County Brotherhood Dinner to honor 3

Three local people will be honored during the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance Citation Dinner April 17 at the Genetti Hotel.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30.

Betsy Rider, owner of Otto’s Bookstore, Williamsport, and Dan Klingerman, president and CEO of the Liberty Group, each will receive Brotherhood Citation awards.

Warren J. “W.J.” Choate, will receive the Ray Keyes Sports Award.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Barry Morrison, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Rider, a resident of Williamsport, has worked at Otto’s for more than 50 years.

A mother of 10 children, Rider eventually assumed management of the store after her late husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A booster of downtown Williamsport, she has been involved in the Center City Association and the Downtown Merchants and Business Association.

Rider received the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, the New Atlantic Independent Bookseller of the Year Award and the NAIBA Legacy Award as the oldest independent bookstore in the U.S.

She formerly worked at WRAK Radio as a copy editor and also with WBRE-TV.

Klingerman’s real estate holdings have made a significant impact on the region as well as Williamsport.

Liberty Group manages more than 60 organizations including Williamsport Properties, Danko Holdings, Liberty Hospitality Partners, Infinity OilfieldServices, Fishlips and HUBS Home Oxygen.

Liberty Hospitality Partners LP boasts 12 hotel properties in 12 states.

Klingerman established the Tree House Fund with the First Community Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that benefit children in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Over the years it has benefited such organizations as Camp Cadet, Daikon Family Services Favors Forward Foundation, Infant Development Program, Lycoming-Sullivan Standards Coalition and Clinton County Special Olympics.

Klingerman is a member of the Susquehanna Health Board of Trustees, First Community Foundation Partners and the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation-Executive Board.

Klingerman makes his home in Loyalsock Township with his wife and three children.

Choate perhaps is best known for his talents on the golf links.

Choate recalls that for years after his day was finished at the family business, Susquehanna Paper and Sanitary Supply Corp., he would head for the golf course and work on his game, many times until it was dark.

He is nine-time men’s club champion at the Williamsport County Club and his round of 63 in 1977 remains a modern club record.

For 27 years, he teamed with Joe Reynolds to win 10 Williamsport Country Club Invitational championships, beginning in 1981. The two also finished second six times.

Choate won the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship in 1990 and finished second two other years.

He also played in two U.S. Opens.

Choate’s philanthropic efforts were appreciated by area residents victimized by flooding in September 2011 when he delivered huge quantities of supplies to people along Route 87.

The deadline for dinner reservations is April 10. Call Connie Tobias at 447-2182.