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‘Polar Bears’ donate $3,526 to Mayville Food Pantry

March 20, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce's President's Day Weekend Winter Festival held in Mayville Feb. 14 to 16, again featured a Polar Bear Swim which benefited the Mayville Food Pantry. We would like to thank all of those who supported the 'Polar Bears" and the Mayville Food Pantry with their generous donations totaling $3,526.00.

The courageous 'Polar Bears' who braved the cold waters of Chautauqua Lake for a good cause were the Family Health Medical Services team of Dr. Robert Berke, Michael Ludwig, Natalie Sturges, Erin Blake, Nicole Smith, Heather Flurie, Jamie Pacanowski, Kathi Paulus, Amanda Shilling, Cheryl Smith, and Chastity Vantassle; the team from Something Beautiful Tattoo & Piercing; as well as Andrew Luckman, Chris White, Ezra Weise, Mark Parsons, Adam Szablewski, Leslie Johnson of Johnson's Village Pharmacy, Carolyn Snider, Randy Henderson, Adam Eckberg, Chris Mattson, Jared Alsbaugh, Joe Counts, Abby Counts, and Jason Toczydlowski.

In 2013, the Mayville Food Pantry helped 220 households with a total of 510 family members served. During the year, there were 1590 'visits' to the Food Pantry, meaning 3790 people were served and a total of 33,790 meals were provided to those in need. The Food Pantry relies primarily on grant funds and donations from local businesses and organizations but also individual and church donations, as well as local fund raisers. The funds were presented to Bonnie Smith, Coordinator of the Mayville Food Pantry located at St. Paul's Outreach Center, Mayville, by Ken Shearer, President of the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.

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Bonnie Smith, Coordinator of the Mayville Food Pantry, Mayville NY, being presented the Polar Bear Swim proceeds from Ken Shearer, President of the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce)

We would like to again take this opportunity to thank Festival business sponsors: Major Sponsors Town of Chautauqua, Village of Mayville, Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, The Media One Group, Operating Engineers Local 17-Apprenticeship Program, 3 Guys Construction; Platinum Sponsors Webb's Year Round Resort (Webb's Captain's Table Restaurant/Cottage Collection/Webb's Candies & Gifts), M & T Bank (Mayville), Lictus Keystone, Uncle Jack's Saw Shop, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, Empire Energy, Chris Keefe Builders, Jamestown Chemical Supply; Gold Sponsors Family Health Medical Services, Northwest Savings Bank (Mayville), Digitell Inc., 3 Seas Recreation, United Refining Company of Pennsylvania, Andriaccio's Restaurant, ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, Maple Inn, Perfection Digital, Reid Stores Inc./Crosby's, Dr. Craig K. Whittington D.V.M., Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Chautauqua Institution, CRS Septic Services; and Silver Sponsors Schaack & Nelson Attorneys at Law, "A" Automotive, Hogan's Hut, Irwin Bay Cottages, Chautauqua Abstract Company, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, Lighthouse Point Grocery, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, Portage Hill Art Gallery, AP Tree Care. Thank you for your continuing commitment to this long-held annual winter festival. This year's event was a huge success thanks to you. An event this size doesn't happen without the support of our area businesses. Next year's President's Day Weekend Winter Festival will take place February 13 15, 2015. Mark your calendars!



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