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Community Leader Nancy Yocom to be presented with Civitas Award

Mar 11, 2020
Picture Berks Healthy

PLEASE NOTE: For the health and safety of our Berks Community Health Center (BCHC) family and friends, we have decided to postpone Picture Berks Healthy to a later date to be determined. As much as we were looking forward to hosting the event, and honoring Nancy Yocom, we do not want to put anyone in a situation that might compromise their health. Please stay tuned for our rescheduled date! 

Nancy Yocom To Be Honored at Picture Berks Healthy

Berks Community Health Center will honor community leader Nancy Yocom with the health center’s Civitas Award on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the third annual “Picture Berks Healthy,” its signature awareness and fundraising event.   Picture Berks Healthy is Monday, March 16, 2020, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading.  Light, healthy fare will be served.

Nancy Yocom, a founding Board Member of Berks Community Health Center has focused many of her philanthropic work on the health of our community.  She served as BCHC’s first Board Secretary, contributing a wealth of knowledge from her nursing career and her previous service on another FQHC board.  She has also served BCHC as chair of the Board Quality Committee and  Development Committee.  Under her leadership, the Picture Berks Healthy event was created and launched in 2018.

Always committed to making an impact throughout the community, Nancy has been a volunteer leader for a number of other organizations.  Nancy joined the Berks Encore board in 2008 and served as chair from 2012-14. She continued her service as immediate past board chair through 2018. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Berks Encore, she and her husband, Doug, co-chaired the Black Tie Bingo in December 2015. In 2016, the Berks Regional Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented the Yocoms with the Outstanding Philanthropy Award.  Nancy and Doug received the Wilbur H. Doran Award, the United Way of Berks County’s top volunteer award in recognition of outstanding community service and philanthropy, in 2017.  Nancy has been involved with Safe Berks, the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Explaining the Picture Berks Healthy event, BCHC CEO Mary Kargbo said, “This event combines health and art.  Art can contribute to good health, whether physical or mental, and we believe it is a compelling way to share Berks Community Health Center’s vision of a healthy Berks County.”   The art projects were made by participating sponsor organizations at the Hot Glass or Warm Glass workshops at the GoggleWorks in Reading.  Several organizations sponsored “You Create We Make”  (YCWM) workshops for children or intellectually disabled adults from organizations like Safe Berks, the YMCA, Muhlenberg School District, Reading Recreation, Dayspring Homes, and the John Paul II Center.  For the YCWM workshops, participants in the classes all drew ideas for a project, and one drawing from each class was chosen by Scott Krenitsky to be produced in blown glass as the participants watched. Picture Berks Healthy attendees will be able to bid on replicas of some of these artworks during a silent auction at Monday’s event.

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