BEST In The News

  • The Morning Call 2015 – Be An Angel BEST Be an angel 11-29-2015BEST featured in a full-page visual piece in The Morning Call on November 29th, 2015. “BEST offers college scholarships for economically disadvantaged students from the Lehigh Valley.”
  • Around The Valley 2015 – BEST Partners with The Pocono Dome The BEST Scholarship Group Partners with The Pocono Dome - Nikorak ArticleMike Nikorak is coming home this weekend. The former Stroudsburg High star who was drafted first round by the Colorado Rockies last June is coming back to Monroe Country, more specifically the Pocono Dome in Sciota, where he will be one of the four marquee names headlining a baseball clinic on Saturday to benefit the ...
  • The Morning Call – Former Baseball Stars Come To Lehigh Valley The Morning Call 2015 - Blue Jenkins - 2015FORMER BASEBALL STARS COME TO THE LEHIGH VALLEY Blue, Jenkins still tossing good stories The former major league pitching stars headline weekend events for the BEST Scholarship program. BY KEITH GROLLER OF THE MORNING CALL   Neither Ferguson Jenkins nor Vida Blue were announced as members of any “Franchise Fours” when the Mount Rushmore of each Major League Baseball team ...
  • The Express Times 2014 – College BEST way to success The Express Times 2014 - College BEST way to successFormer pro stars including New York Yankees outfielder Roy White raise money at the sixth annual BEST Celebrity Golf Tournament and banquet to help at-risk youth make academic dreams happen.
  • The Morning Call 2013 – Lavelle returns to Valley to give back The Morning Call 2013 - Lavelle returns to Valley to give backThe more than 30 former professional athletes who participated in the fifth annual BEST Scholarship golf tournament Monday at Green Pond Country Club may no longer be in the prime of their careers but they’ve still got good timing. Everyone was off the golf course and in the banquet room when heavy rain began falling.
  • The Express Times 2013 – Dawson likes baseballs future The Express Times 2013 - Dawson likes baseballs futureBEST celebrated the graduation of its first class this weekend and welcomed a new class of high school graduates with a scholarship reception Sunday night at the Sands Hotel and golf outing at Green Pond Country Club. As part of the program, BEST called upon a group of celebrities ranging from Baseball Hall of Farmer ...
  • The Express Times 2012 – Going to bat for a good cause The Express Times 2012 - Going to bat for a good causeEnough former ballplayers to fill a major league roster, including Hall of Famer Jim Rice, showed their support for the work of BEST Inc., by attending the charitable organization’s fourth annual scholarship reception at the Sands Hotel as celebrity guests on Sunday, June 24th 2012.
  • The Morning Call 2012 – Officer Lasso remembered at sports gala On The Morning Call 2012 - Officer Lasso remembered at sports galaBaseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice got a huge ovation. So did all of the popular ex-Phillies such as Tommy Greene, Jim Eisenreich, Ozzie Virgil Jr. and Allentown resident Art Mahaffey. Local favorites Jimmy Schaffer, Jack Fisher and Ned Bolcar took their bows as well.
  • The Express Times 2011 – BEST attracts big star power The Express Times 2011 - BEST attracts big star powerFormer baseball players from the Mets, Phillies, and Yankees and football players from the Giants supported the work of BEST, Inc. by attending the charitable organization’s third annual scholarship reception at the Sands Hotel as celebrity guests on Sunday July 24th, 2011.
  • The Morning Call 2011 – A Full House Of The Morning Call 2011 - A Full HouseA long list of former Yankees, Phillies, Mets, football Giants and other sports personalities will be at the Sands Casino including familiar names like Tommy John, Darren Daulton, Bud Harrelson and Jim Eisenreich. They will sign autographs, mingle with guests and even tell some stories.

Event News

  • 2015 Fundraising Event, Huge Success! Special Thanks… 2014 celebrity awards dinner for 2014 BEST Scholarships. Photo by DAVE DABOURThe BEST Board of Director’s is extremely grateful for all the support we received during our main fundraising event this July ! It goes without saying that we are overwhelmed with the outpour of support from our sponsors. Most of all, to our VOLUNTEERS who spend countless hours organizing our two day event. Your hard ...

BEST Scholar Stories

  • BEST Stories – Glenne Martinez To know Glenne Martinez is to understand why this young woman thinks sleep is overrated. In the three years she’s been attending college, she’s worked multiple jobs while balancing classes, squeezing in homework and projects during her lunch break and somehow finding time for laundry, housework and well, eating. “It’s really not hard for me,” the ...
  • BEST Stories – Katelyn Marinelli Katelyn Marinelli likes to say she was in “the muddy middle” of college applicants. She wasn’t at the top of her class, which would’ve opened up doors to academic scholarships, and her family wasn’t at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, which would’ve made her eligible for financial aid. So she was particularly pleased to hear ...
  • BEST Stories – Victoria Bauder Like many college freshmen, Victoria Bauder was second-thinking her major. For one thing, her fellow music majors came to Kutztown University way ahead of her in everything from theory to performance. For another, she just wasn’t happy. “I was getting tired of it,” she says of the music curriculum and time spent practicing something she no ...
  • BEST Stories – Kayla Toncik Kayla Toncik had the world by its tail. She breezed through high school and easily earned an associate’s degree in business administration from Northampton Area Community College, even becoming a bit of a celebrity as she excelled in the traditionally male art of auto refinishing. She earned a sizable scholarship to Moravian College to pursue ...
  • BEST Stories – Kirsten Gehm Kirsten Gehm knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. But the self-proclaimed spitfire didn’t know what type of teacher until she experienced the best and worst of educators in high school. Coincidentally, it was the same person. “I wanted to be the type of teacher he was when I was ...
  • BEST Stories – Albie Moran Albie Moran 2Albie Moran might never have known about BEST if not for his persistent mother. “When I was a senior in high school, my mother made me apply for all the scholarships I could,” Albie says. “After I received a BEST scholarship, I learned a lot more about the organization through Judy and Billy. They and everyone ...
  • BEST Stories – Jonathan Nivar Jonathan NivarWhen Jonathan Nivar was 6 years old, he watched his father get stabbed to death. Now 24, Jonathan is on his way to becoming a counselor to help children who’ve experienced their own trauma or are simply looking for a hand as they make their way through the world. Jonathan got a much-needed hand while in ...
  • BEST Stories – Corissa Farley It was second-semester freshman year, and Corissa Farley was ruing the day she registered for a public speaking course. She got jitters just thinking about making a speech, yet here she was, in front of an entire class, trying to command attention. Somehow she got through that oration, and all the others that semester. And a ...
  • BEST Stories – Samanta Diaz Samanta DiazIf not for the 11:00 p.m.—and 6:00 a.m., and oh yeah, Christmas Day—telephone conversations with her BEST mentor, Samanta Diaz might not have survived college. But survive she did, and with the maturity that only comes from hard work, determination and honest self-reflection. “When I was young, I was a drama queen,” she recalls with an ...