Awards Dinner

THE FORCE AWAKENS THE BEST IN ALL OF US

Eloise, Miguel, and Jeff, who work in the Vocational Program, bond together before the start of the 24th Annual Awards Dinner.

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.

With the Force behind him, Jose Velez Velez, who won a Personal Accomplishment Award from Residential Services for ceasing to smoke, battles Darth Vader while Chewbacca has his back.

With the Force behind him, Jose Velez Velez, who won a Personal Accomplishment Award from Residential Services for ceasing to smoke, battles Darth Vader while Chewbacca has his back.

 

The Partner in Success Award was bestowed upon the 2016 Leadership Berks Project Group. From left to right: Jerry Chatel, Cindy Bitar, Stephanie Kane, Jill Romero Garcia, Susan Haldeman, Yvette Belfort, and Lorrie King & John Krawlzik of ImageWorks Film & Video. Missing from the photo is Larry Moyer, 2nd Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Reading, who served as narrator of the video.

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

An enthusiastic winner, Mary hugs her Recognition Award for her work in the Adult Training Program at William Lane as Adult Training Associate Director, Eileen Slovik, presents the award.

An enthusiastic winner, Mary hugs her Recognition Award for her work in the Adult Training Program at William Lane as Adult Training Associate Director, Eileen Slovik, presents the award.

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.

 

Kelsey does an outstanding job in the Vocational Program and received a Recognition Award for her endeavors.  Thanks to our cast of characters, including Darth Vader (aka Kelly Espada), Chewbacca (aka Evelyn Purcell), Princess Leia (aka Amanda Gossard) and Vocational Program Specialist, Sue Messner, as herself!

Kelsey does an outstanding job in the Vocational Program and received a Recognition Award for her endeavors. Thanks to our cast of characters, including Darth Vader (aka Kelly Espada), Chewbacca (aka Evelyn Purcell), Princess Leia (aka Amanda Gossard) and Vocational Program Specialist, Sue Messner, as herself!

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.

 

John has been at Prospectus Berco for many years and deservedly received a Recognition Award for his contributions to the Adult Training Program at Kutztown Lane from Diane Long, Adult Training Associate Director.

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