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McKeesport-based Auberle celebrates outstanding achievements

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 2:26 a.m.

Auberle honored the outstanding achievements of its program participants and advocates with the 28th annual All-Star Banquet on Monday.

Staff and volunteers transformed Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon Township into a theater of celebration for the awards ceremony, which took on a “You Are a Star: A Night at the Movies” theme. They recognized students, foster families and community members who have given their all for Auberle.

“Tonight is a very neat event for Auberle,” CEO John Lydon said. “It symbolizes what we are all about — the children, their families and their successes.”

Auberle is a faith-based agency dedicated to providing positive outcomes for at-risk youth and families. It provides a spectrum of resources that include shelter programs, counseling, educational support, independent living and workforce development.

Rickie W., 21, who completed an Auberle youth program and participates in Movin' On as a young adult, said the All-Star Banquet gives kids the recognition they deserve.

“It's very special,” Rickie said. “It's nice to know that people care about you, that they want to recognize you for having a talent or a skill. The people at Auberle really know that you deserve more than what people stereotype you as.”

Lydon thanked Auberle staff, volunteers, donors and sponsors for setting the scene for an extraordinary evening.

“These are the people who go above and beyond to make this evening special for our children and families,” he said.

Just as the awards ceremony requires support, Lydon said, so does the agency's mission.

“What we do at Auberle, we don't do alone,” he said.

For that reason, the annual All-Star Banquet includes a Community Partner Award, which went to state Sen. James R. Brewste.

“As a longtime friend and advocate of Auberle, Sen. Brewster has improved community awareness of the agency across the region,” Lydon said. “Within all his roles, Sen. Brewster's focus on community improvement has allowed Auberle to increase and enhance the services offered to youth and families.”

Brewster has represented Pennsylvania's 45th Senatorial District since 2010. He previously served as McKeesport's mayor and a city councilman.

“Auberle is a tremendous asset to McKeesport and the region,” Brewster said. “The goodness they've given to people ... you can't put it into words. To see the smiles on the faces of these kids is priceless.”

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or



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