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Scouts sort UNICEF coins for 38th year

Fri, Nov 18th 2016 04:25 pm
Boy Scout Troop 510 met at Trinity United Methodist Church Nov 10 to take on the task of sorting coinage collected as part of the 2016 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser. (Photo by Larry Austin)
Boy Scout Troop 510 met at Trinity United Methodist Church Nov 10 to take on the task of sorting coinage collected as part of the 2016 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser. (Photo by Larry Austin)

For the 38th year, Grand Island Boy Scouts have served as money sorters in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser that takes place each Halloween on the Island.

Scouts met Nov. 10 at Trinity United Methodist Church to sort approximately $2,000 in coins collected Oct. 31.

Armed with the little orange boxes of money and all of the required supplies, Scouts took approximately an hour of time to sort pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters into the same metal coffee cans that have been used since 1978. They're stored in the basement of Hal Pierce, longtime Scout representative for the money sorting.

"They come up every November," Pierce said of the cans. He said the work would take about an hour.

Debbie Beis, GI UNICEF chair, reports that Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 9 a.m. high school students will meet at KeyBank to count and wrap the coins.

The largest amount of UNICEF money collected on Grand Island is $4,079.12 in 2001, Pierce said.

Those who took part in the money sorting Nov. 10 at Trinity were:

Boy Scouts - Troop 510

Ardan Ciopa, Jesus Cizneros, Miles Coughlin, Cameron Fairbairn, Jason Held, Ethan Klie, Ardan Maroni, Mike Percival, Evan Russo, Richard Shilling, Drew Shearer, Ben Sikora, John Paul Szczublewski, Andrew Tomasula, Conner Tribby, Josh Vizzi

Scout Leaders

•John Mondoux (Scoutmaster), Jennifer Fairbairn, Sue Grenda, Debbie Held, Erin Russo, Richanne Shearer, Todd Tribby, Tina Vizzi

UNICEF Team

•Debbie and Marlowe Beis, Grand Island chairs

•Hal Pierce, BSA representative

Grand Island UNICEF Leadership

•Lenore Tetkowski, chair, 1952-2014

•Debbie Beis (formerly UNICEF chair at Huth Road Elementary School for many years), chair, 2015-present

•Marlowe Beis, assistant Grand Island UNICEF chair, 2015-present

•Hal Pierce (Scoutmaster Boy Scout Troop 254, 1976-79, and advisor to Explorer Post 254, 1979-96), coordinator for Boy Scout sorting, 1978-2016

History of UNICEF Grand Island Boy Scouts money sorters

•1978, Boy Scout Troop 254 at Kaegebein School

•1979 through 1994, Explorer Post 254 at Kaegebein School

•1995, Cub Pack 254 at Grand Island High School

•1997 through 2008, Boy Scout Troop 254 at Kaegebein School and the former Grand Island Nike Base

•2009 through 2016, Boy Scout Troop 510 at Trinity United Methodist Church

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