Beacon Light, an affiliate of Journey Health System, held its annual board and donor appreciation event on May 2 at the Pennhills Club in Bradford.
Agency leaders thanked board members for volunteering and the donors in the community for providing philanthropic support toward the agency’s mission.
Prior to the awards portion of the evening, attendees had a moment of silence in memory of Dr. Kimberly Young, a wife, a psychologist, and a respected Beacon Light board member who recently passed away.
Years of Service milestone awards were presented to Ralph Detweiler for 40 years of service as a board member; Craig Hartburg for 30 years; Richard Esch, David Ferguson and Mary Reiley for 15 years; Anne Albright, Maurice Cashman, Jean Hvizdzak and Gregory LaRocca for 10 years; Bill Chapman, Karen Costello-Pecht, Dr. Richard McDowell and Cindy Zembryki for five years of service each.
The 2019 B.E.A.C.O.N. Award was presented to Madeline Miles. B.E.A.C.O.N. stands for Being an Enthusiastic Advocate for Community and Organizational Needs and is awarded each year to an individual who exemplifies service to the Beacon Light companies.
“Madeline Miles embodies the ideals recognized by the BEACON Award,” said Richard Seager, president and CEO. “Because of her dedication and service, she has been chosen by the Executive Team and the Board of Beacon Light to be honored this evening.”
Since returning to her hometown of Bradford in 1978, Miles has been instrumental in the development, improvement, growth, education, and betterment of the Bradford community. A retired speech therapist, MIles holds a bachelor’s degree from Chatham College and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.
She has dedicated her life to providing service and leadership for several of our area’s organizations, including the Bradford Area School District, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford Regional Medical Center and the American Association of University Women.
In 2007, she was awarded the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Presidential Medal of Distinction, the university’s highest honor, after having served on the advisory board for nearly three decades. The following year, a scholarship fund, the Miles-to-Go Scholarship Fund, was established in her honor, providing many of the university’s media outlets and students with stipends to carry out research and projects. In 2012, she was presented with the Director’s Award from the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Serving on Beacon Light’s advisory board and utilization committee has given me a vast insight in to the mental health needs of our clients and the community,” stated Miles.
The evening closed with an inspirational video regarding Beacon Light’s Girls In Recovery Learning Strength (G.I.R.L.S.) program. Seager noted the thousands of clients across the agency who received treatment over the years, and thousands of hours spent in supporting Journey Health System’s agencies as they have sought to end the stigma of mental illness and treat every single individual in our communities who struggles with it.