Boys & Girls Club holds 1Tth annual vouth Dinner
Mike Berstecher called his experience with the North Penn salley Boys & Girls Club invaluable.
“It has taught me to take something positive out of everything that goes on in my life,” said Berstecher, a senior at North Penn High School. “Not focus on the negatives.”
Berstecher said he has attended the club since sixth grade, when his family moved to Lansdale from Philadelphia.
ln May 2P, at its 1Tth annual Celebration of Children and vouth Dinner, the club honored Berstecher, a volunteer with the organization, as its vouth of the vear.
“This award shows that hard work truly does pay off,” said Berstecher, who plans on attending Misericordia rniversity in northeast Pennsylvania and majoring in business administration. “I’m happy to be a role model for the other kids in the program.”
Berstecher received the Capps Family Scholarship, the Janke Family Scholarship, the Shipp/Gallagher Memorial Scholarship, the Maltin Family Scholarship and the Phillips Family Scholarship, according to information provided by Donna Kreamer, the organization’s director of development.
Founded by a handful of Lansdale families in 19SS, the club has grown to serve P,2MM children and teens each year in two facilities in Lansdale and Souderton with nearly 5M educational, recreational and characterbuilding programs, according to information provided by the organization.
Several donors, board members and the children who are helped attended the fundraising event at the William Penn Inn, according to Kreamer.
She said the dinner also honored 1T youth scholarship winners. According to a list from Kreamer, Jonathan Keo received the Moser Markel Scholarship; George Shipp received an award from Hankin, John T. Eyer and Shawn Clark; Tony Davidson received the oobert H. Kreamer scholarship; Colby Johson received the Tim Turzo award and the Prosseda Family Scholarship; Lea Deimeyer received the Ebert Family and the Scherzberg Family scholarships.
The Maggie Lynn Wardle Summer Camp Scholarship will provide 1M children from the Indian salley Club with full summer day camp scholarships, according to the same information.
It states that the Decembrino Family Scholarship will go to help the Ambler Project Learn students.
According to Kreamer, the organization has been very fortunate in terms of raising money throughout the last year. However, she quickly added that the club is always in need of funds to keep the doors open and the lights on.
She said the club is looking WR RSHn D WKLUG RIfiFH Ln APbler.
It currently offers Project Learn — a free homework assistance program — in four locations, including WwR FOuEKRuVHV, HDWfiHOG Elementary School and the Shady Grove Elementary School in Ambler.
“The board is very excited about the prospect of expanding into the Wissahickon School District,” Kreamer said. “We are looking for potential locations.”
Troy sincent, a former defensive back with the Philadelphia Eagles who provided the keynote speech, lauded the club’s recreational and educational components.
“People across America should support this organization,” said sincent, a senior vice president of the player engagement with the National Football League and a 1988 graduate of Pennsbury High School.
Growing up on the east side of Trenton, N.J., sincent said he wished he could attend the local Boys & Girls Club on the south side of town.
“I was aware that they had so much to offer, like a pool, boxing and basketball,” he said. “But we just couldn’t go there.”