On June 12, 2015, PA-TSA celbrated 30 years of service to Pennsylvania with an Anniversary Banquet and Awards Presentation to kick off our 9th Annual TS Family Camp!
Our guest speaker was Justin Bachman, the 17 year old founder of "Honor Good Deeds", a non-profit dedicated to empowering people to "Live Loud". Justin touched the audience with his story of overcoming the adversity of severe Tourette syndrome and suicidal thoughts to become the person he is now. He energized them to think beyond
themselves and advocate for what they believe in.
Following Justin's address, we were proud to present the following awards to some outstanding individuals and businesses that have helped PA-TSA over the last 5 years:
The Mary Lou Reaver Advocate Award was presented to Sabrina Bosse for her experience and skill in advocating for children while developing important relationships with schools. She has dedicated 9 years to this advocacy and has an amazing understanding of TS.
The Sid Newman Fundraising Award was presented to Jeff Keily for his ingenious Senior Project in the fall of 2010. Jeff raised over $8,000 through his project "Jeffrey Tackles Tourette" which also allowed people in his life to know about his own diagnosis for the first time.
The Dr. Peter Meyer Award was presented to Dr. Lawrence Brown, neurologist from Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Laura Duda, pediatrician from Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Both are amazing doctors who provide exemplary service to their patients.
The Dr. Thomas Cadman Award was presented to the Robert & Joan Dircks Foundation, a family foundation that has supported PA-TSA for over 10 years. They consistently look to the positive and have supported PA-TSA through some very trying years.
The Accommodating School Award was presented to PA Cyber Charter School for their willingness to support and accommodate students with TS.
The Senator Terry Punt Award was presented to Representative Ted Harhai for his support at the State Capital and in his district. He and his staff held an amazing Tourette Syndrome Expo last year to reach more families in the Pittsburgh area of PA.
The Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Rachel Lewis for her many hours of service to PA-TSA before becoming a Board Member. She has provided multiple in-service trainings to Educators and Peers, been a volunteer Consultant, and chaired the Camp Committee for several years.
And the Administrators Impact Award was prsented to Representative Tom Murt for his tireless efforts in creating awareness at the Capital and in his own district. Representative Murt also led the push to increase PA-TSA's State Funding from $100,000 to $150,000 in 2013. This increased funding has allowed PA-TSA to improve operations, outreach and staffing.
While listening to these amazing award presentations under a large tent at Camp Eder, we endured the 90+ degree heat and a quick thunderstorm, which made it quite difficult to get pictures or enjoy the evening!
The Awards were followed by an amazing banquet prepared by Camp Eder Culinary Staff.
Read our article
that appeared in the Hanover Evening Sun!