Victory Christian

serving Christmas meals

Victory Christian Fellowship will serve meals to the homeless Christmas Day at three different Norristown locations. According to the group, many homeless agencies close for Christmas and the needy are left without a source of food.

More than 100 volunteers will work in shifts to serve Christmas dinners with all the trimmings, providing a festive atmosphere and friendly company. The locales will be the Montgomery County Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center on the grounds of Norristown State Hospital, 1001 Sterigere St.; the Family House at 901 DeKalb St.; and the Montgomery County Peer Resources Center at 538 DeKalb Pike.

For more information, visit


or call 610-631-5664.

Whitpain's Galante gets annual Summit Award

Whitpain Township resident Linda A. Galante was honored with the 2007 Summit Award by the Learning for Life program. The program is an affiliate of the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America.

The award is given to an individual who embodies qualities associated with the program including vision, determination, independence and creativity.

Galante serves on several boards including: St. Joseph's Preparatory School; Fiber-Line, Inc; Wissahickon Spring Water, Inc.; the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia; and the Forum for Executive Women. She is cochair of the Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP, Banking and Financial Services Practice Group, where she is also a partner.

By enhancing self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem, Learning for Life prepares youth for the complexities of society. For more information visit



Dively recognized

for work on brain injury

The Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities recently recognized Lansdale resident Barbara Dively for her work in the field of brain injury.

A head injury survivor herself, Dively is the founder and president of the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania and the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.

The longtime volunteer for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill publishes an electronic newsletter on brain injury that is distributed to thousands across the state.

Rehabilitation Facilities represents over 100 Pennsylvania community service agencies providing varied assistance to people with disabilities. For more information visit



Irvine named CEO

of Horsham center

The Horsham-based Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life has named Carol A. Irvine as president and CEO.

The Villanova resident will replace Frank Podietz, who has served the Center in various capacities for over 34 years. Podietz will lead a fund-raising initiative to expand the Center's endowment.

Irvine comes to the Center from the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia where she served as vice president and oversaw the growth of crucial care services.

The center provides nursing care, assisted living, adult day care, counseling, and other services to seniors. Visit


for more information.

- Matt Sandy