Leading The Way: The Luzerne Foundation Annual Meeting to be held on May 16th

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Michael & Kathleen Hirthler to Receive Bevevino Community Service Award

(Luzerne, PA) The Annual Meeting of The Luzerne Foundation will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts beginning with a reception and 5:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:00 p.m. A highlight of the event will be the presentation of The Mary Bevevino Community Service Award to Michael & Kathleen Hirthler. The Award was established in 2000 and honors a Luzerne County resident who has made a significant, positive impact in the area. It is The Foundation’s highest tribute reflecting the unwavering dedication, commitment and spirit of its namesake.

“This is going to be a terrific day,” noted Phil Decker, Chair of The Luzerne Foundation Board of Directors. “Mike and Kathleen are such deserving recipients of the Bevevino Award and we’re thrilled to be hosting educational seminars all day long as part of our Annual Meeting activities. The Foundation is Leading the Way and we look forward to using our unique position in the community to build awareness about ways to become involved in making our area truly remarkable.”

Kathleen Hirthler, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC and Mike Hirthler, President and Chief Investment Officer of Jacobi Capital Management are a dynamic and dedicated team. Kathleen is deeply involved in Volunteers in Medicine, serving as its Assistance Medical Director; on the Medical Ethics Committee; and as a Mentor for Community Health Projects developed by students at The Commonwealth Medical College. She also provides healthcare services in her role as Nurse Practitioner at the Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic at St. Stephens Church. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in the Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing at Wilkes University. She is a Catholic Youth Center board member, CCD Instructor at Church of St. Therese in Wilkes-Barre and has presented numerous wellness presentations to community groups.

Michael Hirthler founded Jacobi Capital Management in 2008 which he named in honor of Carl Gustav Jacobi, a famous German Mathematician. Over his 25 years Mike has quietly become one of the largest investment advisors in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Michael is an active member of the community, and involved with the Catholic Youth Center, the YMCA, Volunteers in Medicine, the Luzerne Foundation, the Salvation Army, Junior Achievement of NEPA, the Kiss Theatre, Kings College and Wilkes University. He currently serves on the YMCA Board of Trustees, the Kirby Center Board, the Geisinger Advisory Board, the Mercer Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees, and was formerly an advisor and Board member for the Catholic Youth Center.

With Michael as Chair, he and Kathleen spearheaded the Catholic Youth Center Capital Campaign helping to raise over $5 million for a new gymnasium and indoor pool. Mike was also Chair of the CYC’s “March Madness” annual fundraiser which, over the past four years, has raised in excess of $400,000.

They have sponsored, coordinated and funded prizes for the Sir John Templeton Laws of Life Essay Contest in the Wilkes- Barre Area School District and are the presenting sponsor of the annual Meyers Speech and Debate Team’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tournament each year.

“These are wonderful people,” stated Charles Barber, President and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “They do so many things in our community, probably more than we know. They are truly deserving of the Mary Bevevino Community Service Award.”

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