by Reading Hospital – Tower Health
In an effort to raise awareness about men’s health, the Reading Hospital Foundation is hosting “Beards & Brews” with “celebrity” bartenders at BLDG 24 on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 10 p.m. The bartenders are participating in the No Shave November campaign and will work to earn tips that will help them meet their fundraising goals.
Celebrity bartenders like Keegan Worley, Chief Financial Officer of The Standard Group, will serve a variety of drinks to guests and earn tips that will benefit men’s health initiatives at McGlinn Cancer Institute. T-shirts will be available for purchase, with the proceeds going toward the cause. This event is open to the public.
“I hope the No Shave November campaign inspires our community to embrace empathy and solidarity, encouraging open conversations about men’s cancer awareness,” said Worley, who will be mixing up exclusive themed drink specials, such as the “Clean-Shaven Cream Ale” from Oakbrook Brewing. Elders Cut Meadery is also sponsoring some of the specialty drinks, such as “Mutton Chops” which is a Mead Manhattan, and “The Soul Patch”, a honey/lemon-inspired Mead cocktail.
“By cultivating understanding and support, stigmas can be erased, early detection increased, and, ultimately, lives be saved. Working together, we can make a lasting impact on the well-being of individuals and families affected by men’s cancers.”
Worley is joined by 28 Reading Hospital employees and 16 other local businessmen participating in the event:
- 4 p.m. Chris Cosce, Registered Dietitian
- 4:30 p.m. Jason Roth, ED Inventory Coordinator, and Charles F. Barbera, MD, Reading Hospital President and CEO
- 5 p.m. Michael Coveney, System Director Employee Health Wellness & Disability, and Charles F. Barbera, MD, Reading Hospital President and CEO
- 5:30 p.m. Paul Cohn, Past Board Chair, Reading Hospital Foundation/Senior Wealth Advisor Director, Fulton Bank, and Julian Marz, Logistics Manager, League Logistics
- 6 p.m. Mark McFadden, Professor of Mathematics, Immaculata University, and Keegan Worley, Chief Financial Officer of The Standard Group
- 6:30 p.m. Chris Kehrli, Risk Manager, and Joe Ludwig, Nutrition Sr. Supervisor
- 7 p.m. Carmine Lenzi, Account Manager, Sobi Pharmaceuticals, and David Argentati, Commercial Loan Officer, MidPenn Bank
- 7:30 p.m. Bernie Anton, Co-owner, Lords and Ladies Salon of Sinking Spring, and Dr. Michael Napolitano, MD THMG, Birdsboro Family Medicine
- 8 p.m. George Ortiz, Owner, American Barber Academy
- 8:30 p.m. David Smith, RN II Reading Hospital Infusion Center
- 9 p.m. Jeff Smith Jr., Financial Advisor, MassMutual Eastern PA, and Jim Fowler, Keystone Maintenance Services
- 10 p.m. Anthony Donato, Academic Hospitalist
“We’re working to shed light on the importance of cancer screenings for men, and No Shave November is a great opportunity for us to do it,” said Charles F. Barbera, MD, Reading Hospital President and CEO. “This event has us putting our bartending skills to the test while raising money for an important cause. It’s a great reason for the community to gather.”
The goal of No Shave November is to get people talking or thinking about hair. By donating money normally spent on hair care, and talking to others about their hair, important conversations can be had, cancers can be prevented, lives can be saved, and those fighting cancer have more support. If you are unable to attend Thursday’s event but would still like to contribute, visit https://give.classy.org/RHFNoShave.
“Reading Hospital was built on the generosity of others and has been providing comfort and care to the community for more than 150 years,” Worley said. “The support of the Foundation further addresses health challenges facing the community and keeps the growth and development of the Hospital at its forefront, something important to anyone lucky to live in Berks County and the surrounding areas.
Reading Hospital is the flagship, Magnet Recognized, acute care hospital of Tower Health. Located in West Reading, Reading Hospital is a 697-bed hospital that is home to many top-tier specialty care centers, including Reading HealthPlex, McGlinn Cancer Institute, Miller Regional Heart Center, Emergency Department, Level I Trauma Center, and Beginnings Maternity Center, which houses the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 1,000 physicians, specialists, and advanced practice providers across 49 locations, Reading Hospital has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across service lines. It has been listed as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for four consecutive years (and moving up to America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2022) and received a 5-Star Rating from CMS two years in a row. For more information, visit towerhealth.org.