Honesdale Presbyterian Church Fundraiser
HONESDALE, PA—April 6, 2012—In the wee small hours of the morning, under the light of full moon, the Himalayan Institute campus, just north of Bethany, became the latest “victim” in a movement of hit-and-run thronings occurring regularly throughout the community since March 24.
“Hey, at least we weren’t dethroned,” says Brian Fulp, Director of Local Operations, taking the merry prank in good stride.
By now you’ve probably heard of this creative fundraising campaign by Honesdale’s First Presbyterian Church to raise $12,000 for two upcoming mission trips this summer to Wilmington, Delaware and Warrensburg, N.Y. According to church Youth Director Chris Scheuerell, the well-meaning mastermind behind the fundraiser, three of these golden thrones will be making the rounds over the next couple of months. He found the idea of tacky yard art combined with a reverse ransom on the internet. In the golden bowl, the “lucky” businesses and homeowners will find a note instructing that a donation of $15 or more will remove the so-called Hottie Pottie to the next front yard.
“I love this artistically brilliant idea and what better way to support and serve the community at large!” says Meta Lolotea, the Manager of the month-long Self-Transformation Program at HI.
“Our charter here is to serve humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian work. In our tradition, we refer to service work as karma yoga and it is highly revered. So, of course, we’re pleased to support First Presbyterian’s efforts and upcoming trips,” said Jeff Abella, Manager of HI’s Global Humanitarian Projects, himself leaving soon for the Institute’s flagship Humanitarian Project in Kumbo, Cameroon, West Africa. He and his team will be opening a new expansion of the Kumbo Public Library which was opened five years ago with support from the local Honesdale community. “The new section of the library is for business education. We’re currently accepting new and gently used business books to take with us in May.”
If you or your business would like to support the “Hottie Pottie” campaign for a night — or to take out a $20 insurance policy against it — call Chris Scheuerell at 253-5451, or just stop by the church at 201 Tenth Street. To nominate friends and rival businesses to host the throne, you’ll need their street address. (And your $15 donation, of course.)
If you have business, leadership, or vocational trade books that you’d like to donate to the Kumbo Public Library, which serves 100,000 people, rest assured that Mr. Abella and his team will not be leaving gilded toilets on your doorstep. Perhaps, golden bookcases.
To donate books and for more information on the Global Humanitarian Projects, please visit HimalayanInstitute.org/humanitarian or call 253-5551.
About the Himalayan Institute
A leader in the field of yoga, tantra, meditation, spirituality and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual and humanitarian programs. The Institute and its varied activities and programs exemplify the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, spirituality and science, with ancient wisdom and modern technology.
Founded in 1971 by Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the Institute draws on its roots in the yoga tradition to offer programs in self-transformation, yoga, meditation and holistic health at its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Himalayan Institute offers a number of educational programs and services, publishes Yoga International Magazine and more than 60 titles, produces a line of high quality health products, runs the Total Health Center and operates global humanitarian projects in India, Mexico and Cameroon, West Africa.