Lycoming County celebrated some of its best assets at last night's Brotherhood Alliance dinner.
American Rescue Workers Col. Sam Astin and Dr. Bill Martin were honored with the William Pickelner Brotherhood Citation Award. Gabe Sinicropi, vice president of marketing and public relations for the Williamsport Crosscutters, received the Ray Keyes Sports Award.
The dinner is the annual celebration of those who contribute to the betterment of local communities and promote tolerance, understanding and brotherhood through their actions.
Col. Sam Astin, commanding officer of the American Rescue Workers listens for an “amen” as he gives his response for receiving one of the two Pickelner Brotherhood Citation Awards during the 57th annual Brotherhood Banquet at the Genetti Hotel Wednsday.
Award winners from the 57th Annual Brotherhood Banquet include Gabe Sinicropi, winner of the Ray Keyes Award; Pickelner Brotherhood Citation Award winners Col. Sam Astin of the American Rescue Workers and Dr. William Martin, senior vice president of Pennsylvania College of Technology. From left, Astin, board president Phillip Preziosi, Martin, Sinicropi, and Lycoming College President and keynote speaker Dr. Kent Trachte.
Lycoming College President Kent Trachte was the keynote speaker for the evening.
He focused on the good that the college can do for the community, and how college students can serve the community and meet the Brotherhood goals of understanding, tolerance and community harmony. Trachte shared a plan to accomplish these goals that includes increasing the diversity of the student body and bringing students into the community to create an impact.
Astin, who has provided a great deal of service to the community through his involvement with the American Rescue Workers, shared he was "honored and humbled" by the award.
"I felt it went great. It was just an honor to be recognized with Dr. William Martin and to listen to Dr. Kent Trachte," Astin said following the awards ceremony.
During his acceptance speech, Astin spoke about opportunities to promote brotherhood everyday, and shared the story of a man who came to the American Rescue Workers homeless and broken down, but transformed and went on to be able to sustain himself and thrive.
Astin considered the definition of brotherhood.
"Brotherhood must be a corporate behavior, but must begin on an individual basis," he said. "Brotherhood begins in our hearts, not in our heads."
He also turned to the Bible to remember the importance of brotherhood, quoting Psalm 133:1, which says, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity."
Martin serves as the senior vice president for Pennsylvania College of Technology and has lived in and served the Williamsport community his entire life. He currently serves as chairman of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors, president of Lycoming County United Way, secretary of the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority and vice chairman of the Lycoming County Flag Foundation.
"I'm deeply honored to receive this form of community recognition, especially this award named for Bill Pickelner, a great friend to me and a great force in the community," Martin said after the dinner.
While accepting his award, Martin remained humble.
"Anything I've ever been able to give to the community was not given; it was owed," he said.
Ken Sawyer presented Sinicropi with his award for the evening, which had been kept a secret until the presentation at the event.
Sawyer highlighted many of Sinicropi's achievements in community service, including his team's anti-bullying campaign, school reading programs, work for the food bank and Sinicropi's involvement with Lycoming County United Way, Hope Enterprises and many other organizations.
"I can honestly say my 21 years in Williamsport have been the best 21 years of my life," Sinicropi said as he accepted the honor.
He said he could not take sole credit and commended his entire team with the win for the work that they do.
"I'm certainly incredibly honored and incredibly humbled to be recognized," Sinicropi said after the ceremony. "I really accept the award for the whole team, 90 percent of what we do is the whole staff."