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Good Shepherd Holds Fall Classic to Benefit Pediatric Unit Event Benefits Children with Autism, Physical and Developmental Disabilities

September 28, 2017

Allentown, PA – The Good Shepherd Fall Classic for Pediatrics was held on Monday, September 11, at Lehigh Country Club in Allentown. The tournament raised more than $175,000 for Good Shepherd Pediatrics, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for children with autism, developmental delays and physical disabilities and those recovering from accidents, injuries or illnesses.

This year’s tournament, which featured 112 golfers, 16 tennis players and 10 pickleball players, was re-named the Fall Classic to recognize the three tournaments.

Paul Emrick served as event chairman for the second year. Committee members included JoAnne Bergandino, John Caviston, Gary Clewell, MaryAnn Federico, Julia Gerancher, Andrea Jones, Chris Lakatosh, Bob Makos, Jaime Mendes, Richard Migash, Ina Nechita, Maureen O’Meara, Bob Springer and Tom Sweeney. O’Meara, with HMK Insurance, served as tennis chair, and Sweeney, with Ackley Sweeney Advertising, served as pickleball chair.

Key attendees included John Eureyecko, Marianne Lieberman, Chuck Mertz, David Gloss, Omar Zucco, Sally Gammon, Joe and Rita Scheller, John Yurconic, Todd Donnelly, Ken Duerholz, Todd Heller, Greg Butz, Anne Baum, John Caviston and Ina Nechita.

Emrick received the Bob Ford Volunteer Leadership Award, named in memory of Bob Ford, a long-time Good Shepherd supporter who had been involved in the tournament since the 1980s. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates a personal commitment to Good Shepherd’s mission and values, serves as an ambassador in the community and demonstrates exceptional leadership on Good Shepherd’s behalf. Emrick has served as a Good Shepherd trustee since 2015.

“Paul has been a steadfast supporter of Good Shepherd,” says John Kristel, MBA, MPT, FACHE, Good Shepherd president and CEO. “This is his second consecutive year to chair the tournament. His efforts have helped to ensure the event’s success, and he was chosen to receive the Bob Ford Volunteer Leadership Award because of his ongoing contributions.”

Specialty contest winners included: Closest to the Pin: Trevor Reid; Longest Drive, Men: Luke Smith; Longest Drive, Women: Karen Andrews; Straightest Drive: Mark Erickson and Pot of Gold: Bob Yapsuga and Joe Scheller. John Yurconic and Pete Kareha won the Putting Contest.

The first place gross foursome included Jim Stillittano, Andre Reed, Dion Reed and George Sucher. Greg Butz, Mike Butz, Steve Butz and Fernando Perez took first place net, and second place net went to Ken Duerholz, Karen Andrews, Jim Trinkle and Mark Waverka. John Kristel, Tim Riley, Joe and Rita Scheller were awarded the “Most Honest” foursome.

Bob Springer and Rich Underwood took first place in the tennis contest. In the pickleball court, Dale Inlander, Dottie Kelly, Mike Schiffer and Annie Sweeney were the victors.

Event sponsors included Paul and Lisa Emrick, Jonathan Warner, Warner Benefits, Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association, AVI Risk Services, BB&T Insurance Services, City Center Allentown, Richard Drobnicki, HON/IWS, Kistler O’Brien Fire Protection, Professional Receivables Network, Laurie Stewart and UNIVEST. Working Dog Press supplied program books and course signage, and beverages were sponsored by ABARTA Coca-Cola Beverages and Penn Beer. The winners of the golf tournament received gift cards to the Lehigh Country Club pro shop.


About Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering an unmatched continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Good Shepherd treats 65,000 patients annually at more than 60 locations in nine Pennsylvania counties. GSRN is the eighth largest rehabilitation provider in the country, according to Modern Healthcare magazine. Learn more at GoodShepherdRehab.org or on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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