October Marks 8,000 Meals Delivered to St. Luke’s Hospice Families

Top Cut Steak House Joins Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation for Hospice Meal Donations  

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Bob Agentis, left, Founder of JAACF org and Judie’s Table, with Chef Chris Dalrymple, of Top Cut Steak House.

Photo by Jacqueline Agentis

BETHLEHEM, PA (October 20, 2016) — Top Cut Steak House, one of the newest and swankiest fine restaurants in the Lehigh Valley, will be joining its sister resturants – Blue Grillhouse, Melt Grill, and Torre Mexican Restaurant in helping others in the community.

Top Cut, which opened in August above Melt Grill at the Promenade Shoppes, Center Valley, is one of five restaurants in the Paxos Group portfolio.

Top Cut chefs donated a delicious lunch of Petite Crab Cakes with Corn Salsa, and Top Cut Chopped Salad with Avocado, for 30 people to St. Luke’s Hospice, Thursday, October 20, at 12 noon.

Lehigh Valley businesses interested in learning how to donate healthy, prepared meals to families on behalf of JAACF, please contact Bob Agentis, founder, at ba.jaacf@gmail.com

“For those spending the last precious days, hours, moments with their loved ones, food is often the last thing on their minds,” says Bob Agentis, founder of the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF), who survived solely on crackers for nearly a week as he held vigil for his beloved wife, Judith, while she was in hospice.

Following the passing of Judith Agentis, at age 64, January 2013, Bob Agentis founded the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF) and has since rallied a growing list of the most notable Lehigh Valley restaurants to fill this often little recognized yet very big need.

Lehigh Valley businesses interested in learning how to donate healthy, prepared meals to families on behalf of JAACF, please contact Bob Agentis, founder, at ba.jaacf@gmail.com

Families don’t leave the hospice center, and it helps them feel better to be able to come over and have a nice meal and talk to others while they are here.” says Judy Scott, patient care manager at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

 Every Thursday, Agentis delivers, with quiet honor, a buffet for 30 to 50 people.

This October marks the 8,000th meal donated through JAACF to St. Luke’s VNA Hospice, Bethlehem

 “The list of donor partners has grown to 62 area restaurants, and these are some of the finest businesses in the Lehigh Valley,” observes Agentis.  He adds, “After a business donates for the first time, they often ask, when our business can donate again?”

Other loyal donor restaurants for JAACF include: The Apollo Grill, Corked Steak and Wine Bar, Edge, The Mint Gastropub, The Hamilton Kitchen and Bar, Tapas on Main, Panera Bread, and Yianni’s Taverna.   The families visiting loved ones at hospice are more than grateful for the delicious meal, and have expressed their appreciation in donations, thank-you cards and well wishes weeks later on Facebook.

Agentis and the JAACF earned the Heart of Hospice Award from the Pennsylvania Hospice Network, 2014, and the Shining Star Award from St. Luke’s Health Network, 2014. The nonprofit also recently earned a grant from Just Born, Inc.

Dyanne Holt, a co-owner of Apollo Grill, says, “This is a notable charitable foundation with an excellent mission. The foundation recognizes the need that family members here at hospice need to nourish the whole body and soul. Providing fine food is one way to help them do that.”

“Hospice is important; they help make you ready and help make your loved one comfortable,” adds Holt, who has experienced having two of her own family members in hospice.

Lehigh Valley businesses interested in learning how to donate healthy, prepared meals to families on behalf of JAACF, please contact Bob Agentis, founder, at ba.jaacf@gmail.com

 

For more information about the JAACF, established to provide meals to hospice centers and to provide testing, early detection, awareness and education about Pancreatic and Liver and Colon Cancers, visitwww.JAACF.org, Facebook /JAACF or Twitter @JAACF org.

Aim 2 Cure Shooting Sports Competition to Benefit Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation

 

Aim2cure Sunday, Oct. 2

 

BETHLEHEM, PA (Immediate Release) — Calling all shooting sports enthusiasts.   The Second Annual Aim2Cure Bow and Hand Gun Competition will be held Sunday, October 2, 2 to 6 p.m., at The Heritage Guild, 70 Hilton Street, Easton, PA.

The sporting event will benefit the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation’s (www.JAACF.org) mission to educate people at risk of pancreatic and other cancers.             Aim2Cure will begin at 2 p.m. with an archery instructor for new shooters. At 4 p.m., instructors and range officers will be present to assist new shooters on the range.

An awards ceremony will take place immediately after the competition. A prize for the competitor with the highest combined bow and hand gun score will be awarded.

Participants will also be awarded for the highest bow score, and the highest hand gun score. Second place winners will also be awarded.

Snacks, pizza, and beverages will be served.

Tickets are $40 per person. Cost includes equipment including rental bow, ammo and sport gun.  Participants are welcome to bring their own bow.

“We are looking forward to a fun and challenging day of competition for all participating sportsmen and sportswomen. We welcome all skill levels and ages,” says Bob Agentis, founder and chairman of JAACF.

Tickets are $40 per person.

A game of chance to win a Kimber Gold Match 11 45 ACP will also be offered.

For more information, email BA.JAACF@gmail.com.

Tickets are available online at http://go.activecalendar.com/JAACF/event/aim-2-cure-to-benefit-judith-adele-agentis-charitable-foundation/, or by sending a check for $40 per person, to JAACF org, at JAACF, PO Box 22075, Lehigh Valley, PA 18012.

* JAACF earned the PA Hospice Network Heart of Hospice Award in 2014 and the 2014 Shining Star Award from St. Luke’s Hospital Network. JAACF org is a Lehigh Valley based charitable foundation established to provide generous, weekly meals to hospice centers and to provide early awareness education and tools about Pancreatic and Liver and Colon Cancers.

Visit www.JAACF.org, Facebook /JAACF or Twitter @JAACF org.

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Fabulous Shoe Night to Benefit Judith Adele Agentis Foundation at Edge Restaurant

Save the date, Tuesday, May 17th, 6 to 8 p.m. at Edge Restaurant, to benefit JAACF org.

Save the date, Tuesday, May 17th, 6 to 8 p.m. at Edge Restaurant, to benefit JAACF org.

Special Performance by the Iron Rail Rosie’s and Donation of 100 Pairs of New Designer Shoes from AM Luxe to Lehigh Valley non-profit is also part of the evening.

BETHLEHEM, PA (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – Sport your most stylish footwear and fashionable attire and network away for a great cause at Fabulous Shoe Night Lehigh Valley, to benefit the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF), Tuesday May 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Edge Restaurant, 74 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA.

The evening’s revelry will include drink specials, a bounty of French fusion hors d’oeuvres, auction items and raffles, plus a performance by the Iron Rail Rosie’s, a Lehigh Valley-based dance troupe devoted to the style and nuances of the 1940’s post war era.

The evening will also feature more than 100 pairs of new women’s fashion shoes donated by Ann Marie Supinski, CEO and Founder of AM Luxe, 74 West Broad Street, to the non-profit My Sister’s Closet.

The Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation earned the Heart of Hospice Award from the PA Hospice Network, as well as the Shining Star Award from St. Luke’s Hospital. JAACF supports Hospice Care families with free weekly (more than 6,000 to date) meals donated to Hospice House of St. Luke’s. JAACF also provides funding for education and early detection screenings for pancreatic, colon, cervical, and liver cancers. For more information, visit www.jaacf.org

Tickets are $40 and are available at the door, or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fabulous-shoe-nightlehigh-valley-to-benefit-the-judith-adele-agents-charitable-foundation-tickets-24241468886

 

Media contact is Tina Bradford at 610-248-3460. Fabulous Shoe Night Lehigh Valley contact is Gina Loring 215-882-2412.

 

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Big Fat Greek Wine Dinner to Benefit Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation

 

Yianni's Signature Duck Confit Baklava will be one of six courses at JAACF Benefit March 10.

Yianni’s Signature Duck Confit Baklava will be one of seven courses at JAACF Benefit March 10.

Benefit Will Feature Seven Courses of Ancient to Contemporary Greek Favorites

Tour the Greek Isles through a culinary, wine and entertainment experience at Yianni’s Taverna, Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., to benefit the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF.org).

“This fundraiser will be a fun night of foods, wine and entertainment highlighting different tastes and regions of the Greek Islands, all for a very good cause,” says Maria Manakos, co-owner of Yianni’s Taverna.
The menu will feature seven courses of Greek specialties:

●  Grilled Blue Point Oysters with Ouzo-Compound Butter

●  Duck Confit Baklava with Imported Greek Sour Cherry Preserves

●  Octopus Fritter with House-Made Smoked Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

●  Barrel­aged Feta and Kalamata Olives Served with House-Made Pita Chips

●  Greek Coffee­rubbed Braised Beef Short Ribs Served with Sautéed Spinach and Creamy Mashed Potatoes

●  Stifado—a rabbit and pearl onion stew—Served over Hilopittes (Greek noodles).

●  Arni Kleftico—lamb slowly roasted in parchment paper—with Feta, Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Kalamata Olives.

The dessert to be featured is Ekmek: shredded phyllo, creamy semolina custard and fresh whipped cream, topped with toasted almonds and honey. Each Greek dish will be paired with an authentic Greek wine.

Vegetarian menus are available upon request.

Entertainment will range from an authentic belly dancer to vocalist Billy Murnin with the band “Not Quite Right” (formerly “Uproar”). The Olympian Greek Dance Troupe from St. Nicholas Byzantine Church will also perform and will be on hand to teach authentic Greek dance steps to those willing to learn. A silent auction of select items will be part of the fun.

The Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation earned the Heart of Hospice Award from the PA Hospice Network, as well as the Shining Star Award from St. Luke’s Hospital. JAACF supports Hospice Care families with free weekly meals donated to Hospice House of St. Luke’s, and also provides funding for education and early detection screenings for pancreatic, colon, cervical, and liver cancers.

Yianni’s Taverna is an authentic Greek restaurant located at 3760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA. Price per person for the Big Fat Greek Wine Dinner is $125.00.

Seating is limited. For reservations and ticket information, email BA.Jaacf@gmail.com or call 610-392-5460. Checks may be made payable to “JAACF.org.” Mailing address is JAACF, P.O. Box 22075, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002.

Tickets are available online at http://go.activecalendar.com/JAACF/event/my-big-fat-greek-wine-dinner/
For more information about the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation, visit www.JAACF.org or connect on Facebook at /JAACF.

How a CT Scan Helped Save a Young Father, Husband from Pancreatic Cancer

Linda Davis tells the story of how early detection saved the life of Jim, her husband.

Judith Adele Agentis Foundation

Here are the words of Linda Davis, Jim’s wife.

The ER doctor returned. His face had “that” look; all traces of merriment from our banter about undercooked beans were gone. Eyes were solemn, face composed, mouth no longer smiling. “We have to talk”, he said.

In the next bed over, a drug addict was sweating and freezing at the same time, moaning for a nurse’s attention. I’d just gotten him three blankets from the warmer when the doctors returned with their somber faces. Instinctively I grabbed Jim’s hand as he lay on the gurney and crazily thought how different the doctor’s face was now, compared to when we were all laughing about eating beans.

“The CT scan found a spot in your pancreas. You cannot go home. This could be pancreatic cancer which could kill you in six weeks”, the doctor said. At least that’s what I heard before the alarms in my head shrilled.

We objected. Jim was fine, it was just gas pains.

No, he’s not fine, he has a lump on his pancreas, he recounted.

Okay, we said, let us go home and we will take care of it tomorrow.

Remember Patrick Swayze? This is what killed him, said the doctor.

Patrick had been healthy one month and dead the next, if I recalled correctly. I sank to the floor.

The doctor left to let us talk. Jim was off the bed by this time, pacing, and as he held out his hand to me we exchanged the cancer look. The look that the unbelievable had happened and the future gone. Dazed, somber, unbelieving, scared. All those feelings looked from his eyes.

I hugged him fiercely and said “We haven’t had enough time together yet.” We had 30 years, but it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t nearly enough.

I decided right then and there I would never let go. We would stand hugging while we made arrangements, stay hugging while they wheeled him up to his room and be together on the operating table because there was no way I was letting go of him. Our three teenagers would just have to cook for themselves and learn to do laundry.

Suddenly I realized the silence that surrounded us. The drug addict was not moaning anymore. He was silent. The curtain was pulled so I couldn’t tell if he passed out or was moved into silence by what he heard. I always hoped that he heard, heard our words and quit drugs forever realizing that life is short. More likely he passed out.

Reluctantly they let us go home with stern warnings not to let one more day go by before addressing this. They said we were lucky the CT scan caught it.

The first doctor said to us: “I look forward to curing a young healthy man”. I looked around the room for a young man. All I saw was Jim, overweight with thinning hair. Then I pictured the other patients in the waiting room and realized that Jim WAS young, compared to them. Wait! I was young too that meant! We were 50, achy and tired, but darn it, we WERE still young. Hope flooded me. There was a lot of life to live yet.

The second doctor was a family friend, and got the same look as the ER doctors when we told him. My heart sank again and I was scared.

The doctor who performed the Whipple surgery was quite unconcerned, even brusque. I didn’t understand his attitude until I arrived at the hospital and saw the ages of the other pancreatic cancer patients. To him, Jim was going to be a piece of cake. Or as much cake as cutting into a pancreas and reattaching ducts, sewing tissue the consistency of warm butter and draining an abdomen open from chest to groin could be.

I got to know the loved ones of the other patients, the 80 year old husband who sat loyally in a chair outside his wife’s room day in and day out, not yet having had enough time with her either. The 40-something wife who wheeled her husband out to the car after his second Whipple surgery. His cancer had returned, but they had caught it again. He went back home to his family, so thankful to see his children’s’ faces, bright with smiles and hope that Daddy was home now. Home to stay forever, as little kids think.

As for us, Jim came home too. Jim went back to his job. Life resumed. We spend lots of time together these days, after once having had it snatched away without warning.

Thanks to a routine CT scan caught something other than what we were looking for, our family thrives. A family with a father is a true family; a family who loses a father is forever changed. To us, preventive scans no longer seem unnecessary, they seem life saving. One saved our family’s life, and just because of that scan we are still all together, and no one misses Dad.

Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation Appoints New Board Members

BETHLEHEM, PA (APRIL 22, 2015) — The Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF) announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.
Gerry Wilson Bogart, Director, Life Underwriting and New Business, Cornerstone Advisors, Allentown, will serve as Director of Volunteers and Special Events for JAACF.
Lisa S. Williams, RN, BSN, an Institutional Immuno-Oncology Specialist, Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology, Plainfield, New Jersey, will serve as Director of Outreach and Education.
Thomas Williams Jr., Real Estate Director, Cityline Construction, Allentown, has been named Chairman of Marketing and Promotion for JAACF.
“We are encouraged with the energy and expertise the new Board Members bring to JAACF. Their synergy and passion for volunteering drives specialized talents to the forefront of the JAACF mission,” says Bob Agentis, founder and chairman.
Judie’s Heart of JAACF focuses on education and early detection of pancreatic and other cancers. Judie’s Table develops a continued network of generous restaurant partners for weekly donations of delicious meals to the Hospice House of St. Luke’s Health Network,” adds Agentis.

The JAACF is a Lehigh Valley-based charitable foundation established to provide meals to hospice centers and to provide awareness, education and early detection for pancreatic, liver and colon cancers.
For more information about the JAACF, visit www.JAACF.org; Facebook /JAACF or Twitter @JAACF org. Email BA.JAACF@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Lisa Stempin Williams, JAACF board member 2015.

Lisa Stempin Williams, will serve as Director of Outreach and Education for JAACF.

Gerry Wilson Bogart

Gerry Wilson Bogart, JAACF, will head up special events and volunteers.

Thomas Williams Jr. , photo by Jaci Agentis

Tommy Williams Jr., JAACF new board member, will serve as Marketing and Promotion director.

Aim2Cure: Bow and Hand Gun Competition Slated for June 14, 2015

 

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Calling all bow and hand gun enthusiasts. Aim2Cure, a Bow and Hand Gun Competition to benefit the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF) will be held on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14th, from 2 to 6 p.m., at The Heritage Guild, Easton.   Proceeds will benefit JAACF efforts for Early Detection of Pancreatic, Colon, Cervical and other Cancers

The participant with the highest combined score of bow and gun targets will be awarded a Smith and Wesson, M&P .22 compact.  Second place winner will earn an Authenticated, Autographed photo of Chuck Norris and John Belushi, donated by handwriting expert Drew Max, a regular on Pawn Stars.

Tickets are $40 per person and the cost includes all equipment including bows, ammo and sport gun.  “We are looking forward to a lively and challenging day of competition for all participating sportsmen and sports women. We have received a great amount of interest and are looking forward to adding to this new event each year,” says Bob Agentis, founder and chairman of JAACF.

Tickets are available by emailing BA.JAACF@gmail.com and/or by sending a check for $40 per person, to JAACF, at JAACF, PO Box 22075, Lehigh Valley, PA 18012.

JAACF earned the PA Hospice Network Heart of Hospice Award in 2014 and the 2014 Shining Star Award from St. Luke’s Hospital Network.

 

For more information about the JAACF, a Lehigh Valley based charitable foundation established to provide generous, weekly meals to hospice centers and to provide testing, early detection, awareness and education about Pancreatic and Liver and Colon Cancers, visit www.JAACF.org, Facebook /JAACF or Twitter @JAACF org.

 

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