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You are invited to become a part of the POWER OF PAOLI by joining the Paoli Business and Professional Association (PBPA), the collective voice representing business interests in the greater Paoli community!

The association endeavors to bring value to its member businesses and enhance the beauty of our shared community.

Expand your network, build your business, and play a role in the development of your community!

Annual Membership dues through September 30, 2016 are $165 ($175 after October 1st).

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Volunteers Needed for Paoli Blues Fest PBPA Table

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We need you, PBPA members!

Promote your business at the biggest event in Paoli, the Paoli Blues Fest!

We need local PBPA business people to man our table and promote Paoli Business to the thousands of attendees at this huge annual event.

We are also looking for information to stock our tent for local businesses. If you have give-aways, business cards and fliers for your business, we want them!

We are covering the table in 2-hour shifts starting at 10:00 AM for set-up and ending at 6:00 PM for break-down. Please email Linda at lindascleaners@aol.com if you are interested in helping.

If you would also like to volunteer for the Blues Fest itself, sign up here.

Paoli Hospital Auxiliary Requests Donations for Silent Auction

The Paoli Hospital Auxiliary – Employee Branch has been invited by The Desmond Hotel in Malvern and Main Line Today Magazine to host the silent auction at their annual Wine & Dine Affair Winemaker’s Dinner on Friday, September 23rd. The evening promises to be spectacular and features an exquisite 6-course sit down dinner with wine pairings.

Each year Main Line Today and the Desmond Hotel invite a local charity to host the silent auction. The Paoli Hospital Auxiliary was honored to be chosen again as the 2016 featured charity. This year we will feature the comprehensive and innovative care provided by the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital.

PHA is in the process of collecting items for the event, and they are requesting our assistance in making the silent auction a huge success. By donating goods, gift certificates, services, etc., you’ll be making a tax deductible contribution that will help Paoli Hospital continue its great work in our community. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated!

Additionally, you’ll benefit from exposure of your company’s name at this upscale, well-attended event. Donors will be listed and the merchandise you give will be prominently on display throughout the event.

Please complete the 2016 PHA Donation Form and return to:

Paoli Hospital Administration c/o Tina Bruckner
255 W. Lancaster Ave.
Paoli, PA 19301

Questions? Please contact Tina for more information: 484.565.1433 or brucknerc@mlhs.org

With kindest regards,

~ Caroline Haggerty and Kathy Francis
Silent Auction Coordinator Paoli Hospital Auxiliary – Employee Branch Co-Chairs

PBPA Donates to UMLY Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign

PBPA officers and members donate a check to the UMLY summer camp program

The Paoli Business and Professional Association recently made a donation to the Send A Kid To Camp campaign at the Upper Main Line YMCA. These funds will actually send two children in need to camp this summer!

Pictured in back of YMCA campers, left to right, are Brad Zerr, PBPA President, Brian Raicich, Assoc Exec at the Upper Main Line YMCA, Bill Tickner of Wells Fargo and Vice President of Programs for the PBPA, Karen Reid, Camp Director at the Upper Main Line YMCA, and PBPA Board members Sally Fridy of Naturescapes Landscape Specialists, Ed Auble of Auble Financial, and Bonnie McQuiston of McQuiston Insurance.

Summer Kickoff Event Recap

On June 11th, PBPA and the Paoli Hardware Center hosted their 2nd annual Summer Kickoff celebration. The community event was well attended with family activities such as face painting and raffles. Thanks go to the Hardware Center for providing free hotdogs and cookies for everyone.

Activate Chester County (a collaboration among hospitals, health and recreation organizations, school districts, municipalities, & community service organizations that advocates for policy & behavior changes to decrease the obesity rate in Chester County) was on site to help encourage healthy habits in our community.

Our friends at the Center on Central provided free face painting and created some wonderful masterpieces! And The Paoli Fire Company came out to showcase their trucks and equipment much to the delight of some of our younger guests.

PBPA Mourns Passing of Susan Randels

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The Paoli Business and Professional Association is saddened to notify the membership of the passing of member Susan O’Connor Randels. She passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, having recently celebrated her 60th birthday in March.

Susan was the owner/operator of Polka Dots, a women’s clothing boutique in Paoli, PA, for the past 12 years. She was honored by the Paoli Business and Professional Association at our Annual Awards banquet as Business Person of the Year, 2015-2016.

Donations in her memory are requested to be sent to www.all4pawsrescue.com (Chester County location).

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Dear Fellow Paoli Business Person,

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Sincerely,
Brad Zerr
President, PBPA

Meet The Legislators Meeting Recap

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On May 12th the PBPA hosted a Meet the Legislators luncheon. More than 30 local business people had the opportunity to speak directly with State Representatives Warren Kampf and Duane Milne as well as State Senator Andy Dinniman.

Mr. Dinniman updated us on the status of the Paoli Transportation Project and touched on some points regarding the budget. Representative Milne took a deeper dive into some of the budgetary issues regarding pension and school funding.

It was a fantastic forum for dialogue between the business community and legislators. Thank you to all who attended and made their voices heard.

Pictured below at left: PBPA VP Bill Tickner, State Representative Warren Kampf, PBPA President Brad Zerr; at right: State Senator Andy Dinniman.

PBPA Board members and state legislators

Pictured below: Warren Kampf, Duane Milne, Andy Dinniman.

Legislators Kampf, Milne, Dinniman

Pictured below: 19th District Republican Candidate for State Senate Jack London.

Jack London

2016 Front Porch Trust Scholarship Winners

On April 27th, at PBPA’s annual Breakfast of Champions, The Front Porch Trust Scholarship fund recognized 3 Great Valley High School and 3 Conestoga High School seniors for their outstanding contributions to the community.

Keynote Speaker Thomas Stecher’s inspiring presentation, which focused on compassion and giving, highlighted the importance of the charitable acts demonstrated by all the nominees. Thom Stecher is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and educational consultant. He has spent over 40 years educating and mentoring students, teachers and administrators. The primary focus of his work is the integration of social-emotional learning with academic achievement to help school districts transform into whole-child-centered environments.

Pictured below: At left, GVHS winners Mihir Alve, Danielle Capriola and Eric Wang; at right, Conestoga High School winners Jason Kim, Olivia Schappell and Jacob Leibowitz.

Front Porch Scholarship Award Winners

Pictured below: At left, Ed Auble, past PBPA president; at right, Brian Zwann, President of Penn Liberty Bank. Penn Liberty is the main sponsor of the Front Porch Trust and responsible for providing the Breakfast of Champions.

Ed Auble and Brian Zwan

Pictured below: State Representative Duane Milne, PBPA Board Members Bill Tickner, Helen Flanders and Ed Auble.

Rep. Duane Milne and PBPA Board members

Pictured below: Representative Milne poses with some of our winners and board members.

Rep. Milne, scholarship winners and PBPA board members

PBPA Earth Day Celebration – Community Service Project

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Paoli Business and Professional Association members met at the Paoli Depot Shoppes, on the sidewalks between Drapery Design and purenergy fitness studio. From there, members braved the rain and relatively chilly April temperatures as they celebrated Earth Day by participating in a community service project: picking up trash along the streets of Paoli.

PBPA members collecting trash on Earth Day

Pictured with trash bags containing the litter they collected are two of the participants, Brad Zerr of Paoli Hospital (President of PBPA) and Bill Tickner of Wells Fargo Bank (Vice President of PBPA).

The PBPA would like to thank the Paoli Depot Shoppes, Drapery Design and purenergy fitness studio for allowing members to park in their parking lot. In addition, we would like to thank the Willistown Township Police Department for providing safety vests as well as Paoli Matthews Ford for supplying disposable gloves and trash bags.

The PBPA is proud to have helped beautify Paoli!