Star Awards honor busi­nesses, non-prof­its

Awards pre­sented to Ellen Over­cast, Kim Davis, Cheri Dot­terer, Dave Kendall, Pene­lope Oulds and Janet Yost

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot and ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

The North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce hosted the 4th An­nual Shin­ing Star Awards to a packed room of 160 cham­ber mem­bers at the Berkleigh Golf Club in Kutz­town on Sept. 28. Star Awards were pre­sented to Ellen Over­cast of Dream Va­ca­tions Kutz­town, Kim Davis of KD Con­sult­ing, Cheri Dot­terer of Make Par­ent­ing Eas­ier, Dave Kendall of Com­fort Keep­ers, Pene­lope Oulds of Pay­Day Pay­roll Ser­vices and Janet Yost of Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary.

“Each year at this time we have an op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize mem­ber busi­nesses and non-prof­its in the North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce for their busi­ness

achieve­ments and their in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity and their ad­vo­cacy for the cham­ber,” said Cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Lori B. Donofrio-Gal­ley.

“Based on es­tab­lished cri­te­ria, SCORE eval­u­ated 22 nom­i­nees and iden­ti­fied win­ners in each cat­e­gory,” said Star Awards event chair Sherry Christman. Deb­o­rah Berger was the Board Chair of the Special Fundrais­ing Events Com­mit­tee which is the um­brella com­mit­tee for the event.

The 2017 Shin­ing Star Awards were pre­sented to win­ners in five cat­e­gories. The Large Busi­ness of the Year Award was pre­sented to Dave Kendall of Com­fort Keep­ers. The Small Busi­ness of the Year Award was pre­sented to Ellen Over­cast of Main Street Get­aways Dream Va­ca­tions, Kutz­town. The 2017 Non-Profit of the Year Award went to Janet Yost, li­brary direc­tor of Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary. Tied for the 2017 En­trepreneur of the Year Award were Kim Davis of KD Con­sult­ing and Cheri Dot­terer of Make Par­ent­ing Eas­ier. The 2017 Ad­vo­cate of the Year Award was pre­sented to Pene­lope Oulds of Pay­Day Pay­roll Ser­vices.

“I feel very priv­i­leged ev­ery­day and ev­ery week work­ing at this cham­ber, to work so closely with each and ev­ery one of you. We prob­a­bly have ac­tive en­gage­ment by 35 to 45 per­cent of our mem­bers and that is most of you sit­ting here in this room,” said Donofrio-Gal­ley. “It has been an ab­so­lute plea­sure for me to work with you, get to know you per­son­ally and get to know about your busi­nesses and your non-prof­its. What I re­ally en­joy is the co­op­er­a­tive na­ture of the busi­nesses in the cham­ber and how each small busi­ness in par­tic­u­lar is will­ing to help and work co­op­er­a­tively with other busi­nesses and share ideas and re­sources and I think that’s a great thing.”

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst and pub­lic af­fair’s com­men­ta­tor G. Terry Madonna gave the key­note ad­dress prior to the awards pre­sen­ta­tion.

“We have a great turnout here tonight. I think we’re all in for a treat with Dr. Madonna,” said Cham­ber Board Pres­i­dent Rus­sell E. Far­biarz of An­tanav­age Far­biarz, PLLC, Ham­burg, who spon­sored the key­note speaker.

Madonna is direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Pol­i­tics and Pub­lic Af­fairs, pro­fes­sor of Pub­lic Af­fairs, and direc­tor of the Franklin and Mar­shall Col­lege Poll. For more than 30 years, he has taught and writ­ten about the Amer­i­can pres­i­dency, and Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal par­ties and po­lit­i­cal be­hav­ior. As a poll­ster in re­cent years, he has writ­ten ex­ten­sively about vot­ers and vot­ing be­hav­ior. He holds a Ph.D. in po­lit­i­cal his­tory from the Univer­sity of Delaware.

Madonna talked about the cur­rent state of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.

“I want to talk about one of the largest and most sig­nif­i­cant ef­fects of the Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion of 2016. It wasn’t just the elec­tion of Donald J. Trump,” said Madonna. “What hap­pened in 2016 is that it ex­posed some­thing that a num­ber of po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tists and his­to­ri­ans were aware of... We live in a com­pli­cated Amer­ica. Donald Trump got elected in large part be­cause a par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion that had been ev­i­dent be­fore, grow­ing at least since the days of Ron­ald Rea­gan, be­came para­mount to his elec­tion. Donald Trump won the Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion be­cause ru­ral and small town Amer­ica elected him.”

Madonna said Trump won Penn­syl­va­nia by 44,000 votes be­cause ru­ral and small town Amer­ica voted for him. The same is true for Ohio, Michi­gan and Wis­con­sin.

“He was the first in a gen­eral Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion since Bill Clin­ton in 1992 who went to the men­aces of the state, who went to the John­stowns of the state and made an ap­peal to them... And whether he can do it or not, bring back coal and bring back steel,” he said, not­ing that Hil­lary Clin­ton based her cam­paign on ur­ban and sub­ur­ban Penn­syl­va­nia. “We have to ex­plain why he won... She lost the elec­tion be­cause she failed to un­der­stand the na­ture of the elec­torate in key states and that’s the fact that his­to­ri­ans will write about 20 years from now.”

Madonna said how Trump con­ducts him­self is lit­er­ally the way he is.

“Don’t look for a change. He’s not go­ing to give up tweet­ing. He’s not go­ing to give up be­ing Donald Trump largely be­cause he’s not a Demo­crat, he’s not a Repub­li­can. He’s not a Liberal. He’s not a Con­ser­va­tive. He’s at heart a pri­vatist and a deal maker and he’s go­ing to do what he has to do to get as close to his agenda as he can. He will walk away with­out one sin­gle con­cern about whether he stuck his fin­ger in some­body’s eye. He couldn’t care less about that.”

Madonna said Trump has a style un­like any other Pres­i­dent in Amer­i­can his­tory.

Far­biarz thanked all of the event spon­sors, in­clud­ing Gold spon­sor Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work, Sil­ver spon­sor Read­ing Fightin Phils Base­ball, videog­ra­phy and photography spon­sored by Lead­ing Edge Busi­ness Con­sult­ing, pro­gram by Tomp­kins VIST Bank, award spon­sors In­ter­lace Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Elite Busi­ness So­lu­tions, Sher & As­so­ciates, Hasch Daal Cus­tom Em­broi­dery, Toby Bower of Cold­well Banker Res­i­den­tial Bro­ker Kutz­town, and Dream Va­ca­tions Kutz­town.

Event part­ners in­cluded judg­ing panel by Berks Schuylkill SCORE, b scene photography by Berks County Liv­ing, event photography by Dave Zerbe Stu­dio, au­dio-vis­ual by Watkins Ar­chi­tect, and cater­ing by Lisa Lut­ter­schmidt and Berkleigh Coun­try Club staff.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - CHAD ZERBE OF DAVE ZERBE PHOTOGRAPHY

Win­ners of the 2017 North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce Shin­ing Star Awards are Ellen Over­cast of Dream Va­ca­tions Kutz­town, Kim Davis of KD Con­sult­ing, Cheri Dot­terer of Make Par­ent­ing Eas­ier, Dave Kendall of Com­fort Keep­ers, Pene­lope Oulds of Pay­Day Pay­roll Ser­vices and Janet Yost of Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Al­yse Mit­ten of In­ter­lace Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, right, presents the North­east Berks Cham­ber 2017 Large Busi­ness of the Year Award to Dave Kendall of Com­fort Keep­ers.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

James Sher of Sher & As­so­ciates pre­sented the North­east Berks Cham­ber 2017 Non­profit of the Year Award to Janet Yost of Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Sherry Christman of Elite Busi­ness So­lu­tions, Ham­burg, presents the North­east Berks Cham­ber 2017 Small Busi­ness of the Year Award to Ellen Over­cast of Main Street Get­aways Dream Va­ca­tions, Kutz­town.

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