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December 2012

Year in Review

 

A special thank you!

 

To all of our friends, donors, sponsors, volunteers and supporters, we can't do what we do without you! (Gifts from 1/1/12 -11/20/12)

 

1-800-DRYCLEAN

744th Military Police Battalion

86THIS

93.7 The WAVE Radio Station

AAA East Central

Abby Candles

Ms. Amanda Aburn

Accessium Group Inc.

Byron Adams

Mr. David Adams

Mr. Gary Adams

Mr. George Adams

Halee Adams and Kayla Snyder

Adams Outdoor Advertising

Ms. Frances Adams-Imbriaco

Advanced Auto Parts (Ellsworth Maine)

Aesculap, Inc.

Aetna Foundation

AFI Food Service LLC

Mr. & Mrs. David Ahner

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Mr. Todd Albaugh

Mrs. John Aldin

Allentown Municipal Golf Course

Allentown Youth Soccer Club

Allianz Life

Altronics Inc.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

Amazing Joe's Grill

American Bank of Lehigh Valley

American Lawn Equipment Corporation

American Legion

American Packaging Corp

Ms. Susan Ames

Mr. Richard Amrhein

Ms. Karen Lee Anderson

Ms. Marguerite P. Anderson

Angel Tree Ministries - Life Church

Angelo's Pizza

Anirav Swim Club

Anonymous (11)

Mrs. Darlene Anthony

APEX Capital Management

Apollo Grill

Apostolic Outreach Ministries

Ms. Judith Arbuckle

Arby's

Arc Electric, Inc.

Mr. Matthew Archer

Armadillo

Ms. Cheryl Arndt

Ashcraft Jewelers

Mr. Thomas D. Ashelman

Mr. Mark Ashner

AT&T National

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis J. Ault

Auto Zone

Ms. CindyAvate

Axzul's Beauty Salon

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Babinchak

Ms. Mary Ellen Bachman

Mr. Richard C. Bachman

Ms. Teresa Baer

Bailey's Fine Jewelry

Ms. Janice Balliet

Mr. Justin Balliet

Mr. Joseph Balsamo

Baltimore Orioles Foundation

Bangkok Restaurant

Bar None Weddings & Entertainment

Ms. Melissa Barber

Ms. Mary Barletta

Mr. Dale Barnes

Dr. & Mrs. Robert D. Barraco

Baskin Robbins

Mr. & Mrs. John S. Battagliola

Ms. Cheryl Battisti

Mr. & Mrs. John Baublitz

Ms. Elisabeth Baucom

Mr. William Bauman

Mrs. Gail A. Baumiller

Mr. & Mrs. John L. Beaman

K. R. Bean

Because We Care

Mr. & Mrs. Mike Beck

David Behar, MD

Mr. & Mrs. Forest Bell

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bell

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Belsky

Beltway Fine Wine

Benchmark Analytics, Inc

Benesch

Ms. Kathleen Benson

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Benson

Mr. Stephen Berg

Berkleigh Golf Club

Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Berkley

Mr. V. Paul Bernardino

Mr. John Bertoldi

Best Buy

Ms. Nancy Beswick

Bethlehem Soccer Club

Ms. Anna Bigelow

Mr. & Mrs. James B. Birdsall

Ms. Mary Bish

BJ's Wholesale Club

Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country Club

Dr. Ira Blake

Ms. Julie Blamphin

James & Elizabeth Blanchette

Aongola Blanks

Bloomsburg University of PA

Debbie & Randy Blose

Mr. D.P. Blottenberger

Blue Mountain Soccer Club

Body Zone

Ms. Kelly Boerner

Ms. Pearl Boeshore

Bomber's Burrito's, Inc.

Ms. Claire Bonner

Boscov's Department Store, LLC

Jodie Boudreaux

Bowdon First United Methodist Church

Ms. Kim Bowman

Donald & Patricia Boyce

Mr. Denny Boyer

BP Fabric of America Fund

J.S. Bradley

Mr. & Mrs. L. Jack Bradt

Mr. David G. Breiner

Mark Breiner

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Brennan

Bridgeway Community Church

Ms. Jane Briggs

Ms. Rebecca Briggs

Mr. & Mrs. William Brinton

Ms. Tamara Briscoe

Ms. Judy Brooks

Ms. Alicia Brown

Mr. Frederick J. Brown

Mr. & Mrs. Harry R. Brown

Brown Appliance & Mattress, Inc.

Brown Family Charitable Fund

Mr. & Mrs. Kip Brunk

Brunner's Family Restaurant

Jamelle Bryant

BSI Corporate Benefits, LLC

Mrs. Susan M. Buchleitner

Ms. Tiffany Buck

Budget Storage & Lock

Buffalo Wild Wings & Grill

Ms. Janice Burdick

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Burgess

Ms. Carol Burke

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Burke

Mr. Timothy J. Burke

Ms. Linda Burns

Bushkill United Methodist Women

Ms. Mary Byrne

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

C.R. Bard Foundation, Inc

Cadillac Mountian Sports

Cafe International

Ms. Theresa Cafoncelli

Mr. Terence Callaghan

Calvert Social Investment Foundation

Cambiar Investors LLC

Camden National Bank

Shawn & Jodi Campbell

CapCommunity Foundation

Capital BlueCross

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon Caplis

Ms. Denise Card

Ms. Callie Cardamon

Cardinal Cupcakes and Coneys

Ms. Susan Carlin

Carroll Electric Membership Foundation

Carrollton Golden K Kiwanis Club

Carson W. Kirk Rev Trust

Mr. Elijah Cartagena

Caruso Benefits Group, Inc.

Mr. Andrew J. Cass

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cates

Mrs. Marrinia Catuzza

CBS3

CC Inc. Construction Services

Cedar Point

The Century Fund

Carm Cerniglia

Ms. Mary E. Chabanuk

Christopher & Caren Chaffee

Ms. Audrey Champion

Mr. & Mrs. John Chappelear

Charter Financial Group

Chartis

Chick-fil-A

Child & Family Partners Inc

Chili's

China Hall

Ms. Cindy Chipola

Chippers Restaurant

Choice Energy Services

Ms. Patricia Christian

Mr. Frank Christman

Jamie Chubb

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Churn

CiCi's Pizza

Ms. Michelle Ciraulo

CITI

Clancy's Car Wash

Dr. Andrew Clark

Ms. Renne Cleary

Cleonice Mediterranian Bistro

Climb Time Indy

Mem of Prof. Curtis W. Clump

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Virginia

Coca-Cola Bottling of the Lehigh Valley

Mrs. Jena Cochrane

Coffee Express

Ms. Rebecca Coker

Ms. Brigette Collins Tildon

Colonial Sports Center

Comics Plus

The Community Foundation of West Georgia

Complete Tire

ConCannon's

Mr. Robert R. Conley

Mr. & Mrs. John B. Conneen

Cooper Tires & Auto Service

Ms. Alysoun Corey

Corporate Facilities of LV

Mr. Charles R. Cote

Country Bear Day Care

Country View Diner

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cowder

Ms. Christina Cox

Crackers Comedy Club

Ms. Jennifer Cragen

Crayola LLC

Mr. & Mrs. James Crisp

Mr. William Cromwell

Crowder Jr. Company

Mr. Tom Croyle

Mr. Henry Crum

Mr. Ray Culp

Ms. Lisa Culver

D P Preiss Company, Inc.

Ms. Joanne D'Unger

D-Vash

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Dailey

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Dalton

Darling's Car Dealership

Data Papers

Dave and Wayne Auto Center Inc.

Mr. Lynne Davidson

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Davidson

Ms. April Davis

Ms. Heather Ann Davis

Ms. Linda Davis

Mr. Ryan Davis

Ms. Diane Davis-Brenton

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Dean

Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Deangelo

Deep Run Valley Sports Association

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Deifer

Ms. Melissa Delbo

Mr. Francis B. Demas

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Demski

Denny's

Denny's Ellsworth Maine

Department of Natural Reserviors

Ms. Valorie DeVonish

Di Fiore's Italian Restaurant

Ms. Kim Diaz

Dick's Sporting Goods

Mr. Dennis Dietrich

Direct Mail Service

Discover Rx

Discovery TLC

Diversified Investment Advisors

Mr. Jeff Dobrowolski

Document Systems LTD

Ms. Susan Domask

Dominoes Pizza

Erin Doyle

Dr. Albert

Dr. Cerniglia's Office

Mr. Ronald A. Drabot

Ms. Kathy Dries

Dries Do-it Center

Mr. Roger Dubbs

Mr. Daniel Dukat

Mr. Mark Dungan

Dunkin Donuts

Dutchess County Sheriff's PBA

Dwight A. Brown Agency

Mr. Alexander P. Dyer

E L Shea Inc

Earth Share of NC

Mr. Edward J. Easterly

Eastward Bowling Lanes

Eatmore Fruit Co., Inc.

Mr. James A.D. Eaton

EBS - Elllsworth Building Supply, Inc.

Ms. Alicia E. Eby

Joan D. Ecker

Neva Eckley

Eclipxe Salon & Day Spa

Ecolab Government Sales

Edward S. Knisely Estate

Edward St. John Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Mary Ann Edwards

Patti Edwards

Effort Foundry

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Eggers

El Gran Cuty

Mr. William H. Elliott

Mr. & Mrs. James Ellis

Ellsworth Lodge of Elks #2743

Ellsworth Rotary Club

Ms. Wendy Elover

Emerald Dragon Karate

Emerson Resort & Spa

Employee Network, Inc.

Encompass

Enterprise

Ms. Judy Erminger

Escapades Family Fun Center

Rev. and Mrs Robert D. Eshelman

Esskay Meats

Ms. Sherawanda Esuke

Eurotrash

Drs. John C. & Yiyi Evans

Eveleth Elks Lodge #1161

Express-Scripts

Mr. Bryan Facchiano

Mr. Joseph Facchiano

Fanee's Barber Shop

Farda Associates

Ms. Phyllis A. Farey

Mrs. Evelyn M. Farrell

Mr. Brian Fassett

Faulkner Subaru

Fayetteville Urban Ministry

FC Elite '00

FC Freedom

Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Ferraro

Mr. & Mrs. George Ferrio

Mr. Chris Ferry

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Ms. Lisa Field-Saunders

Financial Insurance Management Corp

Fine Designs Northeast LLC

Finn's Irish Pub, Inc

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union

First Niagara Bank

First Northern Bank & Trust

First United Methodist Church

Ms. Lisa Fischetti

Linda Fisher

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fisher

Fitness Central

Five Below Inc.

Foister's Flowers

Mr. Joe Folger

Ms. Norberta Fontanez

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Foose

Mr. and Mrs. W. Beall Fowler

Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Fox

Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Frankenfield

Mr. Lee T. Fredericks

Ms. Frances Freedman

Ms. Brandy Freeman

Fret Prodigy

Mrs. Shirley Friedman

Friend of Friend

Friends & Family Market

Friends of Kevin Cahill

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Friesema

Mrs. Carol Fritch

Frontier Communications Solutions

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gadomski

The Galante Family

Mr. & Mrs. Brad Gambrell

Ms. Patti B. Garbeil

Garceau Realty

Garden of Eden

Mr. Jim Gardner

Mr. Thomas Gardner

Mr. & Mrs. John Garrett

Jolie Gaudiuso

Mr. & Mrs. Cedric Gay

GE United Way Campaign

Geakers Tacos

Gemino Healthcare Finance

Mr. & Mrs. Charles J. Gennaula

Ms. Ursula M. Genthner

Geometrics Hair Studio

Ms. Shelley A. George

Georgia West Imaging, P.C.

Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Geraghty

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Gewartowski

Giant Food Stores

Giant Sub

Mr. and Mrs. George Gibbs

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Gibson

Ms. Sharon Gibson

Michael Giles

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond R. Gilleland

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Gilmore

Give with Liberty

Glen-Gary Corporation

GO Realty

Ms. Elaine R. Goldman

Ms. Tanya Goldstein

Goodrich Quality Theaters

Google

Got Wheels

Governor's Restaurant

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Grabow

Graebel Companies, Inc

Mr. & Mrs. Troy Graff

Grant Thornton LLP

Ms. Ellen Grataski

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Green Pond Country Club

Green Pond Nursery

Ms. Sandra Greenzweig

Mr. James Gregory

Grille 3501

Ms. Kimberly Grisham

Grit Printing & Direct Mail

Gross McGinley, LLP

Dr. and Mrs. Dale A. Grove

Mr. Kent Gruzs

Guardian Life Insurance

Ms. Christine Guido

Mr. and Mrs. George Gumble

Guys-N-Gals Salon

Gymboree

Ms. Alexandria Hafford

Mr. William C. Hahn

Jan Hahn-Rightmyer

Hair Designs by Linda Pereira

Hair Essentials

Hairbenders

Ms. Norma Hall

Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Halton

Mrs. Pamela Hancock

Hands on America, Inc.

Mr. Andrew Hanlon

Hannaford

Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc.

Harding Loevner LP

Harkins Builders, Inc.

Harmon's Tires

Ms. Eveline Harriman

Ms. Maureen Harrington

Harshman Property Services, LLC

The Hartford

Mr. Andy Hatten

Ms. Linda Haught Wells

Have a Break

Mr. Jermaine Hawkins

Ms. Lori Hayes

Ms. Diane Heagerty

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Heenan

Helen's Restaurant of Ellsworth, Inc.

Christine & Gerard Helinek

Mr. Joseph C. Henkel

Mr. William Henry

Henry Yeska & Son Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Herbert

Heritage Bag

Mr. and Mrs. Brayton M. Hershey

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Hetzel

Mr. Donald N. Higgins

Ms. Lynn High

High Street Barber Shop

Highmark Blue Shield

The Highmark Foundation

Ms. Carrie Hill

Ms. Jana Hill

Ms. Amber Hinman

Mr. Wayne Hinman

Mr. George C. Hlavac

HM Insurance Group

Ms. Danielle Hochwind

Mr. & Mrs. John Hoell

Mrs. Joanne M. Hoffert

Mr. and Mrs. David D. Hoffman

Ms. Joette Hoffman

Ms. Susanne Hofmann

Ms. Joan Hohenberger

Mr. & Mrs. Leon C. Holt

Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church

Ms. Juanita Hoogerhyde

Hops Fogelsville Hotel

Hops Paddock

Mr. James Horan

Mrs. Kathleen Hornberger

Ms. Yolanda Horton

Ms. Erica Hosfeld

Ms. Joan Hotaling

Richard and Dianne Houck

Mr. Ted Houtz

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Howard

Ms. Nikki Howard

The Howard Hughes Corporation

Mr. and Mrs. Bhavik Hukmani

Mr. Kevin Hulsizer

Mr. Donald Humphrey

Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Hunt

Mr. Keith Hurand

Mr. Michael Iapoce

IBM Employee Services Center

IBM Retiree Charitable Campaign

IGive.com Holdings, LLC

Ms. Paula Ilissyn

Dr. Michael Imperiale

Independent Bikers of Pennsylvania

Indianapolis Art Museum

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Indians - Victory Field

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

INetU, Inc.

Infamous Barber Shop

Iron Lakes Golf Club, Inc.

Ironton Telephone Co.

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Isemann

J & J Luxury Transportation

J.M. Auto Service

J.M. Uliana & Associates, LLC

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Jackson

Jackson National Life Insurance Company

Brianne Jackson-Eldridge

Mr. Paul Jacobson

Terry Jaeger

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Jaindl

Jake's Wayback Burgers

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Jakubczyk

Jangle

Ms. Michele Jany

Jasper's Restaurant

Jeff Stephenson Insurance Agency

Jeffrey E. Carter Jewelers

Ms. Mary Jennings

JKM Training, Inc.

Mr. Michael C. Jobes

Joe Beez

Jofash Enterprises

John Edwards

John Yurconic Agency

Ms. Antieris Johnson

Ms. Cynthia A. Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. D. Phillip Johnson

Ms. Elizabeth F. Johnson

Ms. Janet Johnson

Ms. Kathleen Johnson

Terri & Scott Johnson

Johnson Controls Security & Fire

Mr. Albert Johnston

Ms. Janine Johnston

Ms. Denise Jones

Mr. Steven Jones

Jordan United Church of Christ

Just Born, Inc.

Ms. Christina Kalista

Kandy's Beauty Salon

Ms. Marcy Jo Kanenson

Mr. Arnold H. Kaplan

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kappes

Karen Roberts Real Estate Corp

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Katsaros

The Katz Family

Ms. Diane Kay

Ms. Paige E. Keeter

Mr. & Mrs. Chris Keith

Ms. Crystal Keller

Mr. & Mrs. John Kelly

Mr. & Mrs. T.L. Kemble

Ms. Tonya Kemble

Ms. Kristina Ketchan

KFC

KidsPeace Auxiliary

Mr. & Mrs. Seth Kieffer

Ms. Danielle Kiernan

Ms. Gail Kiernan

Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Mr. Robert Kimble

Mr. John V. Kimpflen

Ms. Shawna King

Kings Island

Kingston Automotive, LLC

Ms. Jennifer Kirk

Kirk Family Foundation

Mrs. Jane R. Kiscadden

Mr. Ed Kiss

Mr. & Mrs. John Kistler

Kistler-Tiffany Benefits

Mrs. Richard Kitchen

Mr. & Mrs. John Klein

Ms. Rebekah Kleppinger

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Kline

Mr. David Klippel

Mr. Alex Knight

Ms. Kendra Knowles

Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Koch

Ms. Christi Koenig

Ms. Kimberly Kofke

Ms. Tina Kolb

Komets Hockey

Mr. and Mrs. Steven E. Korejwo

Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Korin

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Koskey

Mr. Richard Kozak

Ms. Michelle Krabbe

Mrs. Kimberly Krupka

Ms. Colleen Kulp

Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kunkleman

Mr. Stephen Kusmer

Kwik Shoppe

L'Official Beauty Hair Salon

La Rancherita

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Lackman

Lakeside Title Company

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Land

Dr. and Mrs. Martin D. Landau

Roger and Betty Jane Landers

Ms. Clare LaRosa

Mr. William Laubach

Ms. Marla Laubisch

Lazard Asset Management LLC

Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club

Ms. Ebony Lea

Ms. Rebecca Leamon

William LeBoeuf

Mr. & Mrs. William Leffler

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Lehigh Valley Home & Garden

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Lehigh Valley Style

Lehighton Police Department

Mr. Joseph C. Lennert

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Lentz

The Leona Gruber Trust

Miss Gladys M. Lerch

Mrs. Marilyn Lerch

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lerche

Ms. Joan Lesko

Ms. Lindsay Levine

Ms. Maria Levine

Ms. Heather Lewis

Ms. Susan Leyburn

Ms. Nancy Liberto

Liberty Mutual

Mr. Julius L. Licata

Mrs. Harry Light

Brooke Likens

Lincoln Financial Group Foundation

Linfield National Golf Club

Mr. Todd Linn

Ms. Teri Linscott

Little Italy

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Logan

Mrs. Claire L. Lonergan

Ms. Amy E. Long

Mr. Jeff Long

Mr. and Mrs. John Long

Lounge 201, LLC

Mr. Harry Lowman

Lowry's Chocolates

Dr. Lou Lukas

Ms. Carlene Lyford

M&T Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy MacMurtrie

Avelino Maestas

Ms. Heather Mahalick

Maine Coast Cinema

Mainly Meat on Main

Mr. Boyd Maits

Ms. Dawn Major

Ms. Patricia Malone

Mancino's Pizza & Grinders

Marblehead Chowder House

Mr. Jim Marchetto

KT Maring

Mr. & Mrs. John R. Marley

Marsh USA

Mr. & Mrs. Eric Marshall

Martha's Diner

Mr. & Mrs. Keith Martin

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Martin

T.M. Martin

Mary Kay

Mr. Mark Mason

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Massengill

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Massett

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Mastrobuono

Mateys

Math Explorers

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph McAndrew

Mr. & Mrs. Robert McCaig

Ms. Carol McCarthy

Mr. Robert McClintock

McDonald's

Ms. Ashley McFadden

Mr. Michael S. McHale

Ms. Kathleen McKelvey

Mr. Sheppard McKenzie

Ms. Michele McKinley

Mr. Dennis McLaughlin

Ms. Geraldine McLaurin

Ms. Lisa J. McMichael

Mr. Joe McNeil

Ms. Lisa Meadors

The Medline Foundation

Mr. Patterson H. Megargee

Mr. Robert Mehmed

Ms. Gail Meilinger

Dr. Sherry Meltz

Mendez Painting

Ms. Karen Meohle

Merck Partnership for Giving

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Meros

Ms. Patricia Mertz

Ms. Linda Mery

Mesabi Academy

Method

Stephen Metzger

Mid-Hudson Valley FCU

Mr. Donald Middlecamp

Ms. Elaine Middleton

Midmark Corporation

Midway Macedonia Baptist Church

Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Milberg

Mill Mall Furniture

Miller Advertising Agency, Inc.

Mr. James Milot

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Minauro

Miss Pennsylvania Pageant Program

Mr. Anthony E. Mitchell

Mr. Robert Mlodzik

Mobilex

Moe's Southwest Grill

Mr. Richard Mohr

Ms. Clara Molinario

Ms. Karen Moller

Montgomery United Soccer

Mooring & Mooring Dental

Mr. Lucas Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Morgan's Restaurant

Ms. Denise Morganthall

Mr. Donald Morrison

Ms. Carolyn M. Moss

Ms. Susan Mullen

Ms. Kenya Murphy

Murray's Jewelers

Musical Dreams Studio

Mr. Thomas A. Musolin

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Myers

Ms. F. Sophia Myers

Summit Management and Realty

Mr. Brian Naisby

NAPA Auto Parts

National Conference Services

National Penn Bank

Mr. Brent Nau

NE Corridor Group, LLC

Ms. Barbara L. Neary-Habza

Ms. Joanne Negron

Network for Good

Nevulis Beverages

New Age Education

The New Jersey Devils

New Tripoli Bank

Ms. Emily Newman

Mr. & Mrs. Joel H. Newman

Ms. Marie Nolf

Ms. Kathleen Noonan

Mr. Jon Norman

Normandy's Flower Shop, Inc.

Gayle Norris

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

Northampton Soccer Club

Northeast Chemical & Supply Co., Inc.

Northern Valley EMS-NOVA

Mr. & Mrs. George Norton

Mr. Joe Novostat

Nuveen Investments Holdings

NV Energy

Mr. Ryan O'Gorman

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. O'Har

Ms. Jody O'Neil

Ms. Karen O'Neill

O.C. Tanner

Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Ocasio

Elaine & Dick Oeler

Ms. E. June Offenderlein

Office Depot Foundation

Olde Homestead Golf Club

Oliver Kita

Mr. Ken Olson & Ms. Lisa Neff

Omnicare of Eastern PA

One Source Office Refreshment Serv

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew ONeal

OneMain Financial

Operations Center Activity Commitee

Dr. & Mrs. Eugene E. Ordway

Mr. & Mrs. Steven Ornosky

Mr. Timothy Osborn

Ms. Linda Osmun

Mr. Richard Ouellette

Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Ms. Deborah Over

Overhead Door Company of Allentown

Ms. Cathy Owens

Ms. Deborah Owens

Ozzy's Family Fun Center

PaintSome Pottery

Ms. Paige Pait

Mr. Merrill D. Paletz

Papa Murphy's

Par-4 Golf Cars

Miss Young Park

Shawn & Karla Parker

Party City

Pat's Pizza

PATHS, LLC

Don & Diana Patt

Doug & Georgie Patt

Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Patten

Ms. Brenda Pearsall

Penn Capital Management Co.

PenTele Data Business Solutions

People First Federal Credit Union

Pepsi

Ms. Jenelle Perich

Mrs. Regina L. Perich

Mr. R. Lee Perry

Peter Jacobsen Sports, LLC

Mr. Dennis Peters

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Peters

Mr. Dennis Petersen

Ms. Andrea Peterson

Mrs. Diane Petrella

Mr. Matt Petry

Ms. Cynthia Pettit

Pheasant Valley Sportmen's Club

Phil's Nails

Philadelphia Area CFC

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

The Philadelphia Phillies

Phoenix Data, Inc.

Ms. Angeline A. Piskorski

Ms. Jane H. Pittman

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mr. Brett Pizer

Pizza Hut

Plasma Protein Theraputics Association

Mrs. Debbie Plocinik

Mr. Richard Plunkett

The PMA Companies

PNC Bank

Mr. and Mrs. James Poole

Ms. Michele Poole

Dr. Constance Porter

Post & Schell, P.C.

Ms. Jayne Poulsen

PPL Corporation

PR Strategists

Ms. Georgia Pressman

Prestige

Prevent Child Abuse

Price Landscape Nursery

PrintConcepts

Ms. Charlotte Prior

B. Prophete

Mr. Bruce Pudlock

Puerto Vallarta

Putt U Miniature Golf

QNB

Queen of the Valley Lodge #376

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

R.C. Lacy Inc.

Mr. Charles T. Raabe

Mr. & Mrs. Heath Racine

Mrs. Andrea Radesi

Mr. Robert Radzai

Ms. Elizabeth Raines

Randall's on the Orchard

Mr. Winston A. Randolph

Range Medical Services, LTD

Mr. Leonard Rast

Mr. George Rausch

Reading Escapades

Reading Royals

Ms. Christine Reagan

Red Hook Golf Club

Red Onion

Red Tomato Pizzeria

Mr. Shawn Reefer

Mr. Ralph Bernard Reeves IV

Dr. & Mrs. Scott Reines

Mr. Jeff Reinhard

Ms. Sharon Remmel

Renee's Hair Design

Reveille Management, LLC

Ms. Heather Rey

Mrs. Shannon Wood Rice

Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing

Richmond Wines

RICOH

Right Management

Ms. Stacy Riley

Mr. & Mrs. John Rimm

Rip Van Winkle

Mr. Christoper Rismiller

Rite Envelope & Graphics, Inc.

Myrna Rivera

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Robbins

Robert Carey Co., Inc.

Jay H. Robinson

Mr. Joseph W. Robinson

Ms. Gabrielle Rocchino

Rodale Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. James Rodgers

Ms. Cora Roeder

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Roman

Mr. Mark Roscioli

Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Rose

Mr. John Ross

Ross Dress for Less

Dave Roth

Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Rowland

Mr. Jack W. Rowland

Ruby Tuesday

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rudolph

Mr. James Ryan

Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Rzonca

Ms. Rita M. Salerno

Murray Sales

Sam's Club

Ms. Diane M. Sancilio

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

Sara Lee/Butter-Krust

Sardis Baptist Church

Sargent Real Estate

Lakeri Sartin

Mr. Henry Saruba

Saucon Valley Country Club

Savonna's Trattoria

Ms. Hillery Schaller

Mrs. Marian Johnson Schappell

Mr. Ryan Schaupp

Ms. Barbara Scherr

Ms. Lisa Schimmelpfenning

Mr. James W. Schmitt

Ms. Carole Schrading

Mr. Roy Schreffler

Ms. Sandra Schreffler

Mr. & Mrs. David Schroeder

Schulte Sports Marketing and P.R.

Mr. & Mrs. Luke Schultz

Schwab Charitable Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Schwartz

Ms. Sharon Seaman

Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Seland

Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Semilof

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Semione

Kimberly Land Servagno, DMD

Sesame Place

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Seyfried

Ms. Catherine Shade

Ms. Kimberly Shaffer

Mr. Vaughn Shappell

Ms. Amanda Shaw

Mr. Jack Shaw

Shawn's

Ms. Gail Shearer

Sherry Clewell Photography

Sherwin Williams

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Ms. Nancy Shipe

Shire Pharmaceuticals

Shoe Carnival

Shop Rite Store #241

Buck & Angela Showalter

Buthaina Shukri

Mr. Danny W. Shultz

Mr. Donald Sillivan

Mr. & Mrs. Quentin Silver

Silver Peak REIT, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Simonaire

Simply Something Cafe

Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Singer

Ms. Pamela Sisk

Skip Barber Racing School

SkyZone Trampoline Parks

Michael & Michelle Slack

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Slack

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Slattery

Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Slavin

Sliders Pub

Ms. Jennie H. Sloan

Mr. and Mrs. David J. Small

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Smith

Ms. Kathleen E. Smith

Ms. Linda K. Smith

Mr. Thomas Smith

Mr. Victor E. Smith

Mr. David Smyre

Snap Fitness

Idah Snee

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Soldo

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Sopchick

Mr. John Soteros

Ms. Barbara A. Spencer

Dr. JoAnn N. Spencer

Ms. Marian Spencer

Spillman Farmer Architects

SPYA Hurricanes

St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Luke's Lutheran Church

St. Thomas Moore Soccer Club

St. Vincent's Digestive Health Center

Mr. Robert Stachura

Ms. Cheryl Staffone Parrish

Ms. Gina L. Stano

State Chemical Solutions

State Farm Insurance Companies

Mr. & Mrs. Ken Stauffer

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Steed

Mr. Charles Steika

Ms. Emily Stein

Mr. Glen Stephens

Mr. & Mrs. James Stewart

Stewart's Foundation

Stokes Electrical Supply

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Stoltz

Michael Stone

Ms. Carrie Stoots

Linda & Bruce Storey

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Stumpf

Ms. Carrie Lynn Stutzman

Subway

Subway - Ellsworth

Super Nails

Mr. Vince Suzadail, Jr.

SWB&R

Sylvia's Cafe

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Synoracki

Sysco

Systems & Methods, Inc.

Mrs. Gloria A. Szakos

Taco Bell

Ms. Sharlene Taulbee

TBFOC, Inc.

TDM

TechniCom

Ms. C. Susan Tellefson

Temptation Website Design

Terrapin Bistro/Bar

TGI Friday's

Ms. Barb Thatcher

The Babe Ruth Museum

The Cigar Boss, LLC

The Club at Morgan Hill

The Express Times

The First, N.A.

The Flour Shop Bakery

The Flower Patch and Gift Shoppe

The Hillman Family Foundation

The Ink Spot

The Keystone Group L.C.

The Maine Grind

The Maine Jump

The Mex

Ms. Bevin Theodore

David Thomas

Ms. Jane E. Thomas

Ms. Marie Thomas

Mrs. Carol Ann Thomason

Ms. Karen Thompson

Thompson's Meat Market

Kathleen & Frank Tiano

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Tiano

Tiano Excavation

Mr. Dwight Tilton

Time Warner Cable

Tire Barn

Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Tisinger

Total Wine & More

Towers Watson

Traffic Services

Mr. Lee Trevino

Mr. Scott Trexler

Tri-Boro Youth Soccer

Trustco Bank

Mr. Lawrence Tucker

Mr. Mario Turco

Ms. Carrie Turner

Two Johnnys

Ms. Jennifer Udvardi-Morris

UGI Energy Services

UGI Utilities, Inc

Ms. Johanna Ulicny

Ulster County Deputy Sheriffs P.B.A.

United Concordia Companies

United Health Group Employee Giving Campaign

United Presbyterian Church

United Way - Capital Region

United Way of Central & Northeastern CT

United Way of Delaware, Inc.

United Way of Greater Portland

United Way of Lancaster County - CFC

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

UPAC/Bardovon

V.K. Bridal Couture, Inc

VA Associates, LLC

Valhalla

Valley Doors & Hardware Incorporated

Valley Pizza Family Restaurant

Dr. Jack M. Valpey

Ms. Beverley Van Houten

Variety Music

Verizon

Verizon Wireless

Veronica's Hair Salon

Villa Rosa Restaurant & Pizza

Vinart Dealerships

Vince's Concessions

VIP

Mike & Gail Vogel

Von Paris Enterprises, Inc

Mr. Ray Vonderschmidt

VSAS Orthopedics

W.B. Mason

W.R. Grace Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Wagner

Ms. Kristen Wagner

Wagner's Auto Body

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Foundation

Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #722

Mr. L. Joseph Walker

Mr. Louis Walker

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Walker

Mr. Walter C. Wannemacher

Miss Agnes Alice Ware

Ms. Rebecca B. Warner

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Warren

Ms. Brenda Washington

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Washington

Ms. Melody Washington

Washington Capitals

Washington School Staff Member

Tamara Wasilick

Waste Management

Mr. Tim Watson

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Watson

Ms. Teresa Watts

WaWa

Weis Markets

Wells Fargo Matching Gift Program

Wendy's

Jerry Wertz

West End Lions II

Ms. Catherine Westerfer

Western Lehigh United - U9

Western Lehigh United Soccer Club

Robin Wheeler

Ms. Beverly Whitehead

Whitetail Golf Club

Ms. Alice Wilbeck

Mr. Glenn Willard

Ms. Michelle Williams

Nick Williams

Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin N. Williamson

Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Williamson

Ms. Donna Willis

Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Willis

Bill & Mary Jane Willis

Willow Park, Inc.

Ronald Wilmot

Daphne A. Wilson

Ms. Tracy Wilson

Wingate by Wyndham - Allentown

G. Eldon Winslow

Wishchuk Law Office

Lorraine M. Wolfe

Bailey Wood

Casey Wood

Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Woodward

Ms. Martha Wordon

World of Mirth

Mr. Bill Wright

Lee Wright

Mr. Patrick Wright

WTE Corporation

Mr. & Mrs. Peter T. Wulfhorst

Ms. Donna Wyatt

Mr. & Mrs. Dan T. Xander

Ms. Elizabeth Yeaton

Yellow Dog Tavern

David & Ninette Yengling

Yocco's Hot Dogs

Yoga Loft of Bethlehem

Yuasa Battery, Inc.

Sam Zales

Mr. & Mrs. John Zaloom

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Zarnas

Mr. and Mrs. Jose Zarzuela

Ms. Margaret Zazzera-Roberts

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Zelner

Ms. Doris Jean Zettle

Mr. & Mrs. C. David Zimmerman

Dr. Gerald Zimmerman

Ms. Stephanie Zito

Edward A. Zouck

 

Our students cheer our 2012 supporters through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC): 

Verizon

PPL

Frontier Communications

American Bank

The John Yurconic Agency



 

Pennsylvania couple has embraced

foster parenting for 15 years

hands  

 
By Bevin Theodore

 

John and Joanne Dworsky raised a son and are expecting their first grandchild, but they continue to open their hearts and home to children through KidsPeace's foster care program. 

 

Since the Lehighton area couple became foster parents in 1997, they have had six long-term placements and a handful of respite cases. Three children got adopted from their care, and many still keep in touch. Joanne said she always wanted to be a foster mom, but when she broached the subject with her son when he was growing up, he wasn't receptive to the idea.

 

Once he was in graduate school, the Dworskys took in their first child. Since they had one child of their own, they've found they do well with longer-term placements of one child at a time. But they have accepted some respite cases, where children stay for up to a month to give other foster families a break. Though they have traditionally taken in teenagers, Joanne laughed when she recalled the time they got two 2-year-olds for a couple of weeks and she and John scrambled to keep up with them.

 

They have seen children from a variety of backgrounds - some have been abused, others have parents in jail, many have never been taught basic hygiene or study skills. But there is one thing the Dworskys have found all children need -- structure.

 

John said many of the children were told for years that they were stupid or would never amount to anything, so he and his wife make it their mission to encourage each child to live up to his or her true potential.

 

"You can be anything you want to be as long as you're willing to work at it," he tells them.

 

While the children are in their care, the Dworskys make them feel like a part of the family. This may take the form of interacting with their teachers, taking them on outdoor adventures, doling out chores or making sure they have proper clothing.

 

"Most of them come with a plastic bag full of stuff, and half of it doesn't fit," John said. "They don't have much of their own identity."

 

Joanne has found that every child, no matter the age or gender, loves helping her in the kitchen.

 

"I think they just like anything that's one-on-one," she said. "When they think they're doing something good, they just light up."

 

John says the toughest part is often dealing with biological parents who don't show up for arranged visits. Joanne acknowledges it can also be difficult to remember the children are with them on a temporary basis. She makes sure to never show her emotions when it's time for a child to leave them.

 

"The whole idea for us was to treat them the way we treat our own child. So when you bring them in, they deserve everything you can give them," she said. "The most meaningful thing I get out of it is that when the kids leave here, they've experienced a happy, safe home and they see they deserve it. I've planted a seed and somewhere down the road, they'll see that."

 

Right now, the Dworksys are serving as foster grandparents once a month for a 13-year-old girl whose grandparents live on the West Coast. Both laud their KidsPeace caseworkers and say they'll continue taking in foster children as long as they're able.

 

"For me, foster parenting has just given me a lot of joy," Joanne said.

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KidsPeace mourns death of board member Andy Mellen

  

KidsPeace lost a great supporter this summer with the death of Andy Mellen, 82.

 

Mellen, senior executive of Air Products, helped KidsPeace as a board member, board chairman and philamellennthropist.

 

His family, in an effort to continue to support KidsPeace, has asked memorial donations be made to the KidsPeace Children's Fund: 

 

KidsPeace

Advancement Office

4085 Independence Drive

Schnecksville, PA  18708

 

Checks should be made payable to KidsPeace Children's Fund. Memorial donations may also be made at www.kidspeace.org.

 

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A story of hope from the KidsPeace Doves in Georgia

By Kellie Lowery

 

I had all but given up on hope until one day about four months ago. I was approached by a client about starting a cheerleading group. I will not lie to you and say that this idea made me jump for joy and immediately start the KP Cheer Squad. But after a few days of deliberation, I thought, "what the heck, what's the worst that could happen?"

 

At the initial signups I had a squad of seven girls who were interested, which was more than I had expected. The next day I decided to have the first cheer practice ever at KidsPeace Georgia. What I had not expected was for 14 out of 20 girls on the unit to attend. As shocked as I was, I still held numerous reservations such as, will they hurt each other, will they hurt me, will it work, how can it work, what if it works and what have I done? I would soon find out...

 

The first day of practice began how any high school varsity squad starts - with stretches. This is also where I realized some of the difficult challenges that were in store. I was not attempting to coach the most flexible or athletic girls, but I was attempting to teach hope, spirit, perseverance and, most of all, teamwork to a bunch of misunderstood teenagers. I also did not expect the enthusiasm of 14 girls who never really understood the aspects of a team. Between the groans and complaints of stretching, bending, twisting, jumping and moving, the girls realized I was going to take this seriously.

 

I wanted them to feel like they were part of a real cheer squad, a real team. I challenged each of the girls to simply try the group for one week. If after one week they didn't like it then they never had to come back. After the end of a tiring but productive first practice, one client asked me if I was going to quit the group. Taking a moment to think about it, I told her "I'm not quitting until you do." Here we are, both going strong.

 

Fast forward four months. I now have a squad of 16. Besides learning jumps, kicks, splits, tumbling, stunts, cheers and dances, they have learned the meaning of being a team. These girls have also learned about hope and caring.

 

KidsPeace Georgia's Summer Jam started with a performance from the Cheer Squad in front of a crowd of about 60 people. With ribbons in their hair and glitter on their faces, the ladies took the gym floor by storm. After dedicating their performance to a staff member who recently passed away, the ladies stunned me. They looked flawless and beautiful.

 

How can girls who are so different and who can be so hurt, look like a TEAM that has been working on cheering for years? As I stood on the side watching them yell and dance, I felt my eyes water and lips quiver, for it was right then that I truly felt hope. I had done it. I had given them the skills to reach goals they never thought they could reach.

 

Just when you tell yourself that you will never make a difference, something shocking and irrevocable happens. Just when I thought I was going to change the lives of 16 teenagers, I realized I am the one being changed. As I looked at each of their faces and saw the wonderful and beautiful looks of accomplishment, I knew my life had forever been changed.

 

As I looked around at the smiling faces, I saw for the first time in some of them true confidence. I saw women who were proud of themselves. I saw young ladies who had hope and a bright future. Whether these girls ever use their cheerleading skills after they leave KidsPeace is not important; what's important is the moment of victory and accomplishment that shined so brightly out of their faces.

 

More shocking to me, was the question of "Coach are we gonna practice today? There are a few things that we need to work on." I thought I was going to make a group of girls find hope and yet I now know that hope found me - perhaps where I least expected it, in the faces of 16 teenage KidsPeace cheerleaders. Go KidsPeace Doves!

 

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OneMain Financial and OriolesREACH support KidsPeace children

 Angela and Buck Showalter 

 

KidsPeace is fortunate to have strong community partnerships with the Baltimore Orioles and OneMain Financial.
 

In January, OneMain Financial and OriolesREACH hosted an evening with Orioles manager Buck Showalter and his wife, Angela, at Camden Yards to support KidsPeace.

 

As part of that program, OneMain Financial and OriolesREACH donated toys, luggage and backpacks and money to support our organization. So many youth in foster care move from one home to the next with their personal belongings in garbage bags. These donations were not only practical, but helped give these children and teens some dignity and respect during a difficult time.

 

The partnership continued with the Citi Teach Kids to Save program with OriolesREACH. KidsPeace was chosen to pair with the premiere OneMain Financial game on June 29. One hundred game tickets were provided for KidsPeace children, families and staff. The Orioles provided transportation for KidsPeace from a centralized location to Camden Yards, and OneMain Financial provided all the food and beverages.

 

The children received a Teach Children to Save lesson geared to their age group, joined OneMain Financial employees/families for a private picnic lunch and the game.

 

OneMain is the premier community lender in the U.S. and has been serving communities since 1912. The company is based in Baltimore, with more than 1,300 locations across the country, including 24 branches in Maryland.

 

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Richmond FCCP celebrates successes of foster kids, parents

 

In Richmond, Va., Foster Care and Community Programs we have had many successes over the years, not only with our foster children but also with our foster parents.

 

During the summer of 2012 we have had some amazing things happen. One of our foster children has graduated high school and has signed to play football at Ferrum College this upcoming fall. This young man has been in our program for approximately 12 years, has had his ups and downs, but has done a great job advocating for himself and creating successes. Congrats to this young man, and many thanks to his foster mother Evelyn Newman!

 

Another one of our shout outs goes to one of our amazing foster parents, Debbie Harrell. She has had a young woman in her home for about three months. Over these three months, this teenager changed her mind from wanting to sign herself out of care when she turns 18 to wanting to live in the Harrell home so that she can save up her money (from her full-time cosmetology job) so that when she ages out of the foster care system she will have a "nest egg" all ready for her. This foster mother decided that on her 18th birthday she would surprise her with a 1995 Mustang. The biggest thing for this young woman was that in her previous foster home, with another agency, she had bought a car and was making payments to the foster parents who, when she was asked to be removed from the home, kept the car and told the child that the money and the car were theirs. After going through some anxiety about trusting people, she has learned that not all people are out to get her or to take advantage of her. Thank you, Debbie!

 

It seems like we in Richmond have something nice to say about all of our foster parents, but what has been incredible is the great work that the Richmond, Va., team has been doing with the children in our care. Thank you to the team for stepping up to the plate, as we are currently three over census in an economy that is not referring a lot of children to therapeutic foster care. Great work team!

 

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N.C. foster mom, 79, enjoys skydiving, caring for children in need

clouds 

 

By Bevin Theodore

 

Jean Murray plans to celebrate her 80th birthday next year by jumping out of a plane.

 

It will be the third time the feisty Bennett, N.C., woman has tried skydiving, and she can't wait to do it again.

 

"You've got to experience it. It's an experience that's indescribable and just wonderful," she said. "The day I turned 70 was my first time."

 

Murray's granddaughter's husband is a skydiving instructor and got her interested in it.

 

"I've always been a lively person, but not to that extent," she said. "But it's just something I decided I wanted to do. I figured if my granddaughter could do it, I wanted to do it too."

 

This sense of adventure is not limited to her extracurricular activities. Murray has been taking chances for years, most notably as a foster mom to children who need a little love and direction.

 

Murray first opened her home to children in need when her own children had moved out of the house and she was working in the school system, helping children with disabilities. She recalls encountering a 6-year-old boy who had been abused and only barked instead of speaking. When she got home from work that day, she told her husband she wanted to help children like that.

 

It was the beginning of a labor of love that has spanned two decades and countless children. After her husband died, she took a few years off, but started to feel like her house was too empty. She says she will foster as long as she's able.

 

"To me, keeping kids is exciting. It keeps me young and healthy and going," she said. "And my health is fine. I'm very fortunate."

 

Murray has always been licensed for two children at a time, and many kids stay with her for about two years. In that time, she forms a bond with them.

 

"Some of them come not loved. They have nobody that really cares," she said. "When I see that I can share my love and they accept it, and they leave me and want to call or come back, that tells it all, because obviously I've done something right."

 

She recalled a couple of children who actually took the time to thank her for what she provided them.

 

"This past Christmas, I had a boy who left me in '99, the time my husband passed away, and he called me and he said, 'I just thought I'd call and tell you how much you've done for me,'" she said. "He had been a very rowdy boy. I just shared love with him and discipline, not real strict discipline, but just showing him there's a better way in life."

 

Another girl stopped by to visit Murray at the holidays, with her boyfriend. "She told him, 'this is the only lady who really loved me,'" Murray said. "Things like that make you want to do something to help somebody."

 

Murray has fostered children from 6 years up through teenagers, but it's hard for her to choose a favorite age.

 

"I don't know whether I'd choose the younger ones, if I had a choice. But I'm enjoying the teenagers so much. They're keeping me lively. We go shopping, and I just try to teach them things that from the home they came from they never got."

 

Murray said one girl recently left her to move into a regular, rather than a therapeutic, foster home. She said it was tough to see her go, even though it was good her behavior had improved enough for her to move on.

 

"It's been hard to let some of them go, but then I have to refresh myself and say, you know, this is what you do. You're setting up a better life for them," she said. "Maybe when they leave me, they'll forget all that for awhile, but down the road, they'll remember."

 

For people considering becoming foster parents, Murray tells them not to over think it.

 

"There's so many kids out here that need us," she said. "No matter what your age, if you have love in your heart for kids, then you're qualified." 

 

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Teen, family find hope at KidsPeace

  

By Bevin Theodore

 

Katiana Faro's parents adopted her from the Ukraine when she was 3 years old. At only 21 pounds, she had been classified as "failure to thrive," had been emotionally and physically deprived, had no language skills and couldn't see well. A fourth-degree bleed in her brain had left her with permanent damage, and doctors determined she had been exposed to alcohol before birth, although she didn't have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Six months after she was adopted, it was determined she also had severe hearing loss.

 

"From the moment I adopted her, it was constant problems," said her mom, Paula Faro, of Katiana, now 15. "We were handling it when she was smaller. I used to have to hold her down six times a day to calm her down."

 

Still, her daughter's situation began to spiral out of control, with flashbacks and violent outbursts leading to constant visits to doctors, changes in medication and years of therapy. She endured 10 inpatient hospital admissions before a case manager finally mentioned that the Faros might want to look into residential treatment programs.

 

Katiana ended up at KidsPeace, mainly because it was the closest option to her New Jersey home. She stayed from February to July 2011, and though some days are still rocky, her mom says she sees marked improvement in her daughter since she has returned home.

 

"It was just years and years and years of daily crisis." Faro said of the time before KidsPeace. "That summer (after fourth grade) she just started talking about killing herself all the time."

 

For a long time, it felt as though there was no end in sight as Katiana acted out then developed side effects including Tourette Syndrome and seizures from her medications. But it was after she dropped two of the family's puppies on a tile floor, killing them, that her behavior got even worse.

 

"Once she admitted this, she said she wanted to go to jail, kill herself," Faro said. "She went out on the roof; she started a fire; she threatened to run away ... "Coming to KidsPeace was kind of our last straw. We didn't know what else to do. We were getting to the point that we were looking at group homes. We had gone through so many years of this and it just wasn't getting better."

 

But at KidsPeace, Katiana told her family, she finally felt safe.

 

"She knew that they weren't going to let her hurt herself; other people were not going to be allowed to hurt her," Faro said. "There was always somebody there to talk to, so she felt cared for."

 

Faro said her daughter complained at first and missed her family, but since she has been home, much of her negative talk has dissipated, and she's not as obsessive.

 

"I think new pathways were made in her brain, I really do, because she finally got it. It was like a miracle. I had lost a lot of hope, and obviously I don't give up easily. But this was kind of her last shot."

 

Katiana is now in ninth grade, although Faro says she operates on a level more akin to a fourth grader. There are times, when she has gotten upset, that she's actually called KidsPeace staff members to talk through her feelings. Faro said she wishes KidsPeace had a summer program to continue the positive experience her daughter had for the five months she was here because socially, she still struggles.

 

"She doesn't have any friends, so she's isolated a lot," Faro said, adding that her daughter's hearing loss and developmental delays make it hard for other teenagers to relate to her. "There's still a lot of loss. She won't be able to drive. She knows that she's not as smart as other people. She can't go to a regular high school like she wants to. It's sad. That's why it's important to keep up her self-esteem," Faro said. "Maybe once she's an adult, she'll be more able to connect with people."

 

Still, her mother looks at the positive changes that are impossible to ignore. Last year, for the first time in four years, Katiana didn't have to miss school because of her health, and she got good grades. She trusts adults now and doesn't try to push people away.

 

"Now that she's calm for the first time, I want her to just keep building her confidence and learning and moving forward to be a productive member of society," Faro said. "I see possibilities, whereas before I didn't know what else to do. It's good to know that KidsPeace is always there."

 

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KidsGiveBack Forestry Program keeps Maine youth busy in summer

 

sawhorses 

 

The youth participating in the KidsGiveBack Forestry Program in Maine continue to take on new projects.

 

Under the direction of Hans Krichels, the program has delivered 58 sawhorses in the community. They have received requests for 50 to 60 more, forcing the group to put further commitments on hold until they can get caught up.

 

The group has also made a lot of progress on the Popple Grove Children's Area at the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust (aka the Wildlands) in Orland. Every Tuesday, the kids work on the area, and they have thinned the grove, created a network of paths through the raspberries, carpeted the paths with woodchips and built a large sandbox and sifted sand from gravel to fill it.

 

Over the summer, six children in the program helped create a wheelchair bypass around the main gate into the Great Pond Mountain Conversation Trust.

 

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Mesabi Academy rated "Highly Effective" in CPC Assessment

 

Over the summer, Mesabi Academy went through their second Correctional Program Checklist (CPC) assessment. The CPC is designed to evaluate how closely correctional programs meet the principles of effective intervention. It has been validated in studies involving 40,000 juvenile offenders and more than 400 correctional programs. 

 

Three years previously, Mesabi had received a "highly effective" rating. Many programs experience slippage between their first and second assessments, however the staff and leadership of Mesabi Academy were determined to improve upon their previous result. With the report now in hand, we are happy to announce that we achieved our goal!

 

On our previous evaluation, Mesabi received a score of 64.5 percent. On our current assessment, we received a score of 70 percent, a 5.5 percent gain. To date, there have been 550 CPC assessments, with approximately 7 percent of programs achieving a highly effective rating.

 

As a worker placing a client, it is important for you to know that the placement is effective. We make it our responsibility to provide the best possible intervention. The results of the CPC assessment provide us, and you, with the confidence that we are meeting this standard.

 

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TeenCentral.Net, ParentCentral.Net win Web Health Awards

 

TeenCentral.Net received a bronze award in the Interactive Content/Rich Media division for the Anti-Bullying League.

 

This new section of the site, which is also available through sister site ParentCentral.Net, was made possible through a grant from Verizon Wireless. The Anti-Bullying League addresses the dangers of bullying while giving teens and parents a place to turn for help and understanding.

  

ParentCentral.Net 

received a general award recognizing it as a web-based resource.

 

"There is a tremendous need to make children, teens and parents aware of what bullying is and how it affects everyone involved," says Julius Licata, Director of TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net. "It can be devastating for a person of any age to be the butt of jokes or harassed because they are different or not as popular as others. It can scar a person and make their lives unbearable. We have to be more aware of the horrors of this anti-social behavior and we must help stop this dangerous and vicious behavior."

 

TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net are free, anonymous websites where teenagers and parents can log on and get professional guidance on issues ranging from bullying to drugs and alcohol to stress. Within 24 hours of posting a question, members receive answers from trained counselors and professionals.

 

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Bethlehem teen sells anti-bullying bracelets to support KidsPeace's TeenCentral.Net

 lauren foose 

 

By Bevin Theodore

 

A 15-year-old Bethlehem girl is fighting bullying one bracelet at a time.

 

Lauren Foose, a student at Lehigh Valley Academy, is a vocal opponent of bullying. She has shared her own experience being bullied since childhood, and in January, she organized a March in New York for other people who have been bullied and felt badly about themselves as a result.

 

Her mission involved creating a documentary, which is posted on YouTube, and she continues to share her story with anyone who will listen, speaking at schools, doctors' meetings and charity events.

 

Now, Foose is selling bracelets with an anti-bullying message. The proceeds are going to TeenCentral.Net, a website developed by KidsPeace to provide teens worldwide with a safe place to turn for help. The site is free, anonymous and allows teens to log on, submit their stories and receive professional counseling within 24 hours, along with advice from their peers.

 

Foose adopted TeenCentral.Net as her charity because of the Anti-Bullying League section of the site. Foose's mission to encourage people to embrace diversity and think before they speak is strengthened by the positive feedback she continues to receive.

 

"I've heard hundreds of stories, and they just keep coming every day," she said.

 

"Doing this has helped me cope with that happened to me growing up. It kind of gave me the opportunity to move on and start over and kind of have a freer life."

 

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Inner Beauty Pageant teaches girls self-esteem, showcases talents

Abbie Salvage and her mom 

 

Ten teenage girls had the opportunity to showcase their talents and model formalwear May 2 as part of the Inner Beauty Pageant on the Orchard Hills campus in Pennsylvania.

 

The girls chose their attire from gowns and other items donated from the community, faced a question-and-answer panel and shared their talents through activities such as singing, dancing and poetry. The girls' families were invited to attend, and the audience was also filled with KidsPeace associates.

 

"We heard nothing but positive praise afterward," said Elise Holland, one of the organizers.

 

Holland said it was wonderful to see the girls, who come from different houses in the residential program, get to know each other, form friendships and offer each other encouragement. She also extended a thank you to staff members who helped the event run smoothly.

 

Each participant received a tiara and a flower for her hard work, in addition to feedback from a "positive praise panel." Holland said they received so many clothing donations - some of which came from former Miss Pennsylvania contestants and Angela Showalter, the wife of Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter -- that they will be able to use some of them for future events on campus.

 

The organizers - who also included Dan Morris and Nicole Thomas-Grube, intend to hold this as an annual event, but are considering making the pageant the culmination of a four-week rather than an eight-week course.

 

Sponsors for the event included Metro Beauty Academy, who did hair, makeup and nails for the girls; Garden of Eden florist, which donated the flowers; Party City, which donated balloons; and Subway, DiFiore's, Red Tomato and Villa Rosa, which all provided food for participants.

 

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Event updates

Night of 1920's Glamour & Glitz

On March 31, KidsPeace turned the historic Lehigh Valley Trust Building into Vault 634 for an evening of refreshments, entertainment and fundraising. The speakeasy event featured Lehigh Valley pianist Dave Roth and West Coast standard singer Callie Cardamon performing hits of the 1920's. Cardamon volunteers for TeenCentral.Net and wrote the ballad, "Love is on the Way," for KidsPeace. The crowd of approximately 125 people enjoyed food prepared by Gala Gourmet Catering and had the opportunity for a souvenir picture. The event raised more than $27,000. 

 

27th Annual Golf Classic

Held on June 11, at Lehigh Country Club, where golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the course. Golf was followed with dinner, silent auction and the opportunity to hear how KidsPeace made a difference in the life of residential client, Amy. Sponsors, golfers and the silent auction raised over $112,000 for the Children's Fund.

 

15th Annual Soccer Invitational

Held Aug. 18 and 19 on the Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield, Pa., and brought more than 2,000 visitors to campus. Team registrations and sponsors raised more than $47,000 for TeenCentral and ParentCentral.Net.

 

 

Save the date for these 2013 events!

 

April 27 - 5K & 1-Mile Family Fun Run

June 10 - 28th Annual Golf Classic

Aug. 17-18 - 16th Annual Soccer Invitational

Oct. 19 - Stayin' Alive - Disco Prom Night

 

For more information on upcoming events, visit our website. 

 

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