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Customers Bank of Wyomissing partnered with the law firm Leisawitz Heller Abramowitch Phillips PC of Wyomissing to present the Berks County Tennis Association with an $11,600 donation to its Merv Heller High School Tennis Scholarship fund. Yasmeen Malik of Conrad Weiser High School and Andre Fick of Wyomissing Area High School were selected by the association to each receive a $1,000 scholarship for their contributions in the classroom, on the tennis court and in the community. From left are: Ryan Knarr, Berks County Tennis Club; Fick; Malik; Charles Phillips, partner at Leisawitz Heller Abramowitch Phillips; and Timothy Romig, Customers Bank executive vice president, group director, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Customers Bank of Wyomissing partnered with the law firm Leisawitz Heller Abramowitch Phillips PC of Wyomissing to present the Berks County Tennis Association with an $11,600 donation to its Merv Heller High School Tennis Scholarship fund. Yasmeen Malik of Conrad Weiser High School and Andre Fick of Wyomissing Area High School were selected by the association to each receive a $1,000 scholarship for their contributions in the classroom, on the tennis court and in the community. From left are: Ryan Knarr, Berks County Tennis Club; Fick; Malik; Charles Phillips, partner at Leisawitz Heller Abramowitch Phillips; and Timothy Romig, Customers Bank executive vice president, group director, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Lehigh Valley Business Healthcare Coalition of Bethlehem announced the winners of its 2015 recognition awards at its 35th annual conference on May 8 at DeSales University. The awards recognize members for their contributions to the coalition and the communities they serve. St. Luke’s University Health Network of Bethlehem received the Catherine A. Gallagher Quality Award for its commitment to transparency and quality improvement. The award was named in memory of the late coalition president who was dedicated to improving the quality of medical care. The Partnership Award winner was United Concordia Dental for its efforts to provide quality, cost-effective and affordable dental plans to coalition member employers. From left are: Tom Croyle, president, LVBCH; Joel Fagerstrom, executive vice president and chief operating officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network; Gregory Fisher, mid-Atlantic region sales manager, United Concordia Dental; and Jeannine O’Callaghan, C.F. Martin & Co. Inc., LVBCH chairwoman. As part of its commitment to the American Heart Association, Easton Hospital helped teach fifth-grade students of Wilson Intermediate School in Wilson about nutrition and physical activity by growing a garden which the students will tend throughout the year. The American Heart Association teaching garden is a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest food and understand the value of good eating habits and the importance of physical activity. The Teaching Garden is part of Easton Hospital’s signature sponsorship of the Lehigh Valley Heart & Stroke Walk, and totaled $30,000 which funded the garden. Pictured are Pat Messman, LINCS director; Denise Sellers, AHA; Andrea King, AHA; Lori Jones, Easton Hospital, Teaching Garden committee member; Dolores Camden, Teaching Garden committee member; Janis Krieger, Wilson Area School Board, Teaching Garden committee member; Stephen Wilson, Easton Hospital, vice president of marketing; Janine Santee, Easton Hospital, community outreach coordinator; Barbara Dailey, Teaching Garden committee member; Ryan Edwards, Teaching Garden committee member; Amy Carlin, teacher, Wilson Intermediate School; and students. The Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce annually awards $500 community grants to two local nonprofits in memory of Sophie Gerhard and Edwin Adamczak. Michael J. Shafer, president of the chamber, and Jessica O’Donnell, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce liaison, presented the checks to award-winners Tri-Clover Volunteer Fire Co. of Orefield and The Good Will Fire Co. No. 1 of Trexlertown. Pictured from left are Jessica O’Donnell, Shafer and Arlan Wright, fire chief of Good Will Fire Co. No. 1. The Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce annually awards $500 community grants to two local nonprofits in memory of Sophie Gerhard and Edwin Adamczak. Michael J. Shafer, president of the chamber, and Jessica O’Donnell, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce liaison, presented the checks to award-winners Tri-Clover Volunteer Fire Co. of Orefield and The Good Will Fire Co. No. 1 of Trexlertown. Pictured from left are Jessica O’Donnell, Karen Basak-Carey, Chris Carey, Michael Shafer, chair of Western Lehigh board, and Michael Garris, assistant chief of Tri-Clover. Lissette Santana, senior manager, corporate relations of PPL Corp., receives the Community Partner Award from Tim Mulligan, president and CEO of Communities in Schools Lehigh Valley, during the Communities in Schools Success 2015 awards and recognition dinner at the Bank Street Annex in Easton. PPL was the 2015 recipient of this year’s award, given annually to a community partner that has a long history of working with Communities in Schools Lehigh Valley and has demonstrated dedication, generosity and commitment to the organization and the students it serves. Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation of Easton will provide the Kellyn Foundation of Tatamy a $500,000 grant over five years to plan, manage and operate the ‘Eat Real Food Mobile Market’ project. The foundation held its annual Crystal Cabaret on April 24 at Northampton Country Club in Bethlehem Township. Money raised will be directed to this project. Pictured from left: Eric Ruth, co-founder, chief financial officer, Kellyn Foundation; Dr. Meagan Grega, co-founder, chief medical officer, Kellyn Foundation; Janet A. Mease, vice president community affairs, Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation; and Paul E. Brunswick, president and executive director, Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation. Tompkins Vist Bank of Wyomissing raised $10,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Allentown during its cow pie bingo fundraiser at Classic Harley-Davidson in Leesport. The funds will be used to send children with neuromuscular disease to a summer camp. The bank raised more than $7,000 and received a gift of $3,000 from the Jeremy Carroll Foundation. Pictured from left are Jonathon Werley, Ethan Pyles and Austin Whitmoyer, MDA goodwill ambassadors; Katrina Schreefer, executive director, MDA; Meghan Dashe, MDA fundraising coordinator; and Scott Gruber, president and CEO, Tompkins VIST Bank. Grand View Health of Sellersville announced Melanie Mansley, staff nurse who cares for patients in hospice, as the recipient of the 2015 Ellis Greenspan Memorial award. The award was established in memory of Ellis Greenspan by his son, cardiologist Mitchell M. Greenspan, and other members of the family and is presented annually to recognize a registered nurse or license practical nurse at Grand View who serves as a role model of professionalism and delivers excellence in patient care. Mansley was nominated by coworkers and a patient’s family. Pictured are Greenspan and Mansley. QNB Bank branch managers Sherrie Rotenberger, Quakertown office, and Dee Fesmire, Country Square office, gave students of Niedig Elementary School of Quakertown a lesson on banking. Topics included the history of QNB, how banking works, the different kinds of money and accounts and how the children could save for their future. The event is a national program sponsored by the American Bankers Association. South Mountain Cycle & Café of Emmaus, in partnership with Emmaus Main Street Partners, celebrated its one-year anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 10. Pictured are Emmaus Main Street Partners board of directors, Emmaus borough councilmen, South Mountain Cycle owners Heather and Chad Balliet and Emmaus Main Street Partners manager Jessica O’Donnell. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Lehigh Valley gave $25,000 to Good Shepherd Gala in the Garden, a fundraiser for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. On April 15, the company gave the check to members of Good Shepherd and the committee organizing the May 30 fundraiser. From left: Tina Flexer, marketing assistant, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Lehigh Valley; Jamie Zanelli, pediatric clinical specialist, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit; Dr. Kimberly Kuchinski, medical director, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital’s pediatric unit; Joe Brake, 2015 gala committee co-chairman, vice president and general manager, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Lehigh Valley; Mary Pat Brake, 2015 gala committee co-chairwoman; and Pam Garin, executive assistant, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Lehigh Valley. Staff from Bethlehem 1st Federal Credit Union (at the table on the right) and staff from First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union (left table) help high school students at the financial Reality Fair April 21 at DeSales University in Center Valley. Also participating were five other credit unions – APCI Federal Credit Union, Lehigh Valley Educators Credit Union, Northampton Area School District Employees Credit Union, People First Credit Union and PPL Gold Credit Union. Students from nine area high schools received advice from counselors on finances and budgeting. The Weller Health Education Center of Allentown recognized St. Luke’s Community Health Department’s Adopt a School program, honoring a group whose focus is the well-being of children. For 11 years, the Weller Health Education Center’s Outstanding Friends to Kids awards recognize people and organizations making a positive impact on the lives of the region’s young people. St. Luke’s Adopt a School Program supports four areas: access to health care/mobile health services; youth development; academic success; and healthy living. Pictured from left: Rosemarie Lister, consultant, community health, St. Luke’s; Donna Bryant Wilson, director, school-based and neighborhood health initiatives, St. Luke’s; Dr. Bonnie Coyle, medical director, St. Luke’s; Kelly Berk, director, maternal child health initiatives, St. Luke’s; Victoria Montero, manager, youth development initiatives, St. Luke’s; and Hollie Gibbons, director, chronic disease and healthy living initiatives, St. Luke’s. Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley celebrated the dedication of its ‘Bigs,’ ‘Littles,’ donors, school administrators and other community partners at its annual Big Stories awards ceremony at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. The event connected donors and the Greater Lehigh Valley community with the organization’s mission. Pictured is Michael Lahanas, vice president, business development, Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley, and Big Brothers Big Sisters vice chair, giving an acceptance speech.

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