Local Volunteers Recognized
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce held its 15th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Friday, November 20th at The Riverview Inn in Matamoras. It was hosted by the Pike County Chamber in partnership with the Service Organizations throughout the area.
Thirteen non-profit organizations were on hand to honor their own and to showcase their commitments toward the worthwhile work that each does. The following people were honored: Lena Fitzpatrick for Bon Secours Community Hospital, Gail Blau-Kalman for Center for Developmental Disabilities, Gary Rusnack for G.A.I.T. Therapeutic Riding Center, George Hill for Pocono Environmental Education Center, Julie Ewald for Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, Monica McVitie for Pike County Area Agency on Aging, Johanan Bickhardt for Pike County Choral Society, LizAnne Samuelson for Pike County Developmental Center, Rachel McKean for Pike County Economic Development Authority, Arnold Green & Fabio Disla for Pike County Health Fund, Kathy Varkados for Pike County Humane Society, Matt Walsh for Pike County Teen Alcohol & Drug and Joan Woda for Safe Haven of Pike County.
The Pike County Chamber presented three awards: Chamber Director of the Year to Matt Dorcas of Bold Gold Media Group, Outstanding Business of the Year to the Biondo Investment Advisors and Outstanding Volunteer of the Year to Mrs. Ronnie Biondo.
Bottom row(from left to right) - Lena Fitzpatrick, Bon Secours Hospital, Monica McVitie, Pike County Area Agency on Aging, Gail Blau-Kalman, CDD, LizAnne Samuelson, PCDC, Kathy Varkados, Pike County Humane Society, Joan Woda, Safe Haven, Danielle Jordan, Pike Chamber.
Center Row – Ronnie Biondo, Volunteer of the Year, Rachel McKean, Pike County Economic Development Authority, Fabio Disla & Arnold Green, Pike County Health Fund, Matt Dorcas, Director of the Year,
Back Row – Julie Ewald, Milford/Matamoras Rotary, Johanan Bickhardt, Pike County Choral Society, Matt Walsh, Pike County Teen Alcohol & Drug, George Hill, PEEC, Joe Biondo, Jr. – Business of the Year.