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May 12, 2014

Harrisburg – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., to announce new donations to the City Hall Beautiful fund and renovation of two rooms in the Public Safety Building.

The Mayor will lead media on a tour of the renovated Roll Call and Break rooms in the Public Safety Building after the press conference.

“We continue to see area businesses and individuals step up to show support for Harrisburg’s recovery,” Mayor Papenfuse said. “The outpouring of local and regional support to help our capital city thrive is truly heartening. We encourage other civic-minded businesses throughout the region to join in this important program to maintain our government center.”

Penn National Insurance has donated $5000 to the City Hall Beautiful Fund to support badly needed repairs and renovations, and has pledged to repair the flag post in the courtyard of City Hall that was damaged recently when a car struck it.

“Penn National Insurance is honored to continue our strong support for the City of Harrisburg, which dates back to our founding in this city in 1919. We strongly support the Papenfuse administration’s efforts to enhance our city,” said Kenneth R. Shutts, the company’s President & CEO.

“Our gifts of approximately $4 million over the last decade to the Harrisburg School District and related city educational enhancement, our strong support of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and West Shore Chamber, and of the United Way of the Capital Region, allow us to join forces with business leaders, educators, community leaders and our city’s government leaders to help continue the positive momentum now underway in Harrisburg.”

The family of the late Gov. George M. Leader has donated labor and materials to renovate the Police Roll Call and Break rooms and to honor the work of Harrisburg Police.  Police officers spend a great deal of time in the rooms, which were badly in need of renovation and repair. The family also is donating new appliances for the Police Break room.

The former governor “loved the people of Harrisburg and would have done this if he still were alive,” said a family spokesman.

Touch of Color flooring, which was among the first businesses to answer the call to help renovate the MLK Government Center, soon will re-carpet the public hallway on the second floor.  The hallway is a focal point of City Hall, leading to the Mayor’s Offices as well as departments that frequently engage with the public.

Touch of Color already has installed new carpeting in the Public Safety Building’s Emergency Operations Center and walkway from City Hall, as well as in the main elevators.

The College Club of Harrisburg also recently donated $100 to the City Hall Beautiful fund, which also has received donations from individuals throughout the Harrisburg area.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at 717 255 3015 or at



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