Burnley April Showers Ball shines light on individuals with disabilities; raises more than $50,000 for non-profit organization

Burnley Employment and Rehab Services is celebrating the success of their recent annual awards dinner and fundraiser, the Burnley April Showers Ball. 260 guests including Burnley board members, staff, employees, sponsors and community members gathered on Friday April 24th at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn to celebrate the achievements of individuals with disabilities.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, donors and guests, the 2015 Burnley April Showers Ball raised more than $50,000. The proceeds from the Ball will assist Burnley in providing vocational training and employment opportunities, bringing new possibilities to people with disabilities.

Jason Hollender of Kresgeville received a standing ovation as he accepted his award for Burnley Workshop Employee of the Year. Employed by Burnley since 2005, Hollender was commended for his dedication to his work and his kind-hearted and caring nature with his supervisors and coworkers.

Larry Zazeela of Stroudsburg received a similarly raucous reception as he accepted the Burnley Community Employee of the Year award. Zazeela is employed by Burnley as part of 50 person janitorial person team at Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was praised for his professional achievements and his commitment to his community; Zazeela is a 10 year member of the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Monroe County.

The Board and staff of Burnley also honored Jill Elizabeth MacLaren and her late husband Scott, owners of Liztech Jewelry for their personal commitment to empowering, training and employing individuals with disabilities. Jody Finn and Sandy Krajnak accepted the Mary Gearhart award on behalf of Old Navy in Stroudsburg. They were recognized for their untiring commitment to extending the benefits of employment to individuals with disabilities.

Burnley wishes to say a special thank you to its premier sponsors Superheat, Inc and Weiler Corporation, and other generous sponsors, Adams Outdoor Advertising, H.D.Smith, Mattioli Foundation, PPL, PNC, Thomas & Christine Pugh, Quantum Rehab, sanofi pasteur, Stroudsburg Eye Specialists, Valor Credit Union and Vigon International.

Pictured, left to right: Bill McCabe, Burnley Board Chairman with Honorees Sandy Krajnak and Jody Finn of Old Navy in Stroudsburg; Jill Elizabeth MacLaren of Liztech; Employees of the Year Jason Hollender of Kresgeville and Larry Zazeela of Stroudsburg.