6 ex­ec­u­tives join Baker Chal­lenge to help Friend

Bak­ers seek com­mu­nity sup­port, do­na­tions lead­ing up to Friend Auc­tion

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Six ex­ec­u­tive bak­ers are pre­par­ing to face off for the Ex­ec­u­tive Baker Chal­lenge at the Friend Inc. Auc­tion at Beltzner Hall in Kutz­town on April 29. They will com­pete against each other to see who can raise the most sup­port for their dessert to do­nate to Friend. Their desserts are tasted and auc­tioned at the event on April 29.

“It’s a pop­u­lar­ity con­test that tastes as sweet as it sounds,” said Friend Inc. Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor San­dra Wise in the event re­lease. “The Ex­ec­u­tive Baker Chal­lenge de­buted in 2016 and raised more than $15,000 in funds for our pro­grams. Most Ex­ec­u­tive Bak­ers meet or ex­ceed their fundrais­ing goal of $2,000.”

Wise said last year’s chal­lenge win­ners, The Rev. Keith Rohrbach and his wife Deb, are con­vinced that this year’s bak­ers can do even bet­ter, “be­cause no one in North­east Berks County should go hun­gry!”

Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Kutz­town based Friend, Inc., a com­mu­nity ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps peo­ple in need.

The six ex­ec­u­tive bak­ers are Kutz­town Mid­dle School Prin­ci­pal Jim Brown, Kim Davis of KD Con­sult­ing, LLC, North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Lori Donofrio-Gal­ley, Fleet­wood Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Paul Eaken, Brandy­wine Heights Su­per­in­ten­dent An­drew Pot­teiger, and Fleet­wood Bank Pres­i­dent Tim Sny­der.

Donofrio-Gal­ley said she was hon­ored to be con­sid­ered as an Ex­ec­u­tive Baker for this pop­u­lar an­nual fundraiser and ex­cited to en­cour­age her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional con­nec­tions to sup­port the mis­sion of Friend, Inc.

“A high level of fun com­bined with show­man­ship and healthy com­pe­ti­tion drew me right in!” she said.

While her ex­per­tise is more cook­ing than bak­ing,Donofrio-Gal­ley said she has cooked a mean muf­fin or scone.

“This time, I am tack­ling much more deca­dent recipes,” she said. “In fact, I am prac­tic­ing sev­eral recipes to make a de­ter­mi­na­tion, and dif­fi­culty will not im­pede my ef­forts!”

Ac­cord­ing to her bio for the event, Donofrio-Gal­ley and her hus­band of 33 years, Richard C. Gal­ley, are par­ents to Tessa, Emma, and David, along with their se­nior Bi­chon, the beloved Maxwell. She en­joys cook­ing and col­lect­ing cook­books, es­pe­cially ones from the 1970s and study­ing herbs and nat­u­ral reme­dies. She of­ten finds time to play Words With Friends, lis­ten to mu­sic or go danc­ing with her hus­band. She is also a pub­lished poet.

Brown hopes to bring aware­ness to this cause.

“It is so much more than this one day,” said Brown. “It’s a great cause, no one should go hun­gry. It gives me a chance to help make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of some of my neigh­bors.”

He once cooked for a liv­ing but never desserts.

“I think it is go­ing to be fun and I am bring­ing some serious game. I will have an amaz­ing ap­ple tart,” said Brown.

Brown said any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing him raise money for the cause, they can con­tact him at school or check­out the school face book page or the dis­trict web page to get the forms for mak­ing do­na­tions. Add the baker’s name so it counts to­ward their $2,000. goal.

Ac­cord­ing to his bio, Jim and his wife Chris­tine have three dogs and a cat. His hob­bies in­clude ski­ing in the win­ter and kayak­ing in the sum­mer. He feels a call to any beach at any time. He thinks that you might not know that he grew up rid­ing horses.

Brown said his bio, “I be­lieve that all those who can should help those in need. Many of us know what it is to struggle in life. Some­one has al­ways been there for me. It is now time for me to help oth­ers.”

Sny­der, Pres­i­dent & CEO, Fleet­wood Bank, in his bio, said, “Fleet­wood Bank is the only com­mu­nity bank head­quar­tered in Berks County. We are ded­i­cated to be­ing a true “Com­mu­nity Bank” – our em­ploy­ees live, work and play in our com­mu­nity. We mea­sure our im­pact on the com­mu­nity by the num­ber of busi­ness loans we make to en­trepreneurs, the num­ber of loans given to fam­i­lies buy­ing homes, and the num­ber of cus­tomers we have open­ing check­ing, sav­ings and re­tire­ment ac­counts. We build re­la­tion­ships, and look at trans­ac­tions on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis ver­sus tak­ing a cookie-cut­ter ap­proach. De­ci­sions are made lo­cally by peo­ple who you know and trust. More im­por­tantly, we mea­sure our im­pact based on how in­volved we are in giv­ing back to our com­mu­nity.”

Ac­cord­ing to his bio, Sny­der en­joys hik­ing, golf and trips with his fam­ily. He and his wife Jessica have two chil­dren.

Sny­der said he is par­tic­i­pat­ing “be­cause the ser­vices pro­vided by Friend, Inc. help sup­port a va­ri­ety of needs that help make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live. This is a fun way to give back and sup­port Friend,” ac­cord­ing to his bio.

Davis is a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized re­tail con­sul­tant and pay­ments pro­cess­ing pro­fes­sional. She is a small busi­ness and com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate and cre­ator of the Nine O’clock Club which stands for New Ideas, New Econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to her bio.

“Also an an­i­mal ad­vo­cate (es­pe­cially dogs), Kim re­sides in Kutz­town with her fur kids - two wire fox ter­ri­ers, Mat­tingly (pic­tured) and Ge­orgie,” ac­cord­ing to her bio. “She en­joys trav-

el­ing, in fact if you can’t reach her; she is prob­a­bly on a beach some­where. She also en­joys per­sonal/pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, and over­all well­ness.”

Davis is an ac­tive mem­ber of the North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce, vol­un­teer at the Friend, Inc. Pet Food Pantry, and serves on the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee for Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship.

“Kim be­lieves in strength­en­ing our lo­cal economies by build­ing sus­tain­able, self-re­liant towns, giv­ing back, and sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses,” ac­cord­ing to her bio. “She is thrilled to be part of the ex­ec­u­tive baker chal­lenge and thanks ev­ery­one that sup­ported her and Mat­tie!”

Eaken and his wife Mar­i­lyn have three adult chil­dren, two of whom got mar­ried just last year. He is also “dad” to ter­rier, ‘Tucker’. His hob­bies in­clude many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties es­pe­cially work­ing in the yard and bi­cy­cling. He en­joys vis­it­ing new places, but ad­mits that The Caribbean is his fa­vorite va­ca­tion spot, ac­cord­ing to his bio.

Eaken “is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ex­ec­u­tive Baker Chal­lenge be­cause of the es­sen­tial sup­port Friend, Inc. pro­vides for fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity,” ac­cord­ing to his bio.

Pot­teiger has been Su­per­in­ten­dent at Brandy­wine Heights for the past four years hav­ing served as Prin­ci­pal, Di­rec­tor of Cur­ricu­lum and In­struc­tion/ As­sis­tant to the Su­per­in­ten­dent since 2007. He and his wife Amanda have three daugh­ters; twins, Grace and Avery who are 11 and Ella who is 8. He es­pe­cially en­joys wood­work­ing, hunt­ing and fish­ing and beach va­ca­tions with his fam­ily. He is in­volved at his church, serv­ing on the build­ing, schol­ar­ship and prop­erty com­mit­tees, ac­cord­ing to his bio.

“I see first-hand in our students and fam­i­lies the need for agen­cies as Friend, Inc. to sup­port them in dif­fi­cult times,” said Pot­teiger in his bio. “That is the rea­son I am a guest Ex­ec­u­tive Baker.”

Friend, Inc. Com­mu­nity Ser­vices is a multi-ser­vices so­cial agency that sup­ports the well-be­ing of those in need and is com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing the lives of fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in North­east­ern Berks County. Friend, Inc. pro­vides a client-choice food pantry, in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­rals, bud­get coun­sel­ing, fi­nan­cial cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion, and fa­cil­i­tates part­ner­ships with other lo­cal ser­vice providers.

To sup­port an Ex­ec­u­tive Baker, visit http://friend­inc. wixsite.com/frien­de­vents/ auc­tion.

Lori B. Donofrio-Gal­ley, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce.

James Brown, Prin­ci­pal, Kutz­town Area Mid­dle School.

Brandy­wine Heights School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent An­drew Pot­teiger.

Kim Davis, Con­sul­tant and Dog Mom, KD Con­sult­ing LLC.

Fleet­wood School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Eaken.

Tim Sny­der, Pres­i­dent & CEO, Fleet­wood Bank.

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