PBS39 Honors 3 Community Champions


The 2018 Good Neighbor Awards will include “The Roasting & Toasting of Father Dan Gambet, O.S.F.S.”

Bethlehem, Pa. — May 30, 2018 — PBS39 will honor an impressive group of local heroes on October 26 with its annual Good Neighbor Awards which are given each year in the spirit of Fred Rogers of Public Broadcasting’s program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

The spirit of Fred Rogers’ legacy of education, community, and compassion continues today and his belief that we should “always look for the helpers” inspires this award recognizing those ‘Good Neighbors’ who assist with the organization’s mission to promote civic engagement and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through dynamic communication platforms and resources.

PBS39 will celebrate Father Gambet even further with a good-natured yet slightly irreverent “Roasting and Toasting” of his life and career. A beloved pillar of the Greater Lehigh Valley Community, Father Gambet served on the PBS39 board of directors for the better part of 40 years. The impact of his knowledge, kindness, goodwill, and spirit has contributed to the powerful draw of the Lehigh Valley as an amazing place to live, work, and study.

“This is the third year that PBS39 will recognize our Good Neighbors,” Tim Fallon, CEO of PBS39, said. “The largest impacts are made when organizations and individuals band together for a common vision of a vibrant society. It is essential to celebrate those that move our community forward.”

The Good Neighbor Awards and The Roasting & Toasting of Father Dan Gambet OSFS will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the University Center at DeSales University in Center Valley.

Previous Good Neighbor Award recipients include: Kassie Hilgert, CEO of ArtsQuest; Dr. Karen Walton, Provost of DeSales University and Former Host PBS39 Scholastic Scrimmage; the Hon. Maxwell Davison, former trial court judge & founding partner of Davison & McCarthy Professional Corp.; William Spence, CEO of PPL Corp.; Laurie Hackett, Community Relations and Philanthropy Manager of Air Products; Barry Dobil, President of Josh Early Candies; Charles Stinner, VP of Taxes, Air Products; Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director of Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board; Jessica Lee, Director of Multimedia Design, PBS39; and Joseph Martocci, PBS39 Retiree.

About PBS39

PBS39 is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Pa., serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. For more information, visit PBS39.org.

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Tyler Winston
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