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  • Victor Izzo/times news "Hero" Sandwiches were served in honor of MCT's "2010 Community Heroes" recently at all six branches of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company. Honorees at the main office in Jim Thorpe include, from left, Jamie S. Kunkle of Jim Thorpe…
    Victor Izzo/times news "Hero" Sandwiches were served in honor of MCT's "2010 Community Heroes" recently at all six branches of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company. Honorees at the main office in Jim Thorpe include, from left, Jamie S. Kunkle of Jim Thorpe; Marveline L. Costenbader of Palmerton; Francis "Snitz" O'Donnell of Jim Thorpe; Randolph L. Gormley of Tamaqua; Jeana DePuy of Lansford; Sharon Cimino, Branch Manager; and Lee Becker of Lehighton.
Published June 16. 2010 05:00PM

Six local residents have been selected by Mauch Chunk Trust Company as "2010 Community Heroes" in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions.

The award recipients nominated by community residents will be recognized at a public banquet to be held in their honor on June 28 at the Grand Ballroom at Kelly's in Lansford. The Mauch Chunk Trust Company will present each recipient with an award and a $100 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

The charities selected by this year's Community Heroes are: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Group, United Way of Carbon County, Carbon County Special Olympics, Tamaqua Area Meals on Wheels, Family Promise of Carbon County and the American Cancer Society.

This is the 11th consecutive year that Mauch Chunk Trust Company is recognizing local volunteers.

"Volunteers don't often get the recognition they deserve," said MCT President and CEO Patrick H. Reilly. "We are proud to have the opportunity to honor these outstanding members of our community who selflessly donate their time and talent to help make our local community a better place to live and work."

The 2010 MCT Community Heroes award recipients are:

Lee Becker, Lehighton His volunteer efforts include the Boy Scouts of America, Mahoning Valley Fire Company, Penn-Mahoning Ambulance Association, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton, Care Net in Lehighton, Hurricane Katrina victims, Lehighton LIFE Furniture Bank, New Bethany Soup Kitchen in Bethlehem, Trinity Church Thrift Store in Lehighton, Allentown Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Mission in Allentown and the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Group.

Marveline L. Costenbader, Palmerton She contributes to the Carbon County 4-H Club, Carbon County 4-H Camp, Carbon County 4-H Development Board, Penn State Cooperative Extension Board, Carbon County Fair, Meals on Wheels Program, Kibler One-Room School Committee, United Way of Carbon County, Salvation Army Emergency Food & Shelter Board, Pioneer Flower Club, and local church groups.

Jeana DePuy, Lansford She donates her time to her church and area churches, Mauch Chunk Opera House Children's Theater, American Cancer Society Telethon, Dream Come True Telethon, Lansford/Tamaqua Welsh Songfests, Men of Marian Picnics, Marian Bingo fundraising, Allied Services Carbon County Chapter of ARC, Care Bears Pre-School Program, PV Band Boosters, PV Middle School/High School Chorus, PV School District "Moving-Up" Ceremonies, Jim Thorpe School District Lee Denim Day, L.B. Morris Faculty Choir, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Reach to Recovery Program and the Women's 5-K Classic Walk/Run.

Randolph L. Gormley, Tamaqua He volunteers time with the Tamaqua Elks Lodge 592, Tamaqua Board of Health, Red Cross Blood Mobile, American Hose Fire Company, Tamaqua Odd Fellows Harmony Lodge, Tamaqua Planning Commission, Tamaqua Neighborhood Crime Watch, Tamaqua Masonic Lodge #238, Shriners' Rajah Temple in Reading, Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Tamaqua Area Meals on Wheels Program, and his church.

Jamie S. Kunkle, Jim Thorpe She donates time to her church as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and choir director, Jim Thorpe Ecumenical Vacation Bible School, youth coach, L.B. Morris Elementary School PTA, L.B. Morris Elementary School Science Fair, School Safety Patrol Advisory, School Youth Tutor and the Peer Tutor Program, School's Green Club, PROSPER Strengthening Family Program, Penn State Carbon County Cooperative Extension Board, Family Promise of Carbon County, and disadvantaged children and families in the community.

Francis "Snitz" O'Donnell, Jim Thorpe A lifetime of service to his community has included the American Legion Post 304, Carbon County Special Needs Fishing Derby for handicapped children, Annual High School Oratorical Contest, driving patients to clinics and hospitals, visiting local nursing homes, Nesquehoning Senior Center, Knights of Columbus Jim Thorpe Council 598, Knights of Columbus Palmerton Assembly 0971, Ancient Order of Hibernians, VFW Post 8067 in Jim Thorpe, Fairview Hose Company, ambulance driver and EMT and his church.

Established in 1902, the Mauch Chunk Trust Company is an independent community bank that is locally owned and managed. The community bank operates six branches and one wealth management office providing a complete range of personal and business banking products and financial services, such as investments and insurance.

For Community Hero Banquet information, contact Deborah Bamford at (570) 325-0410.

For more information about the Mauch Chunk Trust Company, visit them online at

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