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Saturday, October 21, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY CARLA JONES Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley hosted the “Rally through the Valley,” the group’s annual fundraiser, Sept. 17. The ride follows a route from Nazareth Borough Park to Emmaus Community Park. ABOVE: Gavyn Kelton, of Bangor, joins his grandfather David Heckman, also of Bangor, for a photo. Both belong to the riding organization “Star Touring and Riding.” PRESS PHOTOS BY CARLA JONES Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley hosted the “Rally through the Valley,” the group’s annual fundraiser, Sept. 17. The ride follows a route from Nazareth Borough Park to Emmaus Community Park. ABOVE: Gavyn Kelton, of Bangor, joins his grandfather David Heckman, also of Bangor, for a photo. Both belong to the riding organization “Star Touring and Riding.”
ABOVE: Randy Reiss and Lori Badman, both of Coopersburg with their cocker spaniel, Maggie Mae, celebrate their successful motorcycle ride as part of Rally in the Valley Sept. 17. Maggie rode along with the couple to the event. ABOVE: Randy Reiss and Lori Badman, both of Coopersburg with their cocker spaniel, Maggie Mae, celebrate their successful motorcycle ride as part of Rally in the Valley Sept. 17. Maggie rode along with the couple to the event.
Laura Gelsomini, of Macungie, purchases ice cream from Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley volunteers, from left, Emily Rieser, of Alburtis, senior outreach educator, Melissa Selby, of Effort, director of finance, Jake Wolf, of Hellertown, direct service counselor. Laura Gelsomini, of Macungie, purchases ice cream from Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley volunteers, from left, Emily Rieser, of Alburtis, senior outreach educator, Melissa Selby, of Effort, director of finance, Jake Wolf, of Hellertown, direct service counselor.
David and Rachel Abrom of Kitnersville, are among vendors at the Rally in the Valley event Sept. 17. They specialize in custom pinstriped items such as platters and handmade jewelry as well as motorcycles and cars parts. The couples’ business is called Kreative Kustom Graphix. David and Rachel Abrom of Kitnersville, are among vendors at the Rally in the Valley event Sept. 17. They specialize in custom pinstriped items such as platters and handmade jewelry as well as motorcycles and cars parts. The couples’ business is called Kreative Kustom Graphix.
Steve Koch, of Saylorsburg, relaxes on his motorcycle just after arriving at Emmaus Community Park. Steve Koch, of Saylorsburg, relaxes on his motorcycle just after arriving at Emmaus Community Park.
Members of the board of directors of the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley gather for a photo including: Scott R. Snyder, of Center Valley, president of the board of directors; Suzanne Beck, of Allentown, executive director; Kenneth Mead, of Lehighton, board member. Members of the board of directors of the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley gather for a photo including: Scott R. Snyder, of Center Valley, president of the board of directors; Suzanne Beck, of Allentown, executive director; Kenneth Mead, of Lehighton, board member.
Musical entertainment was provided by the guitarists Jake Kaligis, left, and Michael Rauscher under the band name “The Dynamic Duo.” Musical entertainment was provided by the guitarists Jake Kaligis, left, and Michael Rauscher under the band name “The Dynamic Duo.”
The meal was provided by Moyer’s Catering in Boyertown. The pig roast lunch was included in the cost to participated in the ride fundraising covered a commemorative shirt and a ride pin. The meal was provided by Moyer’s Catering in Boyertown. The pig roast lunch was included in the cost to participated in the ride fundraising covered a commemorative shirt and a ride pin.

CRIME VICTIMS COUNCIL

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by CARLA JONES Special to The Press in Local News

‘Rally’ helps those impacted by crime

The group Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley hosted its annual fundraiser, “Rally Through the Valley” Sept. 17.

Motorcyclists from all over the area, attended to show their support by starting the 60-mile road-ride at Nazareth Borough Park and ending the trip at Emmaus Community Park.

The day started at with a corn hole tournament at noon. Corn hole is similar to a bean-bag toss but the players use bags filled with dried corn. Next came the pig roast and gift basket raffles. At 1 p.m., the riders arrived to enjoy a meal and listen to the guitar twosome, the Dynamic Duo. A door prize giveaway, raffle drawing, best poker hand prize and awards for the two highest pledges collected soon followed. The day wrapped up with the final round of corn hole.

Sponsors included Rider Insurance, Arbor Insurance Group, Inc., The Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club, U.S. Law Shield of PA, B.Braun and C & D Street.

Emmaus and Nazareth police department personnel were present at both locations for the annual event.

Suzanne Beck, Executive Director for Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, has been working for 27 years in her role to serve those who’ve been personally affected by local crimes. Suzanne stated how thankful she is for the faithful support of the public for this event.

“We have riders who’ve been with us for 18 years. We really appreciate all of our riders and they do make a difference. You can also, certainly, just come here and buy a pig ticket and hang out,” Beck said.

Scott R. Snyder, president of the board of directors of Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, served as a Pennsylvania State Police Officer for 32 years and has seen first hand how the organization has made a positive difference in the area.

“You’ve seen them help the people in need and the impact they’ve had in the communities. It’s part of why I volunteer - you see the good they do.”

One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the event, benefits victims of crime in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley provides free programs and services to the public.

For more information go to www.cvclv.org. For immediate assistance call their 24-Hour Hotline at 610-437-6611.