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It was a beautiful day with perfect weather for a baseball game on a Friday night in the city of Bowie, Maryland.

Hundreds of families gathered on June 17 for a night out for baseball, food and fun at the Prince George’s County Stadium in Bowie, Maryland.

Staff from Patient First came out to engage with the public by handing out promotional items and spoke about services that Patient First offers. We even snagged a picture with the Bowie team mascot.

Patient First is a proud sponsor of the Bowie Baysox baseball team. As a sponsor, Patient First nurses staff the First Aid station at every home game.

Go Bowie Baysox! We look forward to supporting more games this season!

On Saturday, June 25th, the stretch of Ebenezer Road in front of Perry Hall High School served as the site for this year's Perry Hall Town Fair. Several thousand people braved the heat and humidity to support local businesses and craftspersons, as well as entertain the kids with attractions like a butterfly feeding tent, horseback riding, and a laser tag course under the trees on school grounds.

Patient First's tent drew plenty of people all eager to take home our hot/cold packs and other promotional items, and all of whom had nothing but positive comments about our Perry Hall center just down the road. One woman virtually waxed rhapsodic, telling us how much of an invaluable community service we're providing. It's a service our staff is happy to provide, and an event in which Patient First is happy to participate!

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The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce and Whitehall Township teamed up to host the Whitehall Heritage Festival, and Patient First was part of the fun. The day celebrated the extensive heritage and history of the Whitehall area, not far from Patient First locations in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA.

Although the temperatures were in the mid to upper 90’s all day with extreme humidity, it was a fun event. In addition to all the family fun available, the event also brought people out to take a look at improvements made to the Grist Mill and Peter Grim property and highlight the new greenways and pathways in the park areas. Live entertainment and food trucks were available all day, too, and more than 50 vendors participated.

A fun added feature to the event included Civil War and Revolutionary War Reenactments and Living History regiments. We are already looking forward to the return of this event next year!

On Sunday, June 19th, 8 blocks of Water Street in downtown Lancaster, PA became a pedestrian walkway in the form of Open Streets Lancaster. Sponsored by Lancaster Rec, the City of Lancaster, and Lancaster Bikes!, this event aims to encourage physical activity, a healthy lifestyle, and positive mental health.

Patrons could walk the streets and sample food, listen to a variety of musical artists set up along several blocks, shop from local vendors, and learn about a variety of non-profit services that are available for those in the Lancaster community.

Patient First's tent was located near the temporary skateboard park, which became quite a draw for spectators. We heard from several patients who recounted how our center on nearby Oregon Pike helped them when they needed urgent care. Patient First has been a participant in this event for several years, and we look forward to doing so in the years to come.

On Saturday, June 18th, the fields in front of The Markets at Shrewsbury were transformed into a veritable recreation of the Emerald Isle, for the 20th Penn-Mar Irish Festival.

The sounds of bagpipes, drums, and cloggers, along with the sight of flat caps, kilts and tartan surrounded the 6,000 people who attended this event, traveling from as far as Pittsburgh, Annapolis, and even North Carolina. Two performance stages entertained the guests throughout the day, while traditional Irish fare was served in the food truck court, and four Irish Wolfhounds were led around the grounds, to the delight of many.

The winds were as gusty as on the fields of Donegal County, creating some drama for some of the vendors who either lost their tents, or gave up their cover after a few close calls.

In addition to being a first-time vendor, Patient First also sponsored the shuttle bus that ferried the crowds from a satellite parking lot to the gates, just a few steps away from our booth. In addition to being greeted by patients from both Pennsylvania and Maryland, we also received several inquiries from people outside our territories, in western Pennsylvania and western Maryland.

This was a very fun afternoon, and we look forward to participating in future years.

Jubilee Day

It's billed as the largest and longest running one-day street fair on the east coast, and by all accounts, the 92nd Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg, PA lived up to just that. Just 2 miles from our Mechanicsburg center, Jubilee Day was 4 square blocks of vendors, service providers, food, games and entertainment, drawing in 70,000 people from the morning until well after sundown.

Positioned near the live bandstand, thousands of people stopped by our tent to take home magnet clips and our wooden planes, which were clearly the biggest items of interest. Every one of the people who stopped by were very complimentary of the level of care and quality of service they've received from our centers. Only a handful of people were unfamiliar with what we do, and our staff were happy to enlighten them.

This is one of the biggest events of the year in central Pennsylvania, and Patient First is happy to continue our participation in this long standing Mechanicsburg tradition!

Chalk the Walk

Chalk the Walk returned to Virginia Beach this weekend for a colorful, creative, cartoon pals themed event.  Several local artist and aspiring artist gathered on the boardwalk creating murals of artwork along the pavement.  All registered participants competed for a trophy and a cash prize.  Others stopped by to join in the fun by drawing pictures of their choice. 

Patient First was blown away by the mere talent of all the participants.   What an awesome way to bring unity to the community!

The North American Sand Soccer Championships kicked off their 2022 tournament on Friday June 10th.  This three day event at the Virginia Beach oceanfront was loaded with high levels of intensity and excitement.  720 teams came together to compete in the nation’s largest event of its kind.  Thousands of people traveled from near and far to join in and witness the action.

The Patient First team was proud to support the North American Sand Soccer Championships as they continue to do great things for our community. It is with great pride that we congratulate all participants who competed this past weekend on a job well done!

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The “Itty Bitty Hat Parade” at Devon Horse Show & County Fair returned this year, and Patient First was thrilled to be a sponsor once again. This has become a favorite event since it all takes place at the fairgrounds located directly across the street from Patient First’s Devon center.

Patient First staff made things extra fun by hosting a table where children enjoyed special horse-themed coloring sheets, while their moms and dads learned more about Patient First’s model and services.

At the end of the day, a giant hat parade through the Fairgrounds gave the children the opportunity to show off their newly-decorated hats. It was so fun to see them carry the parade banner as they toured the grounds, past the horses and the amusement and food areas. 

As usual, this big event attracted families and children from near and far. Parents were very gracious and happy, and many talked about great experiences they have had at the Devon Center which always make us feel good.

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CORE Foundation held its inaugural Health and Wellness Fair in conjunction with the Reston Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, June 4. CORE Foundation uses the triathlon as a means to raise charitable funds to support a variety of projects, which are called CORE Causes, in the community ranging from food insecurity and youth empowerment.

This year the Health and Wellness Fair took place at Lake Newport Pool in Reston, VA. Over 700 athletes registered this year’s event.

Staff from Patient First came out to participate in the Health and Wellness Fair, handing out promotional items, interacting with patients and some who were unfamiliar with our services.

To top it off, the weather was immaculate! We look forward to supporting future CORE Foundation events!