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Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $11,000 to the Children's Home of Easton through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. In the photo from left are James Sampson, vice president and commercial lender, Merchants Bank; Anita Paukovits, executive director and president, Children's Home of Easton; Dan McMahon, director of development, Children's Home of Easton; and Sandee Kennedy, vice president and regional manager, Merchants Bank.
Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $11,000 to the Children's Home of Easton through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. In the photo from left are James Sampson, vice president and commercial lender, Merchants Bank; Anita Paukovits, executive director and president, Children's Home of Easton; Dan McMahon, director of development, Children's Home of Easton; and Sandee Kennedy, vice president and regional manager, Merchants Bank. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $5,000 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. In the photo from left are Shelley Brown, president and CEO, State Theatre; Denise Smith, vice president of development, State Theatre; Kennedy; and Anthony Biondi, CEO, Merchants Bank. QNB of Quakertown sponsored the seventh annual Hatfield Township Races, which is held in partnership with ACT Sports Management, a professional race production team based in Lionville. The event has three races, in April, August and October. Proceeds from the races benefit the Hatfield Township Parks and Recreation department. Pictured from left are Ashley O’Neill, parks and recreation director, Hatfield Township; Aaron Bibro, manager, Hatfield Township; April Donahue, vice president and branch manager, QNB; and Bruce Kenworthy, associate vice president and business development officer, QNB. PPL Corp. of Allentown donated $15,000 to Allentown Symphony’s education programs through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The gift will support the symphony’s educational and social initiative, El Sistema Lehigh Valley, and other music education programs for youth. El Sistema Lehigh Valley provides stringed instruments and choir instruction to 115 students at Roosevelt Elementary and South Mountain Middle School, both of the Allentown School District. Pictured with El Sistema Lehigh Valley students are Carol Obando-Derstine (left) of PPL, and Norma Gabriela Nunez Loaiza, program director of El Sistema Lehigh Valley. The First Niagara Foundation of First Niagara Bank, which has several Lehigh Valley locations, donated $15,000 to Phoebe Ministries of Allentown in support of its conference on person-centered care for a diverse aging population. It’s the second year that First Niagara honored the Phoebe Institute on Aging with a grant to support community education efforts. Pictured from left are Scott Stevenson, president and CEO of Phoebe Ministries; Walter Unangst, senior vice president and team leader, health care, of First Niagara; and Timothy Malloy, vice president and relationship manager, health care, of First Niagara. Dick Bus, president of ATAS International Inc., an Allentown manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels for commercial and residential buildings, was honored with the Good Scout Award by the Boys Scouts of America Minsi Trail Council, Trexler District. Bus was honored during a breakfast at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Breinigsville. Bus has been a longtime supporter of the local Boy Scouts and was a scoutmaster for six years. Pictured is Bus during his speech at the breakfast. The Provident Bank Foundation awarded a $5,000 community grant to the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton for its 2016 Freddy Awards program. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the Freddy program recognizes accomplishments in production and performance of musical theater in high schools. Pictured from left: Melissa Hammer, market manager, Provident Bank; Jane Kurek, executive director, Provident Bank Foundation; and Denise Smith, vice president development, State Theatre Center for the Arts. The Provident Bank Foundation presented a $2,500 community grant to the Easton Area Neighborhood Center to expand the Aspire program into the Wilson School District. The initiative provides support for female and male teenagers who will be parenting a child prior to graduation. Pictured from left: Isla Long, board of directors president, EANC; Judy Matthewson, executive director, EANC; Jane Kurek, executive director, Provident Bank Foundation; and Melissa Hammer, market manager, Provident Bank. Pocono Medical Center of East Stroudsburg celebrated National Doctors’ Day by honoring its medical staff of more than 230 physicians. Doctors’ Day began in 1991 when President George H.W. Bush signed a proclamation designating the day to celebrate the contribution of physicians. Pictured from left: Jeff Snyder, president and CEO, PMC; Elizabeth Wise, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, PMC; Dr. Charles Cohan, PMC; and Dr. William Cors, vice president and chief medical officer, PMC. Mauch Chunk Trust Co. of Jim Thorpe donated $2,000 to Dimmick Memorial Library of Jim Thorpe to buy a scanner. The scanner will be used for genealogical research of microfilm of newspapers dating to 1880. Data can be immediately printed, stored on a universal serial bus device or emailed. Pictured are Tina Klotz, assistant community office manager at MCT, and Bob Stevenson, president, Dimmick Memorial Library board of trustees. The Provident Bank’s Lehigh Valley team participated in Read Across America Day while celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March. Employees donated books and read books to pre-school children at Colonial Early Learning Center in Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley Head Start’s Linden Street site in Allentown. Trevor Hart (pictured), branch manager of Provident’s Allentown branch on Hamilton Street, reads stories at the Lehigh Valley Head Start Linden Street site. St. Luke’s University Health Network of Bethlehem hosted the 2016 Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania’s regional meeting April 1 at the network’s Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township. HAP regional meetings provide an opportunity for local legislators to discuss the hospital communities’ priorities, opportunities and concerns. Pictured are legislators and managers from five area hospitals.

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