Facebook LinkedIn Twitter RSS
Off The Clock

Off The Clock

Off the Clock loading
Mack Customer Center in Allentown hosted the technician competition of Ryder Systems Inc. of Miami, Fla., a global provider of commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions. The awards ceremony was held at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem. Of Ryder’s 5,400 U.S. and Canadian-based technicians, eight advanced through three rounds of competition, which included hands-on tests, to earn the trip to the finals. The title of Top Technician, along with a new Corvette and cash prize, was awarded to Stephen Radford of Charlotte, N.C. Pictured from left are Radford and the other finalists: Christopher Barnett, Francis Neil Smerek, Derick Hebert, Radford, Darek Mowinski, Kenneth Bilyea, Trevor Cox and David Berdovich.
Mack Customer Center in Allentown hosted the technician competition of Ryder Systems Inc. of Miami, Fla., a global provider of commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions. The awards ceremony was held at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem. Of Ryder’s 5,400 U.S. and Canadian-based technicians, eight advanced through three rounds of competition, which included hands-on tests, to earn the trip to the finals. The title of Top Technician, along with a new Corvette and cash prize, was awarded to Stephen Radford of Charlotte, N.C. Pictured from left are Radford and the other finalists: Christopher Barnett, Francis Neil Smerek, Derick Hebert, Radford, Darek Mowinski, Kenneth Bilyea, Trevor Cox and David Berdovich. The Neffs National Bank presented $34,000 to the Parkland School District Education Foundation, $33,000 to the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation and $33,000 to the Northwestern Lehigh Educational Foundation. The donations were made through the bank’s participation in the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. Pictured from left: Robert L. Vlasaty, principal, Northern Lehigh High School; Karen A. Nichols, assistant superintendent, Northern Lehigh School District; Lori Gevonikos, president, Northern Lehigh Education Foundation; and Kevin A. Schmidt, president, The Neffs National Bank. The Pocono Health Foundation of East Stroudsburg awarded more than $100,000 to community organizations and students. The presentation of the awards was part of Pocono Health Foundation’s 23rd annual grant reception, held at the Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center. The foundation partners with area organizations to help them assist families of local communities while providing financial support to help educate future health care professionals. Pictured are Bill Cramer, PMC representative, and nursing student and award recipient Kaitlin Lees, Northampton Community College. The Pocono Health Foundation of East Stroudsburg awarded more than $100,000 to community organizations and students. The presentation of the awards was part of Pocono Health Foundation’s 23rd annual grant reception, held at the Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center. The foundation partners with area organizations to help them assist families of local communities while providing financial support to help educate future health care professionals. Pictured from left are nursing students and scholarship recipients Morgan Stettler, East Stroudsburg University; Kaitlin Lees, Northampton Community College; and Christine Begley, Thomas Jefferson University. The Ann M. Williams Visiting Innovator Program Endowment is in honor of Ann Williams’ 15 years of service to Penn State Lehigh Valley. The retiring chancellor, seated, received a standing ovation at a retirement dinner at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Macungie on June 12. To her left is Bethlehem developer Dennis Benner. To her far right is Howard Kulp of Howard Kulp Architects of Allentown and advisory board chairman for Penn State Lehigh Valley. The endowment will bring national and international leaders in innovation to the area to work with Penn State Lehigh Valley students in the classroom, as well as visit corporations and organizations in the community. Allentown’s Rothrock Chrysler Jeep Dodge teamed with Our Lady of Help of Christians School of Allentown to host a ‘Drive for the Kids’ fundraiser to benefit the school. For each person who test-drove a 2015 Chrysler vehicle, the dealership donated $10 to the school, and $1,030 was raised. Since 1993, the nationwide fundraiser had donated more than $6 million to elementary schools across the nation. Chrysler representative Florence Martin (sitting) is pictured with event attendees at the school. ATAS International Inc. of Allentown, a manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels for commercial and residential buildings, adopted a highway to help keep Pennsylvania litter-free and visually appealing. ATAS adopted a portion of Tilghman Street in Allentown, from Route 100 to Blue Barn Road, and recently hosted its first cleanup. Pictured from left: Gary Miller, Cindy Bus, Peg Bus, Olivia Kirchner, Mackenzie Kirchner, Tyler Pospischil, Jim Bus, Dick Bus and John Pospischil. Wendi Kirchner, who took the photo, also participated. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach Realtors of the Lehigh Valley held its 18th annual Charles B. Patt Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville. Proceeds reached nearly $40,000 and were donated to community cancer programs, with the Cancer Support Community of Allentown receiving almost $35,000. The CSC provides support services to cancer patients, their families and caregivers throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley. Pictured from left: Don Patt, Mike McGovern, Doug Gruber and Ron Eichenberg. More than 85 children attended Take Our Kids to Work Day on June 25 at Victaulic. The event was held at company headquarters in Forks Township and included appearances from Lehigh Valley mascots Ferrous (Lehigh Valley IronPigs) and Tipster (Crayola). Take Our Kids to Work Day gives Victaulic employees the opportunity to teach their children about their jobs through fun activities, a tour and prizes. Pictured are the children who attended, along with Victaulic employees. The Provident Bank Foundation, which supports organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people in the communities served by Provident Bank, gave $100,000 to the Collective Impact Action Learning Fellowship, the recipient of the foundation’s Signature Grant for Community Enrichment. This is the first of up to three $100,000 Signature grants — one in each of its three areas: community enrichment, education and health, youth and families — that the foundation will make in 2015. The fellowship was selected to help develop its broad-reaching Building Bridges project, which encompasses two transformational initiatives in Allentown. Pictured are employees of Provident Bank and Collective Impact Action Learning Fellowship at the check presentation. Olympus Corp. of the Americas in Center Valley celebrated World Environment Day by hosting its second annual ‘Stuff-a-Truck’ charity event. Employees brought clothing, books, furniture, appliances and more to drive-thru stations where Olympus volunteers unloaded their cars and placed the donated items into trucks. The nonprofits that benefited included Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley, the Allentown YMCA’s Perfect Fit for Working Women, Habitat for Humanity and Via of the Lehigh Valley. Pictured are Olympus volunteers. Celebrating its fifth year, St. Luke’s Hospice Bike Ride hosted more than 200 riders and raised $10,984.56 for the health network’s hospice program. The ride was supported by Pocono Biking and was part of the nationally recognized ‘Get Your Tail on the Trail’ initiative that encourages healthy exercise and activity. Pictured from left: Sophie Eckroth, volunteer; Kay Shumock, St. Luke’s; Joy Hill, St. Luke’s; Beth Brong, St. Luke’s; Dennis Udicious, volunteer; and Lisa Giovanni, St. Luke’s Home Health/Hospice. Coordinated Health awarded Amber Thomas of Northern Lehigh High School a $10,000 athlete of the year scholarship during a gala at Musikfest Café in ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Thomas, an accomplished softball pitcher, met multiple medical setbacks with tenacity and perseverance and will attend Drexel University in Philadelphia in the fall to study biomedical engineering. Pictured with Thomas are Dr. Emil DiIorio (left), CEO of Coordinated Health, and Henry Hynoski Jr., New York Giants fullback. Brown-Daub Family of Dealerships presented Jean Upton, a Lehigh Valley Health Network employee, with a $10,000 check for her generous donation to United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s 2014 campaign. Upton has been donating for the past five years to the United Way through LVHN’s workplace campaign. The donation was made on behalf of Brown-Daub’s newest dealership, Alfa Romeo-FIAT, on Route 33 and Hecktown Road in Lower Nazareth Township. Nazareth Business Council hosted its second ‘Thursday in Nazareth’ at the new Modern Mosaics Gallery and Xpresso Café on Main Street in the downtown. The networking mixer was designed to attract business owners and their colleagues from Nazareth and surrounding communities to share ideas and get to know what’s happening in the community. A ribbon cutting was held at the two businesses a few days after the mixer. Pictured from left are Ciro Della Ragione, co-owner of Xpresso Café; Renee Keiderling of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Pete Theodoropoulos, owner of Modern Mosaics Gallery and co-owner of Xpresso Café. Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley celebrated the dedication of its volunteers, Bigs, Littles, school administrators and corporate foundation donors at year-end events for its site-based programs. Events were held throughout May and early June at each of the 15 Lehigh Valley elementary and middle schools in which the organization manages programs. Supporters of the agency’s site-based programs include American Bank, Avantor Performance Materials, Capital BlueCross, Crayola, Direct Energy, The Donley Foundation, Embassy Bank, Fox & Roach Charities, Keystone Savings Foundation, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Merchants Bank of Bangor, PPL Electric Utilities, Ruth P. Seruga Trust, Susquehanna Bank, Harry C. Trexler Trust, Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Weis Markets and Wells Fargo. Pictured are Marlene Werkheiser-Romig, associate vice president, Merchants Bank of Bangor, and Melissa Moyer, site-based program manager, BBBSLV. Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley celebrated the dedication of its volunteers, Bigs, Littles, school administrators and corporate foundation donors at year-end events for its site-based programs. Events were held throughout May and early June at each of the 15 Lehigh Valley elementary and middle schools in which the organization manages programs. Supporters of the agency’s site-based programs include American Bank, Avantor Performance Materials, Capital BlueCross, Crayola, Direct Energy, The Donley Foundation, Embassy Bank, Fox & Roach Charities, Keystone Savings Foundation, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Merchants Bank of Bangor, PPL Electric Utilities, Ruth P. Seruga Trust, Susquehanna Bank, Harry C. Trexler Trust, Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Weis Markets and Wells Fargo. Pictured are Joe Hopf, board member, BBBSLV; Kim Capers, outreach coordinator, Capital BlueCross; and Mark Katkovcin, board chair, BBBSLV. More than 200 people honored the third annual class of Forty Under 40 honorees in June at Hotel Bethlehem. The Lehigh Valley Business event recognizes the region’s young professionals and leaders in business and beyond.

Send Us Your Photos

We want your photos for Off the Clock, which features local events and our readers. Submit your color images here or email them to ChrisH@lvb.com. Photos will be posted online as soon as possible after receipt.

Save photos at 300 dpi as TIFF or JPG. Do not embed photos in Word documents. Photos sent through the postal service will not be used or returned.

Include caption information, including the name, date and location of the event. Identify people from left to right. We reserve the right not to publish all submitted photos.


close
Subscribe to Our Newsletters!
Click Here to Subscribe for Free Now!