the weather-related losses. Donors have responded by sending in more than $1,000, which would cover a small portion of the shortfall.
On Tuesday, Schreiber heard from Orrstown officials, who confirmed they wanted to provide a major gift to cover the rest.
Representatives from Orrstown will visit Schreiber at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, to reveal the amount of their gift during a special check presentation.
“Schreiber provides critical services to so many children in the communities we serve,” said Dave Hornberger, Orrstown Bank’s Lancaster Market President, “and we want to make sure that they are able to continue doing so without interruption. That’s why we are proud to provide these additional funds that will help lessen the financial impact that rain had on this year’s event. While the weather may have dampened the race and the amount of money raised, it didn’t dampen the spirit of the event volunteers and our Orrstown team!”
Schreiber President James DeBord has seen that kind of community generosity before, but it still always amazes him.
“It’s remarkable the way this community supports Schreiber, especially in difficult moments,” DeBord said. “This event is our largest in terms of the number of people in the community who participate. From all of the ticket buyers and ticket sellers to the scores of volunteers needed to make Duckie weekend a success, this is the event people know us for. For Orrstown to step in and say, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll help you with this’ – we couldn’t be more grateful.”
Proceeds from the annual Rubber Duckie Raceâ„¢ & Festival and benefit the therapy services and programs of Schreiber Pediatric, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, as well as educational and recreational programs for thousands of children in Central PA living with congenital and acquired disabilities and developmental delays. Schreiber’s goal-oriented approach maximizes each child’s ability to function as independently as possible within the community and turn disabilities into abilities. For more information, please visit www.schreiberpediatric.org.