The Cultural Alliance of York County started off its 14th annual fundraising campaign by giving out checks to its partner agencies and giving more than $30,000 to Creative Impact Award winners.

The Creative Community fundraising kickoff was held Tuesday at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.

The alliance's 2013 goal is to raise $1.25 million for itself and for its eight partner agencies: the Strand-Capitol, York Junior Symphony, YorkArts, York County Heritage Trust, the York Art Association, York Symphony Orchestra, York Youth Symphony and Greater York Dance.

The campaign runs through March 31, said Joanne Riley, the alliance's president. The alliance raised $1.25 million for its 2012 campaign, she said.

During the kickoff event, the partner agencies received allocations from the 2012 fundraising campaign:

---The Strand-Capitol received $271,527,

---York County Heritage Trust: $175,983,

---YorkArts: $52,121,

---York Symphony Orchestra: $33,418,

---Greater York Dance: $12,604,

---York Art Association: $6,361,

---York Junior Symphony: $6,236,

---York Youth Symphony: $5,104.

Impact awards: The alliance announced four Creative Impact Award winners, who received grants for their art-based projects designed to benefit their communities.

Steam Into History received $15,000 for its Civil War era train program designed to educate and entertain the public through re-enactments.


A train being built in Illinois would run from New Freedom to Hanover Junction on the Northern Central Railroad, a line Abraham Lincoln traveled on his way to deliver the Gettysburg Address and posthumously in his funeral car.

Steam Into History expects to begin the train program June 1, said Debi Beshore, the organization's manager, who also handles sales and administration duties.

"I'm so excited about the grant," she said. "It will help pay for a coach to work with the re-enactors, get costumes. We're a nonprofit and every penny counts."

Independent filmmaker Joe Nardelli of Manhattan, N.Y., also received $15,000 for his documentary film featuring his friend Michele DeMeo, a York resident, health care expert and past board member of the Centers for Disease Control. She is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Nardelli's film focuses on end-of-life health issues and how they affect patients, their families and medical professionals. He said he's thankful the alliance has shown support for his film project, which he started locally in April.

"I'm honored to have been chosen, especially since I'm not a York resident," Nardelli said. "But the Cultural Alliance has a great understanding of the importance of the film we're making."

Other recipients: The alliance awarded $5,000 to Greater York Dance for a new dance program that offers free classes to local schools. The Hanover Lancers received $1,000 to provide free drum lessons and build on last year's sold-out concert success.

"(The projects) are intended to be a springboard to inspire children, energize neighborhoods and create community in York County," Riley said. "The impact is both measurable as in the number of folks it affects and immeasurable such as how it adds to the qualify of life of the community."

Grants given last year ranged from $1,000 to $22,000, she said.

The Cultural Alliance was founded in 1999 to raise funds for and create awareness of the creative community in the county.

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To contribute

The Cultural Alliance of York County's 14th annual Creative Community fundraising campaign began Tuesday and runs through March 31.

To contribute, mail a check -- made out to the alliance with "Campaign 2013" on the memo line -- to the Cultural Alliance, 14 W. Market St., York 17401.

Donations also can be made online at For information, call 812-9255.