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Dinner by Starlight - 2010

St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus Holds 9th Annual Dinner by Starlight

Fundraiser Honors Local Shining Stars, Benefits KidsCare

Allentown, PA (10/29/2010) – For nine years, St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus has been honoring Shining Stars, people and organizations recognized for their contributions to the community.

This year, the Dinner by Starlight event, which honors the Shining Stars, will be held on Thursday, November 11 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Fogelsville to benefit the St. Luke's Allentown KidsCare Center. The Center provides community-based complete pediatric care for newborns to 18-year-olds.

“KidsCare serves our community by caring for its children,” said Frank Ford, president, St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus. “The facility serves 5,000 pediatric patients a year in a clinic setting at a convenient location in the City of Allentown. As the number of patients we see is increasing, we are outgrowing our space and need to expand so we can continue to provide quality healthcare to the youth of our community.”

Since its inception, Dinner by Starlight has raised more than $600,000 to support programs and services of St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus. This year more than 400 guests are slated to attend. Tickets are $150 each and are available by calling /emailing Celeste Voyer at voyerc@slhn.org or 610-628-8782.

More than 35 corporate sponsors are supporting the event, which includes a silent auction with approximately 100 items, a sit-down dinner and a formal program to recognize St. Luke's Honorary and Shining Stars.

Honorary Stars

Honorary stars of this year's Dinner by Starlight are Tony Salvaggio and Kostas Kalogeropoulos.

Tony Salvaggio, CEO and founder of Computer Aid, Inc. supports organizations across the Lehigh Valley, but his passion is Computer Aid's Education Business Partnership. This program reaches at–risk students in elementary grades throughout the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia a region and strives to provide resources and positive learning experiences for the young people in these areas.

Kostas Kalogeropoulos is known for making many contributions to the Lehigh Valley, but his passion for the community is evidenced most recently by his tireless work on the Drive for Healthy Kids Campaign. This effort has raised $1.5 million to secure four new health vans for the St. Luke's Mobile Health Initiative, ensuring that the youth in our community have access to much needed health care services.

2010 Shining Stars

Nominations for the 2010 Shining Stars were solicited from the community and from local not-for-profit organizations in the greater Lehigh Valley area.

The program will honor an additional four adults and one child from the greater Lehigh Valley area. Nominations were solicited from the community and from local not-for-profit organizations.

The 2010 Shining Stars are Sharon Antrim, Licia Grim, Lisa McGrath, Ron Thomas and youth star Courtney Green.

  • Sharon Antrim, Diakon Hospice St. John
    Sharon has been a volunteer for five years and goes above and beyond the needs of patients, according to her nomination. She has canceled family plans to spend time with terminally ill patients and families. In two months, Sharon has donated more than 80 hours of her time for terminally ill patients.
  • Licia Grim, Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County(CACLV)
    The Blue Ribbon is the Symbol of Child Abuse Prevention. The program distributes thousands of blue scarves to children in Lehigh County each year. The scarves carry a label with the ChildLine Number 1-800-932-0313 to report suspected child abuse. A Blue Scarf does double duty by protecting its wearer from the cold and abuse, according to CACLV. Licia sews labels into thousands of blue scarves and individualizes each scarf. She involved her family and Cedar Crest students to partner with her to provide special touches to each scarf.
  • Lisa McGrath, Weisenberg Elementary School
    Lisa originated and runs a program called the "Gift of Giving" program out of Weisenberg Elementary School, as well as being a long time devoted and loved teacher. In this program she personally coordinates all of the donations from staff, community and PTO for many needy families in the community.
  • Ron Thomas, Cetronia Ambulance Corps
    Ron Thomas has been a volunteer at Cetronia Ambulance Corps for 35 years. Previously, Ron was an Emergency Medical Technician on one of Cetronia's ambulances and is now the fleet manager. He is responsible for 33 vehicles that drive 750,000 miles annually - the vehicles include 19 ambulances, 12 para-transit vehicles, a supervisor's vehicle and a special services unit. Ron works full time for Air Products and Chemicals in addition to his volunteer responsibilities.
  • YOUTH STAR - Courtney Green, Phoebe Home
    Thirteen year old Courtney Green volunteers at Phoebe Home two to three days-a-week over the summer. She DVDs for 50 individual residents with pictures set to music of their life at Phoebe. Courtney began volunteering last summer and spent her summer 2010 in the Activities Department for Phoebe's personal care facility. Courtney began her first year of Emmaus High School and also is a cheerleader for her school.