The Salvation Army of Reading will honor Jack and Rosemary Gulati, with “The Spirit of Reading” award and Mark A. Hornberger, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Group, with The Salvation Army’s “OTHERS” award at its 7th Annual Civic Breakfast on Tuesday, May 9 at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing. The event is an opportunity to recognize community partners and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the betterment of Reading and Berks County. It is also a catalyst for fundraising that helps The Salvation Army of Reading meet the growing need in the community through its Family Services, Supportive Housing, Learning Center and Pathway of Hope programs. The Salvation Army aims to raise $150,000 at this year’s Civic Breakfast. All monies raised will support The Salvation Army of Reading’s Learning Center education program for local youth.
The Salvation Army’s “OTHERS” award is presented to an individual who exemplifies an extraordinary spirit of service to “others” and exceptional service to The Salvation Army and the community. Mark Hornberger is Senior Vice President of BB&T, which acquired National Penn Bank in 2016. With almost 30 years of commercial banking experience, he has helped many family-owned businesses in the Greater Reading and surrounding areas achieve their goals by providing sound financial advice and assistance. Hornberger is being honored for his commitment and longtime support of The Salvation Army of Reading. He has been a Salvation Army advocate in many ways, including serving as a member on its Advisory Board since 2006 (a past Chair and currently Treasurer), volunteering in events such the annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign and the Festival of Easter Baskets, and grant writing. Through one grant he secured through the BB&T Foundation, The Salvation Army of Reading was able to renovate its food pantry.
The Spirit of Reading award recognizes individuals who are instrumental in revitalizing the Reading Area. Jack and Rosemary Gulati demonstrate this through their many business and philanthropic contributions to the community. Jack is currently the owner of the Reading Royals hockey team, which he purchased to save the team from being moved out of the city. He has owned 43 companies over 50 years. During this time he has served on numerous civic and advisory positions. He was appointed to the Small Business Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission by George W. Bush. He was a delegate to the 1986 and 1995 White House Conferences on Small Business appointed by Presidents Reagan and Clinton. He served as Chair of the National Federation of Independent Businesses of Pennsylvania, as well as Chair of the Board of Township Supervisors in Upper Merion Township, PA. In 1993 and 1994 he was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for Central Pennsylvania. In 2002, the Gulati family formed The Gulati Family Foundation to provide charitable support to organizations that have an impact on families. Rosemary Gulati, Jack’s wife, has served as President of the Foundation since its inception. Additionally, she worked in education for 20 years, served as a volunteer with the Upper Merion Units of the American Cancer Society for 18 years, and volunteered for 10 years at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Florida.
The Salvation Army of Reading is committed to “doing the most good” in the community. Each year it serves more than 25,000 people in crisis through utility assistance, food distribution, holiday assistance, clothing and transportation vouchers and other emergency funds. It provides permanent housing for chronically homeless and disabled individuals, a learning center with after-school programming, early childhood development, teen mentoring, summer camp and adult education classes. In 2016, The Salvation Army of Reading also launched Pathway of Hope, a new intensive case-management initiative to help motivated families achieve self-sufficiency.
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.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.