Special opportunities to give

These events are real crowd-pleasers, and they raise critical funding for The Institute’s educational programs. What a great way to enjoy yourself while helping us fulfill our mission to the community!

Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale and Rain Barrel Fundraiser (during Earth Celebration Day)

Saturday, April 27, 2024 

Underwriting support provided by lead sponsors Drs. Jerzy Kornilow O.D. & Alison Ridenour, O.D., Antietam EYE Associates, with additional support by Hadley Farms Bakery, Inc.

The 2024 Earth Celebration Day at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa. will feature a return of earth-friendly exhibitors as well as fundraising opportunities like rain barrels, each one uniquely and beautifully painted by students in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Community Art program.
Hand-painted bird houses will be auctioned off.
Rent a yard sale table and convert your cast-offs to cash!






Chesapeake Bay Supper 2024—our 27th Anniversary event!

Friday, June 28, 2024

Underwriting support provided last year by “Blue Crab” Lead Sponsor, Blue Ridge Risk Partners on behalf of Craig, Friedly, Potter and Moore Insurance; “Landlubber” Sponsor: FirstEnergy Foundation; and by Clam Shucker Sponsor: Melissa Graham and family in memory of Steve Graham.

Here’s an event that’s definitely all it’s cracked up to be! Members, friends, and families come together at Waynesboro Country Club to support The Institute with a fabulous evening of food, fun, and frolic. Bid it up during the silent and live auctions. Great items! Bay Supper TO GO is back this year, too!

Sponsorships are available.

Reservations are required.

Register on the Bay Supper Event Page HERE.


Salamander Scramble —17th Annual Scramble!

Thursday, July 4, 2024
In conjunction with Waynesboro’s Fourth of July Jubilee, the Firecracker 5K Run is ON, and so is the Scramble! Scramblers can run, walk—or scramble—to support The Institute. A virtual option is still in place—you can also Scramble from anywhere you choose!

More details and online registration coming in spring.

Sponsorship opportunities available for this event!

Put on your running/walking shoes and join us as we “scramble” along the streets of Waynesboro during the annual Fourth of July Firecracker 5K Race. We call our “sub-event” the Salamander Scramble, with team members securing funding pledges from friends, family, and co-workers. “Salamanders” head to the finish line on behalf of The Institute!

Check back for registration details. Race fees and free T-shirt provided. Team members may send entry fees and donations via PayPal using the Donate button below. (Note: A PayPal account is not required to donate by credit card using the same button.)


Please consider adding 3% to your donation amount so that 100% of your contribution goes to The Institute. The extra amount will cover the transaction fee that PayPal charges our organization. For example, if your donation to support a Salamander Scramble team member is $20, please make your PayPal donation in the amount of $20.60 (20 x .03 = .60).
Thank you!


Pippins N’ Pumpkins

Saturday, October 19, 2024 (Date to be confirmed)

Our fourth annual fall festival includes a full slate of activities and fun for all ages, including a ‘kid zone’ with yard games, a StoryWalk® hike & activity, live music, pony rides for kids, craft vendors, a pie walk, a pumpkin patch, and a decorated pumpkin contest. A star attraction is the ever-popular trebuchet pumpkin launcher, which will run throughout the day sending pumpkins flying through the sky.