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Olympus Corp. of the Americas, based in Center Valley, supported “MOVEMBER,” the worldwide effort to raise awareness and donations for men’s health. Nearly 200 men from Olympus locations throughout North and South America set aside their razors in November to champion the cause – which is important to Olympus, which innovates and delivers diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for men’s health. For each participant who submitted a “MO Selfie” at the end of the month, Olympus will donate a designated amount to the MOVEMBER Foundation.
Olympus Corp. of the Americas, based in Center Valley, supported “MOVEMBER,” the worldwide effort to raise awareness and donations for men’s health. Nearly 200 men from Olympus locations throughout North and South America set aside their razors in November to champion the cause – which is important to Olympus, which innovates and delivers diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for men’s health. For each participant who submitted a “MO Selfie” at the end of the month, Olympus will donate a designated amount to the MOVEMBER Foundation. Hollenbach Construction of Boyertown celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony of the completion of a 150,000-square-foot senior-living facility, Keystone Villa at Ephrata, in Lancaster County. Hollenbach was the leader of the design-build team for the project. More than 500 people attended the event. Pictured from left are the Hollenbach construction team: Gary Miller, Kathy Fisher, Jim Payne, Glenn Ebersole, Jim Hollenbach, Stephanie Hollenbach and Tim Little. Teams at each Phoebe Ministries campus participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Kutztown and Philadelphia. Combined, the teams raised $6,670, which will be donated to the cause. Pictured are members of the Phoebe Allentown, Phoebe Richland and Phoebe Berks teams at the Kutztown walk. The YWCA of Bethlehem received a $3,533 donation from Lehigh Valley Business to support the YWCA’s Breast Health Education Program. The YWCA’s board of directors, executive director and several supporters were on hand to receive the donation from Mike O’Rourke, publisher of Lehigh Valley Business. The Oct. 20 issue of Lehigh Valley Business was wrapped in a pink cover to increase awareness of breast cancer. The Landis Family Charity Foundation, comprised of owners of three Star Auto Dealerships of the Lehigh Valley, presented a check for $40,000 to The Hillside School during The Landis Cup Million Dollar Charity Shootout on Veterans Day. The Landis Family Charity Foundation challenged The Hillside School with a 2-to-1 financial match. Proceeds raised by the school benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing assistance dogs and ongoing support. Hillside met the match by hosting fundraisers, including a raffle on jewelry donated by Feldman Design Jewelers, Emmaus. Reading Health System donated 752 turkeys to the Salvation Army of Reading, which allowed hundreds of local families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at home. Ten Reading Health System employees delivered the turkeys, and the Salvation Army distributed them, along with other items to provide a complete meal. Pictured is Marge Kipe, director of nutrition services at Reading Health System. Kipe coordinated the purchase and delivery of the turkeys. Burkholder’s HVAC of Emmaus raised $5,150 to support the Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley in its largest fundraiser of the year. In October, Burkholder’s donated $10 for each service and maintenance agreement sold and supplied its technicians with pink booties to wear during service visits. Burkholder's received 515 agreements. Pictured from left: Alexandra Hieter, CSC staff; Robert Burkholder, owner, Burkholder’s HVAC; Paula Reem, CSC staff; Eileen Bianco, volunteer; and Jen Sinclair, CSC staff. Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County received a $12,500 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to subsidize 3,149 meals for low-income clients. Pictured from left are Michele Grasso, development director, Meals on Wheels; Matt Ebert, vice president Wells Fargo and Meals on Wheels board member; and Pam Bechtel, executive director, Meals on Wheels. The March of Dimes, an organization that funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality, presented the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at St. Luke’s Hospital (Bethlehem and Allentown campuses) with plaques of gratitude to honor the hospitals for care of local premature babies. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley hospital with a March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program to help families of premature newborns. In honor of prematurity awareness, St. Luke’s Anderson Campus illuminated the campus lights purple to begin World Prematurity Day on Nov. 17. The lights remained purple for eight days and on the ninth day returned to blue to represent the statistic that one baby of nine in Pennsylvania is born prematurely. Pictured from left: Tim Getz, father; Wendy Marraccini, family team specialist, March of Dimes; Barbara Raab, Registered Nurse, NICU Family Support Specialist, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem; Cindy Max, vice president of operations, St. Luke’s University Health Network; Patricia Gubich, Registered Nurse, pediatrics and NICU patient care manager, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem; Brady Getz, “graduate” of St. Luke’s NICU; and Julie Getz, mother. The March of Dimes, an organization that funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality, presented the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at St. Luke’s Hospital (Bethlehem and Allentown campuses) with plaques of gratitude to honor the hospitals for care of local premature babies. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley hospital with a March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program to help families of premature newborns. In honor of prematurity awareness, St. Luke’s Anderson Campus illuminated the campus lights purple to begin World Prematurity Day on Nov. 17. The lights remained purple for eight days and on the ninth day returned to blue to represent the statistic that one baby of nine in Pennsylvania is born prematurely. Pictured from left: Tim Getz, father; Wendy Marraccini, family team specialist, March of Dimes; Barbara Raab, Registered Nurse, NICU Family Support Specialist, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem; Cindy Max, vice president of operations, St. Luke’s University Health Network; Patricia Gubich, Registered Nurse, pediatrics and NICU patient care manager, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem; Brady Getz, “graduate” of St. Luke’s NICU; and Julie Getz, mother. 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.

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