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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.
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. Berks Career and Technology Center West seniors Tim Kramer and Austen Sallada on Feb. 27 won second place at the 22nd annual Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition. The students competed against 22 seniors from area technical high schools during the event produced by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Philadelphia Auto Show. The duo will share more than $140,000 in scholarships and prizes. The Berks team was sponsored by Tom Masano Ford in Reading. Pictured from left: Steve Kelly, chairman of the technology competition committee; Adam Hollinger, Berks team instructor; Tim Kramer, student; Austen Sallada, student; and Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. Good Will Fire Co. No. 1 of Germansville received a $2,500 donation from Lehigh County farmer David Fink, who is a member of America’s Farmer Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the fire company provide heat for the building that houses its social hall. The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Co. Pictured are David Fink and members of Good Will Fire Co. No. 1. The Provident Bank and its wealth management subsidiary, Beacon Trust Co., participated in National Go Red for Women Day. Employees were encouraged to wear jeans and something red for the day and to donate $5 to support the cause: raising awareness of heart disease. Registered nurses from Easton Home Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center of Old Bridge, N.J., were on site at six bank locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to provide blood-pressure screenings and distribute heart-healthy information. The Provident Bank Foundation donated $3,000 to the New Jersey chapter of the American Heart Association for its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, resulting in a combined total donation of $5,000. Pictured are employees of Provident Bank. Beck Packaging Corp., an industrial packaging distributor in Allentown, participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley bowling fundraiser March 1 at AMF Parkway Lanes in Allentown. Pictured from left are Beck Packaging salesmen Kirk Harbrecht, Rich Woodring, Jim Rowe and Bruce Chatenka. Reading Health System celebrated the birthday of popular children’s author Dr. Seuss on March 2 at the Children’s Health Center in West Reading. Known as Read Across America Day, it promotes early literacy by incorporating children’s books into well-child visits. The staff distributes books to children and educates caregivers on the importance of reading aloud to children. Pictured are staff of Children’s Health Center. Solar Innovations Inc. of Pottsville donated $5,000 to the YES Northeast Certificate Program. YES (Your Employability Skills), which is administered by the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers & Employers Council, is a 120-hour, one-credit, year-round elective that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. In addition to its financial support, Solar Innovations Inc. opens its facility to YES students for tours. Pictured from left: Stacey Header, vice president of finance, Solar Innovations; Greg Header, president, Solar Innovations; Darlene J. Robbins, president of the council; and Courtney Fasnacht, executive director of the council. Musselman Jewelers of Bethlehem donated 5-to-10 percent of all sales for the month of December to the CoCo Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and support to people, families and friends affected by pediatric cancer. Pictured are Tom Anderko, owner of Musselman Jewelers; Coco, the namesake of the foundation; and Ali Lazaridis, founder of the CoCo Foundation. QNB Bank of Quakertown donated $1,256 to the Habitat for Humanity initiative ‘A Brush with Kindness.’ The exterior home-preservation program offers homeowners on a limited income repair services to ensure the safety of their house. Pictured from left are Tom Drotar, resource development officer, Habitat for Humanity; Brian Schaffer, vice president marketing, QNB Bank; and Florence Kawoczka, executive director, Habitat for Humanity. About 115 engineers and other professionals gathered Feb. 27 for a social hour and awards ceremony at the 35th annual Engineers Week Banquet at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Breinigsville. The Lehigh Valley Engineering Council (Alan Fornwalt, chairman) hosted the evening, which also included displays, dinner and a keynote speech by an energy and power expert. A business woman was feted Feb. 25 when the Hillside School in Macungie celebrated its donors, volunteers and community partners. Marilyn Marles (left), founder of the Marles Group in Macungie, and Gretchen Krasley, retired educator, each received a service award. The Hillside School is a nonprofit elementary school for children with learning disabilities.

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