Officers Javier Ruiz and James Burkhart of the Reading Police Traffic Enforcement Unit are escorting the parade on their motorcycles.
READING POLICE HONOR GUARD
The Reading Police Honor Guard is a ceremonial unit that represents the men and women of the Reading Police Department. The unit participates in parades and memorial ceremonies to honor the bravery of fallen brothers and sisters.
READING POLICE YOUTH ACADEMY
Reading Police Youth Academyâs mission is to provide a career and community based program guided for young adults working toward a better path for their futures through training, leadership, teamwork, discipline, community service and career exploration in law enforcement.
GRAND MARSHAL: MARY KAY BERNOSKY - SAFE BERKS
Our Grand Marshal for 2019 is Safe Berks CEO Mary Kay Bernosky, Esq.
Mary Kay Bernosky, Esq., has served as CEO of Safe Berks for the past 15 years.
Safe Berks is the non-profit organization that provides services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Berks County. Among Mary Kayâs most notable accomplishments are the construction of the Safe Berks Center and the name change from Berks Women in Crisis to Safe Berks.
Mary Kay is a graduate of DeSales University; received a Juris Doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary; and received a Master of Business Administration from Alvernia University in 2003.
During her tenure as CEO of Safe Berks, Mary Kay managed the successful construction of the new Safe Berks Center, which opened in 2012. Primarily financed by private funds, the Safe Berks Center houses all services in the same building, a first for the organization. With the completion of the new facility, the Safe House program increased the number of available beds by 100 percent. The Safe House increased capacity to provide emergency shelter from 25 to 50 individuals who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
Under Mary Kayâs leadership, Safe Berks has grown to provide increased services to victims of sexual assault, outreach to college campuses, expanded prevention programs, and economic empowerment opportunities. In 2016, Mary Kay guided the organization through the process of changing our name from Berks Women in Crisis to Safe Berks. Most recently, Mary Kay led the effort to greatly expand the Safe Berks Medical Advocacy Partnership Program (MAPP), which connects Safe Berks staff and services to local hospitals and health centers.
Mary Kay was recently honored by Alvernia University, receiving the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who demonstrate valuable contributions to their profession, their community, and their nation.
General Information about Safe Berks
Safe Berks provides safe haven and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Their advocacy and education programs increase awareness of oppression and promote the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault.
READING CITY COUNCIL
Happy Holidays from the City of Reading City Council members
STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOM CALTAGIRONE
State Representative Thomas Caltagirone represents the 127th Legislative District that includes Reading.
STATE SENATOR JUDY SCHWANK
State Senator Judy Schwank represents Pennsylvaniaâs 11th Senatorial District, which includes the city of Reading and many of its surrounding boroughs and townships. A former Berks County Commissioner, Sen. Schwank has been committed to serving the people of Berks County. Her passion for promoting sustainable growth, prosperity and preserving agricultural integrity has been exemplified through her many accomplishments in public service. Since her appointment in 2011, Sen. Schwank has championed issues that directly affect women and children. She also has a heart for agriculture. She serves as the Democratic chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. During the current (2019-20) legislative session, she also will serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serve on the Aging & Youth, Local Government, and Health and Human Services Committees.
READING DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
The Reading Downtown Improvement District was created in 1995 in response to employees, businesses, and property owners requesting a cleaner and safer downtown.
The mission of the Reading Downtown Improvement District is to create a vital, productive and commercially active environment in downtown Reading.
The Improvement District is pleased once again to bring you the Reading Holiday Parade and wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season!
Our Ambassadors are keeping a watchful eye on the first of several large helium balloons in the parade.
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READING SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL RED KNIGHTS MARCHING BAND
The 2019 Reading Senior High School Red Knight Marching Band is over 80 members strong and under the direction of Band Director Sarah Ifkowitz with assistant instructors Brian Simpson, Robert Yelk and Sheila Harrington. The Red Knight Marching Band is kicking off this holiday season by performing a classic medley of Jingle Bells and Jolly Old St. Nicholas conducted by Drum Majors Maya Eshbach and Hayley Mateo-Juan. Happy Holidays from the Red Knight Marching Band!
READING HIGH SCHOOL MARINE CORPS JROTC
Reading High School Marine Corps JROTC. Senior Instructor Sergeant Major Wright, along with First Sergeant Cipko, Master Sergeant Kelly, and Gunnery Sergeant Resh.
READING SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Here we have the RSD Board of Directors
READING AREA WATER AUTHORITY
Sponsored by: Reading Area Water Authority
Our Title Sponsor for the third year in a row is Reading Area Water Authority. The authorityâs mission is to provide customers with the highest quality water at an affordable price with the highest level of service, around the clock assistance, and a concern to any problem from their entire organization. Their goal is to deliver dependable, quality, affordable water to their customers.
Thank you to the Reading Area Water Authority for once again being the Title Sponsor of the Reading Holiday Parade!
WOODLAND STRING BAND
Nine men in the southwest neighborhood of Philadelphia organized the Woodland String Band on February 4, 1926. The name of the band was derived from the main thoroughfare of the southwest section of the city â Woodland Avenue â where the majority of the founding members lived.
The band has never missed an appearance in the annual Mummers Parade in Philly. Woodland has the second longest consecutive marching record for participation in the parade.
Over the years the Woodland String Band has performed on thousands of occasions and before numerous dignitaries, from presidents to queens. All of the members of the band are volunteers and receive no compensation for their performances. And all money raised by the band goes toward expenses for the coming yearâs competition in the Mummers Parade.
READING DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES
Happy holidays from the men and women of the City of Readingâs Department of Fire and Rescue Services, who serve and protect citizens during fire and medical emergencies throughout the year.
Sponsored by: WEEU
A special thanks to WEEU Radio for being a Division Sponsor.
WEEU, All Local, All Day. Listen to "Mornings with Mike" from 6AM to 9AM, "Feedback with Mike Faust" from 9AM to noon, "Pa. Sports Midday" from noon to 2PM, and "The Matt and Dan Show" from 2PM to 5 PM on the Voice, WEEU and 830 WEEU dot Com.
69 NEWS BERKS EDITION
69 News and WFMZ.com are proud to be a part of the Reading Holiday Parade. 69-WFMZ airs dozens of live, local newscasts each week, including the award winning âBerks Editionâ weeknights at 5:30 and 10:30...and 69 News is always on at WFMZ.com. From everyone at 69 News and WFMZ.com, have a safe and happy holiday season
CRIME ALERT BERKS COUNTY
Crime Alert Berks County is an all Volunteer organization dedicated to paying cash rewards to anonymous tipsters who provide information to the police which helps solve crimes. Since 1998 Crime Alert has paid out over a half million dollars in reward money resulting in over 690 arrests. Berks Crime Alert has been ranked Pa's #1 Crimestopper program for the past 13 years. In full support of Crime Alert is the Berks County Chiefs of Police Association represented by various police departments and McGruff the Crime Dog.
BERKS COUNTY CHIEFS OF POLICE ASSOCIATION
The Berks County Chiefs of Police Association, founded in 1948, is a professional organization of chiefs of police and other executives of police, public safety, and private law enforcement organizations within Berks County. It promotes excellence in leadership and provides innovative law enforcement training. The Association provides a vehicle through which members can come together, examine their positions on issues, and address the needs of their colleagues. The Association maintains and fosters relationships with government agencies and non-government organizations to advance the quality of law enforcement in Berks County for the benefit of our communities.
READING MUHLENBERG CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
When we think of the holidays. we like to remember of all the warm memories of being surrounded by love and stories in the home. The kitchen was always the center of the home where the smell of cookies and flour filled the air. The students and staff of Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and hope you can share old fashion traditions and create new memories.
BERKS COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
This next group really knows how to get us into the spirit of the season with their annual âHoliday Lights at Gringâs Millâ! The month-long program begins Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 pm. The park is open Thursdays through Sundays until December 29th.
At Gringâs Mill park, youâll see thousands of lights and decorated trees along the pathway from the parking lot to the holiday bedecked barn where there will be live entertainment â and Santa Claus â every night! Walk across the old stone bridge that spans the Tulpehocken Creek and visit the bridge house where you will see an amazing model train display! Go back to the barn for some hot chocolate to warm you up!
See live reindeer and ice sculpting demos on selected nights. Kids can also enjoy free afternoons of crafts and holiday entertainment on December 8th & 15th.
Decorations around the barn blend well with the Wintry Woodland Christmas theme, and will make you feel like you took a trip âup Northâ for the holidays. So take a break from the hustle & bustle, and visit Holiday Lights at Gringâs Mill this December!
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON
Award-winning DoubleTree by Hilton-Reading is the Number 1 DoubleTree hotel in the world, located right here in beautiful downtown Reading. Seasonâs greetings from everyone at the DoubleTree!
READING AREA CENSUS OFFICE
The Census Bureauâs mission is to serve as the nationâs leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. Each year they distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to local and state governments. April 1st, 2020 is Census day, go to 2020census.gov/jobs to be a part of their team.
BLANDON LIONS CLUB
Blandon Lions Club has been providing service and aid to those in need for more than 60 years. They give aid to ambulance and fire companies, women in crisis, diabetic research; scholarships to the Fleetwood School District; and medical equipment to those in need. Driving the 1948 Chevy pickup truck is first vice president Tony Spero, a 9/11 first responder from New York City. Riding with him is former president and director, Dennis Wagner.
CITY OF READING RECYCLING
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READING AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - RACC
Sponsored by: Reading Area Community College
We would like to thank Reading Area Community College for being a Division Sponsor.
RACC is an excellent place to continue your education or advance your career. Earn your associate's degree and enter the workforce, or transfer to a four year college to earn a bachelors. RACC is your community's college.
EXETER TOWNSHIP MARCHING BAND
The Exeter Township Marching Band is excited to be participating in this year's parade and would like to thank the Improvement District of Downtown Reading for the annual invitation. The band would also like to thank the Exeter Township School Board, administration and the Exeter Music Association for all of their support this fall season. Please mark your calendars and join the Exeter Choirs and Jazz band for an evening of holiday music & cheer on Thursday, December 5th at 7pm. The concert is free and open to the public at Exeter Township Senior High School. Happy holidays from your Exeter Eagles!
S.C.I. PHOENIX HONOR GUARD
SCI Phoenix's Honor Guard is participating in the parade for the first time. They are honored to be apart of this event and are hopeful this can be a yearly event for them.
GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1364
Girl Scout Troop 1364 is a multi-level troop of Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes from the Pagoda Service Unit, located in the Mt. Penn and Exeter Area. They are showing off some of the antique toys you would have found during the "Old Fashioned Holidays."
Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure.
They wish you a wonderful holiday season!
And now passing by is a bucket truck from Met-Ed, a FirstEnergy Company. Met-Ed serves over 560,000 customers in Southeast Pennsylvania and are looking to the future to recruit strong candidates for their Power Systems Institute Program through the Reading Area Community College. Books, tuition, and lab fees are paid for qualified candidates. If you, or someone you know, are interested in the overhead line or substation electrician fields, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/psi for more information
JOHN MISH CLASSIC CARS
Passing by is John Mish classic cars - perfect for the Old Fashioned Holidays. We have John Mish's 1976 Plymouth Scamp, Joe Keen in a 1956 Chevy, Bob Houch in a Ford, and Johnny Z in the 1978 Chevy Pick-up.
OLIVET BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Olivet Boys & Girls Club has been around for over 125 "Old fashioned Christmases"! Today there are nine club sites in the city of Reading serving over 800 children between the ages of 6 and 18. Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs after-school programs offer fun, recreation, educational and sporting activities and, of course, the Arts.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy the Center for the Arts "KIDS DANCE" ensemble as they welcome in the holidays with SLEIGH RIDE, choreographed by Ann Burkot of the Yocum Center for Arts Education! Olivet wishes everyone a peaceful and joyful holiday!
BERKS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
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MISS TEEN READING, PA: JOYCE ORTIZ
Miss Teen Reading, PA 2019 is Joyce Ortiz. She is 18 years old and is a senior at the Reading High School. Her hobbies include playing Kendama, and spending time with her sisters and friends. She would also like to be accepted to Penn State University to study to become a Music Teacher Educator.
BERKS COUNTY OUTSTANDING YOUNG WOMEN: AHNA ROMANSKI
Berks County Outstanding Women winner for 2020 is Ahna Romanski
(pronounced AH-NA RO-MAN-SKI)
from Govern Mifflin High School. Ahna represented her high school along with 13 other high school senior girls within Berks County to compete for cash scholarships.
The representatives are judged in five categories and each count for 20% of the individual's score. The categories are: Scholarship and Achievement; Interview; Performing Arts; Aerobics and Fitness; and Presence and Presentation.
Ahna's talent presentation was classical ballet. Her career ambition is in Political Science/Law at either West Chester University, Gettysburg College, or Drexel University.
LITTLE MISS APPLE DUMPLING: GIA STRAHIN
Next up are the 2019 Apple Dumpling Queens.
First is Little Miss: Gia Strahin. Gia is four years old and in preschool. Her favorite things to do are gymnastics and swimming
TEEN MISS APPLE DUMPLING: MALLORY BUZYDLOWSKI
Miss Teen Miss Apple Dumpling is Mallory Buzydlowski. Mallory is 14 years old and is a freshman in high school. She is a year round athlete, participating in field hockey, basketball, and track.
MISS APPLE DUMPLING: SABRINA MARIE KRAMER
Now it's Miss Apple Dumpling herself, Sabrina Marie Kramer. Sabrina is 19 years old and attends Millersville University. She enjoys pageants, cheer-leading, and spending time with friends and family
Athena is an 11 year old, 5th grade student in the Wilson School District. She has represented her community as Jr. Miss Apple Dumpling and was recently crowned International United Miss-Pennsylvania Pre-Teen this November. She enjoys making a difference in Berks County. This year, she gathered over 5,000 diapers for Maryâs Shelter and one ton of food for our local food bank. Athena is a dancer and loves to sing. Her motto is: âBe the change you wish to see and do so with a smileâ. Happy Holidays from your newly crowned IUM Miss Pennsylvania Pre-Teen, Athena!
BERKS COUNTY DAIRY PRINCESS - STEPHANIE YOUNKER
Here comes our Berks County Dairy Princess Stephanie Younker, Alternate Princess Kennedi Cavalier and Lil Miss Dairy Princess Andrea Hix. These young ladies travel across Berks County promoting the dairy industry. They want you to know that dairy farmers take great care of their animals and work hard to provide you with delicious, nutritious dairy products. So be sure to include dairy in your holiday celebrations!
MISS LIBERTY BELL 2019 - JENNA MARTORANA
Miss Liberty Bell 2019, Jenna Martorana competes as an advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is a graduate student at Kutztown University where she is pursuing a masters degree in school counseling.
MISS GREATER READING 2019: ELAINE FICARRA
Your Miss Greater Reading for 2019 is Elaine Ficarra, riding in the Garrett Hynemanâs Silver Honda S2000. Elaine is a Freshman at Drexel University, studying Bio Science. Her platform for the pageant is to, "Bring Awareness to Adolescent Depression and Suicide Awareness."
MISS GREATER READING OUTSTANDING TEEN: BRITTNEY CHESKIEWICZ
Your Miss Greater Reading Outstanding teen for 2019 is Brittney Cheskiewicz, riding in Barry Schellâs White Volvo. Brittney is a senior at Wyomissing High School and is a member of drama club. She enjoys dancing, singing and painting. She plans to study political science and law in college.
R/C Reading Movies 11
Here comes the Grinch with R/C Theatres. They wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! To celebrate the season, they invite your family to watch the Polar Express on December 7th at 10 AM at Reading Movies 11 & IMAX. This showing is brought to you for FREE thanks to the Reading Downtown Improvement District!
UNITED WAY OF BERKS COUNTY
Ready.Set.READ! helps kids become better readers and paves the way for greater successes. Ready.Set.READ! is managed by the United Way of Berks County and partners with 14 local school districts, businesses, community partners, volunteers and others. Kids can build stronger vocabulary and reading skills by reading to them 15 minutes every day.
CARPENTER TECHNOLOGY CARES
Giving back to the community is not only rooted in Carpenter Cares Core Values: it is modeled throughout the year by members of the Carpenter Cares committee. This group of over 100 employees are engaged in year-round volunteer opportunities. In 2018, the team logged over 2,100 hours of volunteer time and are on track to surpass this number in 2019.
BB&T BANK - READING FIGHTIN PHILS MASCOT BAND
Sponsored by: Branch Banking & Trust
âThanks to BB&T Bank, the R-Phils Mascot Band is preparing to kick-off their 20th season of performing at FirstEnergy Stadium! Featuring REAL mascots playing REAL instruments, this furry rock ânâ roll band includes Screwball on drums, Blooper the Hound Dog on lead guitar, Bucky the Beaver on bass, Change-Up the Turtle on percussion, and Quack the Rubber Ducky on guitar and lead vocals. You can catch the Mascot Band every Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium this summer, thanks as always to BB&T Bank. Opening Night for the R-Phils 2020 season is Thursday, April 9th! Happy Holidays from BB&T Bank and the R-Phils Mascot Band!â
HUMANE SOCIETY OF BERKS COUNTY
The City of Reading the best place to be a pet.
The Humane Society of Berks County's Healthy Pets Initiative is providing free and low cost pet vaccines, microchips and low cost spay and neuter clinics to pet owners in the community.
READING AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE
Here comes the Reading American Little League. Baseball, T-Ball, and Softball registration will soon be open for all children living in the Reading area
Thank you to banner sponsor Ashley Furniture, conveniently located in Leesport PA. Ashley Furniture is one of the largest employment providers for Berks County.
BCIU School bus
The driver's and staff at the BCIU wishing you a happy holiday
MARY ALICE TEMPLE NUMBER 108 AND SISTERS ON A MISSION
Sisters On A Mission is an organization with eight motivated young ladies. Jeannette Bridges organized the group in September 2007, group members Donna, Tammy, Michele, Lynn, Denise, Devonne, and Shannon. One of the beliefs of this organization is âOne cannot help otherâs until they help themselves.â This key concept has opened doors for them and allowed these ladies to look within themselves to reach out and help others.
Over the course of the clubâs existence they have held many activities, fundraisers and trips. They are always extremely over whelmed with the community support for their Toiletry Drive, Sock Drive and Hat, Scarf & Glove Drive. Donating the items collected to Berks Women in Crisis, The Shelter, The Mission and other local facilities in need.
The Brothers and Daughters of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World is a Chartered Fraternal and Benevolent Order. International in Scope who practice the principles of Charity, Justice and Brotherly and Sisterly Love. The Organization is represented today by the Officers and Members of Berks Lodge #47 and Mary Alice Temple #108. Both the Lodge and Temple operate from their home at 237 Walnut Street, Reading PA. We welcome families to our up and coming Christmas Party for the children and in 2020 our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Both organizations continue to work in the Reading Community and Practice the Principle of Charity, Justice, Brotherly and Sisterly Love.
SARAH JACKSON No. 74
Sarah Jackson # 74, Reading Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, is a female-affiliated body of the Masons. Todayâs chapters continue to work for the enlightenment and betterment of all mankind by performing community service, raising funds to support service work, educational and charitable initiatives, and maintaining a supportive relationship with other members of the organization.
SKYLINE DRIVE CORVETTE
The Skyline Drive Corvette Club is currently celebrating their 55th Anniversary and is one of the oldest corvette clubs in the eastern United States. A group of Young Corvette Enthusiasts formed the club here on Penn Street in 1964. Congrats on 55 Years!
LOWER ALSACE FIRE COMPANY
The Lower Alsace Fire Company is here today with the 2018 KME Pumper Tanker. They have been serving the community since 1927.
Sponsored by: Tower Health
Reading Hospital has been the centerpiece of healthcare in the Greater Reading and Berks County region for over 150 years, first opening their doors to patients on January 27, 1868, as the Reading Dispensary located at 618 Court Street. Little did they know it would become the nationally-recognized, flagship hospital of Tower Health, an award-winning, integrated health system serving southeastern Pennsylvania. Thank you to Tower Health for their continued support.
BERKS COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM
Berks Community Action Program, or BCAP, is a non-profit corporation serving more than 2,500 clients annually. BCAP has been assisting low-income residents in Reading and Berks County since 1965.
BCAP programs include Weatherization, Pre-K Counts, Work Ready, Family Center, Promoting Responsible Fatherhood, VITA and Budget Counsel Center. BCAP is located at 645 Penn Street.
âBCAP - Where a neighbor in need is a call action.â
2ND THESSALONIANS CHRISTIAN CHURCH A/D
2nd Thessalonians Christian Church located at 924 Greenwich Street in Reading. Services are Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm and Sundays at noon with hot breakfasts in the morning. All are welcome.
BLUE MT. REGION OF THE SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA
This is the group that puts on the Hillclimbs â Pagoda Hillclimb in June and Duryea Hillclimb in August. They appreciate being able to play on the mountain and enjoy giving back to the city of Reading. In the last several years, this organization has spent more than 4,500 hours cleaning and grooming Duryea Drive and Walnut Street. The Blue Mountain Region paid to have Duryea Drive resurfaced near the fire tower. Theyâre involved in the Reading community by contributing money and manpower to the city recreation department. Members help run the annual Pinewood Derby in which the Reading recreation centers compete. Their members are active with the Pagoda Foundation, Pagoda-Skyline Incorporated, Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
ALPHA PHI OMEGA - ROTARACT
Albright College's entry is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the co-educational service fraternity, and the Rotaract Club of Reading Rotary. Old Fashioned Holidays at Albright include a break from studying and classes, with time for friends and family, and the Albright Lion! Alpha Phi Omega provides students the opportunity to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to community, both in the local community and at Albright College.
GIRLS SCOUTS OF EASTERN PA - READING SERVICE UNIT
Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, Reading Service Unit hopes everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season!
Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure.
They are G.I.R.L.s - Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders, working to unleash the STRONG in every GIRL!!
They believe every girl has the power to make the world a better place.
Several Girl Scout troops are hosted within the city limits at Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Rec Centers, Boys and Girl Clubs and Houses of worship
Happy Holidays from the Reading Girl Scouts!!"
HOLIDAY GIFT PACKAGE
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BERKS COUNTY SUBARU ENTHUSIASTS
A Subaru community that helps each other, united by the love of Subaru. All the Subaru gear, candy and stuffed animals were purchased and donated by members and local businesses.
BERKSHIRE BASEBALL & SOFTBALL CLUB
Berkshire Baseball and Softball Club is a subsidiary of Big Vision Foundation, a local non-profit that manages youth sports tournaments at the Big Vision Sports Complex in Leesport. Its mission is to develop todayâs youth into tomorrowâs leaders through sports and community service and promote volunteerism. The coaches not only teach and train the young individuals that participate in our program to be better ballplayers, but more importantly, to be better human beings. The organization is proud to celebrating its 30th Year.
CUPS OF COMPASSION
Cups of Compassion is a once a year pop-up soup kitchen event held on Penn Street. Currently in its 9th year, Cups of Compassion is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who collect winter clothes, shoes, toiletries and food to give to the anyone in need. Many contributors make this possible from schools, churches, hotels, hospitals, and Berks County volunteers. Warm soup, hamburgers, hotdogs, music and compassion is handed out to all.
Event will be held on December 19th from 8 AM to 12 PM.
WYOMISSING AREA MARCHING BAND
Please welcome the 2019 Wyomissing Area Spartan Marching Band led by Drum Majors Maddy Hawley and Alex Tharp. Additional student leadership is provided by Section Leaders Ellie Ramirez and Cliff Brown, Percussion Captains
Tyler Scheirer and Emma Morris, and Colorguard Captains, McKenzie Bornstein, Madelyn Estrada, Serafina France-Tribe and Alex Long.
The Spartan Marching Band performs at football games, local parades, and in Cavalcade of Bands field show competitions.
The band is supervised by Director Cathy Barra, Colorguard Instructor, Melissa Benamati (pronounced ben-ah-may-tah) , Percussion Instructor Joshua Underwood, and Drill Instructor Will Benamati. (pronounced ben-ah-may-tah)
MUHLENBERG HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JROTC
This is the 3rd year for Muhlenberg High School's JROTC program. Their signature is the ten person color guard honoring all services that provide us with the freedom we all enjoy. The cadets march proudly to remind everyone that freedom is not free, and that it has to be earned every day.
Rumba 92.3, with DJ Chamo King, DJ Nieto and DJ Johnny V... and Enrique Santos in the Morning!
AURORA HOME CARE
Aurora Home Care is a brand new home care agency in our area. They are dedicated to helping their clients maintain their independence through our in-home services. Their experienced team members can help you with a full range of vital Home Care, Home Health and Hospice services.
Next is the The Alvernia University Spirit Team, which consists of the University's Dance Team, Cheer Team, and Mascot. The Spirit Team is under the direction of Head Coach April Halligan-Rostek, Assistant Cheer Coach Renee Wilder, and Assistant Dance Coach Mackenzie Lynch. You can support the Spirit Team at all of the local Alvernia football and basketball game or you can catch them competing every year at College Nationals in Walt Disney World, Florida!
READING BRANCH 2289 - NAACP
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)is to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
BRANCHES OF DANCE
Branches of Dance is located in Muhlenberg Township. Branches of Dance offers a one week class pass for families to trial dance classes for one week for free before you enroll. Branches of Dance offers dance classes for age 2 - 18. Adult classes are also available
READING WOMENS RUGBY
"The Reading 'Tulips' is a new Rugby club. They play competitive Rugby year round throughout the Mid Atlantic and Northeast area. They are always looking for new energetic members and adult athletes. They'll be kind and teach you a new rough and tumble sport.
READING RUGBY CLUB
The Reading Rugby Club was established in 1978 and just celebrated its 40th anniversary. These wild ruggers come from all types of backgrounds and are a tight knit brotherhood. The club competes in Division 3 and has games all over PA. The team is always looking for new members. No experience is necessary. It's never too late to be a part of this winning tradition.
BERKS BALLET THEATRE- THE NUTCRACKER
Berks Ballet Theatre under the Artistic Direction of Kelly Barber, will be presenting the annual holiday classic, The Nutcracker, a story about Clara, her Nutcracker and the journey they take on Christmas Eve. Performances are held December 14 & 15 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in West Reading. The cast is made up of over 70 dancers including the 17 member pre-professional company.
The YMCA of Reading has been steadily helping the community with their volunteering, programs, transitional housing and community involvement.
BRANDYWINE HEIGHTS MARCHING BAND
Brandywine Heights Marching Band is composed of mainly 9th to 12th grade students with honor guard members as young as 6th grade. The ensemble has marched recently in Disney World and will be traveling to Williamsburg, Virginia in the spring to perform in various historic towns and structures. They are led in the parade by Drum Major Rachel Dougherty and under the direction of Mr. Benjamin Saltzburg. The band would like to thank their parent booster organization, for without their support, performing would not be possible.
LATIN AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION READING
The Latin American Motorcycle Association is a international organization for people interested in the sport of moto-touring. At their annual International Rally, the organization awards the riders with the most amount miles accumulated. L.A.M.A is family and community oriented and anyone is welcome to join the organization.
Get all your home projects done at once thanks to Personal Servants by Daniel Yelk. Offering discounts to Seniors, Veterans, and Wounded Warriors, Personal Servants offers an array of services. Lawn care, pressure washing, painting, carpet cleaning, and oddjobs are just a phone call away.
This truck is from The EMPIRE group and they thank Berks County for 60 years of outstanding business. The Empire group includes six companies, more than 200 employees, a large fleet of vehicles, and more than 400 pieces of equipment.
Seasonâs greetings from Reading's very own Boscov's! They're a banner sponsor in this yearâs parade, has been providing customers with a wide selection of merchandise, competitive prices and superior service for decades. The company is committed to the communities it serves and has a long and distinguished history of civic and charitable activities.
READING HIGH SCHOOL SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB
Reading High Schoolâs sign language club meets weekly at the high-school to learn sign language, helping them better communicate with their deaf peers.
READING HIGH SCHOOL Aevidum
Reading School District Aevidum Club's mission is to fight the mental health stigma. Aevidum stands for, "I got your back." The club is making sure no one is alone and gives students a place to feel comfortable to talk about their issues.
CONRAD WEISER MARCHING SCOUTS
The Conrad Weiser Marching Scouts are led by drum major Victoria Radcliffe. The 46-member band includes students in grades 7-12. The band competes with Cavalcade of Bands and hosted their 16th annual marching band competition at their school on October 12. Today, the band is performing a medley of holiday tunes.
LGBT CENTER OF GREATER READING
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading offers professional development training; support groups; reference and referral and advocacy for the LGBT community and their allies.
They also host a variety of activities and events throughout the year. Theyâll be hosting their 3rd annual Holiday Party on December 1 from 4-8pm.
Indivisible Berks is a grassroots organization focused on raising awareness for important issues facing the community.
PAGODA SKYLINE INC.
Pagoda Skyline Incorporated is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Pagoda, the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower and the Skyline Drive area. Many years of hard work have been spent in order to keep the Pagoda and Fire Tower the attractions they are today. Pagoda Skyline Incorporated is always looking for people interested in contributing to their efforts.
LA MEGA 92.9 FM
Mega 92.9fm is the number one Spanish Radio Station in Reading. Mega is responsible for hosting many community events and concerts in the community.
READING DERBY GIRLS
The Reading Derby Girls are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for women to challenge themselves physically through the sisterhood of Roller Derby while supporting their community. The members of Reading Derby Girls are strong, motivated women who train hard, respect their teammates and love the sport of Roller Derby. The skaters endeavor to increase their power through discipline, hard work and focus.
Berks Astronomy wants to share its space! View planets, stars, clusters, nebulae, and galaxies with telescopes. Learn more about the Commercial Space Race and More
GLAD TIDINGS CHURCH
Glad Tidings Church invites you to take a break from the holiday hustle at Jingle Jam 2019. Bring your friends and family for a night filled with games and live music as they un-box the magic of Christmas! The event is free for all to attend
Check them out at the GT church on December 6th at 7pm!
CIVIL AIR PATROL READING COMPOSITE SQUADRON 811
Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The local squadron is based at the Reading Airport. Members range from 12 years of age and up. They support America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. See them at the Christmas in the Air event at the Reading Airport on Saturday, December 14. This event will include free airplane rides for children ages 8 to 17.
CUB SCOUT PACK 319
The Boys and Girls from Exeter Townshipâs Pack 319 along with their parents and leaders wish everyone Happy Holidays!
MANPOWER MOBILE RECRUITING VAN
The Manpower Mobile Recruiting Unit visits communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley to provide hiring support to local businesses. Their mobile office has allowed them to expand their services and help job seekers, while supporting their partners with onsite career events to attract talent. Manpower, a trusted staffing partner for more than 70 years!
ST. JUDE CHILDREN HOSPITAL
This is Saint Jude Childrenâs Hospital with their area coordinator, Cheri Burkert, who has been fighting to save the lives of children for 15 years. She is accompanied by DJ Victor Soto and the Dying Breed motorcycle club.
Saint Jude is located in Memphis, Tennessee and never turns a child away for a family's inability to pay.
SUPERHEROES FOR AUTISM
Up next is Superheroes for Autism here to let you know, "There is a hero inside everyone!" Superheroes for Autism is a local group dedicated to providing activities and support for families with children and young adults on the autism spectrum in a safe and friendly environment, and helps to raise awareness of autism in the community. The group is led by President Deneida Perez, Vice-President Rebecca Heiser, and Treasurer Jennifer Daniels. Check them out on Facebook for more information about upcoming events!
U.S.C.G. AUXILIARY DIV. 21
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an act of Congress.
There are over 825 flotillas in the United States with over 24,000 members.
The Auxiliary is a fully integrated part of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Last year, the Auxiliary did 3.8 million hours supporting the Coast Guard. The Auxiliary offers boating courses, vessel safety checks, and does safety patrols on Blue Marsh and Nockamixon Lakes, Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. It is completely voluntary. For more information go to www.cgaux.org.
CENTRO HISPANO DANIEL TORRES INC
The Centro Hispano has been serving our community for over 50 years. With a mission of improving the lives of the community it serves, the Centro Hispano helps over 250 clients daily through their safety net programming. As the local vendor for Meals on Wheels and their Feeding the Future program, Centro Hispano feeds over 1500 children & seniors daily.
READING AREA FIRE FIGHTERS MUSEUM
Coming down the street now is the 1937 Peter Pirsch Pumper. This truck comes from the Rainbow Fire Company. The oldest volunteer fire company in the United States was organized on St Patty's Day, March 17, 1773.
During their organization meeting, a rainbow appeared after a thunderstorm, leading to the naming of the Rainbow Fire Company.
PRETZEL CITY ROD & CUSTOM CAR CLUB
The Pretzel City Rod & Custom Car Club has been in existence since 1975 and is dedicated to fostering interest and participation in the car hobby for modified vehicles from the 1930s to the 1980s. This non-profit organization supports various charities each year. Its major fundraiser is a Fatherâs Day car show held annually at the Oley Fairgrounds. The club also holds indoor car shows at the Berkshire Mall in the spring and fall.
Santander Bank, a retail and commercial bank proudly serving customers in the Northeast, is honored to participate in this yearâs Reading Holiday Parade. Their colleagues from Pennsylvania and New Jersey are marching today to represent the Bank and show their pride in supporting the city of Reading.
RED DRAGON KARATE
Red Dragon Karate is a non-profit organization teaching karate, kung fu and self defense. Their Bully Proof Program keeps our kids off the streets and teaches respect, confidence and more.
BERKS COUNTY MUSTANG CAR CLUB
The Berks County Mustang Car Club is dedicated to the restoration & enjoyment of the Ford Mustang & Ford products that range in years from 1964 to present.
This year the clubs charity car shows will raise money and awareness for JDRF ~ The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, DAV ~ Disabled American Veteran & Wreaths Across America
In the past the club has raised money for The Ronald McDonald House, The Four Diamonds Fund and The Humane Society.
Mercy Ministries exists to support women, children and families in Reading and the surrounding area.
TULPEHOCKEN JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND
The Tulpehocken Jr./Sr. High School Marching Band is comprised of 65 students from grades 7th through 12.
The band is under the direction of Matt Schrack and Mark Sorenson; with percussion specialist, Michael Bagenstose, and color guard specialists, Teena and Marissa Loeb. The band performs an annual field show for their home boys and girls soccer teams. As a marching unit, the band participates in the annual Rehoboth Beach Sea Witch Festival, the Robesonia Jack Frost Parade, the Reading Holiday Parade, the West Reading Armed Forces Day Parade, and our local Memorial Day parades. The band is proud to perform at todayâs festivities and thanks the Reading Downtown Improvement District for inviting us! Happy holidays to all!
BLUE LAGOON POOLS
Blue Lagoon Pools is a family owned business located in Sinking Spring. With over 50 years of experience, call them today for your in-ground or above ground pool needs.
I-LEAD Charter School
I-Lead provides Berks County area students and families with choice on where to go for their education. This is their 9th school year and they hope to continue giving Berks County the right to choose.
Join the cheer team everyone is talking about, Champion Force Athletics' Reading Rubies. This state ranked program teaches teamwork, promotes physical fitness, and boosts self esteem. Classes are friendly on the wallet and are held on Thursday's at Millmont Elementary School.
The program if for boys and girls ages 4-18. Registration is open now and no experience is necessary to join.
KEY CLUBS OF BERKS COUNTY
The Key Clubs of Berks County are brought together for the first time thanks to the efforts of the club's Lieutenant Governor Rangeline Dejesus. Today's presentation of "Nightmare Before Christmas" is brought to you by the Key Clubs of Reading Senior High School, Governor Mifflin, Pottsville, Exeter and Conrad Weiser.
Between 2018 and 2019, Key Club Division 13 accumulated more than 25,000 hours of community service in Berks County.
ROBERT THE REINDEER
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READING GIRLS SOFTBALL
Reading Girls Softball is a non-profit organization created for girls in the Reading School District ages 5 to 18 to teach them the fundamentals of the game and to have fun. Seasonâs greetings from the club!
UGI HVAC/ ENERGY SERVICES
UGI HVAC/ Energy Service is a community partner here to serve your heating and cooling needs as well as energy provider and marketer. They are committed to the community they work and live in and have been in business for several decades.
ROXY'S DANCE EXPRESSIONS
Formally Known as "Dance Expressions," this group has added their beloved founder's name to their title. They are now "Roxy's Dance Expressions". Roxy's Dance Expressions is appearing in the Reading Holiday Parade for the eighteenth time. Winning first place in both youth division and float last year, this enthusiastic group encourages Reading to celebrate "Old Fashioned Holidays" this holiday season. Under the direction of Angela Bugay, this growing studio is in 20th year as a dance family and has over 200 students. Located in Kenhorst, Roxy's Dance Expressions specializes in the styles of tap, jazz, acrobatics, musical theater, ballet, pointe, lyrical, dance team, couples, boys classes, hip hop, Zumba and breakdancing. Come support the arts and Roxy's Dance Expressions at the Santander Performing Arts Center, on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Roxy's Dance Expressions family wishes everyone a healthy and peaceful holiday season. They celebrate Roxy's life and keep her spirit alive by sharing their love of dance with you!
EPSHL ICE HOCKEY
Founded in October 2009, the leagues goal is to provide a safe and controlled environment in which students across the Greater Berks area can learn and progress in the game of hockey. Every player is encouraged to exhibit good sportsmanship, be a strong team player, and play with integrity and respect for players, coaches, and officials.
The Reading Royals is our hometown hockey team! Come cheer the Royals on tonight when they play in the Santander Arena tonight at 7 p.m. Hang out with Slappy, Readingâs beloved mascot, and root for your hometown heroes!
ROAD WARRIORS JEEP CLUB
Coming up is the Road Warriors Jeep Club, they're dedicated to reuniting the families and helping out the community.
THE DANCE GALLERY
The Dance Gallery is located on Kutztown Road in Laureldale and has been serving the community for over 30 years. They offer quality dance education for any type of dancer. Happy Holidays to you and your family from The Dance Gallery.
READING'S CHRISTMAS ON THE MOUNTAIN
For 28 years, Hillside Playground, located at 14th and Green Streets in Reading, has been transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Upgraded from previous years, this awesome display, which is free to see, features more than a million lights, along with inflatables and decorations and Santaâs workshop. Opening night is November 22nd.
SAVAGE AUTO GROUP
READING RECREATION COMMISSION
The Reading Recreation Commission, a partnership between the City of Reading and Reading School District, is proud to present COR tennis and the Reading Recreation Commission Dance Club. Their award winning COR tennis has achieved great recognition such as: USTA National Recognized program of the year, PRPS Excellence in Recreation and Park program and USTA Middle States Premier Provider for 5 consecutive years.
The dance team is comprised of members of the 11th & Pike and 3rd & Spruce after school programs and is performing a dance routine to a remix of "The Nutcracker/Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."
The commission would like to welcome you to their upcoming Cookies with Santa event on Saturday December 2 at the Pendora Park field house from 11am to 1pm.â¦.Happy Holidays!!!!
OLEY VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND
Please Welcome the Oley Valley High-school marching band under the direction of Mr. Giffin, Ms. Hartenstine, Ms. Shappell and Mr. Miller. They wish you a happy holiday and thank you for your continued support of the arts.
NEVERSINK FIRE CO. #3
Coming up is NeverSink Fire Company #3. This Engine, a 1959 Mac was one of the busiest trucks in the City in its day, serving the City from 1959 until the mid 90's. This truck is owned by the Neversink Fire Company members. Bruce Dengler is Driving and care-taker of the truck. Riding with Bruce is his family.
KEYSTONE HOOK & LADDER #1
Following is The Keystone Hook & Ladder fire company No.1 Reading Pa., It is a 1959 mack /Maximum ladder truck. Restoration done by Martin L. Daniels. Heâs driving the truck along with tillerman Mark Civitarese
driving truck is Martin L. Daniels and tillerman is Mark Civitarese
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