It will take place from Sept. 26th through Sept. 27th.
It's an opportunity to give to the charity of your choice. Frederick48 will be held during a 48-hour period between Thursday, September 26th through Friday, September 27th.
"There's 22 non-profits that are all coming together on the same two days, on line, on the Internet," says Rev. Jonathan Switzer, whose heading up this effort. "You go to Frederick48.org, you pick one of the organizations to give to, and we're all doing it at the same time."
The 22 organizations are Advocates for Homeless Families, Asian American Center of Frederick, Boys and Girls Club of Frederick, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Catoctin Pregnancy Center, Centro Hispano, Convoy of Hope, Frederick Community Action Agency, Frederick County Hepatitis Clinic, Frederick Rescue Mission, Heartly House, Interfaith Housing Alliance, Marriage Resource Center, Maryland Food Bank, Maryland Sheriff's Youth Ranch, Mental Health Association, Mission of Mercy, Patty Pallatos Fund, Religious Coalition, Seeds of Life, Seton Center. St. Vincent DePaul and Villa Maria.
"These are the non-profits that are focused on at-risk youth, those overwhelmed with medical bills, homelessness, and those on the verge of homelessness," says. Rev. Switzer. "Some people like to call them the social net of Frederick, making sure that people aren't falling through the cracks."
During that 48-hour period from September 26th through the 27th, citizens who want to contribute can go to www.frederick48.org, and push a button labeled "I want to give now." That will take them to the Patty Pallatos Fund website. They choose which non-profits they want to give to, designate the amount, and enter in their credit card information. As soon as they finish, they receive an e-mail with a tax donation receipt. "And then, of course, we want everybody to tell all their friends, go on Facebook and say 'I gave at Frederick.org. Did you give,'" says Rev. Switzer.
He says last year, Frederick48 raised a little over $300,000, and he's confident Frederick County residents can top that amount this year. "I think there's a strong likelihood, a very strong likelihood, that we're going to be able to improve significantly on what we did last year," says Rev. Switzer. "But we've got to work together. It's up to you, it's up to me, it's up to everybody listening that we go out and we take it to the next level."
By participating in Frederick48, Rev. Switzer says citizens get to do something that transcends partisanship. "Across political differences, across religious differences, across all the different differences that we have, that we can work together to raise funds at the same time," he says.
A "Grand Kickoff" for the 2013 Frederick48 was held on Friday.