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P.J.W. Restaurant Group of Haddon Township, N.J., which has several Greater Lehigh Valley locations, raised $111,575 during a 14-hour live Change the Luck of a Child telethon benefi ting Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia region. Pictured from left: Nichole McCloskey, P.J. Whelihan’s Bethlehem manager; Tara Del Vecchio, P.J. Whelihan’s general manager; Jim Fris, P.J.W. Restaurant Group chief operating officer; Don Bell, CBS Sports; Bill Roberson, RMHC Philadelphia Region president; and John Durante, regional McDonald’s owner.
P.J.W. Restaurant Group of Haddon Township, N.J., which has several Greater Lehigh Valley locations, raised $111,575 during a 14-hour live Change the Luck of a Child telethon benefi ting Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia region. Pictured from left: Nichole McCloskey, P.J. Whelihan’s Bethlehem manager; Tara Del Vecchio, P.J. Whelihan’s general manager; Jim Fris, P.J.W. Restaurant Group chief operating officer; Don Bell, CBS Sports; Bill Roberson, RMHC Philadelphia Region president; and John Durante, regional McDonald’s owner. Provident Bank employees participated in Read Across America Day by reading children’s books to more than 800 preschool and elementary students at 15 schools, learning centers and community child care centers throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley. The bank also donated books to the schools. Pictured is Trevor Hart, Lehigh Valley market manager at Provident Bank, reading to students at the Linden Street site of Head Start in Allentown. QNB Bank of Quakertown supported Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County’s latest project to rehab a home in Quakertown for a family in need. QNB donated $10,000 to cover renovation costs for the three-bedroom townhouse that will be occupied by Brian Kelleher and his four sons. Pictured from left: Scott Orzehoski, executive vice president and chief lending offi cer, QNB; Florence Kawoczka, executive director, Habitat for Humanity Bucks County; and Dave Freeman, president and CEO, QNB. A&T Subaru of Sellersville donated $6,671 to the Keystone Opportunity Center as part of its Share the Love campaign. The last four years, A&T Subaru donated $26,289 to the center, which feeds the hungry, houses the homeless and educates adults and families about self-suffi ciency. Pictured from left: Joe Fost, general manager, A&T Subaru; Jeff Miles, development director, Keystone Opportunity Center; and Jeff Allen, president, A&T Subaru. St. Luke’s Hospice House of Bethlehem received a $250 donation from Northampton County Medical Society Alliance in honor of Doctor’s Day on March 30. The day celebrates the contribution of physicians who serve the country by caring for its people. Pictured from left: Judy Scott, St. Luke’s; Lisa Giovanni, St. Luke’s; Ric Baxter, St. Luke’s; Colleen Fitzpatrick of the alliance; and Regina Carolan, also of the alliance. The Bucks County Community College Foundation presented its Community Awards program in March, recognizing people, organizations and businesses for their support of the college. Penn Community Bank was honored in the community category for its support of the college over several years. Also receiving awards were Edward Ferdinand, Steve Jordan and Kyle and Damian VanHart. Pictured from left: Ferdinand; Jeane Coyle, president and CEO of Penn Community Bank; Jordan; Damian VanHart; Stephanie Shanblatt, president of BCCC; and Brian Jeter Sr. of Comcast. Health Network Laboratories Lehigh Valley employees collected a variety of items to send to deployed troops. Working with Humble Hearts for Hope, an organization that collects and sends large volumes of donations and care packages to military overseas, HNL employees collected food, treats, small toys, socks and toiletries. Pictured are HNL staff members and a volunteer (in truck) from Humble Hearts for Hope. Mauch Chunk Trust Co. of Jim Thorpe donated $330 to the Lehighton Athletic Booster Club. Pictured from left are Melissa Murtha of Mauch Chunk Trust Co. and coaches and team members Cory Sherer, Dene Smith, Wyatt Sherer, Zane Smith and A.J. Light. Mauch Chunk Trust Co. of Jim Thorpe donated $500 to the Leadercast initiative of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership. Pictured from left are Brittany Giannini and Dana MacDonald of Mauch Chunk Trust Co. and partnership representatives Maureen Donovan and Leona Rega. PennEast Pipeline presented $20,000 in PennEast Powering STEM grants to Lehigh Career & Technical Institute of Schnecksville and Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre. The grants were awarded to expand the schools’ programs in science, technology, engineering and math. Pictured are staff members of PennEast and LCTI. Piramal Critical Care Inc. of Hanover Township, Northampton County, a producer and distributer of inhaled and intravenous anesthetic products, hosted a coat drive this past winter for Project Keep Warm, which collects new and gently used winter items for adults and children. The items were distributed to the homeless, including veterans. The company donated more than 100 coats to the project, which distributes an estimated 10,000 winter items per year. Pictured from left are Piramal employees Todd Hull, Thelissa Sweeney, Nichol Schreiber and Kathy Wexler. Applebee’s locations throughout New Jersey, including in Phillipsburg, raised $113,000 for the U.S. Marine Corps in support of its Toys for Tots program. The Phillipsburg location raised $1,670 during a breakfast fundraiser. Pictured from left: Christopher Lopa, general manager, Applebee’s of Rockaway; Kevin Coughlin, director of operations, Applebee’s; Staff Sgt. Ramon Perez, U.S. Marine Corps; and John Antosiewicz, area director, Applebee’s. The staff of Jerdon Construction of South Whitehall Township raised funds and awareness for a fellow employee who was diagnosed with leukemia. A bake sale was held at Leesport Famers Markets, followed by a spaghetti dinner fundraiser that drew nearly 350 people. Adams Outdoor Advertising and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Lehigh Valley also supported the event. Pictured are Jerdon employees serving dinner to attendees. RCN Lehigh Valley employees delivered 3,699 food items to New Bethany Ministries, a community organization in Bethlehem. For the fourth year in a row, RCN collected and delivered soup to Lehigh Valley pantries as part of its Souper Bowl initiative. Pictured from left: Meghan Burke, RCN; Kate Cohen, New Bethany Ministries; Kristin Vitovitch, RCN; Bryan Jung, RCN; Lori Ofner, RCN; and a New Bethany Ministries resident and volunteer. Quakertown Alive! donated $700 to the Quakertown Borough Police Department’s K9 Unit as a giveback project from its 2016 Autumn Alive! event. Pictured from left: Mike Johnson; Naomi Naylor; Lynda Ulrich; Jann Paulovitz; officer Paul Houseknecht with Fury; and police chief Scott McElree. Ronald Jerdon (right) and Jason Zellner of Jerdon Construction of South Whitehall Township traveled to Haiti to support relief efforts on the island of La Gonave. The pair worked alongside a team from Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville, and Northampton residents Myles and Anna Bodish, who serve as missionaries to Haiti. The crew repaired roofs and bought rice and beans that were delivered to storm-ravaged areas. Lehigh Valley Plastics of Bethlehem donated $13,500 to the Wildlife Leadership Academy in memory of the plastic manufacturer’s late president, David Keim. An avid outdoorsmen, Keim served on the board of the Wildlife Leadership Academy and had a passion for its mission to engage youth leaders from across the state in the conservation of Pennsylvania’s natural resources. Pictured from left: Joseph Reibman, Gary Wessner, Michele Kittell, Randy Hensigner, Lucy Keim, Sylvie Wulf, Tamara Osle, Gretchen Mohen and Curt Hill. Cyan Sky, a copier technology company in Schnecksville, donated a new copier to Keystone Warriors in Reading, a nonprofit that supports veterans. The multifunction copier with finishing was donated to help the organization print fliers and brochures to help raise awareness for veterans in need. PennEast Pipeline Co. of Wyomissing presented its PennEast Community Connector Grants to Trucksville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association and Housing Development Corp. of Northeast Pennsylvania, both of Luzerne County. The grants, which totaled $10,000, will help with the acquisition of new firefighter equipment, as well as help families and seniors in the northern area of the pipeline’s route secure and retain affordable housing. Pictured are members of PennEast and grant recipients. Neffs National Bank presented separate $25,000 donations to Park School District Education Foundation, Northwestern Lehigh Educational Foundation, Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation and the Wildlands Conservancy. The donations were made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Pictured from left: Kevin A. Schmidt, president and CEO, Neffs National Bank; MaryAnn Wagner, director, Neffs National Bank; Dean Snyder, director, Neffs National Bank; John Simock, director, Neffs National Bank; and Chris Kocher, president, Wildlands Conservancy.

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