Small Town, Big Dreams

By Catherine Stroh

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 10.22.25 AMSchool spirit and hometown pride were plentiful in the chilly autumn air the night of Friday, October 30, at the Northern Lehigh vs. Northwestern football game held at the beautiful Bulldog stadium. The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber presented its first ever Mountain Road Rumble Tailgate, sponsored by Bechtel’s Pharmacy, at the high school prior to the big rival game.

A $15 ticket included entrance to the game, delicious food by Linda’s Country Catering, A-Treat soda, and some much needed hot coffee. Not only were Linda’s tacos fantastic, but it was for a fantastic cause too. Proceeds from tickets purchased through the chamber are benefiting the Bo Tkach and Brett Snyder foundations, two foundations very special to this hometown, whether you’re from Northern Lehigh or Northwestern.

The Bo Tkach Foundation was founded by Jim Tkach, father of Bo Tkach, a Northern Lehigh alumni who struggled with depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). In Bo’s honor, the Bo Tkach Memorial Fund was created to raise awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other mental health issues while providing essential funding for youth athletic programs, scholarships, and otherwise inaccessible individual mental health screening and treatment (www.botkach.com). ‘Under Every Helmet and Hat is a Child Who Needs Us,’ and they are doing just that while promoting positive mental health for students in the area.

small-logo-whiteBrett Snyder, a former Northwestern student, founded the Brett Snyder Foundation after he was diagnosed with ALS—Lou Gehrig’s disease. In an effort to raise awareness and funds for research about the deadly disease, the Tackle ALS Foundation, Inc. was born.

The Chamber was able to raise more than $300 with the inaugural Mountain Road Rumble Tailgate, all of which will help both foundations tackle the battle against OCD, depression, and ALS head-on.

Unfortunately the football game was not much of a battle, with Northwestern crushing the competition with a final score of 31-6. Better luck next time, Northern Lehigh!

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