Forks Township Second-Grader Wins Gala in the Garden Icon Naming Contest

Name the Bug WinnerAn 8-year-old Forks Township youth was selected as the winner of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Networks’ 2012 Gala in the Garden bug-naming contest. Colin Homschek, a second-grader at Shawnee Elementary School, was selected from about 1,600 entries from Lehigh Valley-area elementary schools, child-care centers and the community at large.  Homschek’s winning name for the bug – Sir Lights-a-lot   -- brings a bright new personality to the June 2 Gala in the Garden fund-raising event, which will be held on Good Shepherd’s south Allentown campus.

Homschek was introduced today during a special ceremony at Good Shepherd’s Health and Technology Center. He shared his crayon-colored version of Sir Lights-a-lot during the ceremony and accepted a check for $1,000, donated by PPL.

At the ceremony were James H. (Jim) Miller, former chairman of PPL, Inc., and his wife, Gail Miller, who are co-chairs of the 2012 Gala in the Garden Committee. The Gala’s lightning bug icon was selected by Jim and Gail Miller and was designed by PPL’s Marketing Department.

“The name, Sir Lights-a-lot, reflects the spirit we want to convey for this year’s Gala, as we are raising funds to help light up the lives of our young patients at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit,” says Gammon. “We are thrilled to have received so many contest entries from interested children across the Lehigh Valley.”

Homschek is the son of Tom and Joyce Homschek of Forks Township. He learned about the contest through his school. Homschek said he selected the name Sir Lights-a-lot because his family used to have a cat called Sir Sheds-a-lot and he liked the name.

The contest was open to all children up to 11 years old (or in fifth grade). The top five entries were presented to the Gala in the Garden Committee, which unanimously made the final selection.

For more information on Good Shepherd’s Gala in the Garden, contact Andrew Block at 610-776-8311 or ablock@gsrh.org.