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Rutter's Golf Outing Raises $97,000

YORK, Pa. -- Rutter's 8th annual charity golf outing raised nearly $100,000, which will help two York County nonprofits build distinctive playgrounds.

The c-store operator pledged $25,000 to Inspiring H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Play Equally), which is building York County's only barrier-free playground in Manchester Township. It will give children who can't walk, see or hear a place to play alongside children who can. Nearly 5,000 elementary- and middle school-aged children in York County have sensory, physical or mental disabilities.

The retailer also is giving $50,000 to the York Jewish Community Center, which plans to celebrate its100th anniversary by building a "natural playscape" playground in York Township. It is designed to appeal to all five senses, incorporates loose parts or unstructured props for play and exploration and complements children's innate interest in the natural environment.

The remaining funds will be distributed to designated children-focused charities in the six counties where Rutter's operates.

"Children should have safe places in which to play, exercise, explore and just have fun," said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter's Farm Stores. "Each of these projects achieves those aims and then some. We're happy to be involved and grateful for the generosity of our supplier community."

The golf outing drew more than 270 people, most of them representing Rutter's suppliers. The event, May 3 and 4, was held at Regents' Glen Golf Course.

Family-owned and third generation-managed, the Rutter's companies comprise Rutter's Farm Stores, Rutter's Dairy and M&G Realty, a real estate development company.

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