THE FORCE AWAKENS THE BEST IN ALL OF US
Our theme for the 23rd Annual Awards Dinner this year – “Hats Off to You!” –articulated exactly how Prospectus Berco decided to acknowledge the award winners. On Sunday, March 29, 2015, we celebrated over 65 award winners for their support, years of service, and exemplary performance. We truly did take our hats off in deference to all the awardees being recognized.
The Force was definitely with Prospectus Berco on Sunday, April 17 as we celebrated and honored award recipients at the 24th Annual Awards Dinner. As stated on our Facebook post, “What do you get when you cross amazing program participants with an Intergalactic Phenomenon? A Prospectus Berco Awards Dinner of epic proportions!”
Highlighting the release of the latest movie, Star Wars was chosen for this year’s theme and what a blast it was. Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker mingled with the crowd as musical scores from the Star Wars series filled the air. Lines formed to get a photo with our characters in front of the Star Wars backdrop. The centerpieces brought a smile to everyone as the faces of Yoda, Storm Trooper, Darth Vader, and C3PO were painted on the pots. Kudos to the program participants that helped with the painting.
The best part of the celebration, however, is the opportunity to honor our award recipients. The first awards are bestowed upon our community friends and supporters. Following are our Community Award Winners:
Partner in Caring: Andrew Polyak of Berks Visiting Nurse Association
Partner in Success: Yvette Belfort, Cindy Bitar, Jerry Chatel, Jill Romero Garcia, Susan Haldeman, and Stephanie Kane;2016 Leadership Berks Project Team; Larry Moyer, 2nd Deputy Fire Chief of Reading; and Lorrie King and John Krawlzik, Imageworks Film & Video, Inc.
Partner In Progress: Liz Egner, Egner Group RE/MAX of Reading and former board member
Outstanding Volunteer: Steve Bobick, Past President of Board of Directors
Recognition Awards in the Adult Training Program were presented to Alyssa Basiliko, Michael Burgess, Maria Echevarria, Lisa Gerhart, Marc Hellwig, Tom Mammarella, Jose Sanchez, Jorge Santiago, Tracy Snell, Jane Wenrich, and Mary Willman.
Vocational Program award recipients included Production Worker of the Year Eloise Clark; Achievement Awards to Charlene Johnson and Ramon Osorio; and Recognition Awards to Lisa Cooper, Kelsey McLaughlin, Kyle Mehlinger, and John Philip.
Residential Services Awards for Personal Accomplishment were bestowed upon Helen Barskey,
Lori Kintzer, Jereck Oliver, Amy Ramich, Jose Velez Velez, Melvin Wittman, and Patricia Wentzel. The prestigious Enhancing the Community Award was presented to two individuals, Diane Bialek and Anna Grande. And for Social Achievement, we honored Meredith Rowntree for her accomplishments.
Sincere thanks to Cheryl Tumolo of Berks Photographic Society for capturing all the special moments, and to Crowne Plaza and Tuscan Sun Spa for raffle basket donations.
At the conclusion of the award presentation, DJ Evelyn (aka Chewbacca) entertained the guests with a great selection of music, and dancing lasted until 4:30 p.m. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Or as Yoda says, “Twilight is upon me, and soon night must fall. That is the way of things.” As wise Yoda tells us, we seized the day and cherished the time we had with the people around us.