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Angel East Kackline, president of Easton Area Community Center, presented the 2014 Easton Area Community Center Harvest Gala Award to Easton Hospital for more than 100 years of serving Easton and the Lehigh Valley community – and for its commitment to the children who live there. Stephen Wilson, vice president of marketing of Easton Hospital, received the award on behalf of the hospital. The EACC provides after-school programs where staff, mentors and volunteers help children with schoolwork.
Angel East Kackline, president of Easton Area Community Center, presented the 2014 Easton Area Community Center Harvest Gala Award to Easton Hospital for more than 100 years of serving Easton and the Lehigh Valley community – and for its commitment to the children who live there. Stephen Wilson, vice president of marketing of Easton Hospital, received the award on behalf of the hospital. The EACC provides after-school programs where staff, mentors and volunteers help children with schoolwork. Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley executive director, Paul Ream, accepted a $2,000 donation from Nermin Ferhadbegovic, a board member of Mass Mutual Financial Group of Eastern Pennsylvania. The grant is designated for breast cancer programs offered at the Cancer Support Community. Pictured from left are Ferhadbegovic, Linda Roth, Paula Ream and Joseph Malee. Mycalyn Florals of Nazareth recently celebrated 25 years in business. The board of governors of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce attended the event, as well as the Nazareth Business Council Board. Pictured from left are Meg Dowd, Phillipsburg and Easton initiatives director for the chamber; Cynthia DeLuca, children’s author; Paul Luongo, president of Nazareth Business Council; and Lynn Klein, owner of Mycalyn Florals. The John Yurconic Agency of Allentown gifted $15,000 to Via of the Lehigh Valley Inc. through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. This is the first year that the agency has made a donation to Via through this program. Pictured are Yurconic (left) and Jerry Somers, chairman of the board of directors of Via of the Lehigh Valley Inc. Under the same program, the John Yurconic Agency also gifted $6,500 to Moravian Academy of Bethlehem and $6,000 to KidsPeace of Orefield. John ‘JT’ Tsiouvaras Farmers Insurance Agency presented a check for $2,100 to Ray Delany (left), president of the Green Hornet Touchdown Club of Emmaus High School, during a football game against Parkland on Oct. 31. The Green Hornet Touchdown Club is a parent organization formed to support the Emmaus High School football program to foster good fellowship, sportsmanship and school spirit. Former Philadelphia Eagle and adoption advocate Vai Sikahema was a guest speaker for the recent Dining with Diakon – Eastern Pennsylvania event supporting Diakon Adoption & Foster Care program. Sikahema (left) congratulates guest chef, Attorney Robert J. Hobaugh Jr., of Stevens and Lee of Bethlehem, who raised more than $10,000 in the event’s chef challenge. Overall, the event raised more than $125,000, including the $40,000 raised by guest chefs for the Diakon adoption program. Azzur Labs of Schnecksville hosted a food and coat drive for the holiday season. The drive began Nov. 3 and runs through Dec. 19 and benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley. Items can be dropped off at the lab. Pictured from left are Azzur employees Abby Roth, Josh Horn, Guy Faylor, Jared Eberly, Frank Rocchino, Erin Mumper and Jillian Berkowitz. For 13 years, St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Allentown campus has been honoring people who make a lasting impact on the community. During its annual Dinner by Starlight Celebration at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville, St. Luke’s recognized attorney Sy Traub for all he has done to improve the quality of health care and the quality of life for the community. A resident of Allentown for more than 40 years, Traub has dedicated his career and life to supporting the economic development of downtown Allentown and has been instrumental in the development of the St. Luke’s Allentown campus. More than 500 attendees attended the dinner to recognize St. Luke’s honorary and shining stars. Pictured at the event are Sy and Sue Traub. East Penn Manufacturing of Lyon Station was presented with the 2014 Employer Excellence Award by the National Business Coalition on Health at its annual conference. The organization was recognized for its leadership and efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the health care delivery system, control health care expenditures at the community level and improve employee health. An active member of the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare for more than 20 years, East Penn is a private, family owned company operating the largest single-site, lead-acid battery manufacturing facility in the world. Pictured from left are Chuck Smithers, NBCH; Dawn Dreibelbis, Reading Health System; Vicki Doule, Capital BlueCross; Rick Jones, Capstone Health Consulting; Bob Johnston, East Penn; Tom Croyle, LVBCH; Cheryl DeMars, NBCH; and Scott Fair, First Niagara/Banyan Consulting. Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc. celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new global headquarters in Gilberstville. Pictured from left: Peter Grumblatt, founder and owner of Gateway Ticketing Systems; Glenn Ebersole, strategic vice president, business development/marketing manager, Hollenbach Construction; and Michael Andre, co-founder, owner, president and CEO, Gateway. Gateway provides sales, services and support for ticketing systems in the entertainment, transportation and related industries. Customers Bank of Wyomissing enlisted the help of Berks County area businesses to commemorate the sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. military, hosting a benefit in their honor on Veterans Day at the Crowne Plaza in Reading. Marcus Luttrell, an American war hero and author of Lone Survivor, was the keynote speaker. More than 540 people attended the event, which raised more than $100,000 for Keystone Wounded Warriors. Pictured on the far right is Jay Sidhu, president and CEO of Customers Bank. QNB Bank of Quakertown will sponsor the 2014 Souderton Tip-Off Classic Basketball Tournament on Dec. 5-6 at Souderton High School. Proceeds will support the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which is dedicated to ending neurofibromatosis through research. Pictured from left: Perry Engard, teacher and basketball coach, Souderton High; Jim Church, former president, Souderton-Telford Rotary; Tom Quintois, athletic director, Souderton High; Sam Vareno, principal, Souderton High; Steven Kendra, vice president, Souderton-Telford Rotary; and Brian Schaffer, vice president of marketing, QNB Bank. First Commonwealth Credit Union of the Lehigh Valley is hosting its fourth annual food drive through Nov. 14 to benefit Second Harvest of the Lehigh Valley and The Greater Berks Food Bank. First Commonwealth also has partnered with employers to serve as additional collection sites for donations. Donations can be dropped off at any First Commonwealth branch. In addition to food, monetary donations (checks made out to the food bank) also will be accepted at each branch. Also, for every “like” received on its Facebook page, First Commonwealth will donate $1 (up to $1,000). Every $1 donated allows seven meals to be distributed. Pictured are employees of First Commonwealth. Adams Outdooring Advertising recently held a networking event at its newly renovated offices on Avenue C in Bethlehem. The network was held in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Chamber’s Third Thursday and was designed for people to explore the office, learn about Adams and network with local professionals. Pictured from left: Tony Cioffi, general manager, Adams Outdoor Advertising; and Scott Davis and Scott Hahn, both from Davis Business Machines Inc. in Allentown. Liquid Interactive, a digital marketing agency, celebrated its move into a custom-designed facility in Allentown with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Doug Mancini, executive vice president of Liquid, is pictured cutting the ribbon. An Economic Impact Development Award from the Tri County Chamber of Pottstown was presented to Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., a company specializing in high-speed access control systems for the attraction and amusement industries. The award was presented in honor of the economic impact of Gateway’s new global headquarters building in Colebrookdale Township in Berks County. Pictured are Glenn Ebersole (left), co-chairman of the Pro-Business Council and strategic vice president of business development and marketing, Hollenbach Construction, Boyertown, and Scott Lobaugh, director of business solutions, Gateway Ticketing. A number of CREW Lehigh Valley (a commercial real estate organization) members organized and catered a dinner for 25 patients, family members and medical staff at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. The good deed came about at the suggestion of long-time CREW member Rosalin Petrucci, who is on the Good Shepherd board. Sandy Kuhns, chair of the CREW Community Service committee, organized the event. The evening included Halloween crafts for the children. Pictured from left: Jane Long, Sandy Kuhns, Kelly Berfield, Jody King, Holly Thomas, Maureen O’Meara and Cindy Merritt. Others who participated include Rosalin Petrucci, Francee Fuller, Kate Durso, Stephanie Krajsovics and Christa Kraftician. The Center for Vision Loss of Allentown hosted its blindness awareness dinner, A Taste of the Shadows, at Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem. The event challenged guests to give up their sight as they dined while wearing a blindfold to simulate the loss of vision. Pictured from left: Eric Hinkle of Buckno Lisicky, Allentown; John Grencer of Good Shepherd, Allentown; and Nichole Chupa and John Filipos, Buckno Lisicky. The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation of East Norriton hosted its event, Driving Away the Cold, at the Upper Bucks YMCA in Quakertown. The event included a delivery of more than 1,500 new winter coats that will go to underprivileged children throughout Bucks County. Pictured from left: Mark Phillips of Faulkner-Ciocca Ford of Souderton; Ag Antonios of Faulkner-Ciocca Ford of Quakertown; Ed Simpson of Faulkner-Ciocca Ford of Quakertown; Chris Burcik of A&T Chevrolet, Sellersville; Pat Edwards of Upper Bucks YMCA; Stephanie Weachter of Upper Bucks YMCA; and David Penskey of Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 375 of Allentown supported Habitat for Humanity when 16 of its volunteers provided electrical work on three homes being built in the Bethlehem area. The IBEW is a labor union which represents workers in the electrical industry in the United States, Canada, Panama and several Caribbean nations. From left are volunteers Chris Kaufman, Nick Helfrich, Phil Cole, Mike Fritz, Jacob Nicholas, Drew Franklin, Rob Franklin, Shawn Swanson, Craig Kohler, Jordan Morles, Justin Grimshaw, Ian McCartney, Dan Kiefer, Josh Rimmer, Danato Bridgidi and Doran Gable and IBEW business manager Paul Anthony. The Lehigh Valley Light the Night Walk at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown last month benefited The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a nonprofit organization fighting blood-related cancers. Workers for the Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, which operates 20 Red Robin restaurants in eastern and central Pennsylvania, walked the two-mile course to raise money for the charity. Jack McNulty, vice president of management services, represented NAI Summit of Allentown on the panel for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Outlook and Expo at Mack Trucks in Lower Macungie Township. The goal of the event was to provide a forum for tenants and landlords/building owners to discuss mutually beneficial efficiency improvements to leased spaces. The event had about 120 attendees. The panel included NAI Summit, Berger-Epstein Associates Inc. of Allentown, Sunburst Property Management of Allentown and Brookside Office Partners LP of Allentown. Also at the event, Lehigh Valley Environmental Innovations Awards – for businesses that exemplify best green practices – went to Crayola (large business) of Forks Township and Tower Products Inc. (small business) of Easton. Provident Bank of Iselin, N.J., celebrated its entry into the Allentown market with the grand reopenings last month of its Tilghman Street branch in South Whitehall Township and Hamilton Street branch in Allentown. Pictured are Jean Polczynski (left), Tilghman Street branch manager, FeRROUS, mascot of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league baseball team, and Dianne Valenti of Bethlehem, winner of a $500 prize during the ceremony. Pocono Medical Center’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner partnered with Women’s Resources of Monroe County and law enforcement to raise money for a secure digital forensic imaging camera. SAFE and Women’s Resources hosed ‘Fashion for a Cause’ to raise money for the equipment. The camera would reduce patient examination time by 50 percent and provide high-resolution images. The evening featured fall holiday fashions provided by The Apple Tree, a women’s boutique in Stroudsburg, and was held at The Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Reeders. Pictured from left are Jane Kanyock, director of development, Pocono Medical Center; Sharon Sincavage, owner, The Apple Tree; Laura Kimpel, PMC SAFE nurse; and Ashley Almeida, The Apple Tree. From left, Paula Kilpatrick, branch manager at Merchants Bank, Barbara Kowitz of Northampton Historical and Genealogical Society and Sandee Kennedy, vice president and market manager at Merchants Bank, stand in front of the Heart and Soil Exhibit at Sigal Museum in Easton. They are celebrating the bank’s $2,000 donation in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program. This is the fourth year that Merchants has made a donation to the society under the program. Jan Hench, owner of McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn and McCoole’s Arts & Events Place in Quakertown, received a humanitarian award from Lehigh Valley Area Youth & Community Theater for her support of the organization and its work with area youth. The award was one of many presented at Lehigh Valley Soul Music Awards ’14 held at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place. Pictured from left are award winners Charlie Brown of Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove, an Allentown old-school soul and rhythm and blues band, Jan Hench and Larry Holmes of Easton, former world heavyweight boxing champion. More than 8,000 women attended the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia this month for the Pennsylvania Conference on Women. More than 100 workshops were offered as attendees got advice from experts on career, coaching, writing resumes and more. Greater Lehigh Valley attendees included Maureen Donovan (left), Center for Leadership and Workforce Development, Lehigh Carbon Community College, and Sue Fegley, Air Products, Trexlertown.

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