"My name is Lisa DeAngelo. I'm a freelance graphic designer, a little bit of a dork, and just one of the many proud PCA&D alumni..."
I put this video together for my old college, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design to promote The Extraordinary Give event and to show how thankful I am, as an alumna reflecting on the education and opportunities PCA&D has given me.
What is the Extraordinary Give?The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County's self-proclaimed, "largest day of giving". Every year, over a 24-hour period, ExtraGive.org accepts donations for hundreds of nonprofits and charity organizations. One of the things that makes the "Extra Give" so special is every donation gets an additional amount of money added on to it from a "stretch pool". (I give a mediocre explanation of what a stretch pool is in the above video... 😅 )
It's truly an unbelievable event which brings the community of Lancaster together – even those in other areas, too! Speaking as someone who doesn't even live in Lancaster, I still feel connected to the community through events like these and by staying in touch with some of the kindest, caring and inspiring people I've met along the way.
Who I Gave to (and Why):This year, I chose to donate to the following organizations:
- Pennsylvania College of Art & Design I'd be a big fat hypocrite if I didn't! But you already know why. 😉
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to help with the fight to end hunger in PA.
- Central Market Trust to support local farmers and preserve the greatness that is "the country's oldest farmers' market".
The Results:2017 was a record-breaking year for The Extraordinary Give, beating last year's total donations by a whopping $1.5 million! Many people think this number will continue to rise into the future, some speculating that 2018 will hit the $10 million mark. Since its inception, the event has grown significantly and continues to be... well, extraordinary!
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design broke records too, this year! Raising a total of $7,270 from 75 donors, the school surpassed donation amounts and donors from previous years, making it their most successful year, to date!
Numbers from previous years:
2016 - $4,025 / 53 Donors
2015 - $4,750 / 48 Donors
2014 - $6,750 / 37 Donors
I cannot begin to express how proud and humbled I am to have been a part of this year's Extraordinary Give.
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped spread the word!