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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the charitable division of Firehouse Subs – which has Greater Lehigh Valley locations – awarded more than $24,000 in life-saving equipment grants to Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc., Jim Thorpe Police Department and Moravian College Department of Campus Safety and Police Department. Upper Bucks Regional EMS received an automated chest compression system worth $15,437. Jim Thorpe police received six automated external defibrillators and accessories worth $8,772. Moravian received an automated external defibrillator as a part of Firehouse Subs’ 1,000 AED Campaign, commemorating the chain’s 1,000th restaurant opening. Pictured from left: Jordan Leibner, Firehouse Subs franchisee; Chief Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe police; and Michael J. Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the charitable division of Firehouse Subs – which has Greater Lehigh Valley locations – awarded more than $24,000 in life-saving equipment grants to Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc., Jim Thorpe Police Department and Moravian College Department of Campus Safety and Police Department. Upper Bucks Regional EMS received an automated chest compression system worth $15,437. Jim Thorpe police received six automated external defibrillators and accessories worth $8,772. Moravian received an automated external defibrillator as a part of Firehouse Subs’ 1,000 AED Campaign, commemorating the chain’s 1,000th restaurant opening. Pictured from left: Jordan Leibner, Firehouse Subs franchisee; Chief Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe police; and Michael J. Sofranko, mayor of Jim Thorpe. Quaker Steak & Lube, a restaurant in Pohatcong Township, celebrated its second anniversary by hosting a fundraiser that raised $900 for the Joseph H. Firth Youth Center in Phillipsburg. Pictured from left: Nick Graf, general manager at the restaurant; Donna Schaare, board secretary at the youth center; and Dawn L. Slifer, executive director at the youth center. The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce in Pottstown hosted a ribbon cutting for Commonwealth Health CyberKnife, a department of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, in Lower Pottsgrove Township. The department includes a new piece of technology, the CyberKnife. Pictured from left: Carrie Robinson, Schultz Technology; Sue Keown, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Liz Peters, TriCounty Area Federal Credit Union; Dr. John Lamond; Dr. Suman Tiwari; Dr. Rich McLaughlin; Matt Shelak, chief operating officer, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Dr. Mike Lambo; and Russell Lowe, Fraser Advanced Information Systems. The second annual Red Shoe Luncheon and Fashion Show, sponsored by Business Women Networking Involving Charity and Education Lehigh Valley Chapter, raised $6,000 for Third Street Alliance for Women & Children, a nonprofit that provides a safe and healthy space for women, children and families to live, learn and thrive. Nearly 200 attendees and volunteers celebrated the event at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, which included lunch, a business trade show, silent auction, runway-style fashion show featuring styles from local businesses and designers, and a presentation. The network provides women at all stages of business and life with support, education and resources. Pictured from left: Kimberly Rose, Janice Thomas, Diane Simovich, Alisa Baratta, Sarah Trimmer, Connie Challingsworth, Melissa Hammer, Andrea Brock, Carrie Fellon, Karen Paisley, Dinoli Rowlands and Kristina Cole. (Photo/Rachel Amelio Photography) The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce in Kutztown hosted its annual Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Day at a Reading Fightin Phils game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. Several businesses sponsored the event. Pictured are sponsors Derek Leibensperger, Peachtree Cremation Services; Donna Rice, Keystone Villa at Fleetwood; Sherry Christman, Elite Business Solutions; Dustin Adam, Edward Jones; Amanda Kasperowicz and Ronald Meiser, Meiser’s Performance; and Jennifer Wegman, Insight Information Solutions. Appeeling Fruit Inc. of Daubersville celebrated its 25th anniversary with an open house for vendors and customers. Nearly 100 people attended, including state Sen. Judy Schwank and state Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. Appeeling Fruit Inc. produces fresh, ready-to-eat fruit products, including apple slices, pear slices and de-stemmed grapes. Pictured from left: Schwank; Steve Cygan, Appeeling Fruit Inc. president and CEO; and Redding. QNB Bank of Quakertown teamed with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to raise money for local libraries through the Battling for Books campaign. For the past six years, the bank has pledged to donate $25 for each double hit by the IronPigs during home games. This year, QNB Bank contributed $3,800, which will be donated to the Emmaus Public Library. Since the program’s inception, QNB has donated $19,625 to local libraries. Flanked by IronPigs mascots are, from left, Brian Schaffer, vice president of marketing, QNB Bank; Krista Pegnetter, director, Emmaus Public Library; and Dave Freeman, president and CEO, QNB Bank. The TD Charitable Foundation, the charity of TD Bank, awarded $7,500 to the Da Vinci Science Center of Allentown to support its summer literacy program for underserved students in 2017. The program is part of its efforts to combat what experts call the summer learning slide — the reverse or loss of academic skills that students may experience during summer vacations. Pictured from left: Stephen Kalamar, vice president, TD Bank; Lin Erickson, executive director, Da Vinci Science Center; Ann Marie Surovy, director of development and community relations, Da Vinci Science Center; and Greg Morgan, regional vice president, TD Bank. Merchants Bank of Bangor donated $2,000 to the East Bangor Police Department to support renovations to its facility, including for a paint supply. Pictured from left: Connie Silvius, Merchants Bank; Connie Greenamoyer, Merchants Bank; Chief Robert J. Mulligan, East Bangor police; and Melinda Hoffner, Merchants Bank. Armando Ordonez, Wells Fargo store manager, presented a $5,000 check to the Fé Foundation of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley. The Fé Foundation implements educational community outreach programs of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley, primarily the Futuros Empresarios (future entrepreneurs) program. The program offers life skills and entrepreneurial training to potential Latino entrepreneurs (high school students) aiming at increasing their rates of educational, economic and social success. Pictured from left: Ordonez; Fidel Gonzalez, chair of the Fé Foundation; and Alvaro Diaz, executive director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley. The PPL Foundation of Allentown awarded a $4,000 grant to the Bethlehem Economic Development Corp. and the Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone. The money will be used for KIZ technology transfer and student internship grants, which facilitate growth in early stage startup companies. Pictured from left: Bill Michalerya, associate vice president for government relations, Lehigh University (which hosts the incubator space); Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez; Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director, PPL Electric Utilities; and Asher Schiavone, economic development coordinator, Bethlehem. Univest Bank and Trust Co. of Souderton donated $2,500 to Valley Youth House through the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ ‘Double Plays Pay’ sponsorship, which provides a $25 donation each time the IronPigs’ baseball team makes a double play. Valley Youth House provides access to shelter and counseling for vulnerable, abused and homeless people. Pictured from left: FeFe, IronPigs mascot; Emily Conners, development officer, Valley Youth House; Michael Keim, president, Univest Bank and Trust Co.; and FeRROUS, IronPigs mascot. A group from T&M Associates’ Bethlehem office volunteered to help the Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus with boardwalk repairs at its Environmental Education Center as part of T&M’s 50 Ways of Giving campaign. T&M is a consulting, environmental, engineering and construction management company. Pictured from left are T&M employees Gregory Duncan, Noland Jameson, Jerry Jameson, Mark Buchvalt, Raymond Minarovic Jr. and Jason Hager and intern Spencer Nush. QNB Bank supported Manna on Main Street’s future move to North Penn Commons in Lansdale with a $1,000 donation. Manna on Main Street is a food pantry, soup kitchen, emergency financial aid and education provider serving the North Penn region. On Sept. 18, Manna’s supporters plan to create a 1.3-mile human chain of 1,500 people connecting Manna’s existing home on West Main Street to its future home. Supporters will pass cans and boxes of food along the human chain to the new location. The public is encouraged to participate. The Friends of Reading Hospital raised more than $100,000 at the 15th annual Tower Golf Classic at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton. At the event, the organization presented Reading Health System’s McGlinn Cancer Institute with a check from $50,000 for cold cap therapy, which offers an innovative approach to minimizing hair loss for oncology patients. The event also provided funding for a food service van to aid the Reading Recreation Commission’s food service program and for iPads that pre-hospital providers and emergency physicians use for rapid evaluation of stroke patients. Pictured from left are Sharon Craig, administrative director, McGlinn Cancer Institute; Tina Ziolkowski, president, The Friends of Reading Hospital; Clint Matthews, president and CEO, Reading Health System; and Patrick Colarusso, director of operations, Reading Health Physician Network Hematology Oncology. PPL Corp. of Allentown is supporting dropout prevention through integrated student support programs provided by Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. Pictured from left: Judy Belaires, vice president of advancement, Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley; Tim Mulligan, president and CEO, Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley; and Carol Obando Derstine, regional affairs director, PPL Corp. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society was awarded a $2,000 donation from Tompkins VIST Bank of Wyomissing for creating the best one-minute video explaining how it would use the funds to further its mission. The contest was part of Tompkins VIST Bank’s Community Minute Challenge. The bank launched the three-phase contest in May and will donate $2,000 to each winner. Phase two ended Aug. 31. Pictured from left: Bob Massimino, associate vice president commercial services officer, Tompkins VIST Bank; Melissa Levy, executive director, PAWS; Jennifer Lifsted, business development officer, Bala Cynwyd branch of Tompkins VIST Bank; Theresa Guldin, associate vice president and business development officer, Fox Chase branch; and Ashley Matters, PAWS. The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors presented a $2,600 check to the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem after it auctioned a Dallas Cowboys’ Emmitt Smith-autographed football at the Realtors’ fourth annual Signature Event at SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The winning bid was made by Fady Salloum of RE/MAX Real Estate in Allentown and a GLVR member. Pictured from left: Matthew Marks, regional government affairs director, GLVR; Jessica Ortiz, DLP Realty; Salloum; Cass Chies, incoming president, GLVR; Chris Raad, president, GLVR; Gary Martell, chief professional, Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem; Justin Porembo, CEO, GLVR; and Mia Mecleary, chief operating officer, GLVR. RCN Lehigh Valley partnered with Miller-Keystone Blood Center of Hanover Township, Northampton County, in RCN’s Blood Drive for Life event. The event featured hourly raffle drawings for prizes, including the Great Allentown Fair concert tickets, gift cards and cable-network branded items. Pictured is Gary Laubach, sports broadcaster at RCN, donating blood during the drive. Business leaders donated their time at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s teen entrepreneurship summer challenge for high school students July 24-Aug. 5. Students learned strategies for starting a business and how to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. On July 29, students visited Tek Park in Breinigsville, where Chris Labonge, owner of FiberOptic.com, hosted the campers. Pictured is Labonge giving a lecture to students. (Photo/NOURAN EL-ASHRY) UGI Energy Services LLC of Wyomissing, the midstream and energy marketing subsidiary of UGI Corp., and UGI Storage Co. made a joint contribution of $400,000 this year to support student scholarships at schools and scholarship organizations across Pennsylvania. The contribution was facilitated through the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program. The scholarships provide tuition assistance for students living in low-achieving school districts to attend local, private and parochial schools. Pictured from left are Kevin K. Murphy, president, Berks County Community Foundation; Brad Hall, president, UGI Energy Services; and state Sen. Judy Schwank. Moyer Indoor Outdoor, a home-service company in Souderton, hosted the Moyer 22nd Annual 5K Run/Walk at Souderton Community Park, which had more than 500 participants from Souderton and surrounding areas. Prizes were awarded to top finishers, and each participant received a T-shirt, while Moyer Indoor Outdoor also gave a cross country scholarship funded by proceeds of the race. Two Souderton Area High School students who are members of the school’s cross country team received the scholarships. Pictured are runners who participated in the 5K. Wells Fargo, a nationwide bank, presented a $25,000 gift to Building 21-Allentown, an organization that partners with communities, families, students, teachers, educational leaders and school districts to design, open and operate new high schools. Pictured from left: Russ Mayo, Allentown School District superintendent; Chip Linehan, Building 21 co-founder; and Laura Haffner, Lehigh Valley Area president, Wells Fargo.

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