Come Out, Bid, Support Your Neighbors

The documentary film, “Mike Baker: Love, Community and Friendship,” and a Silent Auction at The Campus Theatre, Lewisburg, on July 15, starting at 6 p.m., will be the first fundraiser for the newly established Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, a fund that both memorializes Baker and provides money to area families coping with catastrophic illness or events.

The documentary film, sponsored by Susquehanna Life magazine and created by filmmaker Caroline Pogust, is designed to illustrate the positive impact Lewisburg chiropractor Mike Baker had on the region, and how the people in the communities he served came together to support him and his family when he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in January 2014. Baker passed away two months later.

Funds collected at the July 15 movie premiere and accompanying Silent Auction will be used to support the work of the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, administered by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Williamsport. When fully endowed at $25,000, the fund will award $1000 a year to area families.

“The idea for the documentary came from witnessing the overwhelming support shown to Mike Baker and his family when he was diagnosed with cancer,” said Erica Shames, founder and publisher of Susquehanna Life magazine and creator of the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund. “Creating the fund to honor Mike’s generous spirit, and designating the film’s premiere and Silent Auction as the first fundraiser for the fund, were obvious first steps.”

Those appearing in the documentary film include musicians who played at the Concert for Mike Baker in January 2013, friends who have known Mike since childhood, Sue Baker, as well as friends, patients, and people in the community who were instrumental in supporting the Baker family during Michael’s health emergency.

“Caroline has put together a touching film that tells the story of the remarkable person Mike Baker was through the people who knew him best, and how his generosity came back to him full circle during his time of need,” said Shames. “The film is a testament to the ‘pay it forward’ ideal, and the power of an individual to positively impact a community.”

When the doors open at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction, attendees will be able to bid on items donated by area businesses. Items include: gift certificates from Elizabeth’s An American Bistro, Isle of Que Adventures, Trey Casimir Acupuncture and Exercise, Lewisburg Hotel, Fetch and Play, Natural Food and Garden Store, Gloria Phillips Therapeutic Massage and Dan Greak’s School of TaeKwon-Do; jewelry from Rebecca Mohr Jewelry; a “Take One” membership to The Campus Theatre; a Bulova Lewisburg clock from Wolf’s Jewelry; a 1/3 page color ad in Susquehanna Life magazine; tickets to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, a Bradley Shoemaker Limited Edition “Going Home” print framed by Open Door Gallery, and tickets to a Penn State Home Game. Dwellings will donate 10 percent of its July 15 sales to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction; the film will start at 7 p.m. After the film, there will be a short Q&A with filmmaker Caroline Pogust.

Admission is free, and donations to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund will be accepted at the door. Contributions to the fund, which are tax deductible, also can be made out to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund and sent to the First Community Foundation Partnership, 330 Pine Street, Suite 400, Williamsport, PA 17701. More information is at (570) 522-0149. ###

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