Archived News & Events - November 2017

November 29, 2017

Under the Stars at the 14th Annual Leading the Way Awards Gala

More than 450 invited guests, board members, NHS employees, and friends attended the 14th Annual Leading the Way Awards Gala on November 18 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia, PA. This year’s theme was Under the Stars, celebrating NHS individuals, staff members, and board members who have become stars as they further the mission of NHS. Guests were treated to an evening of Under the Stars themed décor and auction items, including one-of-a-kind art pieces created by our talented individuals.

Demonstrating a lifelong commitment to giving back to the community and helping their neighbors in need, Martha and Joe Besecker received this year’s Leading the Way Award. As founder, chairman, and CEO of Emerald Asset Management, Inc., Joe has always ensured that Emerald supports high-performing charitable organizations addressing high-priority community needs. Joe and Martha also demonstrate their commitment to volunteering, serving in a variety of charitable leadership positions. Martha and Joe (an NHS Foundation Board Member) proudly foster the NHS mission of enriching lives through their nationwide network of business and community leaders.

The Fran Egan Courage Award was given to Benjamin Pollon. Ben is a talented, loving, and caring young man to all who know him, and has meaningfully touched the lives of many. He displays courage every day of his life, and over the course of his 24 years, has survived a number of physical and intellectual challenges which have helped to build his strong character and lovable personality. Ben has accomplished many milestones including becoming a Bar Mitzvah, graduating from Quaker Valley School District, and Varsity lettering in bowling. Ben and his mother, Dorothy, a child advocate and NHS Foundation Board Member, have attended numerous NHS Foundation and NHS/AVS events in support of the organization’s mission.

More than $488,000 was raised at this year’s event, as a result of numerous donations made to support NHS programs and individuals we support. Thank you to our sponsors, friends, staff, and guests for your continued generosity which enabled us to once again exceed our goals and expectations.

 

November 29, 2017

Honoring our Veterans in Philadelphia

In the spirit of Veterans Day in November, NHS honored and thanked the veterans in our newest Fresh Start program located in Philadelphia for their service to our country. NHS partnered with Mission BBQ to provide dinner to over 50 veterans and staff members. Program Director Jermaine Graham (also a veteran) served all of the residents and provided an atmosphere of gratitude and respect for the service of the veterans residing in the program.

Honoring our Veterans in Philadelphia

November 29, 2017

Honoring Veterans at the Annual Red, White, and Blue BBQ

On Monday, November 13, NHS and Fresh Start held their 2nd annual Red, White and Blue BBQ to honor the service of the Veterans residing in our programs. The event, sponsored by the NHS Foundation, was held on the campus of Coatesville VA Medical Center, and veterans from the Fresh Start programs in Philadelphia and Chester counties were in attendance. CEO Joe Martz and the NHS Executive Leadership team, including CFO Derrick Yacovelli, Chief Strategy Officer Leah Pason, General Counsel Jill Weitz, Esq., Executive Director Paul Sachs, and Executive Director Jeff Pittner once again served dinner to over 160 Veterans and Fresh Start staff members.

This year’s Calvin Savage Memorial Award was given to Fresh Start Case Managers Jen Ficco and Beth Fuller for their dedication to assisting the Veterans in their respective programs. Keynote speaker Eric Arauz donated 200 copies of his book “An American’s Resurrection" to every veteran and staff member in attendance. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Honoring Veterans at the Annual Red, White, and Blue BBQ
Honoring Veterans at the Annual Red, White, and Blue BBQ
Honoring Veterans at the Annual Red, White, and Blue BBQ
Honoring Veterans at the Annual Red, White, and Blue BBQ
Honoring Veterans at the Annual Red, White, and Blue BBQ
November 29, 2017

Giving Families in Need a Reason to Be Thankful

Supporting Victims of Hurricane HarveyNHS Center for Hope Assistant Program Director Melissa Yadanza puts together Thanksgiving care baskets for families in need in Newburgh New York every year, and this year was no exception.

Thanks to her and her team, nearly 40 baskets with all the trimmings, including turkeys, were assembled and delivered!

November 15, 2017

Winter Coats for NHS Kids

More than 150 warm winter coats were distributed by the NHS Foundation to children in our PACT (Parents and Children Together) program located at 265 E. Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia on November 8.

Pacifico Marple Ford Lincoln, in conjunction with the Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation, donated the needed coats. The children were delighted and thankful to receive their new warm coats.
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November 7, 2017

PACT Annual Halloween Party

The PACT (Parents and Children Together) program hosted their annual Halloween Costume party on October 29. In collaboration with the Children's Outpatient program at 265 E. Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia, the children Trick or Treated among the Outpatient staff. PACT thanks our friends from Cradles to Crayons for their generous donations of costumes. The children were eager to select their costumes and proudly wore them throughout the day!

PACT Annual Halloween Party
PACT Annual Halloween Party
PACT Annual Halloween Party
PACT Annual Halloween Party
PACT Annual Halloween Party
PACT Annual Halloween Party
PACT Annual Halloween Party
PACT Annual Halloween Party