Mauch Chunk Trust Company Honors Four Community Heroes in 2018

Jim Thorpe, PA –

Upcoming Event: Community Heroes Award Banquet

Date: June 26, 2018 at Dean Anthony's in Jim Thorpe, PA

Download your banquet invitation here: Heroes Award Banquet Invitation


Announcing the 2018 Community Heroes:


Eric Zizelmann    Tamaqua, PA

Eric’s volunteerism has involved him with Boy Scouts of America, Numerous local churches, Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, American Hose Co #1 Fire Company, Eden Fire Company, Lancaster Clinton Fire Company, New Jersey, Tamaqua Christmas Decorating Committee, Master of Ceremonies Annual Memorial Day Service of Remembrance and Parade, Tamaqua Remembers 150th Memorial Day Committee, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP), Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, Odd Fellows Fraternal Lodge, Tamaqua Historical Society, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, Tamaqua Public Library Board of Directors, Tamaqua East End Park, Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation Board of Directors, National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Fundraising
TV Station WVIA Telethon / Our Town Tamaqua Series. 

The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP) and the American Hose Fire Company #1 will be sharing Eris’s $200 donation.


Shirley J. Stamm   Lehighton, PA

During her lifetime, Shirley has volunteered her time to: Girl Scouts, Church Choir/Ecumenical Choir, Teaching Sunday School, Church Treasurer, Presbyterian Missionary Ladies, Women of the Lehigh Presbytery, Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship, LIFE Service of Remembrance, World Day of Prayer, Blue Mountain Health Auxiliary, Hospital Gift Shop, Penn State Extension Holiday Program for Carbon County Seniors, CROP Hunger Walk, Community Safety Day, Kid’s Zone, Bake Sales/Cookie Sales, Spaghetti Dinners, Girl Scout Cookie Sales

The “Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship (LIFE)” will benefit from Shirley’s $200 donation.


Lisa M. Rosenberger    Albrightsville, PA

Lisa has volunteered her time to:
Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts, Camp Evergreen, Personal Care Homes, Lion’s Club, Friends of Animals, Carbon County Animal Shelter, Christ Lutheran Church Youth Group, Christ Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Family Promise, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, The Valor House Clean-up, Quilts for World Relief, Wreaths Across America, St. Mark’s Church Community Dinner, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Jim Thorpe Olympian Girls Soccer Team, Jim Thorpe Rotary Youth Soccer Team, Penn Kidder PTA, Jim Thorpe Senior’s All-Night Party, Chaperoning school events and trips, Carbon County Relay for Life, Breakfast with Santa/Milk & Cookies with Santa, Bake Sale & Soup Sale Fund Raisers, Helping the Homeless, Friends of Camp Louise, Backpacks for Foster Kids, Earth Day Clean up in Jim Thorpe, Environmental Center Clean-up and Petition to save the Maui Dolphins (scouts)

“Turn To Us” and “Girl Scout Camp Evergreen” will share Lisa’s $200 donation.

Hero2018_hawk  David W. Hawk    Palmerton, PA

For more than 40 years, Dave has volunteered his time and talents as:
Member of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Den Leader, Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41 Scout Leader and Assistant Scout Leader, Merit Badge Counselor, Palmerton Community Festival volunteer and Board of Directors, Lower Towamensing Township Recreation Board, Carbon County Fair volunteer, Carbon County 4H volunteer, Carbon County 4H Youth Instructor, Lehigh Valley Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association volunteer, Mid Atlantic Cavy Breeders Annual Spring Show volunteer
Playing Santa Claus, Palmerton Musical Theater Group Stage Crew Member

The “Christian Action Counsel of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC)” will receive Dave’s $200 donation.



More than 100 area residents have been recognized as “Community Heroes” by Mauch Chunk Trust Company as part of their award program of the same name. Since 2000, MCT has solicited peer nominations of those residents in the community who have “devoted substantial time to non-profit community organizations that benefit or improve the quality of life…” From the nominations, at least four “heroes” have been chosen each year by an independent selection committee. While the majority of the award recipients prefer to remain anonymous angels of the community, MCT feels strongly that their good and generous deeds should be made known to the communities they serve. Each “hero” is honored at a public banquet and Mauch Chunk Trust Company presents each recipient with an inscribed award and a $200 donation is made in their name to the charity of their choice.

According to Mauch Chunk Trust Company President and CEO, Patrick H. Reilly, “Volunteers don’t often get the recognition they deserve. We are proud to have the opportunity to honor these outstanding members of our community who selflessly donate their time and talents to help make our local community a better place to live and work.”

Selection Criteria:

  • Individual that is/has been active in non-profit/community organizations that benefit or improve the quality of life in Carbon County or the Tamaqua area on a volunteer basis and who devote a substantial amount of their personal time to those activities (scouting, sports, charities, etc.) and has made a significant impact and contribution to their community
  • Minimum age requirement – 25 years old
  • No posthumous nominations
  • Prior winners are not eligible

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MCT was incorporated August 25, 1902 and remains today a locally owned and managed independent community bank. While many banks of our type have merged or simply disappeared, our ability to change with the times has allowed us to grow and prosper for over 115 years. Read more about our history here.

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