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Customers Bank awarded $250,000 to support the South Reading Youth Initiative, an after-school program run by Alvernia University. The program provides the Reading School District with education enrichment and literacy services to support more than 100 elementary school students each day. The funding from Customers Bank will allow for services to be expanded and increase the scale and quality of programs. Pictured are Richard Ehst, left, president and COO of Customers Bank, and Alvernia University President Thomas Flynn, with students of Reading Area School District.
Customers Bank awarded $250,000 to support the South Reading Youth Initiative, an after-school program run by Alvernia University. The program provides the Reading School District with education enrichment and literacy services to support more than 100 elementary school students each day. The funding from Customers Bank will allow for services to be expanded and increase the scale and quality of programs. Pictured are Richard Ehst, left, president and COO of Customers Bank, and Alvernia University President Thomas Flynn, with students of Reading Area School District. Students of Kutztown University participated in a hands-on financial management and personal budgeting experience during a financial reality fair Nov. 6 at the university’s McFarland Student Union Building. The event, sponsored by PSECU, was designed to be a highly interactive experience for student participants. Students received a budgeting worksheet with salary information based on intended career and level of education. Students then visited a series of booths to learn about and make choices pertaining to living expenses, from entertainment to insurance. To end the activity with a balanced budget, students were encouraged to revisit each booth as many times as needed. Pictured are students participating in the fair. The City of Allentown, County of Lehigh and First Presbyterian Church of Allentown presented various amounts toward the new Allentown homeless Warming Station at the YMCA, and Macy’s presented a check for the Y’s summer day camp and provided 15 scholarships through its “Make Good Sense” campaign. Pictured in with a $25,000 check are: Maria Quigney, HUD grants manager, City of Allentown; Leonard Lightner. director of community and economic development, City of Allentown; Allentown Mayor Ray O'Connell; Jodi Perry-Petrozak, branch executive director, Allentown YMCA; and David Fagerstrom, CEO and president of the Greater Valley YMCA. The City of Allentown, County of Lehigh and First Presbyterian Church of Allentown presented various amounts toward the new Allentown homeless Warming Station at the YMCA, and Macy’s presented a check for the Y’s summer day camp and provided 15 scholarships through its “Make Good Sense” campaign. Pictured with a $25,000 check are: Phil Armstrong, Lehigh County executive; Perry-Petrozak and Fagerstrom. The other donation amounts were not disclosed. RCN Lehigh Valley partnered with Miller-Keystone for its 4th annual “Blood Drive for Life” at the Miller-Keystone Blood Center in Hanover Township, Northampton County. More than 52 donors participated in this life-saving event. Pictured is RCN TV’s sports director, Gary Laubach. Proceeds from Tolino Vineyard’s fourth annual Fall Music Festival and Fundraiser benefitted the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Mandy Tolino, left, presented a $3,000 donation check to Amanda Buss, executive director of the Cancer Support Community. The funds will be used to support programs offered free of charge to help individuals and families in the Lehigh Valley affected by cancer. Provident Bank Foundation Executive Director Jane Kurek and Trevor Hart, vice president of market, presented a $5,000 grant to Community Services for Children to support its Early Head Start program providing at-home therapeutic services to children affected by drugs and/or alcohol. Pictured from left: Kurek; Hart; Deidra Vachier, vice president of early childhood education; Lora Lesak, director of child health at Community Services; and Paula Margraf, president and CEO of Community Services. A&T Chevrolet is supporting Pennridge Yellowjackets Soccer through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer program. The sponsorship includes both financial and equipment donations during the 2018 youth soccer season. A&T Chevrolet of Sellersville President Jeff Allen, left, and A&T general manager Joe Fost, right, presented Pennridge Yellowjackets Soccer representative Drew Minko, center, with this year’s equipment donation. Chevrolet Youth Soccer is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. A&T Chevrolet is sponsoring Pennridge Yellowjackets Soccer as part of Chevrolet’s nationwide commitment to support youth sports. The 2018 Chevy Youth Soccer program is providing assistance to over 225 organizations in the northeastern U.S., with Chevrolet dealers contributing over $340,000 in money and equipment.

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