Charity scrambles after popular venue closed by health inspectors

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – It was a mess: that’s how Lynda Charles describes her experience with Lancaster Host Resort.

“It’s was surreal. It was so difficult to digest,” Charles told ABC 27 News.

Charles is the founder of Help the Fight, a Lancaster County-based charity that helps women with breast cancer.

“We provide gap funding to those battling breast cancer,” Charles said. “Examples are rent, mortgages, utilities, and medications.”

Their annual fundraising dinner and auction helps to pay about 80 percent of their bills.

The fundraiser with 350 guests was scheduled last Saturday at the Lancaster Host Resort, but at the last minute the resort told them they had to cancel because health inspectors found more than 20 violations in the kitchen.

“We were completely blindsided because we received the phone call 24 hours prior to our event,” Charles said.

Months of planning and their biggest fundraiser seemed to be lost.

“It was very heartbreaking because we work so hard,” said Susan Dailey, a Help the Fight volunteer.

Panic set in and so the group spent hours on the phone and in the car looking for something new. Charles said they were able to find a new venue, the Spooky Nook complex. The fundraiser has been rescheduled in November.

“Our organization is filled with so much heart and passion,” she said. “We just rallied together Friday evening and we were on our phones.”

Charles said it was a headache scrambling to find something new. She believes the resort could have handled the situation better.

“We have been told by people within their facilities, food vendors and others, they had knowledge of this well before Friday,” she said.

ABC 27 News reached out to the administration at the Lancaster Host Resort, but calls weren’t returned.

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