Wilkes-Barre Salvation Army to Present Community Service and Others Awards

May 19 Event Raises Funds to Support Transitional Housing for Homeless Families

The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre‘s Annual Dinner will honor John and Michelle Nackley with the Community Service Award and Schiel’s Family Market with the Others Award. The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre’s Annual Dinner is an opportunity to recognize its volunteers, community partners and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the betterment of the Wilkes-Barre area. In doing so, the event raises funds and awareness of its valuable programs and services. The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre’s Annual Dinner will take place 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 19, at Genetti’s Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market St, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The Salvation Army Community Service Award is presented annually to an outstanding citizen(s) who, by his or her courageous leadership, sensitivity and dedication on behalf of humanity, has made a valuable contribution to the fabric of community life. John and

Lts. Ted and Sharon Tressler with John and Michelle Nackley

Michelle Nackley are generous supporters of The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre. John is President and CEO of InterMetro Industries in Wilkes-Barre, a leading provider of storage, transport and technology-based productivity systems for foodservice.   He is a graduate of King’s College with a degree in Mathematics and attended The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business’ Executive Management Program. He has served on the board of directors of many agencies, including the F.M. Kirby Center, King’s College, The United Way and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. John’s wife, Michelle Nackley, is the Vice President of Marketing with Cornell Storefront Systems in Wilkes-Barre, the leading commercial construction resource for security and life safety closure products and services to national retail chains. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from the University of Scranton, and completed the Management and Leadership, MIT Sloan Executive Education program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.  Michelle is dedicated to community service, including the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), North Shore Animal League, Habitat for Humanity and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


“As highly respected community leaders and supporters of The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre, we are proud to present the 2016 Community Service Award to the Nackley’s. Both work tirelessly to meet the greatest needs of our community,” said Lt. Ted Tressler, co-commanding officer, The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre.

The Salvation Army Others Award honors an individual or organization exemplifying an extraordinary spirit of services to others. Consideration is given to those who have

(L-R) Operations Manager Robert Paul with Owners, Gary Schiel, Fred Schiel and Frank Schiel.

exhibited outstanding service on behalf of others and exceptional service benefiting The Salvation Army. This year’s Others Award will be presented to Schiel’s Family Market.

Schiel’s Market has partnered with The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre for many years, allowing it to place red kettles outside its stores during the holiday fundraising season and for fundraising in July. Schiel’s also offers food vouchers for Salvation Army clients in need and matches pound for pound the food quantity purchases made by other groups in support of The Salvation Army’s local food pantry. Additionally, Robert Paul Jr., Schiel’s Family Market Operations Manager, is a member of The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre’s advisory board.

With help from 300 employees, Schiel’s has operated in Wilkes-Barre since 2000, providing customers with the best grocery products and services at the best prices. The family-owned business serves the community at its original location on Hanover Street, and at a second location built in 2005, located on George Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. Frank Scheil, CEO and co-owner of Schiel’s Family Market, and Gary Schiel, Treasurer and co-owner, will both be on-hand to accept the award.

“We are all greatly enriched and blessed in the exceptional ways in which Schiel’s Family Market supports The Salvation Army and serves others in our local community,” Lt. Tressler said.

The Salvation Army is committed to “doing the most good” in Wilkes-Barre – serving more than 20,000 individuals each year – by providing transitional housing (The Kirby House,) youth programs, summer camp, emergency disaster services, emergency food pantry, furniture and clothing, assistance for families at Christmas, budget counseling, Sunday school, church services, pastoral care, nursing home visitation and more.

Funding raised for The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre’s Annual Dinner will directly benefit The Kirby House, which serves to help local families transition out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency. The program aims to tackle the long-term, systemic and sometimes complex issues that are at the root of a family’s homelessness.  The Kirby Family House is able to do this through counseling, education and connecting families with other human services available in the Wyoming Valley.

The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre’s Annual Dinner will be hosted by attorney Joseph E. Kluger, one of two Managing Principals of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn. Kluger is considered one of the most capable finance and business lawyers in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tickets to the Annual Dinner are $100 per person. There are various sponsorship packages and advertising opportunities in the event program. For more information and ticket purchases, go to www.salvationarmywilkesbarre.org or call Lt. Sharon Tressler at 570-824-8741, ext. 105.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation. For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyPendel.org or www.salvationarmywilkesbarre.org.


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