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Arden Courts, a newly renovated memory care facility in Allentown, hosted a Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce networking mixer April 21. Arden Courts joined the chamber in March. Pictured from left: (back row) Lori Warsing, Wendy Scott, marketing director of Arden Courts, and Ann Marie Slavick; (middle row) Deborah Berger and Penelope Oulds; (front row) Michelle Schilling, Lori B. Donofrio-Galley, executive director of the Northeast Berks chamber, Sherry Christman and Karen Stetler.
Arden Courts, a newly renovated memory care facility in Allentown, hosted a Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce networking mixer April 21. Arden Courts joined the chamber in March. Pictured from left: (back row) Lori Warsing, Wendy Scott, marketing director of Arden Courts, and Ann Marie Slavick; (middle row) Deborah Berger and Penelope Oulds; (front row) Michelle Schilling, Lori B. Donofrio-Galley, executive director of the Northeast Berks chamber, Sherry Christman and Karen Stetler. First Niagara, which has several Greater Lehigh Valley locations, donated $125,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Eastern Pennsylvania. The funding will support Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County. Pictured from left: Susan Bartels, CEO, BBBS Lehigh Valley; Ursula Raczak, BBBS Bucks County; Donovan West, vice president of operations for people, People Charter School; Robert Kane, regional president, First Niagara Eastern Pennsylvania; and Marcus Allen, CEO, BBBS Southeastern Pennsylvania. Penske human resources associates, which has its headquarters in Reading, held a team-building event in which they assembled 22 wheelchairs that will be donated to local nonprofits. More than 100 associates from across North America participated in the program at the Double Tree by Hilton Reading in the city’s downtown. Ten wheelchairs will be donated to Prospectus Berco of Reading, which serves people with disabilities and other special needs. The other wheelchairs are being donated to several community-service organizations throughout the region. Pictured from left: Penske associates Ron Schwartz, Jeff Stoicheff, Mike Cady, Laura Mulvaney, Kristen Arner, Jennifer Sockel and Sarah Smith and Prospectus Berco development and public relations administrator Sue Stalnecker. Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg held its Nursing Excellence Award Celebration during National Nurses Week (May 6-12) to honor and highlight its nursing staff of 500. The hospital awarded more than 90 nurses with distinct honor for their compassion and hard work, eight of whom were recognized with awards. Pictured from left with Pocono Medical Center president and CEO, Jeff Snyder, are a few of the award winners: Maria Witkowski, registered nurse; Lauren Frey, licensed practical nurse; and Alicia Sebastionelli, registered nurse. Faulkner Subaru of Hanover Township, Northampton County, donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross through its Subaru Share the Love program. Pictured from left: Adam Woodhull, district manager, Subaru of America; Dave Kopew, general manager, Faulkner Subaru; and Peter Brown, executive director, American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $5,000 to Via of the Lehigh Valley through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program as part of the bank’s support of children and adults with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Pictured from left: Deb Carey, vice president and branch manager, Merchants Bank; Melissa Bache, assistant director of Lehigh Children’s Academy; Marie Andrew, director of Lehigh Children’s Academy; and Sandee Kennedy, vice president and regional manager, Merchants Bank. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $2,000 to The Foundation for Easton Schools through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Pictured from left: Alyssa Emili, assistant to the superintendent, Easton Area School District; Tracy Piazza, director of teaching and learning kindergarten to fourth grade, Easton Area School District; Davene Perruso, assistant branch manager, Merchants Bank; Sandee Kennedy, vice president and regional manager, Merchants Bank; Sarah Pepe, associate vice president and branch manager, Merchants Bank; and Kathy Miller, executive director, The Foundation for Easton Schools. In recognition of exemplary service and commitment offered to members and activities, the Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania honored two executives of Allentown-based Service Electric Cablevision with its 2016 President’s Award its 28th Annual Cable Academy conference in Harrisburg. Mark Walter (left), Service Electric senior vice president, and Robert Wieand (right), controller, were honored. Also pictured is association president Dan Tunnell. Traffic Planning & Design Inc. of Pottstown participated in National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, welcoming 19 children to the office. They were taught about the services provided by the firm and participated in learning activities. Pictured are staff of Traffic Planning & Design Inc. and their children. Miller-Keystone Blood Center honored Air Products & Chemicals of Upper Macungie Township with its Local Leaders award, recognizing an organization that reaches more than 200 blood donations in a year. Air Products employees donated 440 units of blood in 2015. Pictured, from left, are Tom Matthews, donor resources representative, MKBC; Steve Gerger, chief financial officer, MKBC; Paula Riola, manager of health unit and nurse practitioner, Air Products; Diane Shoemaker, health and wellness technician, Air Products; and Janet Busse, chief operating officer, MKBC. Tompkins VIST Bank of Wyomissing raised $14,000 at its third annual fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during a cow-pie bingo event. The last three years, Tompkins VIST Bank has raised more than $35,000 for the association. Funds will be used to send children with neuromuscular disease to a summer camp. The bingo event on was held at Classic Harley-Davidson in Leesport. The bank raised more than $11,000 and received a gift of $3,000 from the Jeremy Carroll Foundation. Pictured are participants of the event. Twenty-four teams participated in the ‘She Nailed It’ competition at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem as part of a fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity. The event, which raised more than $30,000, is held to promote shelter for single mothers and young children who suffer from substandard housing. The funds from this year’s event will fund the materials for a home to be built in Easton. Pictured are four CREW Lehigh Valley (Commercial Real Estate Women Network) members who won the gold hammer at the event for the second year in a row for hammering nails the fastest. From left are Jessica Gentile, Northstar Construction Management; Sandra Soliman, Offix Systems; Christina Honthy, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; and Lisa Pektor, PennCap Properties. Thanks to a grant from the Provident Bank Foundation, leaders from seven nonprofit organizations are launching the ‘Building Bridges Project,’ which aims to identify community needs and effect social change. Pictured are: top row (from left): Julia Kocis, Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center; Deb Cummins, Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley; and Andrea Reid, Provident Bank. Bottom row (from left): Jane Kurek, Provident Bank; and Ewuradjoa Dawson-Amoah and Christian Torres of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. Businesses and organizations donated to Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation’s annual Crystal Cabaret on April 29 at Northampton Country Club in Bethlehem Township. More than 125 guests attended and nearly $35,000 were raised for ‘Eat Real Food Mobile Market,’ an initiative of the Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation in partnership with the Kellyn Foundation. Among the sponsors were Pennsylvania Trust Co., St. Luke’s University Health Network, Vollrath Foundation for Education, Herron Funeral Home & Herron Crematory. The mobile market will deliver food to Northampton County neighborhoods. Pictured from left are Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation board members Nancy Dy, Dianne LaFrankie, and Laura Melton. First Niagara, a bank which has several Greater Lehigh Valley locations, presented a $20,000 grant to Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley to support its programs and its affiliated organizations. The five organizations are Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust; Community Action Financial Services; Rising Tide Community Loan Fund; Community Action Development Corp. of Allentown; and Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem. Pictured from left at the CACLV Bethlehem office are Mike Handzo, project coordinator, Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust; Renee Murdock, First Niagara’s community development officer of eastern Pennsylvania; Dan Bosket, director, Community Action Development Corp. of Allentown; Chris Hudock, director, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund; Carolina Martinez, director, Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem; Susan Gottwald, director, Community Action Financial Services; and Alan Jennings, executive director of the parent organization, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. Easton Hospital named Malissa Kurtz its 2015 employee of the year for her commitment to patient care, professionalism and contribution on the job. Kurtz, a physician liaison in informatics, was chosen among several finalists. Pictured with Kurtz is Easton Hospital CEO John Zidansek. Hollenbach Construction of Boyertown received the 2016 Business/Enterprise of the Year Award from the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce at the annual chamber dinner at Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve in Phoenixville. Rich Newell, president and CEO of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center and board member of the TriCounty chamber, presented the award. Pictured from left are Glenn Ebersole, strategic vice president, business development/marketing, Hollenbach Construction; Stephanie Hollenbach, owner and secretary/treasurer, Hollenbach Construction; and Tim Little, owner and president, Hollenbach Construction; and Newell. A Crayola LLC executive and three other Lehigh Valley women were honored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania during its annual ‘Take the Lead’ award ceremony at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. They were recognized for their outstanding achievements and dedication to making the community a better place. Pictured from left are the honorees: Bonnie J. Hall, vice president of global quality and continuous improvement, Crayola LLC; Polly Beste, founder and chairwoman, Equi-librium; Sharon Jones Zondag, executive director, The R.K. Laros Foundation Inc.; and Amy Beck, executive director, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $10,000 to the Greater Valley YMCA for its commitment to youth development, advocacy for healthy living and support for social responsibility. The donation was made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The Greater Valley YMCA has six branches in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Pictured from left are Sandee Kennedy, vice president and regional manager, Merchants Bank; MacKenzie Guyer, vice chair and board of advisers, YMCA Education Center; Crystal Messer, assistant director of child care, Forks YMCA Education Center; and Sarah Pepe, associate vice president and branch manager, Merchants Bank. Ten Lehigh Valley businesses participated in the third annual Laps for Leukemia races at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown and raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for blood cancer research. Pictured are participants from Adams Outdoor Advertising, Faulkner Chevy, Faulkner Subaru, Faulkner Cadillac, Equinox, Major Hyundai, Brown Daub Kia, Lehigh Valley Hyundai, Bennett Toyota and Vinart Honda. Riverview Bank, which has Berks County locations, donated $2,000 to Reading Public Museum through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Pictured from left are Jason Shaffer, commercial relationship manager, Riverview Bank; John Smith, director, Reading Public Museum; and Susan Bushold, Wyomissing branch manager, Riverview Bank. Three administrators and one faculty member from Northampton Community College pledged to submit to the razor after students of the college’s Psychology Club raised $1,500 for autism awareness charities. Pictured from left are Mark Henry, Jeff Armstrong and Mitch Murtha, with shaved heads, and Matthew Bartholomew, who agreed to wear a wig for a wig since his head already was shaved. Tompkins Vist Bank of Wyomissing donated $10,000 to St. Ambrose School of Schuylkill Haven for student scholarships through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The donation is part of Tompkins’ commitment of $265,000 in 2015-2016 donations to youth education organizations. Pictured from left are Carol Boyer, St. Ambrose principal; St. Ambrose students; Joe Hammond (right rear) Schuylkill Haven Tompkins Vist branch manager; and Wayne Lutsey (front) commercial relationship manager, Tompkins Vist. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $11,000 to the Children's Home of Easton through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. In the photo from left are James Sampson, vice president and commercial lender, Merchants Bank; Anita Paukovits, executive director and president, Children's Home of Easton; Dan McMahon, director of development, Children's Home of Easton; and Sandee Kennedy, vice president and regional manager, Merchants Bank. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $5,000 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. In the photo from left are Shelley Brown, president and CEO, State Theatre; Denise Smith, vice president of development, State Theatre; Kennedy; and Anthony Biondi, CEO, Merchants Bank. QNB of Quakertown sponsored the seventh annual Hatfield Township Races, which is held in partnership with ACT Sports Management, a professional race production team based in Lionville. The event has three races, in April, August and October. Proceeds from the races benefit the Hatfield Township Parks and Recreation department. Pictured from left are Ashley O’Neill, parks and recreation director, Hatfield Township; Aaron Bibro, manager, Hatfield Township; April Donahue, vice president and branch manager, QNB; and Bruce Kenworthy, associate vice president and business development officer, QNB. PPL Corp. of Allentown donated $15,000 to Allentown Symphony’s education programs through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The gift will support the symphony’s educational and social initiative, El Sistema Lehigh Valley, and other music education programs for youth. El Sistema Lehigh Valley provides stringed instruments and choir instruction to 115 students at Roosevelt Elementary and South Mountain Middle School, both of the Allentown School District. Pictured with El Sistema Lehigh Valley students are Carol Obando-Derstine (left) of PPL, and Norma Gabriela Nunez Loaiza, program director of El Sistema Lehigh Valley. The First Niagara Foundation of First Niagara Bank, which has several Lehigh Valley locations, donated $15,000 to Phoebe Ministries of Allentown in support of its conference on person-centered care for a diverse aging population. It’s the second year that First Niagara honored the Phoebe Institute on Aging with a grant to support community education efforts. Pictured from left are Scott Stevenson, president and CEO of Phoebe Ministries; Walter Unangst, senior vice president and team leader, health care, of First Niagara; and Timothy Malloy, vice president and relationship manager, health care, of First Niagara. Dick Bus, president of ATAS International Inc., an Allentown manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels for commercial and residential buildings, was honored with the Good Scout Award by the Boys Scouts of America Minsi Trail Council, Trexler District. Bus was honored during a breakfast at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Breinigsville. Bus has been a longtime supporter of the local Boy Scouts and was a scoutmaster for six years. Pictured is Bus during his speech at the breakfast.

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