Max Izer believed in serving his community and supporting the things he loved. He was a WWII veteran, an elder in his church, volunteered at the local hospital, and worked at the same company for 41 years. Most importantly, Max was a devoted husband and father.
Good News & Great Gifts
Thanks to the generosity of donors and seed money from a philanthropic volunteer, Good Shepherd’s long-term care residents will be getting a new van for community outings. We are so grateful to all who supported our fund raising campaign.
Good Shepherd's elegant Gala in the Garden on Saturday, June 2, was a fabulous success raising more than $318,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem, Pa. Thank you to our gala committee and chair, Ron Donchez of BB&T, for helping to make this event so wonderful!
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More than $75,000 was raised for Good Shepherd's Long-Term Care Community Access Fund at the 2018 invitational held May 4 at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, Coplay. This marks the most successful sporting clays fund raiser to date.
We are so very grateful to the R.K. Laros Foundation for a $20,000 grant supporting the purchase of two Stryker Cub cribs for Good Shepherd's Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. The crib's low-stimulation environment and pressure-relieving mattress create a quiet and restful sleeping space enhancing the comfort and safety of our tiniest of patients.
UPDATE: We did it! Thank you to George and Elfie Maniatty, our resident families who put forth the matching gift challenge, and all 576 donors who raised more than $106,000 for the purchase of a new van. Remaining funds will be used for community outings enjoyed by Good Shepherd's residents. Thanks to each and every person, and for gifts large and small.
The Lehigh Country Club was the setting on Monday, Sept. 11 for 138 golfers, tennis and pickleball players who turned out for Good Shepherd's 2017 Fall Classic benefiting the Pediatrics Program. Together with the Celebrity Bartender event on Thursday, Sept.
We have some good news to share for people with disabilities and their families. Recently, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department launched the Pennsylvania ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Savings Program (PA ABLE). The act was signed into law by then President Barack Obama in December 2014 authorizing states to create ABLE programs.
Fourteen of Good Shepherd’s extraordinary nurses received scholarships on Wednesday, May 10 at the Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships Award ceremony held at DeSales University in Center Valley. The scholarships help nurses advance their continuing education so they can provide even better care for Good Shepherd’s patients.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors and friends, the 2017 Gala in the Garden on Saturday, June 3, brought in $315,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem.
Since 2011, Hockey Fights MS tournaments have raised more than $56,000 for the Good Shepherd MS Wellness Program. The Pennsylvania men's and women's tournaments are coming up in August at the Bethlehem Steel Ice skating rink and now supporting these events and helping to raise much needed funds is easier than ever.
Fourteen of Good Shepherd's extraordinary nurses received scholarships on Wednesday, May 10 at the Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships Award ceremony held at DeSales University. The endowment was named in honor of two special directors of nursing who left their mark on the legacy of nursing excellence and compassionate care at Good Shepherd.
We have some good news to share for people with disabilities and their families. Recently, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department launched the Pennsylvania ABLE Saving Program (PA ABLE).
At Good Shepherd we’re all about family. This is especially true for our 159 long-term care residents in Allentown and Bethlehem who call Good Shepherd home.
The power of philanthropy to change lives has long been a binding force among members of the Good Shepherd Women’s Giving Circle, a donor society founded in 2009. That mission was reaffirmed at the group’s annual meeting on June 23 when two Good Shepherd programs were awarded $68,000 benefiting long-term care residents and children.
About 500 guests gathered for the annual Gala in the Garden on Friday, May 21, 2016 on Good Shepherd’s south Allentown campus to enjoy a stellar evening of cocktails, fine dining and dancing.
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First there was Black Friday. Then came Cyber Monday. Now, there's Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016, part of an online global day of philanthropy that we hope will be a new holiday tradition for you and your friends.
For eight years, Greg Miller proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a supply petty officer 3rd class. His tours of duty included two aircraft carriers with most of his career spent on board the storied carrier, the USS Saratoga.
Congratulations to St. Thomas More School for winning the Special Project of the Year Award at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, November 9, at DeSales University. The award was voted on by the community and given by The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Thank you to all who voted!
The third annual Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, May 12, 2015 on Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s south Allentown campus. The celebration brought together donors and scholarship recipients who will use the funds to advance their nursing education which ultimately leads to even better quality of care for Good Shepherd’s patients.
People with disabilities and their families face many challenges. Among them are planning for a financially secure future and saving for disability-related expenses.
Good Shepherd’s 2015 Golf & Tennis Invitational on Monday, September 21, went down on the books as another record-breaking success, raising nearly $155,000 for the Pediatrics Program. The event brought together dozens of golfers, a group of tennis devotees (thanks to Ray Federici for once again handling the tennis portion), volunteers, and sponsors at the Lehigh Country Club.
Thanks to a gift from Dick and Sue Storat, members of the Raker Vision donor group, new technology is not only helping teach babies how to feed, it's feeding the heart and soul.
"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." - John Bunyan, Christian preacher and author (1628-1688)
A charitable heart comes in many disguises. For the children at the Good Shpherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, that heart came in the form of a 13-year-old teen, slight of build but with a mighty passion for giving back.
It's not too late to give to the Good Shepherd Resident Holiday Wish List. Every year, our 159 long term care residents tell us what they'd like for Christmas and that's where you, our donors come in.
Thanks to a generous group of benefactors, gifts sent to Good Shepherd before the year ends will be matched up to $30,000! Yes—dollar for dollar—your tax-deductible donation will be doubled!
Four devoted friends of Good Shepherd were honored at the the Raker Memorial Awards on Friday, November 13, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown.
First there was Black Friday. Then came Cyber Monday. Now, there's Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016, part of an online global day of philanthropy that we hope will be a new holiday tradition for you and your friends.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network's 2016 Gala in the Garden brought in $320,000, exceeding last year's gala and making it the most successful gala to date. Proceeds benefit the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem.
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November 13, 2014
Winnie DiLeo Melinsky was a Distinguished Honoree at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, November 12, at DeSales University. The annual event is sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter and recognizes the many philanthropists in our community who offer their time, talent and treasure.
November 11, 2014
There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there's #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 2, a global day honoring the philanthropic spirit that lives in us all.
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Thomas Brushman, a resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, was treated to a trip to Philadelphia just to chow down on a cheese steak from Pat's Steaks.
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The 20th Conrad W. Sporting Clays held on Friday, May 2, was the most successful clays event to date, raising more than $68,000, thanks to the participation of 165 men and women shooters, and generous sponsorships. The presenting sponsors were Al and Ted Douglass of The Douglass Group/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
Just in time for the holidays, Verizon Foundation awards the Good Shepherd Pediatric Program a $6,500 grant that will have a meaningful impact on young lives. Among other things, the funds will help us upgrade to new applications on our iPads which help children with disabilities communicate and improve visual, perception and fine motor skills.
Thank you to our good friend Daniel J. Reavy, director of external affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania, for being a steadfast friend to us over the years. Partnerships like this are invaluable.
Flanked by two toddlers and with her hands cleaning out the innards of a Halloween pumpkin, Angie Kopach was in her happy zone at Good Shepherd’s pediatric inpatient unit. What started out three years ago out as a “20 Acts of Kindness” outreach project for her church’s 20th anniversary has become an essential part of her life as a donor and a volunteer.
“This ended up being my ministry,” says Angie with a look of sheer joy in her eyes
Andy Tomasic was 20 years old when he climbed out of bed one morning and collapsed. The son of a former Major League Baseball and NFL player Andrew Tomasic Sr., Andy had always been healthy and active in sports, so the sudden weakness in his legs was baffling. “I just dropped to the floor,” he says. “I knew something was very wrong.”
Tom and Millie Stenhouse of Bethlehem were recognized as Distinguished Honorees at the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast on Wednesday, November 13, at DeSales University. The Stenhouses were nominated by Good Shepherd's Development Department for their many years of devotion to the organization as philanthropists and friends.
Eleven-year-old John Lewis made something very special at camp this summer. It wasn’t the crafts or the S’mores or the bouquet of flowers picked especially for his date at the big dance on the last night. It was memories of a fun-filled week doing just about everything any other boy his age could possibly do.
Girl Scout Abby Marone took on a project that earned her a Gold Award but the real win was priceless
Abby Marone is driven, determined and has a heart of gold every bit as big as her Girl Scout Gold Award. And the children who come to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit are the ones benefitting from it all.
On a beautiful summer Saturday, Dan Beers achieved something remarkable. Injured 11 years ago in a motorcycle accident that broke his back, paralyzing his legs, Dan walked to the altar to take his wedding vows with his long-time fiancée, Csala Peters.
“When I stood and looked into Csala’s eyes, it was amazing,” says Dan, recalling the outdoor ceremony held July 6 at Ontel-aunee Park in New Tripoli. “We were eye level. It was the best part of the day.”
A strong faith, a loving family and a generous heart have helped propel Ally Armstrong forward more than three years after a sledding accident in February 2010 left her legs paralyzed. Today, the beautiful and vibrant 20-year-old from Schnecksville is focusing more than ever on her future as she moves into a new apartment with a roommate and starts her junior year at Jefferson University in Philadelphia in pursuit of an occupational therapy degree.
September 19, 2013
At Good Shepherd's outpatient Pediatric Program, technology is increasingly playing a powerful therapeutic role in the lives of children with disabilities. So with a grateful heart, Good Shepherd's therapists were delighted to receive three iPads from the Starlight Children's Foundation in Philadelphia.
September 19, 2013
Good Shepherd paid honor to long-time volunteer Bob Ford of Salisbury Township as the first recipient of the Bob Ford Volunteer Leadership Award at the Good Shepherd Golf & Tennis Invitational on Monday, September 9, at Saucon Valley Country Club.
The award was created to honor a volunteer for exceptional commitment to Good Shepherd and its mission by coordinating, motivating and inspiring other volunteers to achieve fund raising goals.
Gala in the Garden, a fund raiser for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, raised $237,000 thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors supporting this annual event. Donors gathered for the gala on June 1 on Good Shepherd's south Allentown campus, many sporting sneakers and funky footwear.
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Keith Jenkins, a resident of The Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, was inducted into Lycoming College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, the 63rd person associated with the school’s football program to be inducted. A defensive end from South Williamsport, Keith anchored the Lycoming defense in the 1990’s during one of the program’s most successful periods. He helped the Warriors to a 41-6 record in his career, four Freedom League titles and three Middle Atlantic Conference titles while starting all four seasons.
Bob Ford is passionate about many things. Ranking high on that list are children and the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network's pediatric program, two things to which he's been committed for many years as a dedicated volunteer. In recognition of his service, Bob received a Community Star Award from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The award is sponsored by Homewood Suites and recognizes thosewho demonstrate leadership, compassion, dedication, and a commitment to make their community a better place.
An explosion of color, painted on expansive canvases with hand and foot prints, wheelchair tracks and even the swoop of a service dog’s tail spoke volumes at an art exhibition. “Wheels of Friendship,” featured seven paintings joyfully created by young people with disabilities, their classmates from local schools and thousands of visitors to The Crayola Factory in Easton. The project was made possible by a generous grant from Crayola.
Last September, Dr. Euclide Toussaint, a pediatrician from Haiti, spent two weeks visiting the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem to learn about pediatric rehabilitation, an area of medicine of which very little is known in Haiti. His visit was chronicled in the November/December 2012 issue of Sweet Charity.
Good Shepherd is pleased to announce that John A. Kristel has been named successor to Good Shepherd President and CEO Sally Gammon, who is retiring in early July.
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April 22, 2013
Good Shepherd honored five at its annual Raker Memorial Awards on Thursday, April 18, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown, continuing a long tradition of recognizing donors who, through philanthropy and volunteerism, honor the legacy of Good Shepherd's founders, The Rev. John and Estella Raker, and their son, The Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Chapter, has awarded a $45,000 Community Impact Grant to Good Shepherd's MS Wellness Program. The program is highly regarded as one of the best of its kind in the region and is a vital resource to many participants. The Greater Delaware Chapter has long been a generous supporter of Good Shepherd's MS program, providing funds essential to meet the program's growth and demand in services.
A sleigh full of brightly wrapped toys arrived for children in the outpatient pediatric program at Good Shepherd just in time for the holidays bringing smiles to lots of young faces. The generous donation was made by Air Products Women in Leadership, a group of 26 women from Air Products whose mission is to give back to the community. This bountiful gesture is another extension of a partnership between Air Products and Good Shepherd. Air Products volunteers give many hours of their time every year to help with various projects at Good Shepherd.
Of all the do’s and don’ts at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, one of the most important is: Don’t touch the elves. Because if you do, explains Michele Shara, recreational therapist, “They lose all their magic.”
Members of the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) continued to show their support for Good Shepherd's pediatrics program with a recent $5,000 grant awarded at the group's fall meeting. This most recent gift, which will benefit the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem brings a total of $80,000 that GLVADA has donated to Good Shepherd in the past three years.
The Good Shepherd medical staff recently honored retired physician, Dr. Thomas Brislin, DO, with a $2,000 donation to a fund that helps Good Shepherd's residents enjoy greater access to the community. Dr. Brislin retired in 2012 after serving eight years as medical director at the Conrad W. Raker Center on Good Shepherd's south Allentown campus. It was here that Dr. Brislin brought great compassion and expertise to his work tending to the medical complexities of the Raker Center's 99 residents, all who are wheelchair-reliant.
Three-hundred new books valuing more than $7,500 were donated to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital for inpatient use by Judith's Reading Room, a nonprofit literacy organization based in Bethlehem, Pa. The books will be housed in the Allentown hospital's recreation therapy room and also be accessible to residents of the Supported Independent Living Apartments on Good Shepherd's south Allentown campus.
September 7, 2012
Good times and generosity flowed on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Starters Riverport in Bethlehem where friends gathered and raised more than $2,600 for Good Shepherd's pediatrics program. Proceeds were generated from the sale of raffle tickets for 26 gift baskets, most of them created and donated by Good Shepherd staff, gift certificates and tips to celebrity bartenders. The Irish band Prugal contributed lively entertainment to the evening.
Thanks to the donation of a wheelchair-accessible van from VCI Mobility, Norristown, Pa., residents at the Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem will be able to participate in more outings and activities off-site. VCI converted a Dodge Ram 2500 van into an ADA-compliant vehicle with a rear loading wheelchair lift and space to accommodate two wheelchairs. For Good Shepherd's residents, staying active and connected with the community is vital to their overall health and wellbeing.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network was presented with a donation of $10,000 from the Greater Woodstone Open, a golf tournament held in June at Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville. More than 60 teams participated in the three-day event. Read more.
The 27th Annual Raker Memorial Awards were held on Thursday, June 14, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown. Local dignitaries, philanthropists and members of the community gathered to help Good Shepherd honor the members of the community who, through philanthropy and volunteerism, honor the legacy of Good Shepherd’s founders, The Rev. John H. and D. Estella Raker and their son, The Rev. Dr. Conrad W. Raker.
Eight proud students from Project SEARCH graduated on Wednesday, June 13, in a joy-filled ceremony held at the Conrad W. Raker Center at the Good Shepherd Home in Allentown. Good Shepherd is a proud partner with Project SEARCH helping to provide job training and employment to graduating high school students with learning disabilities. Other community partners are CLIU-21, the Office of Intellectual Disabilities, and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Grateful for the wonderful care their daughter received at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, parents Tony and Diane Fragnito of Coplay raised $1,220 at a fund raiser held at their bar, Fragnito's Place, on May 18th and 19th. "Celebrity" bartenders were friends, customers and relatives who donated their tips along with proceeds from a 50/50 raffle.
Cynthia Garcia, assistant vice president and personal banker at Wells Fargo, had lots to smile about when she visited Good Shepherd's outpatient pediatric program to award a $15,000 grant. Funds will support direct care from physicians and therapists, programming, the purchase of assistive technology for learning, reading and alternative communication, and charitable care for children whose families cannot afford the many visits required by their individual therapy plans.
It couldn't have been any better. Good Shepherd's annual Gala in the Garden on Saturday, June 9, was a resounding success, raising $260,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. Read more about this stellar event.
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Some members of the Iron Pigs baseball team in Allentown paid a visit to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit for a game of wiffle ball and to sign autographs. Check out our photo album.
A portion of ticket sales from The Antique City Fun Fair resulted in a $3,100 donation to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit from event organizers. The show, billed as "The Happiest Show on Earth," featured 250 booths and some of the world's foremost dealers at Lehigh University's Rauch Fieldhouse.
The Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund is holding a series of golf outings to help purchase gas gift cards from Giant Foods for families who need help coveing transportation costs to get their children to therapy at Good Shepherd's outpatient pediatric program in south Allentown.
James H. Miller, chairman and chief executive officer of PPL Corporation, and his wife Gail, will serve as chairs for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s 2012 Gala in the Garden. The annual gala, which benefits the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, will be held June 2, at Good Shepherd’s south Allentown campus.
Read how this generous grant will benefit this growing program.
June 16, 2011
Ken Ryno of Kunkletown remembers well the motorcycle accident in 1979 that nearly killed him. “They didn’t think I’d make it through the night,” he says. Ken, who suffered a spinal cord injury, did make it through the night, and after a lot of hard work as an inpatient and outpatient, he regained the use of his arms and can walk with leg braces.
Carol Henn, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF), hears a lot of good things in the course of work. But something really special came out of a visit to Good Shepherd that resonated deeply. While touring Good Shepherd's outpatient pediatric program, her face broke into a big smile when she was told that no child is ever turned away because of lack of funds or the severity of the child's disability.
For the third consecutive year, the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) donated $25,000 to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. Proceeds were raised through ticket sales to the association's Gala Preview Party held March 21 at Stabler Arena.
GLVADA has donated $75,000 to the pediatric unit since 2010.
The Bethlehem Blast, a youth ice hockey club based in the Lehigh Valley, recently donated two Apple iPads to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit. The iPads will be used to enhance speech function for children who are recovering from accidents, injuries or illnesses.
Each year, the Bethlehem Blast donates the proceeds from a basket raffle held during its annual Christmas party to a local pediatric charity.
ALLENTOWN, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Pediatric Program recently received a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The grant will be used to improve access to healthcare for more than 4,000 children with disabilities and support the pediatrician-prescribed Assistive Technology Program for learning and literacy interventions.
The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation made a $15,000 gift to Good Shepherd’s Children with Disabilities Program, helping the organization expand clinical space and services needed to meet a growing demand for pediatric rehabilitation services.
The program offers children help with feeding and swallowing difficulties, cognitive delays, speech and language deficits, and physical challenges by providing a full range of compassionate, hands-on therapies complemented by assistive technology.
The Harry C. Trexler Trust recently contributed $25,000 to Good Shepherd’s Children with Disabilities Program. In 2010, this regionally unique outpatient program served more than 3,000 children ages 1 to 18. It is the only source of medical, developmental rehabilitation for children in the Lehigh Valley with a growing demand.
New Space Will Help Provide Up to 12,000 Therapy Visits Annually
Allentown, PA – Long-standing family connections and a historic commitment to children’s health came together once again Friday as Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network celebrated the grand opening and dedication of the Dornsife Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Suite in Allentown.
Jill and Al Douglass, The Rev. Charles Fair and Donna Marie Garze Honored
Allentown, PA – The 26th annual Raker Memorial Awards were given on February 17, 2011, to Jill and Al Douglass of Allentown, The Rev. Charles Fair of Wyomissing and Donna Marie Garze of Mahonoy City. Good Shepherd employee Elizabeth McDonald of Allentown, received the annual Raker Spirit Award.