An Evening for the Schuylkill River

Thanks to everyone who joined us or otherwise supported our dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 18. It was a terrific evening that both celebrated and benefitted the Schuylkill River

An Evening for the Schuylkill River featured live music, delicious food and amazing silent auction and basket raffle items. It also provided an opportunity for us to honor the recipients of our Schuylkill River Legacy Awards for the work they've done to support the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. Event was held at the historic Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading.

Congratulations to our 2017 Schuylkill River Legacy Award Honorees

Leslie S. Richards, Secretary, PA Dept of Transportation: In recognition of her leadership and support of area trail networks, including the Schuylkill River Trail, through state, regional, county and local initiatives.

John Giannopoulos, Manager Partner, Sly Fox Brewing Co: In recognition of Sly Fox Brewing Co.'s support and advocacy for the Schuylkill River Trail through the sale of SRT Ale & event partnerships that have bolstered Heritage Area efforts to encourage recreation, engage trail users and build and improve the SRT.
Brian Swisher, Volunteer, Schuylkill River Heritage Area: In recognition of his unfailing dedication to the Schuylkill River and countless hours spent developing and promoting "A Paddler's Guide to the Schuylkill River Water Trail".
Special thanks to our Sponsors & Donors

Silent Auction/Basket Raffle Donors (Check back for regular updates)

Josh Nims--10ft, 4in Future Beach Fusion Kayak with paddle and gear
Richard Sassaman -- "Train Trestle in the Snow: Yorgey's Trestle," Original Acrylic Painting
Residence Inn Conshohocken--Gift cards (2) for a two night stay
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary--Family Plus Membership
National Parks of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area--Gift basket with behind the scenes tours of three parks
Schuylkill River Heritage Area--Schuylkill River Water Trail Guide
Rob Kuhlman--Guided Geology and Fossil Hunting Tour of the Upper Schuylkill Basin
Walt Hug -- Framed photograph
Bill & Lorie Reichert--Handmade basket, handpainted glasses, owl on wood.
Frank Sturniolo--Basket of Five Pennsylvania Wines
The Coyne Family--Philadelphia Transit Memorablia
Edie Shean Hammond--"Stroll Along the Schuylkill," Original Oil Painting by Merrill Weber
Mary Ann Dailey--Framed Photograph
Montgomery County Community College--Italian Dinner Basket
Carl Raring--Handmade beach art
Rodger Krause--Cycling gift basket
Barbara Cohen--Framed photograph of Fairmount Waterworks
Sly Fox Brewing Co.--Gift Basket featuring Sly Fox beer and accessories and growler fill
Colebrookdale Railroad--Tickets for the "Secret Valley Line" scenic railroad expedition
Giant--$25 Gift Card
Redner's Market--Gift certificates
Don Moll--Unique Redware Pretzel Bowl with pretzels
Historic Preservation Trust of Berks Co.--Morlatton Village Coverlet
Wendi Wheeler--Cabela's Hiking Basket & two Schuylkill County Wine Baskets
O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P. C.--Certificate for legal services for will or power of attorney ($750 value)
Chris Linn--Gift cards to four restaurants located along the Schuylkill River Trail
Carol Ashby--Handmade Baby Bibs and baskets


JP Mascaro & Sons (Cocktail Hour Sponsors) Exelon Generation
Wrigley's Business Products & Services Wilson Consulting Group, PC
McTish Kunkel & Associates Schuylkill County Vision
O'Donnel, Weiss & Mattei Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau
Delaware River Basin Commission The Brick House
Translogistics Inc.  
About The Abraham Lincoln Hotel

The 16-story Abraham Lincoln hotel opened on May 23, 1930, only months after the stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression. It was designed by William A. Stoddart, a New York architect, who, using Italian Scagliola, incorporated an Old World aura into the elegant building. The name, honoring the nation's 16th president, was selected through a public contest. Billed as "Pennsylvania's Finer Hotel," it boasted bathrooms, an RCA Victor loudspeaker and circulating ice water in each room. Sen. Harry S Truman was a guest speaker at the Traffic Club of Reading's 10th anniversary at the Abe Lincoln on March 2, 1944. The hotel ceased operation as a hotel in 2015, but the ballroom and restaurant remain, and rooms are being converted into apartments.