Dear Mark and Thunder Outreach
I wanted to personally THANK YOU and everyone with First Responder Appreciation Day for partnering with us for our spectacular Annual First Responder Appreciation Day on Sunday!!! Without great partners like you, it would be very tough to have the many great events and games that we have here at FirstEnergy Stadium!
It was AWESOME working with you and Lisa as always! You ROCK!!! And, EVERYONE had an AWESOME TIME!!!
I have attached some photos from your game! Feel free to use for Facebook, your website, and however you’d like : )
We greatly value our relationship with Thunder Outreach and look forward to a fantastic continued relationship for seasons to come! You guys crushed it!
From everyone here at the Reading Fightin Phils, thank you again for your partnership and we look forward to a great continued relationship for seasons to come!!!
Yours in Baseball,
Executive Director of Business Development
Reading Fightin Phils Baseball
Proud A.A. Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies
610-375-8469 ext 223
The Reading Fightin Phils’ FirstEnergy Stadium has been named:
• # 1 Minor League Baseball destination in all of Pennsylvania – Stadium Journey
• Third-best Minor League Ballpark in the United States – USA TODAY Travel Media
• America’s # 1 Classic Ballpark in all of the Minor Leagues – Baseball America
• Best Ballpark in the Minor Leagues – digitalballparks.com
To whom it may concern,
The Philadelphia Soul teamed up with Thunder Outreach and Heaven’s Thunder Band in conjunction with our First Responder’s Night this season on June 17th.
The band was able to setup quickly and smoothly on our concourse to entertain fans entering our main atrium for the pregame hour before kickoff. The music was clear, high energy and family friendly for all fans to enjoy. The band brought all their equipment and all we had to provide was the electrical outlets to plug into so they could play.
Please feel free to contact me with any further questions. Best Regards,
JBartlett@philadelphiasoul.com 215-253-4900 x 185
With your help we have delivered 10 updated Police Body Armor Vests! Thank you!
We want to Thank all the local Companys who helped us purchase these vests for our local Police depts!
Passmore Service Center, Morning Star Fellowship, Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue, Everything Printing & Shipping Center, Denny’s Electric Service and Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown
We are pleased to announce that we raised the funds and have now have provided ten “Level 5 Body Armor vests” for the Colebrookdale and Boyertown Police depts..
These VESTS are the best and highest level that is currently available. We are excited to help make our Officers lives BETTER and SAFER!
We are always very thankful for our area Police departments and this is just one way we can support and protect those who “Protect and Serve” our wonderful community.
I wanted to thank you and everyone at Thunder Outreach and Heaven Thunder’s Band again for partnering with us for the annual First Responder Appreciation game last night. Without great partners like Thunder Outreach, it would be very tough to have the many great events and games that we have here at FirstEnergy Stadium.
It was great working with you, Lisa, and the entire crew of Heaven’s Thunder. You guys did an awesome job and I hope everyone had a great time!
If you are interested in coming out this season again for any game, feel free to let me know at any time. You and your family/friends are always welcome!
We greatly value our relationship with Thunder Outreach and look forward to working together for seasons to come!
From the Reading Fightin Phils, thank you again for your sponsorship and see you soon at the ballpark!
Director of Business Development
Reading Fightin Phils Baseball
Proud A.A. Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies
610-375-8469 ext 223
We are so blessed and excited to announce that Heaven’s Thunder Band took 1st place in the Battle of the Bands!!!
Now that the shock has worn off from being voted the winner of the Battle of the Christian Contemporary Bands hosted by Conshohocken United Methodist Church & Jillian’s Café… All we can say is “Wow!”
What a joy it was to be a part of an event that reached people on so many different levels! We saw people dancing, clapping, rejoicing and even praying for one another all while helping raise $ for the CUMC youth group’s missions trip to WV later this year! What an inspiration to see the youth of today, affecting our world of tomorrow! We will ALL be praying for you as you “go out into the world to spread His LOVE!!!” Have a GREAT and BLESSED trip!
We would also like to thank ALL of the great people @ Jillian’s Cafe and CUMC for opening their doors to us & all of the bands for their Battle of the Christian Contemporary Bands! So blessed & honored to be in the company of some great bands & wonderful people!
We want to give all the glory & praise to God for what HE is doing in & through the Heaven’s Thunder Band as well as the other bands that shared the stage & accepted us with arms wide open! AMEN!
Quote from the Commissioner:
“Mark is a man who not only speaks about his faith, he lives it out in the ministry of Thunder Outreach and his daily life. He is focused on the service and sacrifice of our first responders throughout this region. I’ve stood with him at fire companies, rode motorcycle club the Blue Knights in parades and stood on platforms of churches all for the purpose of honoring our first responders. He often promotes the words of John 15:13 NASB “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Mark – Thank you for all you do for Berks County and the region and for living out your faith in Christ daily.”
Christian Y. Leinbach
Chair/Berks County Commissioners
633 Court St. 13th Flr.
Reading, PA 19601
POTTSTOWN >> Area organizations, schools and churches are coming together to embark on a youth outreach initiative that will teach children life lessons including the importance of exercise.
“Attempt something so big that unless God intervenes it’s bound to fail,” said Chaplain Mark Malizzi, of Thunder Outreach, to members of Heart of God Family Worship Center.
Malizzi came to the church as a guest Sunday to inform the congregation about a new program called Strong at Heart, which is meant to build up the community and especially impact the lives of Pottstown area youth. He said individuals representing different organizations are working together to be a blessing to children.
“It’s all about our heart for the community and our heart for the children,” Malizzi said.
congregation prayed over the Strong at Heart team Sunday which includes representatives from the Pottstown Police Athletic League (PAL), the Pottstown YMCA, The Hill School and more. The church’s Bishop Michael Anthony blessed each of the team members that attended service Sunday.
The spark for Strong at Heart came from an idea Anthony had about a month ago. Anthony said he’s known Malizzi for seven years and they have a similar vision when it comes to the community. They both want to get past the differences everyone sees and join together for the common goal of bettering the area, he said. Anthony is a teacher’s assistant at Lincoln Elementary and was inspired to do something that would get children active this summer.
“It’s a proven fact that kids that are active do better academically,” he said.
To get children excited about exercise, the church is fundraising with a goal of donating 200 Huffy bicycles to the youth this summer. Anthony said the church had a bike giveaway last year and wanted to expand on that event this year for Strong at Heart.
Heart of God Family Worship Center, as part of the Strong at Heart mission, will help promote community events that will benefit youth. In addition to exercising, Anthony said children will learn some important character building skills such as respect, responsibility and commitment.
Anthony said the initiative will partner with The Hill School for a fitness day event. Strong at Heart will also be a part of the PAL bike rodeo this summer. PAL Executive Director Holly Kennedy said the rodeo will teach children all about bike safety. She said PAL was excited to be part of the youth initiative because they are all about the community as well.
Another youth event that Strong at Heart will promote is a bike and hike event in April. Malizzi said West-Mont Christian Academy is putting on the event as a fundraiser for their missions’ trip. He said Strong at Heart is about helping other organizations achieve their community goals. He said the initiative is creating relationships throughout the area.
“This is more like a Pottstown internet of community components starting to work together,” Malizzi said. He said those part of the initiative will come up with creative ways to impact the community. Strong at Heart will build a communication network so families will know about the events happening in the area, he said.
A website for the initiative is still being developed but will soon be ready at SAHPottstown.com. For more information about Strong at Heart, contact the Heart of God Family Worship Center at 610-327-9410.
The Mercury is engaged in a long-term effort, Fit for Life, designed to promote healthy living. In addition to articles in the newspaper and on our website, Fit for Life features a blog with recipes, health tips such as getting fit without breaking the bank and other tools all available free online. Visit the website at pottsmercfit4life.wordpress.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MercFit4Life and follow our efforts on Twitter @MercFit4Life.
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For years, Mark Malizzi has given his time and talents to the Boyertown community, operating in the background, never one to seek recognition for his efforts. “The driving factor is that for years I’ve heard people have time to complain about how bad things are in the community,” Malizzi said. “If we don’t step up to the needs in the community, it’s never going to change, despite his modesty, Malizzi’s charitable work has not gone unnoticed.
He has been selected as the , and he’ll be the special guest at the 62nd annual awards event on April 9 at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. “Mark tries to do a lot of things behind the scenes and doesn’t ask for recognition,” said Roger Lehmann, chairman of the awards committee. “I think that embodies what the citizen of the year is all about in that it typically is driven by people who try to help the community out behind the scenes. “Malizzi said he is humbled by the honor. “There’s so many people through our community that do great work to help people,” he said. “And for me to even be nominated, let alone chosen, it really touches my heart very deeply that apparently the things we’re doing in the community are making that much of a difference. “Malizzi, 51, of Douglassville, founded Thunder Outreach Ministries with his wife of 31 years, Lisa.
The ministry, which has about 20 volunteers, helped to revitalize the exterior of the Boyertown Inn at North Reading and East Philadelphia avenues. The historic building is a mainstay of Boyertown’s downtown, and Malizzi’s group helped paint the exterior and repair some of the front columns. “As people come into town, it makes them smile, it brings them back to an 1800s sort of feel,” Malizzi said of the building. “He (Malizzi) put a lot of personal time and effort into it and coordinated the volunteer efforts of all the people who assisted in it,” Lehmann said. “It certainly is a focal point of the community right there at the intersection, and it came out awesome. He did an awesome job. “Malizzi also is known in the community through his job as service director at Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown.
His work with Thunder Outreach includes partnerships with the Boyertown Salvation Army as well as numerous other nonprofit organizations throughout Berks County. And he is chaplain for Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue. “Interacting and working with them is important to me,” Malizzi said of the emergency crews.
Despite the many hats that Malizzi wears, and the many projects he has participated in, Malizzi has a much simpler outlook on what drives him to keep working in the community. “If I go down in history as being one thing, I just want to be known as somebody who cared,” he said. Contact Matt Carey: 610-371-5038 or email@example.com
On behalf of the Reading Royals, I want to thank Thunder Outreach and Heaven’s Thunder band for their unwavering support and generosity to not only our organization, but the community as a whole. Their members have been extremely considerate and supportive throughout every event we have planned together. They are extremely easy to work with and are always looking to make things bigger and better in the future. We look forward to their many years of ongoing support, and we cannot wait to hear their great music at a Reading Royals game again next season!
Thanks again for everything you do!