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Posted on: September 5, 2017

[ARCHIVED] 14th Annual Green Luncheon Awards Ceremony

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Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board “Green Luncheon” to be held September 21, 2017

The 14th annual Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board’s Green Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 21 at the Twin Lakes Park Expansion site on Georges Station Road in Greensburg. Anyone who shares a desire to provide quality parks and recreation facilities in Westmoreland County is welcome to attend.

Luncheon attendees are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. at Pavilion #10 and a buffet lunch of fresh and local foods catered by Chef Mark’s Palate: Bistro and Catering of Latrobe will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m.  The meal will be followed with a ceremony recognizing those who support the Westmoreland County Parks through donations and outstanding service. Tickets for the Green Luncheon are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation at (724) 830-3962 before September 13.

The Green Luncheon was initiated in 2003 to honor those who generously support Westmoreland County’s ten parks and five trails throughout the year. This year, the event will also highlight recently added and proposed recreation facilities throughout the Westmoreland County park system, such as the planning and future construction of 5.9 miles of Turtle Creek Extension of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail from Export to Murrysville. Other proposed projects include an off-leash dog park and improvements to Cedar Creek Park, upgrades to the giant slide at Mammoth Park, as well as accessible improvements to restrooms and pavilions and a variety of other projects throughout the Westmoreland County park system.

This year’s Green Luncheon honorees follow.

Muir, Olmstead, Hornaday, Audubon, and Carson fellows are honored for their financial support, with the cumulative dollar amount of their giving determining the category.

Muir Fellows ($1,000)


Charles Schwab

Fire House Subs


Howard Hanna – Yvonne Guthrie

Mike’s Car Lot, Latrobe

Penn-Franklin News

Penn Line Service

Pittsburgh Camera

SecondHalf Coach Wealth Management

Sendell Subaru

Sheetz, Inc.

Valley Veterinary Service

Dr. William A. Varley

West Newton Subway

Olmsted Fellows ($2,500)

Levin Furniture

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

PNC Bank, Greensburg


Hornaday Fellows ($5,000)

Megan Bethel Family

Fraternal Order of Eagles – Tony Angelo Aerie 01188

Old Joe’s Club Charities, Inc.

Bronwyn Kelly Sodrosky Family

Spitzer Toyota

Audubon Fellows ($10,000)

Kiwanis Club of Greensburg


Sunoco Logistics

Carson Fellows ($20,000+)

Excela Health

Patrick and Lynn Gurrentz

Hawksglen Foundation

Tom and Annette Rusnock

UPMC Health Plan

Also being honored are the following Lewis Fellows, recognized for their continued exceptional service to Westmoreland County Parks.

Lewis Fellows (in recognition of outstanding service)

Thomas Dittman

Noel Grimm

Ronald Patun

Karen Jurkovic

Thomas Dittman and Noel Grimm have been active members of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail Chapter since its inception in 2001. Noel Grimm served as president of the trail chapter from for many years and has been involved in promoting and expanding the trail from the very beginning. Tom Dittman has served as the Chairperson of the Trail Maintenance committee and has been a member of the Murrysville March for Parks committee for the past four years. He has donated numerous hours of service in support of the trail in areas such as planning, maintenance, promotion and fundraising.

Ronald Patun is a Master Gardener and has coordinated the participation of Master Gardeners in many park and trail projects over the past years. Ron and his colleagues donate their time and talents maintaining the landscape of Reflection Island and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Twin Lakes Park. They also care for the flower boxes located along the Five Star Trail from Greensburg to Youngwood and have completed many other projects throughout the parks over the years. Many of these projects were initiated by Ron Patun and we are very thankful for his commitment and dedication.

Karen Jurkovic has served on the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board for the past ten years and given exemplary service in a number of areas. Karen has committed a lot of time and energy to the Green Luncheon and the March for Parks every year, has crafted all the recent Green Luncheon speaking programs and has assisted with the preparation of several grant applications. Karen has also served as the liaison between the Westmoreland Land Trust and the County parks and the two organizations have partnered in several acquisitions to benefit County Parks and Trails.

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