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PTHA Sponsors Teen Volunteer Award

YWCA TVA Winner SponsorWhen Bucks County Congressional Representative was informed that the , of which he is Chairman of their Advisory Council, was lacking funding for their 20th annual Teen Volunteer of the Year Award, he immediately reached out to PTHA Executive Director Mike Ballezzi for assistance. Just days later, YWCA Executive Director Karen Forbes joined DiGirolamo and Ballezzi in the PTHA offices for a check presentation.

The purpose of the award is to reward Bucks County junior and senior high school students for their community service and volunteerism, and on the evening of April 8, fourteen local teens were honored as nominees at Bucks County Community College for thousands of hours of volunteer work.

Upon the conclusion of the evening, PTHA Marking & Publicity Director Nikki Sherman presented this year’s selection for Teen Volunteer of the Year to Pennsbury West senior Neha Gupta. At the age of nine, Neha created her own nonprofit
organization called , which has raised over $1 million for Indian children, opened five libraries in the U.S. and India, sponsored surgeries for polio victims, provided clean drinking water to Indian villages, and much more.

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