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Brown Daub Charities of Easton donated $2,925 from its January sales to Personalized Books Given to Children. The organization, founded in 2000, has given personalized books to more than 36,000 first-grade students in the Allentown, Bethlehem Area and Easton Area school districts. Pictured from left: Laura Lueders, human resources manager, Brown Daub; Thomas Daub, owner, Brown Daub; and Terry Kennedy, CEO, Personalized Books Given to Children.
Brown Daub Charities of Easton donated $2,925 from its January sales to Personalized Books Given to Children. The organization, founded in 2000, has given personalized books to more than 36,000 first-grade students in the Allentown, Bethlehem Area and Easton Area school districts. Pictured from left: Laura Lueders, human resources manager, Brown Daub; Thomas Daub, owner, Brown Daub; and Terry Kennedy, CEO, Personalized Books Given to Children. Peoples Security Bank presented the Allentown Symphony Association, ArtsQuest and the State Theatre Center for the Arts each with a $2,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit donation. The EITC program allows businesses to support nonprofit educational organizations by reallocating tax dollars for donation purposes. Pictured are Neal D. Koplin, Lehigh Valley president, Peoples Security Bank, and Denise Smith, vice president of development, State Theatre. Peoples Security is a Scranton-based bank that in November opened its first Lehigh Valley location, in Bethlehem. St. Luke’s Pediatrics Department of Bethlehem received a $250 donation from the board of the Northampton County Medical Society Alliance in honor of National Doctors’ Day. The day celebrates the contribution of physicians who serve the nation by caring for its citizens. The Northampton County Medical Society Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to helping the community through volunteer outreach programs and health initiatives. Pictured from left: Lisa Amortegui, treasurer, Northampton County Medical Society Alliance; Jamie Taylor, president, Northampton County Medical Society Alliance; Jennifer Janco, M.D., chief of pediatrics, St. Luke’s University Health Network; and Patricia Gubich, registered nurse and patient care manager neonatal intensive-care unit/pediatrics, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem. Greg Butz (right), president and CEO of Alvin H. Butz Inc. in Allentown, presented a check for $5,000 to Warren Armstrong of the Allentown Rotary Club for construction of the Rotary Centennial Fountain on the southeast side of Center Square in downtown Allentown. Two other major sponsors are National Penn Bank and Lehigh Valley Health Network. Allentown Rotary is more than halfway to its $117,150 goal to build the fountain, which celebrates 100 years of the Allentown club, founded in 1914. Alvin H. Butz is the construction firm for the project, scheduled to begin in May and be completed in July. For information about donating to the effort, visit the club’s website at allentownrotary.org. Fusun Bubernack, president of ET&T of Bethlehem, presents Larry Wiersch (right), CEO of Cetronia Ambulance Corps of Upper Macungie Township, with a $3,000 check on behalf of the guests at its customer appreciation event at The Dime in Allentown. Also pictured is state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (middle). Area car dealers supported 'Laps for Leukemia' at a two-hour endurance race at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Teams included ones from Faulkner Chevrolet, Faulkner Cadillac, Faulkner Subaru, Ciocca Subaru, Brown Daub KIA, Major Hyundai, Nazareth Ford and Adams Outdoor Advertising. The winning team (pictured) for the second consecutive year was Faulkner Chevrolet, while $7,150 was raised. The Provident Bank Foundation gave $2,500 to the Neighborhood Center of Allentown for programs that help youth from pre-kindergarten to high school with reading and math. Pictured from left: Karen Berard, executive director, The Neighborhood Center; Jane Kurek, executive director, The Provident Bank Foundation; and Klyda Hutchins, regional manager, Provident Bank. The Provident Bank Foundation gave $5,000 to Alliance for Building Communities of Allentown to support the rehabilitation of three vacant, blighted homes in the city’s center. Through the Affordable Housing Program, ABC selects, acquires and renovates vacant, blighted properties. The properties are then sold or rented to low- to moderate-income families that have attended classes on budgeting and home ownership. Pictured from left: Mike D’Aversa, Alliance for Building Communities; Teresa McNish, Alliance for Building Communities; Klyda Hutchins, regional manager, Provident Bank; Gerry Alfano, president and CEO, Alliance for Building Communities; Jane Kurek, executive director, Provident Bank Foundation; Jonathan St. George, relationship manager, Provident Bank; Brad Fatzinger, vice president, Alliance for Building Communities. Richard A. Anderson, St. Luke’s University Health Network’s president and CEO, accepted the network’s third 100 Top Hospitals Award from Truven Health Analytics on March 27. Truven Health Analytics has an office in King of Prussia and specializes in improving health care quality and access and reducing costs for health care organizations. St. Luke’s was recognized in the ‘major teaching hospitals’ category. Pictured from left: Joel Fagerstrom, executive vice president and chief operating officer, St. Luke’s; Donna Sabol, vice president and chief quality officer, St. Luke’s; Frank Ford, president, St. Luke’s Allentown Hospital; Anderson; Carol Kuplen, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus; Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, senior vice president of medical and academic affairs, St. Luke’s; and Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the Top 100 Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. Businesses including Alvin H. Butz Inc. and TD Bank helped ‘Community Champions’ deliver meals to homebound clients in Lehigh County as part of the 2015 March for Meals – an annual nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels. Community Champions advocates and provides programs to support the financial health and safety of its partner communities. Pictured from left: Michael Dee, office of State Rep. Dan McNeill; Michelle Stuart, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Alta Mercado, office of State Sen. Pat Browne; Ed Hozza, Whitehall mayor; Anne Episcipo, Alvin H. Butz; Bert Daday; the Rev. Jeff Brinks, United Church of Christ Greenawalds; and Terra Roper, TD Bank. Sixty-five business professionals from Nazareth and surrounding communities attended the first Second Thursday networking mixer at Heyman Talent on East Main Street in Nazareth, hosted by the Nazareth Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. The free event included live music, refreshments, snacks and networking opportunities. Pictured are Michael Owen of Heyman Talent East and Renee Keiderling of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Ciocca Subaru in Lower Macungie Township presented a check for $15,344 to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania as part of the National Subaru Share the Love Event. The event, at the Ciocca dealership, included athletes and families from Special Olympics and Ciocca employees. The John Yurconic Agency and The Equinox Agency, both of Allentown, donated a combined $5,000 to the American Red Cross. Pictured from left: Dan Gagnier, partner, The Equinox Agency; Daniel E. Bonstein, partner, The Equinox Agency; Tom Groves, partner, The Equinox Agency; Peter Brown, executive director, American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley; and John T. Yurconic, president, John Yurconic Agency. The Lehigh Valley Grand Prix of Allentown hosted the 5th annual “Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix” to benefit the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley. The three-hour endurance race was comprised of twelve teams of five drivers per team which raised over $40,000 to help others in the community. Pictured are 2015 participants from Burkholder’s HVAC, Elek Plumbing, Air Products, Eastern Engineered Products, AmercaVen, Cornerstone Consulting Engineers, William Signs, Creative Landscapes, Jerdon Construction, and three teams from PPL. The Lehigh Valley Grand Prix of Allentown hosted the 5th annual “Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix” to benefit the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley. The three-hour endurance race was comprised of twelve teams of five drivers per team which raised over $40,000 to help others in the community. Pictured is the Jerdon Construction team. From left: Shawn Carl, Ron Jerdon, Jason Grube, Mike Liedig, Richie Downie and Jason Zellner. Provident Bank employees Trevor Hart, branch manager, Hamilton Street, Allentown, and Candy Sculley, cash management sales officer, display certificates of appreciation from Community Services for Children after reading Dr. Seuss books to the children at the Linden Street Head Start program in Allentown. Bank employees donated more than 200 children’s books to support the cause.

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