Honorees for Israel Bonds banquet named

Ruthanne and Timothy Crotty and Glenn T. Smith are the honorees selected for the Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds annual banquet, slated for 4:30 p.m. April 14 at the Community Arts Center, Chairman Marvin H. Staiman recently announced.

The Crottys, received the Susquehanna Health Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Ruthanne is a Williamsport native, supporting the community by serving on boards for the Divine Providence Hospital Auxiliary, Salvation Army, Women’s Club of Williamsport and Williamsport Home. She also supports Victorian Christmas in Williamsport’s historic district.

Timothy, a native of Elmira, New York, and Lafayette College graduate, served six years in the Army, including three years of duty in Vietnam, rising to the rank of major. He earned the combat infantry badge, two Bronze Stars and a “V” device for Valor.

He was the previous owner and operator of Susquehanna Supply Company for ready mix concrete and bridge building construction.

The couple have three children, Michael Storm of Brandford, Connecticut, Michael Plants of Cascade Township and Tristin Crotty of Hoboken, New Jersey.

Smith is a Lycoming College graduate with a degree in business administration. He served as executive at AAA North Penn from 1981 to 1998 before rising to president and CEO overseeing 194,000 members, 150 employees and eight offices throughout 11 counties in north-eastern and northcenter Pennsylvania.

“We choose people who have been active in the community, and both the Crottys have been very active in numerous organizations,” said Staiman, who has headed the banquet with his wife since the 1950s.

Smith served on the Board of Elders, Governing Board, Board of Deacons and has been a Sunday school teacher and senior high youth leader for 38 years.

He and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of Glenn T. (Megan) Smith II, and Erika L. (Dan) Mann. They have five grandchildren, Jackson, Carley, Glenn III, Tyler and Nolan.

“He’s had an outstanding career with AAA,” Staiman said.

Guest speaker for the banquet will be Nadav Kidron, president and CEO of Oramed Pharmaceuticals.

Kidron, an entrepreneur whose experience includes senior executive roles in a wide range of industries, founded the company in 2006. He also co-founded Entera Bio as a joint-venture between Oramed and DNA Biomedical Solutions.

He is a member of the Israeli Advanced Technology Industries board and an international lecturer on Israel’s entrepreneurial culture and roots as an oasis of innovative ideas.

Kidron holds a bachelor’s degree in law and an international master’s in business administration from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is a fellow of the Merage Business Executive Leadership Program and a member of the Israeli Bar Association.

“It’ll be his first first trip to Williamsport,” Staiman said.

In addition to a meal and guest speaker, the banquet will feature a music program, including the Bloomsburg University Husky Singers, directed by Alan Baker.

“Normally, we have a full house. We have outstanding speakers, excellent entertainment, excellent food and camaraderie,” Staiman said. “We’ve always had good success. We’re very grateful for the cooperation and participation of the local communities and area businesses.”

Reservations are required by April 8. For more information, contact Jean Staiman at 570-323-1270.