PRESS RELEASE: Over $18,000 Awarded to Support Area Youth Organizations

Tri-Valley Youth Activities Fund Awards Grants with Moneys Raised by Hot Potato 5k

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Sacramento, PA (May 15, 2015) – The newly-formed Tri-Valley Youth Activities Fund (TVYAF) is excited to announce the awarding of over $18,000 in grant monies to local youth organizations. The grant money was raised by the 2nd Annual Hot Potato 5K Fun Run/Walk and Tater Tot Trot, which was held in June of 2014.

David Masser, President of the TVYAF Board of Directors commented, “On behalf of the TVYAF board members, we are thrilled that we are able to give back over $18,000 this year in support of youth activities to help our community’s most important asset, our children.”

The groups that have been awarded grants are as follows: Hegins Teener Baseball, Mahantongo Environmental Club, Tri-Valley Fast Break Boys Basketball, Tri-Valley FFA, Tri-Valley Football Parents Association, Tri-Valley Girls Softball Association, Tri-Valley High School Girls Soccer, Tri-Valley High School Marching Band, Tri-Valley Lady Dawgs Girls Basketball, Tri-Valley Little League, and Tri-Valley Volleyball.  

As part of the grant request, all organizations were required to submit applications, identifying a special project or event that would support the organizational goals and youth participants. For example, the Tri-Valley FFA received grant approval to purchase organization jackets and assist with student travel expenses to a national conference. The Tri-Valley Little League was granted funds to purchase automated external defibrillators to meet county league requirements and provide additional safety for student participants.

“We hope that the financial support given will allow these groups and activities to flourish and achieve their mission and goals,” said Masser. “We are excited to support the development of our children’s education and skills in teamwork, leadership and citizenship to continuously improve and sustain our great community.”

The 3rd Annual Hot Potato 5k Fun Run/Walk and Tater Tot Trot will be held on Saturday, June 13. The children’s mile Tater Tot Trot will begin at 8:15am and the 5k will begin at 9:00am. Information on the event can be found at The moneys raised at this year’s event will again be administered by the TVYAF board to support youth activities.

About Tri-Valley Youth Activities Fund: The Tri-Valley Youth Activities Fund is committed to benefitting the community and youth activities in the Tri-Valley area. The TVYAF Board of Directors consists of Robert Felty, Chad Klock (Treasurer), David Masser (President), Julie Masser Ballay (Secretary), Ronald Radel, Bonita Schwalm, Terry Stutzman, Randolph Wehry (Vice-President), and Diane Wolfgang. The TVYAF Board has developed a grant program to support activities and events that further the artistic, athletic and service education of Tri-Valley area youth and is pursuing the feasibility of a community center in the Tri-Valley area.

About Hot Potato 5K: Sterman Masser, Inc. is excited to host Hegins Valley’s 3rd Annual Hot Potato 5K Run/Fun Walk, which will again include the Tater Tot Trot for kids ages 12 and under. The race was established in 2013 to create what is hoped will be a long-standing tradition while promoting a healthy lifestyle for the Tri-Valley community. The proceeds raised for the event are administered by the TVYAF Board of Directors.