Wyomissing, PA- With a tool belt wrapped around her belly and a yellow hard hat perched on her head, Miss Maycie May stood in a red wagon ready for strangers to lean down and kiss her snout. A pot-bellied pig residing in Richmond Township, Miss Maycie May was the star at the 26th annual Steak & Burger Dinner. The event Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Reading in Wyomissing is a fundraiser for the Olivet Boys & Girls Club and finale for the Kiss a Pig contest. This year 11 people raised more than $172,000 for a chance to plant a kiss on the porker.
Dr. Natalie Parisi of Reading Orthodontic Group, who raised $42,345, claimed first place and the right to smooch Maycie May.
“This whole campaign is great,” Parisi said. “I was happy to be asked and be a part of it. It’s such a great organization.”
Dr. George Fiore, principal at Wilson High School, came in second, raising $21,204.“I am grateful to be a part of such a great cause,” Fiore said. Adding that he was humble, Fiore gave a lot of credit to students and staff in the Wilson School District, who he said supported him throughout his entire campaign.
There was a tie for third place between Chris Langdon of East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. and Scott Bentley of VideoRay LLC, who raised a combined $42,000.
The Kiss A Pig winners weren’t the only people to receive honors during the dinner.This year’s event honored Arthur and Joanne Haberberger, a couple with deep ties to the Boys & Girls Club of America, who were the Champion of Youth award winners.More then seven decades ago, as a child, Arthur was a member of his local club in St. Marys, Elk County.“Seventy years ago this evening, as a 9-year-old boy, I was likely at the local club,” he said.
The 2016 Youth of the Year was also announced during the dinner. The honor went to Emonie L. Reviere, 18, of the Millmont Club. To Unit Director Deja Harris, who nominated Reviere, she represents a positive role model to younger children.“She’s outstanding,” Harris said. “She’s been a club member for 10 years.”A senior at Gov. Mifflin High School, Reviere said she’s heading to Millersville University in the fall to major in psychology and compete for the university’s track team.“I strive to be a good role model,” she said. “I will always cherish giving back to my community.”
Runners-up for Youth of the Year were Elise Jackson of the Mulberry Street Club; Geraldo Quintanilla of the Clinton Street Club; Edwin Rodriguez of the Oakbrook Club; and Renato Sanabria of the Center for the Arts.Junior Youth of the Year awards were also handed out to winners at each of Olivet’s locations. The winners were Azriel Cruz, Oakbrook; Ricardo Diaz, Mulberry Street; Niyasia Jackson, Center for the Arts; Lea Jiminez, Clinton Street; Dayanna Martinez, who plays baseball for Olivet; Ziara Morales, Millmont; Jamall Pratt, the Ricketts Center; and Daliesha Ruiz, the PAL Club.