The History of Harrisburg’s Backyard Bash

 

American Mint
American Mint

Since 1998, American Mint has served as an online resource for collectors of coins, medals, decorative knives, and other collectible items, serving over 10 million customers worldwide. American Mint operates out of headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and plays an active role in community initiatives and events such as the annual Harrisburg Backyard Bash.

Since its inception in 1987, the Backyard Bash has brought neighbors together for an evening of food, music, and fun benefiting various worthwhile causes. The event began in the backyard of Harrisburg resident Jan Prosseda, who soon began soliciting donations to cover the costs of the popular affair. With no desire to profit from the community event, Mr. Prosseda began donating excess funds to local charities in need, transforming a simple block party into an impactful charity benefit.

In 1994, Mr. Prosseda and his fellow event founders created a nonprofit, BackYard Benefits, Inc., to oversee the creation of quality local events that would promote a sense of community while helping those in need. At the suggestion of former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed, the event organizers moved the Backyard Bash to the city’s burgeoning downtown district in 2001. While attendance grew, the annual event soon ceased operations as members of the all-volunteer organization committee moved on to other endeavors.

Now, the Backyard Bash has returned. After holding an invite-only reunion in 2010, Mr. Prosseda set upon the task of reviving the tradition in full. Within three years of its revival, the Backyard Bash had donated over $10,000 to local charities, bringing its lifetime fundraising total to over $275,000.

The most recent event took place on Saturday, July 16, 2016, and benefited several regional cancer research foundations. Ticket holders enjoyed refreshments such as beer, hot dogs, and hamburgers and danced to the stylings of local band and Backyard Bash staple Smooth Like Clyde.

Hounds of Prison Education Helps Dogs Find Forever Homes

Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA) Image: cpaa.info
Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA)
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American Mint possesses more than three decades of experience in the collector’s market and sells a wide array of die-cast replicas, collectable coins, and other memorabilia from its headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. American Mint also supports several community and nonprofit organizations, including the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA), which manages the life-saving Hounds of Prison Education (HOPE) program.

Launched in March 2015, the program focuses on finding forever homes for rescued and homeless dogs by pairing them with screened prison inmates who provide training, socialization, and behavior modification necessary for adoption. HOPE is tailored to canines who require extra one-on-one attention to prepare them for adoption and incarcerated individuals with moderate behavioral and social issues. Furthermore, it welcomes dogs with an extended history in foster care homes.

HOPE encourages inmates to bond with their canine partners over the course of several weeks, wherein dogs and inmates share cells and attend weekly training sessions together. Inmates receive support and assistance from professional trainers, prison staff, and program volunteers. Sessions cover a range of training topics, such as basic obedience and behavior modification. Furthermore, the sessions boost the confidence of shy and nervous canines.

Donations to HOPE help cover costs associated with training and care, such as training classes, food, toys, and heartworm prevention. In addition to individual contributions, donors may select from a number of care packages ranging from $10 to $200.

HOPE operates in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill and the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance.

Pope Francis’ Historic 2015 Visit to the United States

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

 

A Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based company, American Mint carries an extensive inventory of collectible coins, medals, and die-cast models. Among American Mint’s sought after offerings is a commemorative coin that celebrates the historic visit Pope Francis paid to the United States in 2015. Layered with 24 karat gold, the coin is a wide 2.75 inches in diameter and priced at less than $5.

Pope Francis’ highly anticipated trip to the United States began with his arrival in Washington, DC, where he met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. He subsequently became the first Pope ever to address the US Congress and he focused his message on the duty legislative officials have in caring for ordinary people. He also found time to canonize Junipero Serra, a respected California missionary from the Spanish colonial era.

Next stopping in New York City, Pope Francis paid a visit to the 9/11 memorial and spoke of the importance of never forgetting those who had lost their lives in the tragic event that unfolded there. He made a memorable appearance before the UN General Assembly, emphasizing the importance of valuing the earth and the people who live on it over pursuit of money.

The Statue of Liberty’s Widely Commemorated 100th Anniversary in 1986

Statue of Liberty pic
Statue of Liberty
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American Mint is a Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, firm that offers an extensive selection of medals and coins that are historic and have collectible value. One of American Mint’s distinct offerings is a genuine 1986 Statue of Liberty Half Dollar, which was minted by the US Treasury in 1986 in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the iconic statue.

The anniversary culminated in a four-day Liberty Weekend gala event that encompassed events throughout New York, with a focus on the harbor area. Well-attended events included an international naval procession that started at George Washington Bridge and included renditions by the American Wind Symphony of the national anthems of all participating vessels. Held in Liberty State Park, the Americana Music Salute was televised worldwide and included artists such as Johnny Cash, John Denver, and Whitney Houston. This was followed by a fireworks extravaganza that encompassed the Brooklyn Bridge and Hudson River past the World Trade Center.

Priced at less than $20, the authentic commemorative coin from this unforgettable anniversary is a collector’s item that will provide enduring interest to Americans for generations to come.