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Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation raises the bar with inaugural New Year's event

Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation raises the bar with inaugural New Year's event

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — While other New Year’s Eve events are going low, Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation’s event is going high.

In other words, while the tradition is to lower something during the countdown to midnight, the inaugural Raising the Bar New Year’s Eve event is literally raising a 620-pound, 20-foot steel beam provided by Strait Steel. A Manitowoc crane will be on site to raise the beam.

The family-friendly event will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Kaley Field, on the Greencastle School District Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Cheryl Brown, executive director Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation, said the foundation has been around since 1997.

She said the foundation’s mission is to “really enhance arts education and athletics for Greencastle-Antrim School District.” The foundation raises funds and hands out scholarships and teacher’s grants. But the foundation’s best fundraising effort is the newest capital campaign.

The Raising the Beam event is a kickoff to the $550,000 Kaley Field capital campaign. Brown said funds raised will be used for the construction of restrooms, concession stand and a ticket booth entryway at Kaley Field.

It was Brown who posed the question “why do we have to drop something?” when they started planning for this event. Raising the Bar actually aligns itself with the foundation’s mission on trying to raise the bar in what they do.

The steel beam used during the Raising the Bar event, which has been painted white, will be used during construction and will be on permanent display in the building, she explained.

The family-friendly event will include party favors to the first 500 attendees. Brown said there will be hot chocolate and cookies served. To add to the festivities, there will be a DJ, as well as a bounce house for kids.

Before the beam is raised, Brown said people are invited to come to sign their names on the beam, which will also include logos. Then stop to take a selfie with the “I signed the beam” picture frame.

“I’m so excited about it. I think it will be great because there’s no New Year’s event (in Greencastle),” Brown said.

She said they hope to have this become an annual event, by raising a new beam every year.

“We plan every year to raise the bar and have it displayed somewhere on campus,” she said.

Brown, who became the foundation’s first executive director in August, said this event really shows the partnership that has already existed between the community and the foundation.

“We want to be partners in the community,” she said.

As for that evening, Brown is “hoping that these families can come out, have a good time together and ring in the New Year at a decent hour, and parents can continue to celebrate however they like.”

But most of all, she said, Raising the Bar is “about community spirit.”

Top photo: This 620-pound, 20-foot beam, provided by Strait Steel, will be raised during the inaugural Raising the Bar New Year’s Event. (Submitted photo)

If you go ...

WHAT: Raising the Bar
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 31 - 6:30 to 8 p.m.; announcements and countdown, 7:45 p.m.
WHERE: Kaley Field, 500 E. Leitersburg St., Greencastle, Pa.
COST: Free
MORE: Party favors to the first 500 attendees. 



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