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The Year of Taking Flight

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The “Year of Progress” is in transition. Now we have our sights on a new mission, but since it’s our first year in, let’s recount where we’ve been! In 2015, Popped Culture:

  • Provided 500 snacks to local children in afterschool programs,
  • Operated in an environmentally friendly way by locally sourcing ingredients and minimizing packaging waste,
  • Teamed with Penn State master’s degree students, and
  • Supported partners with similar purposes such as the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg School District, and Friends of Midtown.
Harrisburg kids enjoy Popped Culture popcorn at summer camp.

Harrisburg kids enjoy Popped Culture popcorn at summer camp.

The keys to Popped Culture’s success, thus far, are obvious to see. They grow from our desire to help kids in the community. 

We’ll continue this tradition of progress in the New Year, now that 2016 is here. Step away from our winter inactivity, to move up and up like a tree growing unconditionally.

Let’s see how well we succeed when we go beyond giving snacks to kids in need. We’ll take them to new heights as we follow the sunlight. Since the world is our oyster, and our eyes are on the prize, you better pay attention or you might get surprised.

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The Year Of Progress: Part II

Pivotal Moments are special

Mark Wieder, Sole POPrietor of Popped Culture, speaks at SASF Speak Week. April, 2015.

Mark Wieder, Sole POPrietor of Popped Culture, speaks at SASF Speak Week. April, 2015.

Significant life events don’t occur everyday; they’re special and require work to achieve. I have achieved a number of significant life events in sports and in school. Now these events are occurring in my professional career. It took a good deal of risk, a lot of faith, and unwavering persistence to get to this point.

The other week I spoke in the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation Speakers Bureau Speak Week event where I outlined to middle school students the positive influence that sports and education have had in my life. While preparing for the event, I came across an article congratulating Central Dauphin High School for winning the State Track & Field Championships title in 2004. I was on that team along with a number of stellar athletes.

From left to right: Jason McCarthy, Eric Smith, Ryan Whiting, Andrew Rotz, Ryan Jones, Mark Wieder, Justin McCarthy and Jamal James. Shippensburg, Memorial Day weekend, May 2004.

From left to right: Jason McCarthy, Eric Smith, Ryan Whiting, Andrew Rotz, Ryan Jones, Mark Wieder, Justin McCarthy and Jamal James. Shippensburg, Memorial Day weekend, May 2004.

The words from the article are more meaningful to me now than they were then. Let me paraphrase: It took the Central Dauphin School District 50 years of trying to win one state title, but it took Coach G. Thomas Eck and his team only two years to win the school's second state title.

State athletic titles are tough to win. Growing a socially responsible business may be even tougher. But, I’m up for the challenge. After all, I have your support.

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