Seventh Annual Holiday Benefit Luncheon Was Great Success!
More than 450 guests attended the annual Holiday Benefit Luncheon hosted by the Reading Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Law Foundation of Berks County on December 5, 2014.
The event included the presentation of the Sidney D. Kline, Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service to Ann and Chris Kraras by Law Foundation President John J. Speicher. Both have been incredibly active in support of many community endeavors. As President Speicher said, “Ann and Chris lead by example. They are the warmest and most generous people I know. If anyone should follow Sid in receiving this award, it is Ann and Chris.”
Highlight of the luncheon was the appearance of Jamie Moyer, a key member of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies World Championship Team and Phillies broadcaster for the 2014 season. Jamie responded to questions by Event Chair Mark Caltagirone and Baseball Aficionado Brian Engelhardt, as well as from the audience.
Very articulate in his responses, Jamie spoke from the heart in describing the work of his Foundation and the Grief Camps for children who have suffered a loss of a family member. He also shared insights on his pitching style which allowed him to compete in the professional leagues for 25 years, setting a record for being the oldest pitcher to earn a win.
A great beginning to the Holiday Season, please plan on attending next year – December 4, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Reading.
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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues
The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing. Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.
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