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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

DoubteTree by Hilton
701 Penn St.
Reading, PA 19602

Registration is required.
For More Information:
Karen DeLong 610-743-6193 KDeLong@Caron.org
Pam Smith 610-413-8648 psmith@caron.org

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On May 2, 2018 Caron celebrates the 27th Annual Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will support Caron’s Teen and Young Adult Scholarship Fund. Each year more than 1000 Berks County residents receive drug and alcohol addiction treatment from Caron, many of whom could not receive care without support from Caron’s scholarship fund.

Meet Meet the Honoree
Dick Ehst
Richard A. Ehst
President & Chief Operating Officer
Customers Bank

Richard A. “Dick” Ehst is president and chief operating officer and a founder, along with Chairman and CEO, Jay S. Sidhu, of the $10 billion-asset Customers Bank headquartered in Wyomissing, PA with offices in Chicago, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington, DC.

Dick previously served as executive vice president, Commercial Middle Market, Mid-Atlantic Division of Sovereign Bank, a $90 billion-asset financial institution serving eight states in Northeast U.S. He served as Sovereign’s regional president for Berks County from 2004-2009 and as managing director of corporate communications from 2000-2004.

Prior to joining Sovereign Bank, Dick was an independent consultant to more than 70 financial institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Sovereign, where he provided guidance on regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.

As a consultant to Sovereign, Dick worked with the Commercial Development Group to identify and develop corporate and municipal relationships for the bank.

Dick began his banking career in 1968 following his service as a United States Marine during the Vietnam War. He attended Albright College, is a member of the Albright Board of Trustees and chairs the Enrollment Management Committee. Dick is a graduate of the Commercial Bank Management Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

He is often asked to speak to national and international audiences on the financial landscape to include serving as the keynote speaker at the 21st International Seminar on Finance in Tokyo, Japan. The seminar was sponsored by the Japanese Financial News Network. He has also been the featured speaker at financial conferences in the United Kingdom.

Dick currently serves as an elected board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and is Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. He has been a guest at the White House regarding education-related issues. He also serves as a Director of the Reading Hospital Health System Foundation and has served over 40 years on several professional and not-for-profit boards in eastern Pennsylvania.

Dick and his wife, Angela, reside in Reading, PA. They have five daughters and 11 grandchildren.
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Additional Information

About The Presenter: Ryan Leaf

Ryan LeafRyan Leaf is a graduate of Washington State University where he was also a standout quarterback leading the Cougars to the 1998 Rose Bowl. Ryan went on to play professionally in the NFL but injuries cut his career short. Now author and motivational speaker, Ryan shares his message of perseverance, gratitude, and hope. His motto of “Focused Intensity” is helping mentor young athletes on the high school and collegiate levels. Ryan serves as a guest analyst on numerous national radio shows while writing and speaking nationwide.

Ryan currently serves as the Program Ambassador for Transcend Recovery Community and its Mentoring Program. Given his personal growth and road to recovery, Ryan is extremely passionate about helping young adults manage the stress and difficulty of high school, college, and the transition to adulthood. Whether he is conducting assemblies at local schools, or speaking directly to students in a classroom, Ryan Leaf is dedicated to helping young adults reach, and maintain, their potential.


Reception 5:30 p.m. | Dinner 6:30 p.m. | Dessert Reception immediately following

Gold Sponsor $10,000

  • Name included in the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Invitation (Please respond by March 20, 2018 to be included in the invitation)
  • 2 Gold Tables of 8 ($9,040 charitable contribution)
  • Full-page Tribute Book advertisement
  • Tribute Book Gold Sponsor listing (Please respond by April 13, 2018 to be included in the tribute book)
  • Prominent sponsor recognition on multi large digital screens
  • Name included in post event Reading Eagle Thank You advertisement
  • 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence social media sponsor recognition

Diamond Sponsor $5,000

  • Name included in the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Invitation (Please respond by March 20, 2018 to be included in the invitation)
  • 1 Diamond Table of 10 ($4,400 charitable contribution)
  • One-half page Tribute Book advertisement
  • Tribute Book Diamond Sponsor listing (Please respond by April 13, 2018 to be included in the tribute book)

Emerald Sponsor $3,000

  • Name included in the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Invitation (Please respond by March 20, 2018 to be included in the invitation)
  • 1 Emerald Table of 8 ($2,520 charitable contribution)
  • One-quarter page Tribute Book advertisement
  • Tribute Book Emerald Sponsor listing (Please respond by April 13, 2018 to be included in the tribute book)

Ruby Sponsor $1,850

  • Name included in the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Invitation (Please respond by March 20, 2018 to be included in the invitation)
  • 1 Ruby Table of 8 ($1,370 charitable contribution)
  • Tribute Book Ruby Sponsor listing (Please respond by April 13, 2018 to be included in the tribute book)

Silver Sponsor $1,000

  • Name included in the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Invitation (Please respond by March 20, 2018 to be included in the invitation)
  • 2 Dinners, Silver Sponsor Seats ($880 charitable contribution)
  • Tribute Book Silver Sponsor listing (Please respond by April 13, 2018 to be included in the tribute book)

Friend of Caron $500

  • Name included in the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Invitation (Please respond by March 20, 2018 to be included in the invitation)
  • 2 Dinners, Silver Sponsor Seats ($880 charitable contribution)
  • Tribute Book Friend of Caron listing (Please respond by April 13, 2018 to be included in the tribute book)

Patron $250

  • Name included in the 2018 Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Invitation (Please respond by March 20, 2018 to be included in the invitation)
  • 1 Dinner ($190 charitable contribution)
  • Tribute Book Patron listing (Please respond by April 13, 2018 to be included in the tribute book)<

Fair Market Value for Event is $60

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