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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.
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. QNB Bank of Quakertown recently participated in the ‘Stuff the Bus’ school supply drive organized by United Way of Bucks County, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce and Quakertown Alive. Stuff the Bus is a campaign designed to collect school supplies such as backpacks, notepads and binders for students. Drop-off boxes were at QNB branches throughout Upper Bucks in July for employees and customers to donate items. The bank made a $250 donation to cover the cost of additional supplies needed to meet demand. In total, 150 backpacks were filled for students in Quakertown, Pennridge and Palisades school districts. Pictured from left are Heidi Phillips, United Way; Dale Wentz, senior vice president/chief retail officer, QNB; Brian Schaffer, vice president/marketing, QNB; Skylar Walker, UBCC; Sonja Walker, UBCC; Tara King, UBCC; Rita Woodward, UBCC; and Danielle Bush, United Way. Solid waste and recycling company J.P. Mascaro & Sons, based in Audubon, said its educational school assembly ‘The Respect Program’ has grown in popularity and has recently visited 50,000 students in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The free program has been presented at more than 170 locations in 13 counties in Mascaro’s service area, including in the Greater Lehigh Valley. The program is designed to promote character education along with environmental awareness. It also allows schools to apply for grants up to $5,000 for programs that promote respect in their schools. More than $50,000 in grants were awarded in the 2013-2014 school year. Pictured are students who participated in the program. Fellowship Community, a Christ-centered continuing care campus in Whitehall, held a ribbon cutting and grand opening of Beil Court, Fellowship Villa and the Zentz Community Center to celebrate its 25th year in business. Pictured from left: Susan Henderson, daughter of the Rev. James Beil; Thomas Beil, son of the Rev. James Beil; the Rev. Randy Grossman, president, Bible Fellowship Church; Dr. Robert Vaughn, medical director of Fellowship Community; Ed Hozza, mayor of Whitehall; the Rev. LeRoy Heller, chairman of the board of directors, Fellowship Community; Donna Conley, executive vice president of operations, Fellowship Community; Robert Zentz, president and CEO, Fellowship Community; Lisa Hazler, executive vice president of finance, Fellowship Community; Brian Skurski, director of facilities, Fellowship Community; Richard Moyer, assistant director of facilities, Fellowship Community; the Rev. Philip Yerrington, pastor of Fellowship Community Church; state Rep. Julie Harhart; Laura Long, executive director, Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce; and Steven Parrish, vice president, Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce. Stanley Black & Decker and its Allentown-based Vidmar unit again teamed up to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. The International Manufacturing Technology Show next month in Chicago sets the stage for the fundraiser in which Vidmar will make a donation for each name signed on its ‘Warrior Wall.’ Vidmar hopes to generate 550 signatures on its trade show signature wall. The funds will be added to the pool of donations from efforts by other SBD business units. For each year of partnership, SBD donates a minimum of $250,000 to WWP, with last year’s total topping $500,000.

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