Scene: Good Shepherd Fall Classic benefits pediatric unit
Morning Call - 10/7/2017
Oct. 07--The Good Shepherd Fall Classic for Pediatrics on Sept. 11 at Lehigh Country Club in Lower Macungie Township raised more than $175,000 for Good Shepherd Pediatrics, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for children with autism, developmental delays and physical disabilities and those recovering from accidents, injuries or illnesses.
The tournament featured 112 golfers, 16 tennis players and 10 pickleball players. It was re-named the Fall Classic to recognize the three tournaments.
Paul Emrick won the Bob Ford Volunteer Leadership Award, named in memory of Bob Ford, a long-time Good Shepherd supporter who was involved in the tournament since the 1980s. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates a personal commitment to Good Shepherd's mission and values, serves as an ambassador in the community and demonstrates exceptional leadership on Good Shepherd's behalf. Emrick has been Good Shepherd trustee since 2015.
"Paul has been a steadfast supporter of Good Shepherd," said John Kristel, Good Shepherd president and CEO. "This is his second consecutive year to chair the tournament. His efforts have helped to ensure the event's success, and he was chosen to receive the Bob Ford Volunteer Leadership Award because of his ongoing contributions."
Specialty contest winners included: Closest to the Pin: Trevor Reid; Longest Drive, Men: Luke Smith; Longest Drive, Women: Karen Andrews; Straightest Drive: Mark Erickson, and Pot of Gold: Bob Yapsuga and Joe Scheller. John Yurconic and Pete Kareha won the Putting Contest.
The first place gross foursome included Jim Stillittano, Andre Reed, Dion Reed and George Sucher. Greg Butz, Mike Butz, Steve Butz and Fernando Perez took first place net, and second place net went to Ken Duerholz, Karen Andrews, Jim Trinkle and Mark Waverka. John Kristel, Tim Riley, Joe and Rita Scheller were awarded the "Most Honest" foursome.
The winners of the golf tournament received gift cards to the Lehigh Country Club pro shop.
Bob Springer and Rich Underwood took first place in the tennis contest. In the pickleball court, Dale Inlander, Dottie Kelly, Mike Schiffer and Annie Sweeney were the victors.
Emrick served as event chairman for the second year. Committee members included JoAnne Bergandino, John Caviston, Gary Clewell, MaryAnn Federico, Julia Gerancher, Andrea Jones, Chris Lakatosh, Bob Makos, Jaime Mendes, Richard Migash, Ina Nechita, Maureen O'Meara, Bob Springer and Tom Sweeney. O'Meara, with HMK Insurance, served as tennis chairman, and Sweeney, with Ackley Sweeney Advertising, served as pickleball chairman.
Key attendees included John Eureyecko, Marianne Lieberman, Chuck Mertz, David Gloss, Omar Zucco, Sally Gammon, Joe and Rita Scheller, John Yurconic, Todd Donnelly, Ken Duerholz, Todd Heller, Greg Butz, Anne Baum, John Caviston and Ina Nechita.
Event sponsors included Paul and Lisa Emrick, Jonathan Warner, Warner Benefits, Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association, AVI Risk Services, BB&T Insurance Services, City Center Allentown, Richard Drobnicki, HON/IWS, Kistler O'Brien Fire Protection, Professional Receivables Network, Laurie Stewart and Univest. Working Dog Press supplied program books and course signs, and beverages were sponsored by ABARTA Coca-Cola Beverages and Penn Beer.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Good Shepherd treats 65,000 patients annually at more than 60 locations in Pennsylvania.
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WITCHES BALL: Friday the 13th will be extra frightening this year at the Witches Ball for Charity 8 p.m-midnight Oct. 13 at the Comfort Suites, 120 W. Third St, Bethlehem. Guests should come in their best Halloween costumes for this event to benefit the Star of Bethlehem Festival for Kids, a free event in May. Guests must be 21 or older and prizes will be awarded in various costume categories. Food, beer, soda and water are included with ticket and there will be a cash bar. Music will be provided by Girl Crue. Magic will be provided by Magician Magic Mike Montgomery and there will be a special appearance by Mary the Witch, the hostess of the original Witches Ball. Tickets are $45; must be purchased in advance at christmascitywinefestival.org. Info: George Sobetsky at 610-462-1780.
SOUPER DAY: New Bethany Ministries will hold its 26th annual Souper Day luncheon at noon Oct. 17 at the Blue Event Center, 4431 Easton Ave., Bethlehem. Keynote Speaker will be Ashley Russo, executive producer and host of PEAK TV and president of ASR Media Productions. New Bethany Ministries program graduates will share stories of success. New Bethany's mission is to provide basic services to the hungry, homeless, needy and mentally ill of the Lehigh Valley. Tickets are $35. Info: 610-691-5602, newbethanyministries.org.
A TASTE OF THE SHADOWS: The Center for Vision Loss's signature vision loss awareness fundraiser, will be Oct. 19 at the Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem Township. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, a wine tasting by Franklin Hills Vineyards, a beer tasting by Allentown Beverage Co. and a New Focus raffle. During dinner, guests wear a blindfold to simulate vision loss. A sighted guide at each table acts as the "eyes" for the participants. The agency's 2017 Accessibility Champion Awards will be presented during the program following dinner. Tickets are $75. Reserve by Oct. 6. Info: Karen Huetter, development director, at 610-433-6018, ext. 241.
CIVIC THEATRE GALA: Civic Theatre of Allentown "A Once in a Lifetime Event," its 90th anniversary gala 7-10 p.m.Oct. 27 at the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, 540 Union Blvd., Allentown. The gala will honor Barry and Sharon Glassman. Actress Christine Taylor, a former Civic student and member of the celebrity committee for Civic's capital campaign, will be the celebrity guest. The evening will include entertainment, hors d' oeuvres, cocktails, desserts. Tickets $150. Sponsorships available. Info: 610-433-8903.
PBS 39 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA: PPL Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Bill Spence and his wife, Denise, are honorary chairpersons for the organization's 50th anniversary Gala Nov. 4 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. The gala will include the presentation of Good Neighbor Awards in the following categories: Arts & Education, Youth & Family, Founders Award, and Organizational Service. A VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; cocktail hour begins at 6. Tickets are $200. For sponsorships, contact Maria Esposito at MariaE@WLVT.org or 610-984-8134.
BOUNTIFUL BOWL: Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County presents its 17th Annual Bountiful Bowl fundraiser 7-10 p.m.Nov. 10 at DeSales University, Center Valley. The evening includes dinner, open bar, entertainment and silent and live auctions of items and events. Tickets are $100. Info: 610-398-2563 or mealsonwheelslc.org/events.
GREAT FUTURES GALA: The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown will host its 29th Annual Great Futures Gala at 6 p.m.Nov. 11 at Bear Creek Lodge in Macungie. The gala will honor Anne Baum of Capital Blue Cross. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auction, and live music and dancing. Tickets: $200. Sponsorships available. Contact Alan Burke at email@example.com or 610-432-9944
BACH CHOIR GALA CONCERT: Thomanerchor, Bach's own boys choir from St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, will perform at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem's annual gala concert and fundraiser at 4 p.m.Nov. 11 at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. The choir will present a program of three Bach motets and other works. A dinner and auction follows at 6 p.m. at Saucon Valley Country Club. Concert tickets are $40; $9, students. Benefactor tickets for the concert and dinner are $275. Info: bach.org or 610-866-4382, ext.110 or 115.
HEARTS OF GOLD GALA: The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley will hold its annual Hearts of Gold Gala at 6 p.m.Nov. 11 at The Iron Lakes Country Club in Allentown. Bennett Maserati of Allentown is the Presenting Sponsor. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, a live auction of artwork created by local pediatric cancer patients, a wine tree, a silent auction, and a live auction of a painting by local artist Lauren Kuhn. Tickets are $150; $250 per couple, $1,200 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Purchase tickets, sponsorships, and register to bid at pcf2017.auction-bid.org. More info: 610-297-7292.
CHILDREN'S BALL: "Journey to Oz" is the theme for the Children's Ball hosted by Community Services for Children6-9 p.m.Nov. 17 at Lehigh University's Mountaintop Campus. The evening includes a reception, seated dinner, live jazz, and auction. Jon Stetson, America's foremost mentalist, is guest entertainer. Tickets: $135; $250, couple. Proceeds benefit early education programs, including Head Start. More info: Stacy Perlaki at 610-437-6000, ext. 2113 or cscinc.org/events.
COCKTAILS AND COLLECTING: Mingle with local artists, start a collection, find a special piece at the annual Allentown Art Museum fundraiser 6-9 p.m.Nov. 11. The night includes hors d'oeuvres, live music and an open bar. Info: allentownartmuseum.org/event.
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