N. Penn United Way cam­paign nets more than $1.7 mil­lion

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

ou look so much bet­ter when you smile,” Bethlehem Bap­tist Church’s Agape Praise Min­istry singers belted out. It was an at­ten­tion-grab­bing opener to the North Penn United Way’s 2012 Live United Community Cel­e­bra­tion.

Close to 150 peo­ple gath­ered at Har­leysville In­sur­ance July 26 to ap­plaud what that com­pany’s Pres­i­dent and COO Michael Browne, who also served as 2011-2012 North Penn United Way Cam­paign chair­man, called “a piv­otal year in the his­tory of the North Penn United Way.”

Some of the high­lights from the past year in­clude the mov­ing of its head­quar­ters to the Univest build­ing in Towa­mencin, help­ing 450 fam­i­lies get $642,000 in tax UHWuUnV wLWK V,7$ VHUvLFH, DnG fiOOLnJ 1,056 back­packs in the Stuff the Bus cam­paign.

3URFHHGV IURP WKH nRnSUR­fiW’V Dn­nuDO cam­paign to im­prove the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents of the In­dian Val­ley and North Penn re­gions were up 17 per­cent over last year, for a grand to­tal of $1,733,000 — an an­nounce­ment met with cheer­ing and noise­mak­ers.

Hon­ored with United Way Giv­ing Awards for the high­est in­crease in dol­lars and par­tic­i­pa­tion were the em­ploy­ees of TD Bank of Mont­gomeryville, Simco Ion, Tar­get of Mont­gomeryville, SKF USA in Towa­mencin, Abing­ton Health Lans­dale Hospi­tal and Cle­mens Fam­ily Corp. Each was the leader in the size cat­e­gories for their re­spec­tive com­pa­nies.

Cle­mens Fam­ily Corp. SKF and Simco Ion were also hon­ored with Community Car­ing Awards, along with ITW Poly­mer Tech­nolo­gies, Safe­guard Deluxe Corp. and Har­leysville In­sur­ance, for in­creas­ing their em­ployee giv­ing by $5,000 or more. At­ten­tion was called to Har­leysville In­sur­ance, which in­creased United Way giv­ing by $112,000 with a chal­lenge match.

Sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als were rec­og­nized for their sup­port of WKH 8nLWHG WDy, LnFOuGLnJ LWV fiUVW-HvHU $GvRFDWH $wDUGwin­ner. Those win­ners in­cluded John Strader of Greater North Penn Col­lab­o­ra­tive of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices. Vol­un­teer Award re­cip­i­ents in­cluded J. Del­ton Plank of Soud­er­ton, Kim Li­cata of Penns­burg and Ken Byler of Perkasie. Lans­dale res­i­dent Rich Cost­low was pre­sented with the Community Ser­vice Award.

The United Way also hon­ored Univest with its Cor­po­rate Community Ser­vice Award.

North Penn United Way an­nounced that $800,000 in an­nual pro­gram in­vest­ments will be made from 2012 to 2015 to tar­geted ef­forts to help dis­ad­van­taged school chil­dren, fam­i­lies and older adults. It was done in a cre­ative way as North Penn High School students Erica Hutchin­son, Pas­cal Port­ney and Alexan­dra Si­mon took on the per­sonas of a kinder­gart­ner, a se­nior ci­ti­zen and a woman in cri­sis.

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