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RCN Lehigh Valley donated 300 items to the Children’s Home of Easton as part of its sixth annual employee sporting goods drive. Donated goods included footballs, volleyballs, hula hoops, gardening supplies and more. Included in the photo are, from the Children’s Home of Easton, Anita Paukovits and Mike Miskevish and, from RCN, Vikkie Harris, Meghan Burke, Kristin Vitovitch, Gino Mercadante and Bryan Jung.
RCN Lehigh Valley donated 300 items to the Children’s Home of Easton as part of its sixth annual employee sporting goods drive. Donated goods included footballs, volleyballs, hula hoops, gardening supplies and more. Included in the photo are, from the Children’s Home of Easton, Anita Paukovits and Mike Miskevish and, from RCN, Vikkie Harris, Meghan Burke, Kristin Vitovitch, Gino Mercadante and Bryan Jung. BSI Corporate Benefits of Bethlehem matched final donations made to LifePath for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, held June 2 at DeSales University in Upper Saucon Township. LifePath raised more than $70,000 to help benefit its homes and services that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Among those in the photo are Valerie Lewis, Mark Lopez and Adrian DaRe of BSI Corporate Benefits and Annette Kaiser, Paul Coleman and Judy and Terry Iasiello of LifePath. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs recognized Michael Butz with the 2018 Lehigh Valley Community Star Award presented by Stoudt Associates of Allentown. The award is designed to recognize people who are making a difference in the community and committed to making the Lehigh Valley a better place for all. Stoudt earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and completed training at the Project Manager’s Academy, Construction Executive Institute for FMI, a national firm dedicated to the engineering and construction industry. Butz began working for FMI as an intern and now works in management. He also is involved in strategy for The Butz Family of Companies and sister company, Forge Development. Pictured from left: IronPigs mascot FeFe; Michael Stoudt Jr. of Stoudt Associates; Butz; Kurt Landes, general manager of the IronPigs; and IronPigs mascot FeRROUS. Easton Hospital hosted the EMS Stewards of the Community Award Ceremony on May 25. It recognized emergency medical technician Anthony Wheeler of Suburban EMS and paramedic supervisor Mike Regan of Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. for going above and beyond in interactions with patients at Easton Hospital. Pictured from left: John Semonich, EMS manager, Easton Hospital; Wheeler; Regan; and Jeffrey Snyder, president, Easton Hospital. Gavin Biebuyck and Jim Cinelli of Liberty Environmental in Reading and Rich and Amy Johnson of Pollen Consolidated of Reading held an event that raised more than $5,000 for the Reading Bike Hub, a nonprofit in downtown Reading. The event featured local artists, live music, food and beverages. Pictured from left are Johnson, Jason Orth of the Reading Bike Hub and Cinelli. Ciocca Subaru of Lower Macungie Township presented a check for $8,644 to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and a $9,079 check to the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the National Subaru Share the Love campaign. Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association joined management of Ciocca Subaru and representatives from Subaru of America for the presentations. Ciocca Subaru of Lower Macungie Township presented a check for $8,644 to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and a $9,079 check to the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the National Subaru Share the Love campaign. Pictured are athletes and families from Special Olympics joined by management of Ciocca Subaru and representatives from Subaru of America for the presentations. Twenty-eight local residents have been honored by Mauch Chunk Trust Co. of Jim Thorpe as recipients of Anna Marie Helbing Trust scholarship grants toward their pursuit of a nursing degree. It is the 27th consecutive year that Mauch Chunk has administered scholarship grants from the bequest of Anna Marie Helbing, a Jim Thorpe native who had a nursing career in New York. Pictured are members of the Helbing Trust Scholarship selection committee: Toni Gibson (left), Dr. Clem McGinley and Jeanne Stemler. PPL of Allentown donated nearly 29,000 new or gently used books to nearly 6,000 elementary school students throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley and beyond through its third annual Cover to Cover reading program. Books were donated by PPL employees and the PPL Foundation and were distributed to 20 schools throughout the company’s 29-county service area. Each student was able to select four books to keep and read over the summer. Pictured are students at Cleveland Elementary in Allentown. PPL CEO Bill Spence, a 1979 Penn State graduate, hosted a luncheon for Penn State Lehigh Valley students and announced that he and his wife, Denise, would make a contribution to the ‘A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,’ a university wide campaign to raise $1.6 billion by 2021, and officially launch the effort in the Lehigh Valley. The couple’s gift will endow a Collective Impact Scholarship, an initiative to allow people to thrive in the Lehigh Valley and support the growing needs of the region’s workforce. Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley donated $35,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Pictured from left: Khristopher Gefroh, Big Brothers Big Sisters board chairman; Michael Lahanas, vice president of business development at Embassy Bank; and Susan Bartels, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. A&T Subaru of Sellersville donated $14,049 to the Keystone Opportunity Center of Souderton through the Subaru ‘Share the Love’ campaign. The money will be used to further Keystone’s mission of feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and educating adults and families toward self-sufficiency. Pictured from left: Joe Fost, A&T Subaru general manager; Arlene Daily, Keystone Opportunity Center executive director; Jeff Allen, A&T Subaru president; and Phil LaFiura, A&T Subaru general sales manager. Barry Isett & Associates of Upper Macungie Township was one of 24 teams to take part in the Lehigh Valley Volunteer Challenge, a competition in which company-sponsored teams conceive, design and complete projects for local nonprofit agencies. For the second year, Isett’s entry benefited the Salvation Army’s Hospitality House in Allentown, a shelter for women and children. Over four days, 21 Isett volunteers planted a garden to provide vegetables for the residents and built a pergola. The project won the People’s Choice Award and the medium-sized company category in the May 15 celebration at ArtsQuest organized by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. Barry Isett & Associates of Upper Macungie Township was one of 24 teams to take part in the Lehigh Valley Volunteer Challenge, a competition in which company-sponsored teams conceive, design and complete projects for local nonprofit agencies. For the second year, Isett’s entry benefited the Salvation Army’s Hospitality House in Allentown, a shelter for women and children. Over four days, 21 Isett volunteers planted a garden to provide vegetables for the residents and built a pergola. The project won the People’s Choice Award (top photo) and the medium-sized company category in the May 15 celebration at ArtsQuest organized by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. Liquid Interactive of Upper Macungie Township presented the $1,000 Liquid Interactive Award for Achievement in Data Analytics at Kutztown University to student Tyler Stoney on May 16. Stoney’s project, ‘Data Mining Charities,’ examined the potential correlation between the type of charity in terms of class of recipients and its effectiveness in distributing funds to recipients. Stoney and eight other students presented papers on their projects. Pictured from left: Alex Ogeka, executive director, Kutztown University Foundation; Dale Parson, professor of computer science and information technology at Kutztown; Stoney; Jim Ludlow, CEO, Liquid Interactive; and Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Kutztown University. RCN Lehigh Valley held its fifth annual Souper Bowl Drive and collected more than 2,600 food items for New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem to help feed members of the local community in need. Pictured from left: a New Bethany Ministries volunteer; Diane Elliott, New Bethany Ministries executive director; and Lori Ofner, Bryan Jung and Kristin Vitovitch of RCN. M&T Bank, which has Greater Lehigh Valley locations, donated $3,000 to the YES Northeast Certificate Program. YES (your employability skills) is administered by the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers & Employers Association of Pottsville and is a 120-hour, one-credit, year-round course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. Pictured from left: Matt Shuey, communications and program director of the association; Courtney Fasnacht, executive director of the association; and Ken Stolarick, vice president of commercial banking, M&T Bank. QNB Bank of Quakertown sponsored and participated in the ‘She Nailed It!’ social and competitive event at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. The annual fundraiser benefits Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build initiative, designed to recruit, educate and empower women to break stereotypes and fight poverty in housing. This year’s donations benefited a Women Build home in Bethlehem to be purchased by a Habitat homebuyer. Pictured from left are QNB employees Courtney Covelens, vice president and commercial lending officer, Sherrie Rotenberger, senior vice president of retail banking and branch manager, Jennifer James, commercial credit analyst, and Lynn Housenick, associate vice president and retail banking analyst. Mauch Chunk Trust Co. of Jim Thorpe donated $1,000 to the Lake Harmony Watershed Preservation Group in sponsorship of its annual fundraiser dinner at Nick’s Lake House in Lake Harmony on June 16. Pictured from left: Angelo Dubravski, president of the preservation group; Donna Martino, MCT Albrightsville community office manager; and Marvyn Raphaelson, treasurer of the preservation group. City Center Investment Corp. of Allentown gave $10,000 to support the expansion of the community room at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown. Pictured are Adrian Shanker (left), executive director of the community center, and J.B. Reilly, founder and CEO of City Center Investment Corp. The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association gave $12,500 apiece to Good Shepherd Pediatrics and Northampton Community College at the May 10 regional meeting of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association at Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center in Hanover Township, Northampton County. Annually, GLVADA donates proceeds from the preview gala for its auto show, but the gala was canceled this year because of a snowstorm. Regardless, the association’s directors donated $25,000 to the charities. Pictured from left: John Devlin, president of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association; Beth Sensenig, therapy manager, and Jamie Zanelli, director of clinical operations, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital’s Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit; Sharon Beales, vice president, institutional advancement, Northampton Community College; and Sam Borrelli, president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association board of directors. Employees of Jerdon Construction Services of South Whitehall Township held a spaghetti dinner April 16 at Bethany Wesleyan Church of Cherryville, raising $4,000 toward Ron Jerdon’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Campaign. Guests included Reilly Shimko, LLS Boy of the Year, and Bobby Gunther Walsh of WAEB-790 radio. Pictured are Jerdon employees serving dinner. Camelback Resort partnered with Paige More, co-founder of The Breasties and former ‘Good Morning America’ producer, to host 20 breast cancer survivors and others for a wellness retreat weekend at the Tannersville facility. The Breasties is a nonprofit organization that seeks to support women affected by breast and ovarian cancer through community and friendship. Pictured are some of those who attended the weekend retreat. The Pennridge Chamber of Commerce of Perkasie named Melissa Perrine of Penn Community Bank the Professional Support Person of the Year for 2018. The award was presented to Perrine at a luncheon on April 25. Pictured from left: Norma Karasinski, executive assistant, Penn Community Bank; Perrine, human resources business partner at the bank; Steven Westgate, information technology manager, Penn Community Bank; Georgann Berger McKenna, senior vice president human of resources, training and integrated business development, Penn Community Bank; and Joan Hafer, senior vice president and director of technology, Penn Community Bank. Members of the East Penn Chamber Scholarship Committee, a division of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, presented the 2018 East Penn Scholarship Award of $500 to Emmaus High School senior Paige Thomas, who will be attending Temple University this fall. Pictured from left: Kate Hart-Zayaitz, EPCC board member and scholarship committee chair; Thomas; Scott Cope, EPCC board and scholarship committee member; and Thomas Capehart, EPCC board chairman. The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare announced the winners of the LVBCH Leaders In Wellness Recognition Award on May 3 at its annual conference at DeSales University, Upper Saucon Township. The award recognizes executive leaders at LVBCH member companies for innovation, dedication and contribution to the success of their organization’s corporate wellness program. Award recipients were Terry Capuano of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Richard F. King of Schlouch Inc. and Deborah Faulkinberry of Gross McGinley LLP. Pictured, from left, are recipients and presenters Carl Seitz, president, LVBCH; Bob Johnston, East Penn Manufacturing; King; Capuano; Faulkinberry; Amanda Greene, BeneFIT Corporate Wellness; and Kevin Davis, Univest. Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley donated $20,000 to Cetronia Ambulance Corps through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The gift will enable students in multiple Lehigh County school districts to participate in Cetronia’s CPR and community health education programs. Pictured from left: Bob Mateff, chief operations officer, Cetronia; Larry Wiersch, CEO, Cetronia; Tim Woodbridge, vice president of commercial lending, Embassy Bank; and Jim Bartholomew, vice president and senior lending officer, Embassy Bank. Associates of Keller Williams Platinum Realty in Wyomissing volunteered at the Olivet Boys & Girls Club’s Clinton Street, Reading, location May 10 as part of Keller Williams’ National RED Day. RED Day, which stands for renew, energize and donate, is Keller Williams’ annual day of service when it volunteers at organizations to give back to the communities it serves. The volunteers and the Boys & Girls Club helped prepare to open the pool. Pictured are two of the many Keller Williams participants involved in the day’s activities. Burkholder’s Heating and Air Conditioning of Emmaus donated $1,910, a portion of its maintenance agreement sales during April, Autism Awareness Month, to Live Learn & Play in Salisbury Township, a sensory gym and resource center. The money will be used to buy supplies for the center’s summer program. Pictured from left are John L. Scott, member of the Live Learn & Play board; Jill Triffo, president and founder of Live Learn & Play; and Bob Burkholder, president of Burkholder’s. Corporate Environments of Bethlehem hosted an art auction to benefit programs and services of Valley Youth House of Bethlehem. The ‘Chair-ity’ Art Auction, which raised $6,245, featured office chairs transformed into works of art by local interior designers and architects. Pictured are attendees placing bids at the auction, held at Corporate Environments. Provident Bank, which has Lehigh Valley locations, provided $5,000 to Community Services for Children’s Early Head Start therapeutic classroom program in Allentown. Pictured from left: Jane Kurek, executive director, The Provident Bank Foundation; Trevor Hart, vice president and market manager, Provident Bank; Deidra Vachier, vice president of early childhood development, CSC; Lora Lesak, director of developmental health services, CSC; and Paula Margraf, president and CEO, CSC. Weiler Abrasives Group of Cresco was honored April 25 when United Way of Monroe County held its annual campaign appreciation event, ‘Leading Together, Uniting Monroe,’ at Desaki Restaurant in Swiftwater. United Way recognized and thanked major contributors, businesses and community leaders for their contributions. Pictured are Weiler’s Cristina Matos (center) accepting the Outstanding Campaign Champion Award, recognizing dedication to the implementation of a workplace campaign, and Weiler colleagues. Included is Bill Dwyre (second from right), who accepted the Outstanding Employee Campaign Award, recognizing outstanding achievements within an employee workplace campaign, on behalf of Weiler. Other businesses recognized with awards included Sanofi Pasteur, Target and Barley Creek Brewing Co. UGI Utilities Inc. of Reading employees participated in National Volunteer Week and prepared lunch at Opportunity House in Reading, a homeless shelter in the city. Pictured are Lori Hoffman (left) and Elizabeth Toumanios preparing sandwiches for the shelter. Peoples Security Bank & Trust of Bethlehem donated $16,000 to local schools, theaters and arts programs through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Recipients included ArtsQuest, East Penn School District Education Foundation, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, State Theatre and Touchstone Theatre. The donations were distributed by Neal Koplin, PSB&T executive vice president Lehigh Valley and Greater Delaware Valley, at the bank’s Emrick Boulevard business center, Bethlehem Township. Pictured from left: Koplin; Danielle Kulnis, PSB&T; Bill George, Touchstone Theater; Lisa George, Touchstone Theatre; Lisa Harms, ArtsQuest; Diane LaBelle, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts; Denise Smith, State Theatre; Chuck Stehly, State Theatre; Salvatore Verrastro, East Penn School District Education Foundation; Leigh Selden, PSB&T; and Jeff Drobins, PSB&T. There were four local winners in the six-state ShopRite Partners in Caring Cheerios Contest in which ShopRite associates collected donations at checkout and held events to raise awareness and money to fight hunger. Collectively, the stores raised $1.5 million to support regional food banks in communities served by ShopRite. Associates of ShopRite in Bethlehem Township and Greenwich Township, N.J., were winners and have their faces on special-edition Cheerios boxes. Olive Fieo and Jessica Pastor were winners in Bethlehem Township, and Linda Altiere and Mackenzie Lutes were winners in Greenwich. Picture are Fieo (left) and Pastor pointing to their faces on the Cheerios box. Construction Specifications Institute Lehigh Valley Chapter hosted its 40th expo at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Upper Macungie Township on April 11. The event included product demonstrations and seminars. Pictured are students from Allentown’s William Allen High School. Standing, from left: adviser Norm Lohman, Jairo Lara, Alaa Jaber, Isaiah Albert-Stein, Ruth Stuart and adviser Michelle Bruno. Kneeling, from left: Marcos Gonzalez-Cordoso, Ivan Patino and adviser Eva Benarczyk. Gorski Engineering’s work on the construction of a new fire station for Limerick Fire Co. earned a National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award from Associated Builders and Contractors in the pre-engineered building category. Kathy and Jerry Gorski received the award March 21 during ABC’s 28th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif. The firm, based in Collegeville, has won 17 national awards since 1997. Pictured from left are George R. Nash Jr., ABC 2018 national chair, and Kathy and Jerry Gorski. Liquid Interactive of Upper Macungie Township awarded prizes to three students of Kutztown University in the second annual Liquid Interactive Digital Marketing Award Competition. Students submitted a paper outlining a marketing campaign in response to a hypothetical client challenge posed by Liquid Interactive. Jeff Krystopa, senior marketing major at Kutztown, won a first place prize of $1,000 and job readiness externship at Liquid. First runner-up was Corey Bechtel, a senior marketing major, who took home $500, and second runner-up was Kyle Krajewski, a junior marketing major, who took home $250. Pictured from left: Therese Maskulka, associate professor, Kutztown; Krystopa; Krajewski; Bechtel; and Eun Yeon Kang, associate professor, Kutztown.

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