The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is proud to announce the 2019 Annual Dinner awardees, and the line-up of local York talent. New this year is the Revolutionary Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Sponsored by WellSpan Health, the celebration will be held Friday, April 12 at the Wyndham Garden. The evening includes a reception at 5 p.m., and dinner and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. A variety of local artists, musicians, and performers of all genres will be featured throughout the course of the evening.

The Talent:

Jessica Pastelak – freshman at York College of Pennsylvania
YWCA Temple Guard – under the direction of Mike Smith, this inspirational youth program has grown over the past 15 years
Garrett Shultz – a Central PA native making a splash with his EP “Go Like This”
The Rossums – Corrinne, Ciara, Carissa and Casey are four sisters known for their talent and robust voices in the York Community
YCP Rhapsody – a cappella talent from York College of Pennsylvania

The feature entertainment, and coordination of talent, will be Central City Orchestra, led by Katie Robinette. The 10-piece orchestra band promises to keep the evening full of non-stop energy and excitement. Attendees should plan to stick around and party with CCO into the evening!

The Awardees:

A true celebration of York, recipients of the Ignite Young Professional Award, Small Business of the Year, ATHENA Award, White Rose Appreciation Award, and (NEW THIS YEAR!) the Revolutionary Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be honored this evening as well. We are proud to announce:

  • Ignite Young Professional Award Winner, presented by Barley Snyder – Dalynet Torres-Cruz, Mental Health Program Specialist and Licensed Social Worker with York/Adams Mental Health – Intellectual and Development Disabilities Program (MH-IDD)

Born and raised in Las Piedras, PR. Dalynet arrived with her family to York Pennsylvania in 2006, just days after her high school graduation. She joined the York/Adams MHIDD Program in 2011; has served as an interpreter for the York City School District; and is a Board Member of the Suicide Prevention of York. She is also a proud member of the York County Youth Mental Health Alliance, a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, the York/Adams DCORT Coordinator, and the Acting Chair for the York County Hispanic Coalition.

  • Small Business of the Year Award Winner, presented by BB&T – abSketches

abSketches is a visual marketing company positioning projects to have an integral role in communicating design intent, engaging investors, fundraising, and sales. With work globally, they continue to be dedicated to the York community. Their work can also be seen locally with renderings for The Yorktowne Hotel, The Foundry, Northwest Triangle, and Keystone Kidspace, just to name a few. Led by president Anthony Billet, abSketches is known for their fantastic team.

  • ATHENA Award Winner, presented by York Traditions Bank – Lyn Bergdoll, Executive Director, The Belmont Theatre

In addition to her leadership at The Belmont Theatre, Lyn served as President of Junior Achievement of South Central PA, and was the winner of the prestigious National Award for JA Presidents – the Karl Flemke Award.  She then became Regional Vice President of JA Worldwide.  Lyn is also Program Chair of Distinguished Young Women, as well as a member of the faculty of York College of Pennsylvania. Lyn is a founder and the Artistic Director of “ENCORE,” an annual event recognizing excellence in the high school performing arts.  She choreographs and directs musicals, special events and performing groups throughout South Central PA.

  • White Rose Appreciation Award Winner, presented by Glatfelter Insurance Group – D. Reed Anderson, Stock & Leader

The York County Economic Alliance established the White Rose Appreciation Award as a way to recognize and support those individuals who, over the years, have played an active role with the YCEA and within the York community. After forty-nine years with Stock & Leader, Reed’s strong desire to help individual and business clients in the York area continues as he provides counsel in real estate, zoning and land development, estate planning, estate administration and general civil law. Reed has given countless hours to serving his community locally and regionally. In his hometown of New Park, his activities have included the fire company, library and his local church. A vision that he and dear friend Bill Simpson shared was that of creating a destination attraction for York County.  Upon Bill’s passing, Reed worked tirelessly to see their vision through. The Steam Into History project became a reality in June 2013 and is one of York Counties largest tourism attractions.

  • NEW: Revolutionary Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Winner, presented by McNees Wallace and Nurick, LLC – L2 Brands (Legacy Athletic + League)

Legacy Athletic, known for headwear, apparel and home goods manufacturing, merged with League in May 2018, making the new company, L2 Brands, one of the county’s largest manufacturers in the industry serving college and resort destination markets.  The merger will bring additional jobs and skills to the Hanover, PA headquarters in fields such as large volume screen printing, graphic design, marketing, and IT, all in under one year’s time. L2 Brands anticipates 90+ new positions in 2019, spurring economic growth in YoCo.

Tickets for this event typically sell out, and are available here through the YCEA website. Don’t miss your chance to join us in celebrating our 2019 award winners, and see York’s talent showcased live.