A record number of 520 people were in attendance for the Sixth Annual Holiday Benefit Luncheon sponsored by the Law Foundation of Berks County and the PICPA Reading Chapter on December 6.
The highlights were the inaugural presentation of the Sidney D. Kline, Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service and a conversation with keynote speaker, Steve “Lefty” Carlton.
The Award was presented by Law Foundation President, John S. Speicher, to Barbara J. Kline who accepted on behalf of her husband. As President Speicher said, “Sid has set the bar for outstanding community service.” He has been highly active in the Reading and Berks County communities, serving on numerous charitable and community development organization boards, including the Berks County United Way, the Richard J. Caron Foundation and the Olivet Boys and Girls Club.
He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center and the Berks County Community Foundation. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center and the Berks County Community Foundation. Through his involvement with the Greater Berks Development Fund and the Berks Community Foundation, Sid was instrumental in the creation and development of the Sovereign Center and the Sovereign Performing Arts Center. A graduate of Dickinson College and the Dickinson School of Law, for over 20 years, Sid was a member of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College and served as its Chair for eight years. He also served for more than 25 years as a member of the Board of Trustees—and then Board of Governors—of The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University. He is a past Chair of Stevens & Lee and past president of the Berks County Bar Association.
Mrs. Kline noted that Sid was particularly grateful for being recognized by his peers with this honor. She said the greatest tribute is the fact that the Award will continue in his name and his legacy of community service will long be remembered.
Lefty was entertaining as he engaged in an “armchair conversation” with Mark Caltagirone, chair of the event, and Brian Engelhardt, BCBA member and Phillies aficionado. The Hall of Famer who won four Cy Young Awards noted that pitchers do not make good managers because they do not see the whole game whereas catchers do and make the best managers, “like Joe Torre.” He was asked about his great pickoff move to first and the high number of balks that
were called on him. “Most of them were not balks. To have a good move to first, it has to appear to be a balk but it isn’t. I practiced that move and my foot would come down on the right side of the imaginary line.” To applause, Lefty said Pete Rose belonged in the Hall of Fame.
Proceeds from the event support the work of the Law Foundation of Berks County, which will include grants keeping at-risk children out of the legal system, scholarships to Alvernia University students interested in a law-related career, underwriting the license fee for educational software at the Children’s Home of Reading allowing for a child-centered, personalized learning experience, as well as grants funding the purchase of a new book for each pre-kindergarten and kindergarten student in the Reading School District as part of “Book ‘Em”, helping to fund the Wood-To-Wonderful’s “Reading is Toyrific” book program and underwriting the cost of “Stepping Out,” a publication given to high school seniors preparing them for the legal issues they may face in life after graduation.
The Law Foundation thanks the event’s sponsors: Hall of Fame—ParenteBeard; Triple Crown—Herbein + Company, Inc., Santander and Stevens & Lee/Griffin Company; Grand Slam—Berks County Community Foundation; Fox Rothschild, LLP; Susquehanna Bank; Berks County Bar Association; Masano Bradley; Reisel Kuntz Lesher, LLP; M & T Bank; Colonial Oaks Foundation; and Greater Berks Development Fund; Home Run—Connors Investor Services, Inc.; Customers Bank; Fulton Bank; Leisawitz Heller; Maillie, LLP; National Penn Investors Trust Company; National Penn Bank; Reading Health System; Reading Body; VIST Bank; and Wells Fargo Bank.
Mark your calendars—December 5, 2014 will be the Seventh Annual Holiday Benefit Luncheon!
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