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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Jeff Wolf, pool league president; Joyce Riche, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care director of permanency services; Braysen and Brielle Lerch; Amanda Bakelaar, league vice president; and Glenn Glose, foster grandfather, gather for a photo during the Sunday Pool League tournament Aug. 11 at the American Club of Coplay pavilion. The event was held to benefit Diakon.PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER Jeff Wolf, pool league president; Joyce Riche, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care director of permanency services; Braysen and Brielle Lerch; Amanda Bakelaar, league vice president; and Glenn Glose, foster grandfather, gather for a photo during the Sunday Pool League tournament Aug. 11 at the American Club of Coplay pavilion. The event was held to benefit Diakon.PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER

Event aids adoption, foster care group

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The American Club of Coplay was transformed Aug. 11 into a pool hall. Members of the Sunday Pool League, with their custom-made cue sticks, played in the tournament for bragging rights and, more importantly, for charity. The event benefited Diakon Adoption & Foster Care.

Reminiscent of decades back when there was a pool hall at Second and Center streets, the club hosted participants who racked up the balls on their way to reach the goal of $4,000, according to Amanda Bakelaar, the pool league’s vice president.

The Sunday Pool League is made up of the Roosevelt Democratic Club, Danielsville; Lappawinzo Rod & Gun Club, Allen Township; Ranger Rod & Gun Club, Coplay; Walnutport Veterans of Foreign Wars; Palmerton Hungarian Club; and the American Club of Coplay.

“We have a lot of new faces from outside the league playing,” Bakelaar said.

The tournament has a history going back more than 30 years, raising thousand of dollars for nonprofit organizations and individuals. The current focus is Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, which has its regional office in Topton.

With more than 150 people present at the tournament, proceeds are generated from the players, raffle and items from local and national companies.

Jeff Wolf, league president, said it was gratifying to note the response the charity pool tournament receives from the public. Among the recipients in the past are different veteran organizations, Outcast Rescue and many others.

Joyce Riche, director of permanency services with Diakon, was present at the tournament. She said the organization works with children in need of foster care due to neglect or abuse in their birth home in Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties. She added the primary need is for families who want to foster older youth and sibling groups. Diakon works with children up to age 21 and has approximately 150 boys and girls in foster care.

Diakon offers multiple levels of service and treatment, specialized foster-to-adopt and kinship care, stability and long-term solutions for each child.