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January 10, 2013

Batch will speak at Boy Scouts dinner

JOHNSTOWN — Pittsburgh Steelers veteran backup quarterback Charlie Batch will bring his support to local Boy Scouts as the keynote speaker for the 43rd annual Harry E. Mangle Memorial Dinner on Feb. 28 at the Pasquerilla Conference Center, 201 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

Scott Becker, president and CEO of Conemaugh Health System, will be honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award at the dinner, which culminates the Greater Johnstown Partners for Scouting Committee’s annual fundraising campaign.

The committee launched the annual campaign this week to support Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. David Carlson, Conemaugh’s chief medical officer and an Eagle Scout, is campaign chairman.

“We are excited about the campaign and the enthusiastic support we are receiving from the community,” Carlson said.

“As CEO of the Conemaugh Health System, Scott Becker shows a relentless passion for the community and a clear commitment to promoting physical and economic wellness for the area. His dedication to our region is something to celebrate.”

The campaign team has set a goal of raising $115,000 to support the growing scouting organization in the Greater Johnstown and Cambria County areas.  

A native of Johnstown, Becker was named Conemaugh CEO in March 2005. Before returning to his hometown, Becker was vice president with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh and previously held leadership roles with UPMC Health System, Butler Regional Health System and Monongahela Valley Hospital.

His community involvement has included Junior Achievement, United Way of the Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania Special Olympics and Johnstown Area Regional Industries. He is a board member of Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and serves on several of the association’s committees and other statewide health care organizations.

Batch has played 12 seasons in the National Football League after being drafted in 1998 by  the Detroit Lions. He joined the Steelers in 2003.

In 2000, he established Best of the Batch Foundation primarily to serve underprivileged youth in the Pittsburgh area.

The Boy Scouts’ local campaign team includes Rick Bausher, Richard Bosserman, Barney Custer, Terry Deitz, Dave Fyock, Robin Quillon and Greg Young IV.

Money raised through the Harry E. Mangle Dinner helps develop tomorrow’s citizens, said Michele Brenneman, council development director.

“The programs of the Boy Scouts of America strengthen family relationships, provide youth with caring adult mentors, instill a sense of civic pride and compassion through service to others and build self-confidence through recognition,” Brenneman said.

Information and reservations for the dinner are available at 471-1090.

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