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Leftover Turkey Trot

Cold weather and strong winds did not keep about 75 hearty runners, ranging in age from 11 to 67, from participating in this year’s Wildcat Foundation Leftover Turkey Trot. Patient First was the presenting sponsor for the event, now in its second year. Held at the Memorial Park Stadium in Mechanicsburg, the event featured a 5k road and trail run, a 1.5 mile Family Fun Run and Walk, and was staggered throughout the morning in order to accommodate Covid safety protocols.

The event is hosted by the Wildcat Foundation, an education foundation that provides financial support to the Mechanicsburg Area School District. Despite the less than ideal running conditions, organizers deemed the event a great success!

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Christkindlmarkt

Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt was launched in 1993 and has become a popular holiday destination drawing more than one million visitors over the past 25+ years.  It is a one-of-a-kind family event that celebrates the spirit of the season, and was twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. 

This year, the event experienced something new. Us! Patient First was able to participate for the first time during “Opening Weekend” as a day vendor, and it was great fun. The event began on Friday, November 19 and runs every weekend until December 19, 2021.

Although we were there for just a day, we joined more than 100 other vendors who will be on site for the run of the event. For us, it was a day well spent. We heard from folks who had great experiences at our Patient First locations throughout the Lehigh Valley and all over Pennsylvania. We also had visitors from New Jersey and Maryland stop by our tent for a chat, and to pick up some of our ever-popular give away items. 

The entire environment really put all of us in the holiday spirit with so many lights, decorated trees, ornaments, ice carvers, and more! It became even more spectacular when dusk approached and all of the lights become even more visible. It was a sight to behold and enjoyable for young and old alike. It was an impressive event with big crowds they tell us get even heavier closer to Christmas. We hope to return in 2022.

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Mayflower Marathon

The Virginia Peninsula Food bank relies heavily on the community to help combat food scarcity in the Hampton Roads area.  Patient First was proud to join the food bank as they hosted the 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive.  This is a three day event that raises money and collects donated food items at multiple locations for Thanksgiving.  With Patient First’s donation, it will help to provide 4,000 meals to families in need.  We were excited to volunteer in the community and grateful to be a part of such a great cause.

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Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade


Patient First was excited to participate in the annual Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday, November 20, 2021. This event took place in downtown Silver Spring, MD in Montgomery County and was a 1 mile event. The Silver Spring Thanksgiving was a family-fun event and featured live music, dancers, bands, animals, floats and local elected leaders and organizations. This year’s Patient First float was Christmas themed with Christmas trees, Teddy bear, Christmas present, toy soldiers and drums. Patient First employees were excited to participate and waved to the crowd filled with families that cheered for Patient First. Wising everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
 

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Troopster Holiday Pack Event

Troopster is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to deployed troops.  Since its inception in 2015, Troopster has sent thousands of packages to service members worldwide.  Patient First employs many members of the military community and the founder is also a military veteran, so this event was meaningful. The boxes that Patient First packed will reach combat medics, navy corpsmen and members of the border patrol in Arizona, Kuwait, Iraq and Africa.  Remembering those who fight to protect our country but are away from their families during the holidays made this a gratifying experience.

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Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

We have participated in Elmwood Park Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” event in Norristown, PA many times over the years and it has always been a great event. This year’s event was likely to be the largest attendance we’ve experienced there yet. Parents and children who visited in their Trick or Treat costumes made it an extra fun event for us. 

We were one of 18 vendor stations at the event where kids could Trick or Treat throughout the Zoo. Even though we didn’t give out candy, parents and kids alike were excited to receive our Band-Aids and blinkers, and we distributed lots of them.  It always makes us feel good when we have conversations about Patient First and what we do when most people we talk with are already familiar with us! At this event we were excited to learn about positive experiences folks have had in our centers from as far away as Hamilton NJ, Bethlehem, Springfield and of course ones closer to the Zoo like East Norriton and Collegeville. 

How many days until Halloween season 2022? We are already looking forward to participating again.

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Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley

For the past 15 years, Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley has been providing sports and social activities year-round for hundreds of children and young adults with special needs. The organization was founded on the principles of inclusion, building self-esteem, and that everyone deserves a chance to play baseball … and, they continue to uphold those values today. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, it was Trick or Treat Night for the children, and we were so happy to participate in this heartwarming event. We enjoyed seeing the amazing costumes and met some amazing children and their families. Other vendors who participated in this event with us were equally as happy to be there, and we are all already looking forward to returning next year.

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Wilson Borough's Centennial Celebration

What an honor it was for Patient First to be invited to join Wilson Borough’s Centennial Celebration. Wilson Borough, in Easton, PA, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020. The pandemic paused the celebration, but it returned October 14 – 16, 2021 in a big way, with food, rides, games, and live music and entertainment for the three days! We were able to join the Friday evening festivities. The community responded, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for an outdoor Fall event. Organized by Borough Mayor Donald Barrett, Jr. and his team, the event was first-rate and very busy with attendance anticipated at more than 5,000 people from Easton and nearby communities. We enjoyed interacting with local folks, many who had been patients at our center near Meuser Park where this event was held. Organizers tell us they hope an annual Fall Festival will continue in future years … and if it does, you can count on seeing Patient First making a return appearance! It was a great evening. 

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Beach FC Soccer Tournament

Beach FC hosted their annual Columbus Day Tournament over the weekend.  Over 200 teams from all over Virginia and surrounding states travelled to the Hampton Roads Sports Complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The complex has 19 soccer fields spread out on over 75 acres of land.    With one game after another on each field, teams and families were constantly flowing in and out.   Many patrons were excited to see Patient First in attendance and stopped by the tent for some promotional items.  Patient First is a proud supporter of the Beach FC soccer programs and always enjoys being a part of community happenings.  We are looking forward to participating in more soccer tournaments in the future.
 

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Fairfax Fall Festival

Pumpkin spice, popcorn, and everything nice! Patient First was excited to participate in the 45th annual Fairfax Fall Festival on Saturday, October 9, 2021. 
This event took place in downtown Fairfax and featured over 400 craft booths and displays. Back by popular demand was the lumberjack show and interactive lumberjack camps for the children. The Fairfax Fall Festival included a business expo and Touch-a-Truck expo that allowed children to see and explore City of Fairfax work vehicles and equipment. There was a children’s stage that featured singers, dancers, magicians, carnival rides and face painting as well!