HARRISBURG – Governor Wolf signed into law, on December 27, a bill containing two legislative initiatives sponsored by Senator Judy Ward (R-Hollidaysburg) aimed at enhancing fundraising opportunities for local organizations whose missions are to help individuals with cancer and disabilities and their families.
Presently, many non-profits and community-based organizations qualify to make application with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) for a wine and spirits auction permit or a special occasion permit for special events as a means to raise funds for their operations. They include groups that provide hospice care, service dogs for individuals with disabilities, emergency response, museum support, higher education, non-profit hospital services and many other volunteer and non-profit community groups.
Earlier this year, Senator Ward proposed Senate Bill 61 to expand the list of eligible organizations for a wine and spirits auction permit to include any non-profit organizations that has been in existence for at least five years, is registered with the PA Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, and is also recognized as a community-based voluntary organization committed to fighting cancer; this would include a Blair County organization.
Senator Ward also sponsored Senate Bill 815 allowing The Arc of Blair County to qualify for a special occasion permit which provides additional fundraising opportunities to help them operate and continue to provide critical services. The Arc of Blair County has provided vital services and programs in the community for individuals with disabilities and their families since 1954.
“The passage of this legislation into law will benefit both local charities who will be able to raise more funds that will allow additional programs and services to those individuals with cancer and disabilities. This is the kind of legislation that is a win for our communities,” Ward said.
CONTACT: Cheryl Schriner (717) 787-5490