Giving Back

We spend countless hours doing work but how much of our time is spent doing work to benefit others? The word of the day is volunteerism. What could you do to help those in need? Bravo employees are dedicated to giving back to organizations in their community and helping to raise money for causes.
Here is a look at the volunteer work of Bravo employees:
Bill Miller:
boyscoutsI am the Cubmaster of Pack 329. We have about 70 boys including my two sons.
Megan Early:
SAMSUNGIn the fall I was an assistant cross country coach for the Trinity middle school cross country team – really fun, the kids were just getting introduced to the sport so I really wanted them to know that running can be fun!
Sean Connolly:
foodbankFor several years, I have been a board member of the Central Penn Food Bank, which supplies food for needy families and individuals in more than 20 counties. As a board member, I serve on the Communications Committee with several other PR pros from the region.
My claim to fame is coming up with the campaign theme “Hunger Bites,” which the food bank uses each year for its advocacy campaign during Hunger Action Month.
I serve on the board of Vinny’s Kids – a non-profit in our region that raises money to buy toys, electronics and books for chronically ill children. Several Bravo staffers have assisted with the charity’s annual VK5K fundraiser, which is being held on March 17 at City Island. Bravo’s Megan Earley, a runner, is currently serving as the VK5K’s PR coordinator.
Jeanette Krebs and I are alumni of Leadership Harrisburg, a year-long program for professionals in our region designed to assist non-profit organizations that help the needy.
Topper Ray:
charity ball I am a board member of The Philadelphia Charity Ball.
I am a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees for Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Since 2008, the number of patients being treated for concussions has grown nearly twentyfold at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital provides rehabilitation care for post-concussive syndrome and other neurological conditions. The hospital recently launched a capital campaign to raise funds to enlarge the treatment space dedicated to neurorehabilitation and invest in technically advanced equipment for patient assessment and treatment.
Tammy Schwalm:
guardianKnightsColorsLI am a member of the Guardian Knights Motorcycle Club. We are a Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club formed to promote interaction and support in the law enforcement community and support and improve our communities through projects and activities as a group. We do many events throughout the year that involve rides, supporting soldiers and their families as well as other organizations.
Sandy Relief EffortIn the past we have ridden on the America’s 911 Foundation ride that rode from Harrisburg to Shenksville to the Pentagon and then to New York City with over 2,000 motorcycles. There were people along the route holding signs, flags, standing on overpasses, fire trucks with huge flags hanging from their long ladders. This past December we braved heavy fog, rain and even sleet to make a run to Queens NY to deliver goods collected and purchased for Sandy Relief.
Every November we prepare over 300 packages to send to the soldiers in Afghanistan. We also have been asked by families to escort their sons/daughters home when they return from Afghanistan/Iraq or Walter Reed Hospital. Many times the soldiers are unaware that there are 20 to 30 bikes waiting to escort them home and have said it is such an honor having us show our appreciation for their sacrifices.
The Club has also “adopted” a 4 year old boy from Hershey, Collin, with a rare form of brain cancer since he was 16 months old. On September 7, 2012, the Guardian Knights completed an Iron Butt Run to Man-O-War Harley-Davidson in Lexington KY.  This 1000 mile trek was done in less than 24 hours and was sanctioned by the IBA (Iron Butt Association). All proceeds from this run went to benefit Collin and his family. Although, I did not participate in the ride, we did raise over $9,000 for Collin.
And then there are times that the club members get together to ride just for fellowship.  I became a member in 2011 and found it to be a very special club.  We are a huge family that has done many wonderful things for others.
TJ Lonergan:
I am an assistant girl’s basketball coach and I donate my salary back to the team so that they can use it for trips, gear, equipment, etc.
bballI work a lot with local charities involved with basketball. I help out with an organization calledAthletes Helping Athletes in Bucks County.
 I also work with an organization called Coaches vs. Cancer. It is a branch of the American Cancer Society. I work with an individual school that raises money for the organization. I primarily work with the high school that I coach at (CB East), but I actually started the organization at CB East and at my alma mater CB South when I was in high school. This past year the CB East event rose over $250,000 and the CB South event rose over $50,000 for cancer research.
~ Ali McFadden
“I have no talent, I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
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