The Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its biggest event of the spring season: its Honors & Hors D’oeuvres celebration April 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Steel Club in Hellertown. A limited number of tickets are still available.
Five well-known Saucon Valley individuals, businesses and/or organizations will receive chamber awards in recognition of their community involvement, including:
Mobile Technology Graphics – Community Partner Award: This award goes to a person or business that lives the word “community” with consistency, professionalism and integrity.
David Spirk – Good Samaritan Award: This award is bestowed upon a person or company that finds a need and meets it. The Good Samaritan runs toward the situation, takes ownership of it when others won’t and gets the job done.
Hellertown Area Library – Champion Non-Profit Award: The Champion Non-Profit Award is awarded to the nonprofit organization in our community that always finds a way to win. They consistently set and achieve goals for themselves that cause them to stretch and grow, causing those around them to grow with them.
Saucon Valley Bikes – Small Business Leadership Award: This honor is granted to a business that has demonstrated integrity in everyday management and in reaction to challenging circumstances: a business known for its character and ethics as much as for its duration of operation.
Lost Tavern Brewing – Community Lifestyle Award: This recognition is granted to a business/group who demonstrates excellence in connecting with the community for the betterment of its quality of life, and is recognized as being widely embraced and supported by residents and the business community.
Mobile Technology Graphics is a commercial provider of video equipment. The Lower Saucon Township-based company is known for providing Jumbotrons for large-scale events like movies in the park and Hellertown’s annual Light-Up Night in Dimmick Park.
Township resident David Spirk is owner of both Steel Club and Spirk Brothers Inc., a construction and project management company. He donates his time in service to the community as president of Saucon Valley Wrestling Club and chairman of the Lower Saucon Township Parks & Recreation Board.
The Hellertown Area Library has served residents of the borough, township and beyond for more than 25 years. In addition to lending books and movies, the library hosts a variety of family-friendly, educational events for people of all ages throughout the year.
Saucon Valley Bikes in Hellertown has been a retailer of bicycles, clothing, accessories and more for nearly two decades. The shop, located at 824 Main Street, also repairs bicycles and coordinates events for bicycling enthusiasts. Owner Steve LaBrake gives back to the community by serving on the Saucon Rail Trail Oversight Commission.
Lost Tavern Brewing opened in 2016 as Hellertown’s first microbrewery and has become known for producing highly-rated craft beer, which is served in a taproom at 782 Main Street. The business will soon open a second taproom in downtown Bethlehem. Lost Tavern has also announced plans to add tours as part of a Hellertown expansion project.
“This is going to be a fantastic event as we gather to honor four businesses and one nonprofit that have given so much to our community while investing in the people of Hellertown-Lower Saucon to make this area a wonderful place to live, work and play,” said Jessica O’Donnell, Executive Vice President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber.
“Each honoree has been a great partner of the Chamber. We appreciate and cherish the relationship that we have with these exceptional award recipients,” she said.
Tickets for Honors & Hors D’oeuvres are $35 per person or $60 per couple. There will be a cash bar and raffle ticket sales at the event, with networking and cocktails from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and award presentations and raffles from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
The organizing committee members for the evening are Kim Rosario of BB&T, Tiffany Sondergaard of Steel Club, Mark Albright of Mark Albright Law Offices, Ken Solt of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Ricky Gower of BB&T and Michael Barrovecchio of CAPO Leadership Consulting.
Sponsors for Honors & Hors D’oeuvres are:
- Gold Sponsors – Lost Tavern Brewing & Steel Club LLC
- Table Sponsor – Farmers Insurance Wimbish Agency
- Bronze Sponsor – BB&T Main Street Hellertown
- Music Sponsors – Heintzelman Funeral Home & ASR Media Productions
- Cocktail Mixer Sponsor – Saucon Valley Bikes & Hellertown Homes
- Dessert Sponsor – Saucon Source
- Dessert Sponsors – Saucon Source & Springtown Inn/Brooklyn’s Catering & Local Mama’s Catering
- Candy Bar Sponsor – Sam’s Club Allentown
- Arrangement Sponsor – Andy’s & Pennewell’s
- Party Favor Sponsor – Clusters Popcorn
- Marketing Sponsor – Money Mailer of Bethlehem
O’Donnell noted that the event is a successor to the former H/LS Chamber annual banquet.
“In 2015 the H/LS Chamber held its 93rd Annual Chamber Banquet honoring Frey’s Better Foods and David Heintzelman,” she said in a news release. “After taking four years off, we are excited to share the successes of our community. We have welcomed many new businesses to the community, and new faces have stepped up to make an impact in the area they live, work and play in.”
“Recent years’ honorees have included Csencsits Auto, Lost River Caverns, Braveheart Highland Pub, Charlie Luthar (retired Hellertown borough manager and chamber board director), the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market, Saucon Valley School District (for their relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy) and Josh Popichak (formerly with Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch and now the owner of Saucon Source),” she added. “Come out to celebrate the past, present and future of this community–cheers!”