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This year, we will present Kathleen Nevel, Ph.D., with our Halo Award, which is given to those who tirelessly support the mission of JPII. In addition, the late Judy Diffendal will receive Peggy’s Legacy of Faith award for supporting our mission and holding us close to her heart.


  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Silent Auction, Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:30 p.m. – Dinner followed by program & live auction.
    Cocktail attire


Halo Award recipient: Kathleen Nevel, Ph.D.

For more than 30 years, Kathleen (Kathy) Nevel held various management positions in manufacturing and maintenance operations, supply chain and logistics, and business planning with Carpenter Technology, Reading, PA. Kathy’s experience focused on cross-functional team building, strategic and operations planning, project management, and systems implementation. Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Immaculata College, a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (MEIE) from Penn State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Leadership from Alvernia University.

Kathy is a current Board member and has been involved with JPII for more than 12 years. In addition to the JPII board, she serves on the Diocesan Board of Education, Alvernia President’s Council, and the Bishop’s Commission for Women. Since retiring, Kathy has been an adjunct faculty member at Alvernia University. Also, she serves as a lector and eucharistic minister and participates in the St. Vincent De Paul ministry in her parish, Sacred Heart, West Reading.

Kathy’s awesome husband, Ralph, and their two amazing adult children, Laura and John are caring supporters of the JPII mission.

Peggy’s Legacy of Faith recipient: Judy Diffendal

Judy’s family started her on an early path of volunteerism. Upon graduating from Millersville College, her work career started with working with clients at Wernersville State Hospital and continued at Threshold Rehabilitation and Goodwill Industries. She was the Executive Director at Life Line and ended her working career in continuing education at Albright College and Berks Career & Technology.  She was involved with many organizations during her lifetime of giving, including the Altrusa Club of Reading. Recently, she volunteered at St Francis Home, but her passion for giving was the John Paul II Center.

Her love for JPII began when her daughter Julie enrolled in the school-age program 35 years ago at the age of five and continued as Julie transitioned to the adult program. While Julie was enrolled in the school-age program, Judy was active with JPII’s Booster Club.  She was also a long-time member of the Legacy Gala committee. Sadly, Judy passed away on December 5, 2023, before we could present her with our Peggy’s Legacy of Faith award to thank her for her years of dedication.  We are forever grateful to Judy for sharing our mission with everyone she met and for helping us make new friends. She, her husband Jim, and her daughter Julie remain in our prayers.

Our 2024 Sponsors

We wouldn’t be here without our generous sponsors. We are thankful for all the support we receive every year.

Presenting Sponsor

Signature Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Chip and Mary Adams

Alvernia University


Berks Oral Surgery + Dental Implant Center

Caron Treatment Centers

Connors Investor Services, Inc.

Construction Masters Services LLC

David’s Cleaning Service

Diocese of Allentown

Edwards Business Systems

Foundation for RACC/Tony DeMarco

Geoff Penske Buick GMC Trucks

Kasper TV and Appliance Inc.

Lehigh Gas Foundation

Masano – Bradley Attorneys at Law

Vince and Kathy Moffitt

Craig Perrotty

Reading Hospital – Tower Health

Elizabeth Rothermel

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish

Stork’s Plows

Tompkins Community Bank

Wert Investment Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Dave Wolf

Patron Sponsors

Berks Catholic High School

Bill Booth

Jim Boscov

Drs. Michael and Patti Brown (includes 2 Student Sponsorships)

CrossKeys Insurance Inc.

Curran Estate & Elder Law

Ethosource LLC

Fleetwood Bank

Holy Guardian Angels Parish

Debra and Steve Hottenstein

Paul Jakubowski

Craig Johnson

Kuhn Funeral Home

Michael J. and Margie Mizak Jr

Priscilla Plucinsky

Schlouch Incorporated

ServiceMaster Restore

VA Productions

White Star Tours

Yeager Supply, Inc

Student Sponsors

Dr. Andrea Ache-Witmer

GAGE- Staffing, Search + Consulting

InHome Oxygen + Medical Equipment

Knights of Columbus #8726 Light of Christ Council

KPK Entertainment

Olsen Design Group Architects, Inc.

SAH Incorporated

Quaker Maid Meats, Inc.