Bell Annual Celebration Recap

Yesterday, October 3, around 150 members of the extended Bell family – employees, service users, donors, volunteers, and more – gathered at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, York, for Bell’s Annual Celebration and Award Ceremony. Many hugs, handshakes, and stories were shared as those in attendance sat down to a lunch of wraps, salads, and cupcakes (yippee!), to celebrate achievements, applaud dedication, and recognize community partners. 

Following welcoming words from Director of Community Engagement Averie Clark, agency department directors shared updates from their respective programs, and Executive Director Tony Schweitzer offered inspiring reflections and commendation to lift up Bell employees. Bell Board of Directors president, Zak Wolpert, offered thanks to all internal and external stakeholders and provided  an enthusiastic update on the progress of Bell’s search for a new Shelter.

The event’s sponsors comprised CGA Law Firm and RKL as Gold Bell Sponsors, Diana and Dan Mohn as Silver Bell Sponsors, Chick-Fil-A, Ed Zink, Jr., and the Graf Family as Welcome Bell Sponsors, and Karen Wishart and First Capital Federal Credit Union as Award Sponsors. We heartily thank these generous donors for supporting this highly anticipated event!

Two employees were recognized as recipients of the Ivan G. Hileman award, Wendy Beaverson in Administration and Lori Leister in the Mental Health Services department. The Margo Atwood Community Service Award was awarded to Leadership York Team D, the Pauline Whitacre Community Service Award to Aimee Galdemez, and the Rita Patz Good Neighbor Award to the Urey family. Chick-Fil-A received the Business of the Year Award. Three service users from each of Bell’s departments received Personal Achievement Awards: MH service user Diana Aguilar, IDD residential service user Ann Pipher, and shelter service user Donna Seddens. Congratulations to all award recipients, and we thank you for your continued inspiration! 

Stay tuned for further information about the award recipients, and please enjoy this LARGE collection of photos from the event!