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Buckno Lisicky & Co. of Allentown donated $525 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley after employees paid $5 to dress down on Fridays. Each employee submits a charity of his or her choice, and after several months a winner is announced. Jack Lisicky of the Allentown of ce was the winner, and the charity was BBBS. Pictured from left are Lisicky, Sherry Sohaney, of cer manager, Karen Hoff, marketing director, and Louis LeMaster, managing shareholder.
Buckno Lisicky & Co. of Allentown donated $525 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley after employees paid $5 to dress down on Fridays. Each employee submits a charity of his or her choice, and after several months a winner is announced. Jack Lisicky of the Allentown of ce was the winner, and the charity was BBBS. Pictured from left are Lisicky, Sherry Sohaney, of cer manager, Karen Hoff, marketing director, and Louis LeMaster, managing shareholder. A team of Gross McGinley LLP employees, led by attorney Nicole O’Hara, raised more than $1,800 for The Neighborhood Center in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community event. The Neighborhood Center provides pre-kindergarten classes, after-school programs and summer programming to youth 4-18 in downtown Allentown. Pictured are team members and children. KeyBank Lehigh Valley employees volunteered at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, where they spent time helping children use crafting skills to make penguin bracelets. A portion of the proceeds from the bracelets will benefit SANCCOB, a South African organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of African penguins. The employees participated as part of KeyBank's annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day on May 27. Pictured are employees with children at the zoo. Many businesspeople helped The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter raise a record $728,202 in its 10-week Man & Woman of the Year campaign. There were 16 participants. In the front row, from left, are Judy Savchak, Rita DiBenedetto (Woman of the Year winner), Lynn Bensing, Scott Wedemeyer Sr., Kate Joyce, Natalia Stezenko and Tiffany James. In the back, from left, are Larry Ford, Haneef Muttaqi, Allison Valentine, Charles Everett Jr., Layton Dodson, Michael McCreary and Luke Jaindl (Man of the Year winner). The Future Business Leaders of America student team of Lehighton Area High School was awarded a $2,000 donation from Mauch Chunk Trust Co. of Jim Thorpe after three students qualified for the National FBLA Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The team placed second in the state in the category of banking and financial systems and will compete at the national conference June 29-July 1. Pictured from left are Patrick Reilly, president of Mauch Chunk Trust Co., with students Matthew Eckhart, Mason Smith and Ryan Moerder and advisers Trevor Miller and Kevin Kotch. Price Rite of Allentown partnered with Feed the Children, Amick and Everlasting Ministries to volunteer their time to package and distribute food and essentials to 800 Lehigh Valley families in need. Each family received a 25-pound box of food and 10-pound box of essentials including shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal care items, as well as books. Pictured are employees of Price Rite. Provident Bank and The Provident Bank Foundation jointly committed $7,500 as a sponsor of the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s 2017 Volunteer Challenge. The bank also donated $2,000 to the Easton Area Neighborhood Center as part of its project, which was to complete a refresher on the center’s community room. Pictured from left: Shaunna Murphy, foundation associate, Provident Bank Foundation; Andrea Reid, events and community relations, Provident Bank; June Webre, regional president Lehigh Valley, Provident Bank; Julie Von Funk, credit analyst, Provident Bank; Patrick Fields, credit analyst, Provident Bank; and Jane Kurek, executive director, Provident Bank Foundation. Rockland Financial Group of Bethlehem created at team that participated in the Bethlehem Fraternal Order of Police No. 20 Inaugural Charity Golf Outing on June 4. All proceeds raised at the event will be used to give back to the community through other events and grants. Pictured are Rockland team members Bill Dobson, Robert DiNicola, Trey Miletics and Gerald J. Miletics Jr. People in recovery from mental health challenges will have greater opportunities for employment and independence after receiving a $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo to Café the Lodge in Bethlehem. The café is an eatery staffed almost entirely by adults with mental illnesses that serves coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch. The café is part of The Lodge, a program of Resources for Human Development, which provides housing, educational and recreational programs and vocational opportunities for adults with mental illness. Pictured are Wells Fargo Lehigh Valley executives and staff of Café the Lodge. Frailey Insurance and Financial Services of Stroud Township collected a two-year supply of teddy bears for the Pocono Township Police Department, which it uses when responding to emergency situations where a child is a victim, or is affected by a loved one being a victim. Pictured from left: Josephine A. Fontan, Chief of Police Kent J. Werkheiser, JoAnn E. LaBoy, Michaele A. Frailey-Miller, Sgt. Shawn Goucher and Michael J. Frailey. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley to help its mission of supporting children facing adversity to succeed and thrive. Pictured are Marlene Werkheiser (left), associate vice president and treasury operations manager of Merchants Bank, and Susan Bartels, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley. PPL Electric Utilities of Allentown donated $10,000 to the Da Vinci Science Center of Allentown through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, which will support programs and initiatives at the center. Pictured from left: Judy Belaires, directory of philanthropy, Da Vinci Science Center; Hector Albarran, part-time museum education, Da Vinci Science Center; and Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director, PPL. SkillsUSA, a coalition of business and industry partners, received a $5,000 grant from PPL Corp. though the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The funds will support the organization’s mission, which is to create a workforce in the Greater Lehigh Valley through professional development of career and technical education students and partnerships with the business community to support economic and community growth. Pictured from left (front): Nancy Eskander, LCTI student; Molly Laros, LCTI student; Katie Walter, SkillsUSA Council executive director; Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director, PPL; Mikayla Rex, LCTI student; Siara Gutierrez, LCTI student; and Matt Rice, LCTI student. In the back are Thomas Ruston (left), executive director, LCTI, and Kurt Adam, director of career and technical education, LCTI. Victaulic of Forks Township, The American Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley partnered to educate students at Cheston Elementary in Easton about how to stay safe in emergency situations and how to take action by practicing preparedness. The ‘Pillow Case Project’ helps children and their families learn how to be better prepared for the unexpected and keep kids safe during disasters. The project is taught by trained Red Cross volunteers in a classroom session. Pictured are students at Cheston Elementary. Lafayette Ambassador Bank employees partnered with Bright Hope of Allentown to open a baby boutique to provide food, clothing and supplies for infants and toddlers and care packages for new mothers in the Allentown area. Over five weeks, bank employees painted, built shelves and storage displays and held a bank-wide collection drive to fill the shelves. The team also built a work room for Bright Hope volunteers. Pictured from left: Ed Pawlowski, Allentown mayor; Sharon Grant, executive director, Bright Hope; Beverly Pesaresi, senior vice president, consumer sales manager, Lafayette Ambassador Bank; and Gerry Nau, chairman and CEO, Lafayette Ambassador Bank. Mauch Chunk Trust Co. wealth management division manager Lee Zink presented a $1,000 check to Elissa Garofalo, executive director of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. The funds will be used to help with the organization’s initiatives. Employees of Frailey Insurance and Financial Services of Stroud Township volunteered during Auction 2017, hosted by the Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono. Answering phones, announcing auction items and logging bids were just some of the duties of the Frailey team. The event netted $20,000, which will benefit the Women and Children Empowerment, Pocono Health Foundation. Pictured are team members of Frailey. Gross McGinley LPP, an Allentown law firm, raised more than $3,000 for March of Dimes at the Lehigh Valley March for Babies event at Dorney Park. Attorney Sarah Hart (holding sign) led the firm’s team as a member of the March for Babies Committee. Pictured are other Gross McGinley employees with their families and pets. The Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers received a $5,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support swimming lessons for more than 80 Allentown school-age children attending LVCCC this summer. Pictured from left: Mike Pany, Wells Fargo vice president; Susan Williams, LVCC president and CEO; Debra Lamb, LVCC vice president of development; and Kristi Minier, Wells Fargo district manager. The LVCC at Spring Garden Early Learning Center received a $3,000 donation through PNC’s ‘Grow Up Great Grants for Great Hours’ program. PNC employees from the Easton and Palmer branches earned this grant by volunteering at the center for 100 hours. Pictured from left: Denise Cardinali, branch service and sales associate, Easton; Elizabeth Albertson, vice president and branch manager, Palmer; Pat Crowley, LVCC center director; and Andreia Soares, branch service and sales associate, Palmer. Many Lehigh Valley businesses participated in the fourth annual Laps for Leukemia at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown and raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Participating businesses were Bennett Automotive Group, Faulkner Subaru, Faulkner Cadillac, Lehigh Valley Vinart Honda, Lehigh Valley Vinart Hyundai, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Scott Cars, Nazareth Ford and Equinox. Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group raised $52,178 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which will help send 26 area children to an adaptive summer camp. The check presentation was held at LVRG’s Red Robin at Tilghman Square, South Whitehall Township. Pictured are employees of Red Robin and MDA. Penn Community Bank of Buckingham Township donated $5,500 to Central Bucks Family YMCA to support the organization’s 5K run in May and kids triathlon in August. Held each year, the events attract hundreds of participants from Bucks County and surrounding communities. Pictured from left: Todd Hurley, executive vice president and chief relationship officer, Penn Community Bank; Rachel Mauer, director of corporate and foundation giving, Center Bucks Family YMCA; Jeane Coyle, president and CEO, Penn Community Bank; and Zane Moore, president and CEO, Central Bucks Family YMCA. The 13th annual Phoebe Institute on Aging Benefit celebrated Wisdom with Age at DeSales University, where nearly 250 supporters of Phoebe raised more than $80,000 for education. This year’s Rev. Grant Harrity Award for Exemplary Service to the Aging was presented posthumously to Dr. Francis A. Salerno, who died in November. Featured performers at the event were Phoebe’s independent living residents. Victaulic of Forks Township delivered a carload of food to Paxinosa School in Easton as part of its first Philanthropy Friday program collection drive of 2017. The food was collected for Family Connection of Easton Inc. and will be used for a program that fills nearly 1,000 backpacks for Easton Area School District students to stay nourished over long holiday weekends each school year. Pictured are Keela Irvin (left), Victaulic corporate communications lead - brand strategy, and Lisa Bedoya, program coordinator at Family Connection. Wells Fargo Foundation of the Lehigh Valley donated $5,000 to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to support youth programs. Pictured from left: Barb Baus, board chair at the center; Oliver Reilly and Kim Ketterer of the center; Daniela Espinal, Cole Lesko and Armando Ordonez of Wells Fargo; Adrian Shanker of the center; and Laura Haffner of Wells Fargo.

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