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2009 Kiss-A-Pig Contest Underway!

Mark Wallace Kiss A Pig Events
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Ted Lavender Kiss A Pig car wash
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Teri Tademy Kiss A Pig events
Cocktail Party at the Hendel House

Bob Birmingham and Steve Banco

Jon Scott Kiss A Pig events
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Harley Davidson Raffle
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Enjoy a meal at Off the Avenue

Lady Blue Jay Basketball Clinic for Olivet Boys and Girls Club

The 16th annual Kiss-A-Pig contest officially kicked off on Sunday, February 22nd. Candidates and guests enjoyed a reception at the Sovereign Center followed by an introduction on the ice during the first intermission of the Reading Royals game.

Each candidate had the opportunity to address the audience after hearing some suggestions on how to run a winning contest from the 2008 first and second place winners, Greg Sarangoulis of GMI First and Dave Strobel of Carpenter Technology, respectively. Dave and his wife, Celeste Strobel are also serving as the 2009 Kiss-A-Pig Co-Chairs.

The five finalists for the Club’s Youth of the Year program also spoke, sharing some of their experiences with Olivet Boys& Girls Club and their aspirations for the Youth of the Year program.

The top three Kiss-A-Pig fundraising candidates will kiss Hatfield the potbellied pig at the start of the annual Steak & Burger Dinner on Wednesday, May 27 at Alvernia University’s Phys Ed Center.

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For more information about the Steak & Burger Dinner, please call the Club’s Development office at 610-373-1314.

Steven Echavarria, Youth of the Year from the PAL club.

The 2009 Kiss-A-Pig candidates—front row, left to right:  Jon Scott, Berks Economic Partnership; Teri Tademy, Ted & Carl Catering; Scott Gruber, National Penn Bank.   Back row, left to right:  Mark Wallace, Reading Royals and Sovereign Center; Gary M. Redner, Redner’s Markets, Inc.; Bob Birmingham, St. Ignatius Loyola School; Stephen P. Banco, MD, The Reading Neck and Spine Center; Jim Oswald, Susquehanna Bank; and Ted Lavender, Berks Fire Water Restorations and the Reading Express.  Missing from photo:  Brad Small, Lincoln Financial Group.


Celeste and Dave Strobel, the 2009 Kiss-A-Pig Contest Co-Chairs introduce the candidates.


Bonnie Sussman Versace and Crystal Seitz pose with Hatfield during the reception.

Teri Tademy scores a goal.


Dr. Jim Smith, Chief Operating Officer for the Club, introduces Youth of the Year finalist Steven White from the Oakbrook club.


Kalya Bell, Clinton Street Youth of the Year, talks about her experiences at the Club.


Jim Smith and Jahlissa Mayo, Youth of the Year from the Center for the Arts.


Jaheida Santiago, Mulberry Street club’s Youth of the Year, takes her turn at the mike.