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Olympus Corp. of the Americas in Upper Saucon Township donated $4,415 to Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley. The funds were raised at a staff health fair. For every second that staff members were able to hula hoop while walking to lunch, $1 was donated to CIS. Pictured from left are Olympus employees Katherine Vargas, Christine Duborg and Annie McGeary.
Olympus Corp. of the Americas in Upper Saucon Township donated $4,415 to Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley. The funds were raised at a staff health fair. For every second that staff members were able to hula hoop while walking to lunch, $1 was donated to CIS. Pictured from left are Olympus employees Katherine Vargas, Christine Duborg and Annie McGeary. Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba PC, a law firm in Center Valley, teamed with Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom of South Whitehall Township and Just Born of Bethlehem to sponsor the fifth annual Pediatric Cancer Day at Dorney Park on Oct. 9. The event invited children and their families from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley to ‘scare away cancer’ and spend a day of fun at the park. Pictured from left are Jennifer Bruce, Michele Novak, Lori Reinhart and Anthony Rachuba. Representatives from 43 auto dealers in Bucks County donated more than 1,300 winter coats to the Central Bucks YMCA in Doylestown and the Upper Bucks YMCA in Quakertown to help underprivileged children. The photo shows representatives at the Doylestown YMCA. Representatives from 43 auto dealers in Bucks County donated more than 1,300 winter coats to the Central Bucks YMCA in Doylestown and the Upper Bucks YMCA in Quakertown to help underprivileged children. The photo shows representatives at the Quakertown YMCA. Burns Logistic Solutions Inc. of Shoemakersville unveiled its newly remodeled headquarters during an open house Oct. 1. The new home is the Shoemakersville Train Station that once was a stop on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Doors were open for businesspeople, transportation professionals and associates. BLS provides transportation carrier solutions. Pictured are Ed Burns (left), co-owner of BLS, and Michael Bianco of ELF Productions in Richlandtown. Sly Fox Brewing Co. of Pottstown donated $4,711 to the Schuylkill River Trail Heritage Area to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail. The money was raised through the sale of Schuylkill River Trail Ale, a seasonal beer introduced last year by Sly Fox to benefit and celebrate the trail. In conjunction with the check presentation, the heritage area held its inaugural Ride for the River event, a bike ride that benefited the trail and attracted more than 300 cyclists. Pictured from left: heritage board member Wendy Wheeler; heritage executive director Silas Chamberlin; Sly Fox brewmaster Brian O’Reilly; and heritage grants program coordinator Tim Fenchel. Burkholder’s Heating and Air Conditioning of Emmaus donated $1,965 to Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, which will help it to provide 465 meals to low-income clients who cannot afford the full cost of meals. Pictured from left: Michele Grasso, development director, Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County; Bob Burkholder, president, Burkholder’s; and Pam Bechtel, executive director, Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County. Tompkins VIST Bank of Wyomissing hosted a Facebook fundraiser which raised $2,000 for the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, which won the contest with a one-minute video explaining how it would use the money to enhance services. The league plans to build a kitten nursery at its facility in Birdsboro. Pictured from left: Ryan McCallum of Tompkins VIST Financial Advisors; Rebecca Weiler of Tompkins Insurance; Scott Gruber, president and CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank; Elizabeth McCauley, executive director of Animal Rescue League; and Rosemary Gaul of Tompkins VIST Bank. The kittens are up for adoption. ATAS International welcomed guests from several countries to its headquarters in Upper Macungie Township. The guests, all ATAS product distributors, gathered for educational sessions, a plant tour and information exchanges. ATAS manufactures metal roofing and wall and ceiling panels and produces systems for commercial and residential buildings. Pictured are ATAS employees with the guests. Gross McGinley divorce attorneys Allen I. Tullar and Constance K. Nelson presented ‘Accounting for Divorce’ on Oct. 6 to a room of accountants and financial planners. During the breakfast seminar, Tullar and Nelson highlighted the roles financial professionals play in divorce proceedings, including calculating income available, forensic accounting, business valuation and equitable distribution and tax implications and consequences. The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce in Pottstown hosted a September scramble golf tournament at Hickory Valley Golf Club in Gilbertsville. The tournament was presented and sponsored by Schultz Technology of Pottstown and also sponsored by Cedarville Engineering Group LLC; Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; BB&T; Lewis Environmental Inc.; The Body Borneman Companies; TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Maillie. Pictured are Baran Schultz (left) of Schultz Technology and his guest Al Vitello of Vitello Law Firm. Descco Design & Construction of Fleetwood hosted its annual Dwight E. Stoltzfus Scholarship Golf Tournament on Sept. 16 at Blackwood Golf Course in Douglassville. Proceeds benefi t the Memorial Trade Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. The scholarship was established in memory of Stoltzfus to aid and encourage students to further their education in the trades. Since its inception in 2006, the tournament has raised $79,525, with this year’s tournament raising $5,500. The endowed funds provide two scholarships annually. Pictured from left: Kay Stoltzfus; Marc Bridges of Penn Tech College; and Nick Stoltzfus, president of Descco. First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union of Kutztown attended the National Association of Federal Credit Union’s Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., where representatives engaged with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to talk about issues of working families and credit union members throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley. Pictured from left: Alan Musselman, executive vice president fi nance, First Commonwealth; Donna LoStocco, president and CEO, First Commonwealth; U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus; and Vincent Gorman, chairman of the board, First Commonwealth. Victaulic employees participated in United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Day of Caring, partnering with Crayola and Follett Corp. to deliver 600 fi lled backpacks to students at Cheston Elementary School in Easton. Pictured from left are Victaulic employees Maureen Thomson, Megan Longenderfer, Rebecca Trachtenberg, Bob Henshaw, Pooja Rudra, Tim Martin, Ally Blair, Keela Irvin, Steve Clanton, Lisa Daugherty and Eric Luftig. RCN Lehigh Valley employees donated more than 2,500 back-to-school items to the Northern Lehigh School District in Slatington as part of an annual school drive. The company-wide school supply drive initiative is in its fifth year at RCN, and donations included crayons, erasers, notebooks, hand sanitizer and more. Pictured from left: RCN administrative assistant Kristin Vitovitch; RCN marketing and events coordinator Meghan Burke; RCN human resources generalist Bryan Jung; Slatington Elementary principal Scotty Pyne; and Peters Elementary principal Paul Leonzi. TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce of Pottstown hosted Legislative Coffee, which offered members an informal meet-and-greet with elected officials. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss issues affecting them and their businesses. Pictured from left: Alex Rahn, Wanner Associates; Eileen Dautrich, TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce president; state Rep. Becky Corbin; Tyler Eidson, district representative for U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello; state Sen. Bob Mensch; state Rep. Tom Quigley; state Rep. Marcy Toepel; Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach; Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh; and William Royer, a representative for state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie. Employees of Wacker Chemical Corp. of Upper Macungie Township collected 668 containers of applesauce for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, which provides ‘blizzard bags’ of food for clients to eat when meal delivery is canceled because of bad weather or another emergency. Pictured from left: Donna Karoly, Rob Moyer, Elaine Givens, Yolanda Nieves and Terry Woodman. Young professionals from Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP’s Wyomissing offi ce organized a school supply drive to benefit 12th and Marion Elementary in the Reading School District. RKL audit services group manager Travis Bieber (left) and audit services group staff accountant Michael Kelly are pictured with 12th and Marion principal Robinette Armstrong. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the charitable division of Firehouse Subs – which has Greater Lehigh Valley locations – awarded more than $24,000 in life-saving equipment grants to Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc., Jim Thorpe Police Department and Moravian College Department of Campus Safety and Police Department. Upper Bucks Regional EMS received an automated chest compression system worth $15,437. Jim Thorpe police received six automated external defibrillators and accessories worth $8,772. Moravian received an automated external defibrillator as a part of Firehouse Subs’ 1,000 AED Campaign, commemorating the chain’s 1,000th restaurant opening. Pictured from left: Jordan Leibner, Firehouse Subs franchisee; Chief Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe police; and Michael J. Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe. Quaker Steak & Lube, a restaurant in Pohatcong Township, celebrated its second anniversary by hosting a fundraiser that raised $900 for the Joseph H. Firth Youth Center in Phillipsburg. Pictured from left: Nick Graf, general manager at the restaurant; Donna Schaare, board secretary at the youth center; and Dawn L. Slifer, executive director at the youth center. The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce in Pottstown hosted a ribbon cutting for Commonwealth Health CyberKnife, a department of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, in Lower Pottsgrove Township. The department includes a new piece of technology, the CyberKnife. Pictured from left: Carrie Robinson, Schultz Technology; Sue Keown, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Liz Peters, TriCounty Area Federal Credit Union; Dr. John Lamond; Dr. Suman Tiwari; Dr. Rich McLaughlin; Matt Shelak, chief operating officer, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Dr. Mike Lambo; and Russell Lowe, Fraser Advanced Information Systems. The second annual Red Shoe Luncheon and Fashion Show, sponsored by Business Women Networking Involving Charity and Education Lehigh Valley Chapter, raised $6,000 for Third Street Alliance for Women & Children, a nonprofit that provides a safe and healthy space for women, children and families to live, learn and thrive. Nearly 200 attendees and volunteers celebrated the event at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, which included lunch, a business trade show, silent auction, runway-style fashion show featuring styles from local businesses and designers, and a presentation. The network provides women at all stages of business and life with support, education and resources. Pictured from left: Kimberly Rose, Janice Thomas, Diane Simovich, Alisa Baratta, Sarah Trimmer, Connie Challingsworth, Melissa Hammer, Andrea Brock, Carrie Fellon, Karen Paisley, Dinoli Rowlands and Kristina Cole. (Photo/Rachel Amelio Photography) The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce in Kutztown hosted its annual Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Day at a Reading Fightin Phils game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. Several businesses sponsored the event. Pictured are sponsors Derek Leibensperger, Peachtree Cremation Services; Donna Rice, Keystone Villa at Fleetwood; Sherry Christman, Elite Business Solutions; Dustin Adam, Edward Jones; Amanda Kasperowicz and Ronald Meiser, Meiser’s Performance; and Jennifer Wegman, Insight Information Solutions. Appeeling Fruit Inc. of Daubersville celebrated its 25th anniversary with an open house for vendors and customers. Nearly 100 people attended, including state Sen. Judy Schwank and state Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. Appeeling Fruit Inc. produces fresh, ready-to-eat fruit products, including apple slices, pear slices and de-stemmed grapes. Pictured from left: Schwank; Steve Cygan, Appeeling Fruit Inc. president and CEO; and Redding. QNB Bank of Quakertown teamed with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to raise money for local libraries through the Battling for Books campaign. For the past six years, the bank has pledged to donate $25 for each double hit by the IronPigs during home games. This year, QNB Bank contributed $3,800, which will be donated to the Emmaus Public Library. Since the program’s inception, QNB has donated $19,625 to local libraries. Flanked by IronPigs mascots are, from left, Brian Schaffer, vice president of marketing, QNB Bank; Krista Pegnetter, director, Emmaus Public Library; and Dave Freeman, president and CEO, QNB Bank. The TD Charitable Foundation, the charity of TD Bank, awarded $7,500 to the Da Vinci Science Center of Allentown to support its summer literacy program for underserved students in 2017. The program is part of its efforts to combat what experts call the summer learning slide — the reverse or loss of academic skills that students may experience during summer vacations. Pictured from left: Stephen Kalamar, vice president, TD Bank; Lin Erickson, executive director, Da Vinci Science Center; Ann Marie Surovy, director of development and community relations, Da Vinci Science Center; and Greg Morgan, regional vice president, TD Bank. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $2,000 to the East Bangor Police Department to support renovations to its facility, including for a paint supply. Pictured from left: Connie Silvius, Merchants Bank; Connie Greenamoyer, Merchants Bank; Chief Robert J. Mulligan, East Bangor police; and Melinda Hoffner, Merchants Bank. Armando Ordonez, Wells Fargo store manager, presented a $5,000 check to the Fé Foundation of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley. The Fé Foundation implements educational community outreach programs of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley, primarily the Futuros Empresarios (future entrepreneurs) program. The program offers life skills and entrepreneurial training to potential Latino entrepreneurs (high school students) aiming at increasing their rates of educational, economic and social success. Pictured from left: Ordonez; Fidel Gonzalez, chair of the Fé Foundation; and Alvaro Diaz, executive director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley. The PPL Foundation of Allentown awarded a $4,000 grant to the Bethlehem Economic Development Corp. and the Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone. The money will be used for KIZ technology transfer and student internship grants, which facilitate growth in early stage startup companies. Pictured from left: Bill Michalerya, associate vice president for government relations, Lehigh University (which hosts the incubator space); Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez; Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director, PPL Electric Utilities; and Asher Schiavone, economic development coordinator, Bethlehem. Univest Bank and Trust Co. of Souderton donated $2,500 to Valley Youth House through the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ ‘Double Plays Pay’ sponsorship, which provides a $25 donation each time the IronPigs’ baseball team makes a double play. Valley Youth House provides access to shelter and counseling for vulnerable, abused and homeless people. Pictured from left: FeFe, IronPigs mascot; Emily Conners, development officer, Valley Youth House; Michael Keim, president, Univest Bank and Trust Co.; and FeRROUS, IronPigs mascot. A group from T&M Associates’ Bethlehem office volunteered to help the Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus with boardwalk repairs at its Environmental Education Center as part of T&M’s 50 Ways of Giving campaign. T&M is a consulting, environmental, engineering and construction management company. Pictured from left are T&M employees Gregory Duncan, Noland Jameson, Jerry Jameson, Mark Buchvalt, Raymond Minarovic Jr. and Jason Hager and intern Spencer Nush. QNB Bank supported Manna on Main Street’s future move to North Penn Commons in Lansdale with a $1,000 donation. Manna on Main Street is a food pantry, soup kitchen, emergency financial aid and education provider serving the North Penn region. On Sept. 18, Manna’s supporters plan to create a 1.3-mile human chain of 1,500 people connecting Manna’s existing home on West Main Street to its future home. Supporters will pass cans and boxes of food along the human chain to the new location. The public is encouraged to participate. The Friends of Reading Hospital raised more than $100,000 at the 15th annual Tower Golf Classic at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton. At the event, the organization presented Reading Health System’s McGlinn Cancer Institute with a check from $50,000 for cold cap therapy, which offers an innovative approach to minimizing hair loss for oncology patients. The event also provided funding for a food service van to aid the Reading Recreation Commission’s food service program and for iPads that pre-hospital providers and emergency physicians use for rapid evaluation of stroke patients. Pictured from left are Sharon Craig, administrative director, McGlinn Cancer Institute; Tina Ziolkowski, president, The Friends of Reading Hospital; Clint Matthews, president and CEO, Reading Health System; and Patrick Colarusso, director of operations, Reading Health Physician Network Hematology Oncology. PPL Corp. of Allentown is supporting dropout prevention through integrated student support programs provided by Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. Pictured from left: Judy Belaires, vice president of advancement, Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley; Tim Mulligan, president and CEO, Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley; and Carol Obando Derstine, regional affairs director, PPL Corp. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society was awarded a $2,000 donation from Tompkins VIST Bank of Wyomissing for creating the best one-minute video explaining how it would use the funds to further its mission. The contest was part of Tompkins VIST Bank’s Community Minute Challenge. The bank launched the three-phase contest in May and will donate $2,000 to each winner. Phase two ended Aug. 31. Pictured from left: Bob Massimino, associate vice president commercial services officer, Tompkins VIST Bank; Melissa Levy, executive director, PAWS; Jennifer Lifsted, business development officer, Bala Cynwyd branch of Tompkins VIST Bank; Theresa Guldin, associate vice president and business development officer, Fox Chase branch; and Ashley Matters, PAWS. The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors presented a $2,600 check to the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem after it auctioned a Dallas Cowboys’ Emmitt Smith-autographed football at the Realtors’ fourth annual Signature Event at SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The winning bid was made by Fady Salloum of RE/MAX Real Estate in Allentown and a GLVR member. Pictured from left: Matthew Marks, regional government affairs director, GLVR; Jessica Ortiz, DLP Realty; Salloum; Cass Chies, incoming president, GLVR; Chris Raad, president, GLVR; Gary Martell, chief professional, Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem; Justin Porembo, CEO, GLVR; and Mia Mecleary, chief operating officer, GLVR. RCN Lehigh Valley partnered with Miller-Keystone Blood Center of Hanover Township, Northampton County, in RCN’s Blood Drive for Life event. The event featured hourly raffle drawings for prizes, including the Great Allentown Fair concert tickets, gift cards and cable-network branded items. Pictured is Gary Laubach, sports broadcaster at RCN, donating blood during the drive. Business leaders donated their time at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s teen entrepreneurship summer challenge for high school students July 24-Aug. 5. Students learned strategies for starting a business and how to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. On July 29, students visited Tek Park in Breinigsville, where Chris Labonge, owner of FiberOptic.com, hosted the campers. Pictured is Labonge giving a lecture to students. (Photo/NOURAN EL-ASHRY)

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