Name Dropper, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Gala honorees announced Frank J. Bolock Jr. and Keith Williams will be presented the attorney Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award during Lackawanna Pro Bono’s 10th Annual Fundraising Gala. Both men are being recognized for their dedicated service to the community. Bolock has practiced civil and criminal law throughout Northeast Pennsylvania for close to 40 years. He is involved in numerous community organizations and activities related to the legal profession including serving as president/CEO of Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County; founding director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Incorporated; served as president of the Lackawanna Bar Association and as a member of the board of directors and volunteer at Lackawanna Pro Bono. He also serves on the North Penn Legal Services board of directors; the Gathering Place, Geisinger/Marworth Treatment Center, served two terms as president of the Waverly Community House board of directors; serves as legal adviser/member of the Abington Business and Professional Association board; and is the Dalton borough and Dalton Sewer Authority solicitor. Bolock graduated from the University of Scranton and Duquesne University School of Law. He, along with his wife, Robin, live in Waverly and are the parents of attorney J. Julius Bolock, First Lt. Leo Bolock and Alexa Bolock. Williams is the advocacy and outreach coordinator for the Center for Independent Living. He advocates for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and promoting the ability of people with disabilities to receive home and community based services. Williams guest lectures at the University of Scranton, Marywood University and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine to promote the removal of architectural, attitudinal and communication barriers facing people with disabilities. He is a past chairman of two governor-appointed advocacy councils; chairs the Lackawanna County Disability Action Committee, the Scranton Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities and serves on other regional committees. In July 2015, Williams was invited to the White House to attend a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s passage. A Clarks Green resident, Williams is vice president of borough council. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from King’s College and a master’s degree in human resources administration from the University of Scranton. Williams was born with arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular disability, and was one of the first two students mainstreamed into the Abington Heights School District in 1975. Gentex Corp. will also receive the award. The family-owned global company’s roots and headquarters in Carbondale date back to 1894. It provides innovative solutions that enhance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense forces, emergency responders and industrial personnel operating in high performance environments, according to a press release. The company affects its customers and the communities they operate and live in through corporate donations and individual generosity and efforts of their employees. Lackawanna Pro Bono’s mission is to provide free legal representation to residents who are faced with serious civil legal problems, but do not have the means to hire a lawyer. The 10th annual fundraising gala is set for Thursday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $150; for details about tickets, program ads and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.lackawannaprobono.com, or contact 570-961-2714. Super students Sydney Peet placed 10th in Introduction to FBLA at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference this summer Sydney is a junior at Western Wayne. The school’s FBLA adviser is Theresa Lubash, business department chair, who also serves as the Region 22 FBLA co-adviser.