Awards Dinner 2017

There’s No Place Like Home

As we continue on our 40th Anniversary journey down the Yellow Brick Road, the theme “There’s No Place Like Home” continued on April 23 during our 25th Annual Awards Banquet. The classic film, The Wizard of Oz, influenced the day’s events from the very beginning as guests were directed by a cascading rainbow of crepe. As we entered the banquet hall, we heard melodious guitar playing by our resident musician, Harry Prutzman.

Several of the characters from the Wizard of Oz pose for the camera. Thanks to Cheryl Voit (Scarecrow), Evelyn Purcell (Lion), Kelly Leininger(Tin Man), Amanda Gossard (The Wicked Witch), and our adorable Dorothy played by Zoey Fisk.

We were excited to have Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West join us for the day, often posing for photo ops with our guests. Our Adult Training staff created beautiful centerpieces including poppies, lollipops, and the famous hot air balloon. A yellow brick road and Emerald City scene were depicted in brightly iced cupcakes. Contests and raffles centered on themes from the Wizard of Oz, making this a truly memorable event.

As with any great Awards Banquet, we were most excited to honor our awards recipients. Our first set of awards is bestowed upon our community friends and supporters in recognition of their continued support above and beyond the norm.

Jody Wagner awards Jennifer Matten as the Outstanding Volunteer for 2017. Check out the ruby slippers!

This year’s Community Award Winners are as follows:

Community Partner: Eric Esterbrook and Betsy Kreitz of Esterbrook Pharmacy

Partner in Success: Bill Kao and Mariellen Blankenbiller of Courtyard Marriott

Partner in Business: Andy Bortz and Jackie Downey of Aramark

Outstanding Volunteer: Jennifer Matten of Sweet Street Desserts

Recognition Awards in the Adult Training Program were presented to the

Heather Grasso, Adult Training Associate Director, presents and Adult Training Recognition Award to Andrew Sufran.

following program participants: Ronald Bailey, Elba Colon Velez, Susan Holway, Todd Koch, Luis E. Ramos, Isaac Ruiz-Rivera, Blake Snead, Andrew Sufran, Michael Blizzard, Joseph Crupi, Ruthetta Ressler, Lindsay Schultz.

Angel Jimenez accepts his Vocational Program Recognition Award from Suzanne Messner, Vocational Program Specialist.

Vocational Program Awards were presented to the following program participants: Production Worker of the Year to Robby Estela-Hernandez; Achievement Award to Sarah Lantz; and Recognition Awards to George Foose, Angel Jimenez, Geraldo Miranda, and Ricky Vasquez.

Residential Services presented Personal Accomplishment Awards to the following program participants: Joseph Crupi, Victoria Derr, Bonnie Doaty, Thomas Knight, John Roslin, and Tracy Snell.

Sincere thanks to Cheryl Tumolo of Berks Photographic Society for capturing all the special moments.  Also,

From left to right: Victoria Derr, Jennifer Loftus, Dennis Eck, and Melissa DiBiase are dancing up a storm at the Annual Awards Dinner.

thanks to the following businesses for their generous contributions to the raffle baskets: Tuscan Sun Salon & Spa, Crayola Experience, Café Sweet Street, Espenshade’s Garden Center, and Learning Express.

At the conclusion of the award presentation, the Lion (DJ Evelyn) entertained the guests with a great selection of music, and dancing continued until 4:30 p.m.  It was another magical event celebrating the smartest, bravest, most caring group of people. But no one was upset when it was time to go because we all know, “There’s No Place Like Home.”