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GSWPA honors Johnstown couple for service, leadership at annual Awards of Distinction dinner


Johnstown, Pa.—Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) honors outstanding service and leadership to the Johnstown community at the annual Awards of Distinction dinner on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Johnstown, at 6:15 p.m. 

This event has honored men and women from the Johnstown area for their efforts in the community for the past 40 years. The 2017 recipients of the Joyce M. Murtha Excellence in Community Service Award are Jack and Jodie Babich.

The couple was chosen for this award for their extensive professional and personal involvement in the Johnstown region. Their commitment to service aligns with Girl Scouts’ efforts to develop girls and young women who contribute to their communities in purposeful and meaningful ways, just as Mrs. Joyce Murtha, after whom the award is named, had done for decades.

"It’s extremely important for Girl Scouts to have positive, successful role models who are committed to serving their communities, so they can see what it means to give back and what’s possible for themselves,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of GSWPA. “Leaders like Jack and Jodie Babich and Mrs. Murtha inspire girls to get involved in their communities and take action to help make their corner of the world a better place.” 

Girl Scouts welcomes keynote speaker, Alexis Miller, senior vice president, individual & small group markets, Highmark, Inc.

In her current position, Miller is responsible for overseeing all aspects of current and expected performance of the individual, currently governed by the Affordable Care Act, and small employer group markets.

Proceeds from the event support the Girl Scouts’ mission to develop courage, confidence and character in girls and to inspire the next generation of young women leaders. Visit for more information.