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Pocono Medical Center of East Stroudsburg was recognized as a platinum-level achiever and as the hospital that completed the widest variety of activities during the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge, sponsored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania in partnership with Gift of Life Donor Program. The award demonstrates the commitment to organ and tissue donation and saving lives at Pocono Medical Center. Pictured from left: Danielle Jordan, director of marketing, Pocono Medical Center; Jeff Snyder, president and CEO, PMC; Jennifer Gawrilowicz, nursing assistant, PMC; Howard Nathan, CEO, Gift of Life; Paulette Nish, vice president and chief nursing officer, PMC; Linda and Ron Moyer; Diane Roberts, director of finance/staffing, PMC; Cindy Fernandez, clinical nurse supervisor, critical care, PMC; Toni Dally, manager of cardiovascular unit, PMC; Geoffrey M. Roche, director of community and government relations, PMC; Kim Ricker, clinical director, intensive care unit, PMC; and Sandi Sames, director of materials management, PMC.
Pocono Medical Center of East Stroudsburg was recognized as a platinum-level achiever and as the hospital that completed the widest variety of activities during the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge, sponsored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania in partnership with Gift of Life Donor Program. The award demonstrates the commitment to organ and tissue donation and saving lives at Pocono Medical Center. Pictured from left: Danielle Jordan, director of marketing, Pocono Medical Center; Jeff Snyder, president and CEO, PMC; Jennifer Gawrilowicz, nursing assistant, PMC; Howard Nathan, CEO, Gift of Life; Paulette Nish, vice president and chief nursing officer, PMC; Linda and Ron Moyer; Diane Roberts, director of finance/staffing, PMC; Cindy Fernandez, clinical nurse supervisor, critical care, PMC; Toni Dally, manager of cardiovascular unit, PMC; Geoffrey M. Roche, director of community and government relations, PMC; Kim Ricker, clinical director, intensive care unit, PMC; and Sandi Sames, director of materials management, PMC. Crayola Experience in Easton recently hosted its second annual 'Wrapped in Color!' fashion show, featuring celebrity judges, including Sydney Robertson (Miss Teen Pennsylvania) and New York City designer Carol Hannah, a Project Runway television show finalist. The event featured seven young designers who created collections, worn by child models, inspired by Crayola Experience's 'Wrap it Up' attraction. The winning designer, Tache Green, won an internship with Hannah at her New York fashion house, and the top model was awarded a contract with Jo Anderson Models of Marlton, N.J. Pictured at left are Green and Hannah. Crayola Experience in Easton recently hosted its second annual ‘Wrapped in Color!’ fashion show, featuring celebrity judges, including Sydney Robertson (Miss Teen Pennsylvania) and New York City designer Carol Hannah, a Project Runway television show finalist. The event featured seven young designers who created collections, worn by child models, inspired by Crayola Experience’s ‘Wrap it Up’ attraction. The winning designer, Tache Green, won an internship with Hannah at her New York fashion house, and the top model was awarded a contract with Jo Anderson Models of Marlton, N.J. In the photo (from left) are celebrity judges Robertson, Hannah, Anne Winkelman of Jo Anderson Models, Stephanie Wells of B104 radio and Julie Lando of Crayola. The Phoebe Ministries Golf Tournament netted more than $116,000 for charitable care thanks to sponsors such as Aramark (title sponsor) and Cura Hospitality and Stevens & Lee (premier sponsors). More than 200 golfers played in the event at Saucon Valley Country Club on its Old and Weyhill courses. Proceeds benefit Phoebe residents who are without personal means to pay for care. Pictured from left are Aramark employees Don Taatjes, Jim Milcavage, Matt Linsenbigler and Thane Gehret. Burkholder’s HVAC of Emmaus donated $790 to Haven House, an Allentown organization that provides personalized outpatient psychiatric services. The donation was made through a journal drive, in which Burkholder’s donated $5 for each journal donated to the organization. The journal drive was established to provide mentally ill patients the ability to write and express their feelings. Pictured from left: Lori Richardson, Haven House; Marissa Burkholder, Burkholder’s HVAC; Erma Moore, Haven House; Liz Hicks, Haven House; and Deb Mertz, Haven House. Skytop team members supported the Hope for Strength Breast Cancer Fund through book sales and a bake sale, which raised $600. The bakery at Skytop made the goods; also included were a raffle and theme baskets donated by each department. Pictured are Staci Ann Beers (left), co-founder, Hope for Strength Breast Cancer fund, and Debra Grasso, director of human resources, Skytop Lodge. White and Williams LLP kicked off its ‘adoption’ of Allentown School District’s Sheridan Elementary School on Sept. 8 at a school-wide assembly. Platte Moring, managing partner of the law firm’s Lehigh Valley office (right center), announced the firm’s two-year commitment to the school. Nancy Conrad, chair of the firm’s labor and employment practice group (left center), presented students with uniform shirts and school supplies. White and Williams launched its ‘Adopt a School’ initiative in 2012 as a way to give back to the community by investing in education. Nine Customers Bank employees from the Reading area helped to sort and organize clothing at Opportunity House’s warehouse in Reading as part of United Way’s Day of Caring on Sept. 4. Pictured from left are Customers Bank employees Jennifer Halligan, Bonita Wade and Marge Sturm. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank of Bethlehem presented a $25,000 donation to Robert Miller (left), treasurer of the Pennsylvania Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation, at Eye Bank’s facility in Hanover Township, Northampton County. Presenting the check to Miller is Eye Bank board president Christopher J. Sweeney Sr. The eye bank partners with more than 60 hospitals and many hospice programs, funeral directors and coroners to procure donor eye tissue in 37 counties in Pennsylvania. C.F. Martin Guitar & Co. Inc. held a networking event, ‘Jazz It Up,’ at its facility in Nazareth. The event, hosted by the Nazareth Business Council of the Lehigh Valley Chamber, drew more than 100 business leaders for a mini jazz festival provided by the Pennsylvania Jazz Collective. Event sponsors were Thrivent Financial, Buca di Beppo, Widow’s Tavern and Grill, Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que, Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and Franklin Hills Winery. Pictured from left are Erin Hess Malone, Laughing at My Nightmare; Shane Burcaw, founder, author and speaker, Laughing at My Nightmare; Carolanne Montelone, Laughing at My Nightmare; and Bruce Palmer, Buckno Lisicky. Laughing at My Nightmare helps people overcome adversity through the use of humor, while raising money for families affected by muscular dystrophy. Olympus employees in Center Valley cheered on the all-employee band ‘Peripheral Vision’ that advanced to the final round of the 14th annual Fortune Magazine and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s ‘Battle of the Corporate Bands’ competition. The band will compete against other corporate bands from across the nation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The competition is held each year to salute the best amateur, company sponsored bands and showcase the social and economic benefits of recreational music programs in the workplace while promoting music education. All event proceeds will benefit the rock hall’s educational activities. HMK Insurance of Bethlehem commemorated its 100th anniversary by giving back to the community through a nine-day Habitat for Humanity building blitz. HMK made a financial contribution to Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley to build a home on Bethlehem’s South Side. Eighty percent of HMK’s 50-person staff volunteered a total of more than 500 hours during the nine-day build to complete the exterior of the home, which is on James Street. Pictured are HMK employees. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance’s Energy Resource Center recently received a $10,000 grant from PPL Corp. of Allentown. The funding will help the center to provide technical assistance, training and education to communities, nonprofits and businesses so they can make informed energy consumption decisions. Pictured from left are Jeffrey Box, president and CEO, NEPA; Paul Canevari, regional affairs director, PPL; and Kurt Bauman, vice president of community services, NEPA. Business and political representatives, including from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Pohatcong Township and Quaker Steak & Lube, cut the ribbon during the grand opening of Quaker Steak's newest location in Pohatcong on Aug. 25. More than 190 jobs will be created. Pictured from left are Gizzard Coop, mascot; Meg Dowd, Phillipsburg and Easton initiatives director for the chamber; New Jersey State Sen. Mike Doherty; Anthony Vangeli, councilman, Pohatcong Township; James Kern III, Pohatcong mayor; Nick Graf, Quaker Steak general manager; Victor Russomanno; Quaker Steak area director; and Kurt Pahlitzsch, director of operations for Quaker Steak. Employees at Wolper Information Services, an Easton-based provider of subscription and information management solutions for corporations, academic and medical institutions, public libraries and government agencies, presented Timothy Mulligan, CEO of Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley, with 230 items of back-to-school supplies on Aug. 27. CISLV works in 17 schools in the Lehigh Valley to keep at-risk youth in school. Connoisseur Media radio stations 99.9 The Hawk and 107 The Bone and Allentown Beverage Group sponsored Big Brothers Big Sisters Summer Jam, an indoor music festival at the Sands Event Center, Bethlehem. Proceeds from tickets, T-shirt sales and a raffle benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley. The festival hosted 800 attendees and raised more than $5,500. Pictured from left are Michael Anthony, general manager, 99.9 The Hawk; Brandy Barbera, special events and community relations manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Rick Michaels, radio personality, 99.9 The Hawk; Stephanie Altieri, events coordinator and senior marketing consultant, Connoisseur Media; and Jake Kochanasz, account manager, Allentown Beverage. ProJeCt of Easton CEO Janice Komisor accepts the inaugural George Wolf Public Education Award from the Easton Area School District last month. The announcement was made by Alan Abraham, president of ProJeCt’s board of directors. The George Wolf Public Education awards will be given annually to people and groups who have demonstrated a significant and long-term advocacy for the mission of public education in the Easton area community. The award is named in honor of Easton resident attorney, postmaster and seventh governor of the state, George Wolf. Wolf is considered the father of Pennsylvania’s public school system.

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