Boys & Girls Club holds 1Tth an­nual vouth Din­ner

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Bradley Schlegel bschlegel@21st-cen­tu­ryme-

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.”

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