The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will honor Clayton Karambelas, Eric Mahler, Esq., Michael J. Hirthler and Air Excellence at the organization’s 2017 Leadership Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 5. The event will be held at the Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p. m. along with a silent auction, followed by dinner and awards at 6:30 p. m.
Tickets for the Leadership Dinner are $100 per person. Corporate sponsorships, program ads and tickets are available by calling Jamie Dudick at the YMCA at (570) 970-5027, or emailing her at Jamie.Dudick@wbymca.org.Proceeds from the event will benefit programming at the YMCA.
Atty. Mahler of Mountain Top, will be presented with the 2017 Frank M. Henry Layperson of the Year Award. The award recognizes an unsung hero at the YMCA, one who contributes their time and services for the betterment of the organization and the local community. Atty. Mahler is an owner and managing partner of Mahler Law Firm, LLC, in Forty Fort. He has practiced law since 1998, having received his B. S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in 1997.
Atty. Mahler has been involved with the YMCA since taking learn-to-swim lessons around the age of 4-years-old. He has been a member since returning to the area in 1998. He has served as a member of the YMCA Swim Team coaching staff as an assistant coach from 2008 to 2016, and head coach since 2016. During his tenure as head coach, he coached three YMCA State Champions, including two YMCA National Qualifiers and one 4th place finisher at YMCA Nationals. He has also served as YMCA indoor league soccer coach for two years and Mountain Top Youth Soccer Association assistant soccer coach.
Atty. Mahler is in his second year as chairman of the advisory board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, where he has served as a board member since 2008. He has also served as a Board Member for the Salvation Army since 2009, and currently serves as the nominating committee chair. A graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre in 2007, he has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of Catholic Social Services and was a community chair of the Misericordia University Annual Fund.
The Wilkes- Barre Family YMCA promotes healthy lifestyles, strong families, develops leadership in youth, builds international understanding, assists in community development and is flexible to community change. The YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Located at 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes- Barre, the YMCA is a member agency of the United Way of Wyoming Valley and offers programs specifically for the disadvantaged, handicapped and area youth. Make sure to “like” the WilkesBarre Family YMCA on Facebook, and visit its website at www.wbymca.orgfor a complete listing of programs and services.