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Valley Youth House Raises $330,958 For Youth Experiencing Homelessness & Housing Instability

Valley Youth House expresses its gratitude to the companies and individuals who supported the 38th annual John E. Walson, Jr. Memorial Golf & Pickleball Tournament, presented by Service Electric Cable TV & Communications. Through the kind contributions of its supporters, Valley Youth House successfully raised $330,958 to bolster the agency’s essential programs, which have continued to provide assistance to vulnerable youth and families within our communities for the past 50 years.

Participants showcased their golfing skills on the beautiful Lehigh Country Club golf course, or engaged in fast-paced, exciting games of pickleball.

Congratulations to Our Prize Winners!

Closest to the Pin #7: Bryan Ellis (1′)

Longest Drive #18: Women: Maria Riccio

Longest Drive #18: Men: Lee Nonnemacher

Putting Contest: Dan Kelly

Pickleball Tournament: 1st Place: Erica Collins and Tom Ackerman

Lowest Gross Score (Golf Foursome):

1st Place: Ryan Brazzo, George Fetch, Lee Nonnemacher, Austin Weseloh (58)

2nd Place: Frankie Boensch, David Burnmeister, Colin Sarnoski, David Tervlon (60)

Lowest Net Score (Golf Foursome):

1st Place: Dennis Begley, Greg Carey, Gary Iacocca, Kerry Kulp

2nd Place: Dane Distanislao, Bryan Ellis, Jared Hostetler, Brandon Taylor

3rd Place: Greg Smith, Brian Stafford, Chris Stamapedes, Mike Sullivan

4th Place: Bob Lusiana, Connor Mitchell, Tim Rutkoski, Ryan Tracy


Funds raised from this special event will directly support Valley Youth House’s life-saving programming, and allow the organization to provide vital services such as life-skills training, emergency shelter, LGBTQ+ services, street outreach, and treatment/therapeutic services.

This year’s tournament was chaired by John T. Yurconic, CEO, The Yurconic Agency. “I am deeply honored to serve as the chair of the 38th John E. Walson Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament. This event holds a special place in my heart, as it not only celebrates the memory of a remarkable individual but also brings together a community dedicated to making a difference,” said Yurconic.

“Valley Youth House has been making a difference in the lives of youth and their families in Pennsylvania for 50 years. We are immensely grateful for the support we have received from our business and community partners. Their contributions ensure that a young person has a place to rest their head at night, or a counselor to work through a traumatic event with,” said Tom Harrington, President and Executive Director of Valley Youth House. “We thank the many companies and individuals who have partnered with us to truly change the lives of young people for the better,” he said.

To view photos from the event, see our Facebook Album.

To learn more about the impact that this event will have on the lives of so many please learn more here.