B&A at Harrisburg High

B&A was invited to speak at Harrisburg High School to discuss our history and the local community outreach movement we have created in the past six years.  Doug Rowell, Jr. and Ced Bowling attended as representatives of B&A to share their personal stories of growth, overcoming obstacles, building a team of like-minded individuals, and staying true to core values as they strive for success.  This was a great opportunity to interact with the future of our city, and make them aware of the 2017 scholarship we are offering.

2017 B&A Scholarship Info

Thank you for your continued support of our Scholarship Fundraisers.  It is great to see friends and family come together to give back to our community. Through your continued support we will award a partial scholarship to a local high school senior planning to attend trade-school this Fall.  If you know of a worthy individual please use the form below to submit an application.

Scholarship Requirements:

    1. Graduating high school student attending a trade-school in Fall 2017.
    2. Selection criteria will be based on financial need and prior academic performance.
    3. One award will be made annually.
    4. Awards will be the total amount of money raised at identified Blessed & Appreciative Scholarship Fundraising events.
    5. To apply for renewal of the grant will require that the recipient maintains a cumulative 2.8 GPA. 
    6. Funds will be paid directly to the school, whereby the school will apply the grant funds only for enrolled students.
    7. If the terms of the grant are violated, any subsequent disbursements will be halted immediately, and the recipient will be prohibited reapplication for the grant.
    8. Relatives of selection committee, officers, directors, substantial contributors are ineligible for awards/grants. 

Submit all scholarship applications and inquiries to scholarships@blessedandappreciative.com or mail to:

B&A Scholarship
P.O. Box 4604, Harrisburg PA, 17111

 Click here for the B&A Scholarship Application

2016 B&A Bowling Fundraiser

B&A is teaming up with Most Wanted Streetwear to raise money for Jose, a 19 year old former Olympian who was paralyzed after a training accident.  All money raised will provide assistance for Jose’s family to purchase a lift for his wheelchair.

Guest Bartending – Sons & Daughters of Italy

Thursday March 31, 6-9PM Curtis Wilson and Nikki Martella will be guest bartending with proceeds raised supporting a local woman who is battling illness and unable to work.  The Sons & Daughters of Italy is open to the public during the event.

5th Annual Gift Drive

Blessed & Appreciative will hold our 5th Annual Holiday Gift Drive on Friday December 4th – 6:00PM at the Best Western Premier.  Music, raffles 50/50, food and drinks will be provided along with a cash bar including the extensive craft beer selection from O’Reilly’s Pub.
Please bring a new, wrapped gift labeled with age and male/female to gain entry to the party.  We will be collecting children’s gifts for all ages as well as winter hats and gloves for the men staying at the Bethesda Mission.

We are also looking for event sponsors and raffle / prize giveaways.  If you own a business or know of someone willing to donate a gift card / free service / haircut / etc please contact matt@blessedandappreciative.org

Team Heather Raffle – July 30th

St Lawrence Club – 13 Highland St, Steelton, PA 17113 – July 30th 7:00pm

Stop by the St Lawrence club for dinner, drinks and a good time to raise money to support Heather Sweigart and her family. Heather is battling Crohn’s disease and is set to undergo a small intestine transplant which will require her and her family to relocate to Cleveland for over a year.

This event commences month-long raffle including a 46″ LCD TV, iPad Mini, autographed memorabilia from Seattle Seahawk / Penn State / Steel High football star Jordan Hill, and many other prizes.

 

Please check out the flyers below for more details.

Bowling for Team Heather – June 27th

ABC East Lanes – 1001 Eisenhower Blvd Harrisburg, PA 17111 – June 27th 2:00pm

B&A is hosting a kickoff fundraiser to support Heather Sweigart and her family. Heather is battling Crohn’s disease and is set to undergo a small intestine transplant which will require her and her family to relocate to Cleveland for over a year. This event will kickoff a month-long raffle including a 46″ flatscreen TV, iPAD mini, and other prizes!

 

Please check out the flyers below for more details.

B&A Brotherhood

May 2015 – Los Angeles

This school year, Blessed&Appreciative was extended the opportunity to partner with the UCLA After-School Program at the UCLA Community Elementary School in Los Angeles.  Together, we created “The Blessed&Appreciative Brotherhood”, a pilot boy’s enrichment program.  The B&A Brotherhood was designed to promote unity and respect among inner city boys.  It incorporates restorative justice and violence prevention components, along with small group mentoring and many “big brother/little brother” teachable moments.

The boy’s participating in the weekly program have learned all about what it means to be a “brother” and to look out for one another.  One topic we covered was the events which took place in Baltimore, and how it might affect boys and girls living in the city.  The conversation led to the Brotherhood wanting to make a small difference, by creating a unity video.  B&A leaders were able to connect with elementary school teachers from inner city Baltimore, and this video was shared inside multiple classrooms in Baltimore.

We are very proud of the boys in the Brotherhood for spreading unity and respect from coast to coast!  Take a glimpse of the future…

- The B&A Team

Connect with us in LA:
Jordan – 717-576-6773 // Andre – 717-602-5968
jordan@blessedandappreciative.org // andre@blessedandappreciative.org
facebook.com/blessedandappreciative
instagram – @blessed_appreciative

Sunday March 1st – 5th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Soup Cookoff

B&A will again be participating in the 5th Annual Soup Cook Off to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“This event is the largest Soup Cook off in Central PA! Held Sunday March 1st, 12 noon at the Park Inn Hotel in Mechanicsburg, PA. The Soup Cook Off features soups from both the Professional and Amateur Chefs categories. Open to the public, tasters can try over 50 soups of all varities and then vote on their favorite soups. That’s right, you the soup taster picks the winners, not a panel of judges! Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door! Bring your friends and your appetite and help in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis!”

This year we are entering a new soup…  Four cheese, ham and potato soup with bacon, and adobo chipotle drizzle!

Recipe:

  • 1 lb. thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks butter
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 potatoes (baked and diced)
  • 2 bundles fresh scallions
  • 2 cups baked bone-in ham, diced
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheeses (white, vermont, cheddar, etc)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • adobo chipotle chili sauce
Bake ham 15 minutes per pound at 350 degrees.  Let cool then dice and set aside. Fry bacon, let cool then dice and set aside. In a large pot, melt butter over low heat and slowly whisk in flour to make a roux.  Slowly add milk, heavy cream, buttermilk and continuously stir until smooth.  Add diced potatoes and scallions and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add remaining ingredients.  Allow to cook for 30 minutes.  Top with extra scallions, shredded cheese, sour cream, and chipotle sauce.

TheSoupCookoff.com

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 19th, 2015 – Los Angeles

Every year on the third Monday in January, communities around the nation gather to celebrate the life and legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  To honor Dr. King, and his monumental efforts towards social justice and equality, MLK Day is recognized as a national day of community service.  This year, Blessed&Appreciative joined City Year Los Angeles for a service day at Diego Rivera Learning Complex in Boyle Heights.  Alongside thousands of other volunteers, we transformed the school environment by painting murals all around the school.

We chose this Cal State Northridge mural, and we thought it turned out pretty good!

 

 

 

This was a really fun day, and we appreciated the opportunity to give back to the community in a new way.  Thank you to the volunteers who came out to represent B&A and to City Year Los Angeles for hosting the event.  Come out and join us next year…

- The B&A Team

Connect with us in LA:
Jordan – 717-576-6773 // Andre – 717-602-5968
jordan@blessedandappreciative.org // andre@blessedandappreciative.org
facebook.com/blessedandappreciative
instagram – @blessed_appreciative