Hospitality and tourism groups recognized for their service to their community;Keystone Society for Tourism inducts four new members

Harrisburg, Pa. (May 19, 2016)—The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Keystone Hospitality Awards. This year, PRLA joined the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau and the Pennsylvania travel and tourism industry to honor exceptional members of hospitality and tourism industries for their leadership, commitment and service to the industry and community in four award categories: Restaurant Neighbor, Faces of Diversity, Tourism Achievement and Keystone Society for Tourism awards. This year’s awards gala took place on May 16 at Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains.

The awards kicked off with the Pennsylvania Restaurant Neighbor Awards, which recognizes restaurants for their community service and involvement. Springfield Restaurant Group in Mars, Pa. has raised more than $150,000 for local families since 2005. The Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group has raised more than $360,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of its founder Steve Hanzlik, who succumbed to the disease in 2010.

PRLA also honored the Pennsylvania Faces of Diversity Award winners. This awards program honors individuals in the restaurant industry who have realized the American Dream through hard work, determination and enterprise. 
Pietro Di Pietro, owner, Di Pietro’s Ristorante, Pittsburgh
Juan Martinez, owner, State Café and Don Juan Mex Grill, Easton

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau awarded its annual Tourism Achievement Award for Community Service Award to the Malibu Dude Ranch, Milford, Pa., for its work with the national nonprofit Cancer Cares to establish a therapeutic retreat for families who have lost a loved one to cancer. Maureen Ryan of Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts was awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 30 years of dedicated service. 

The Keystone Society for Tourism Awards recognize and show appreciation for leaders in the fields of tourism, community economic development and destination management in Pennsylvania. Inductees continue to strive to make Pennsylvania a leader in travel and tourism. The Keystone Society for Tourism inducted the following individuals/groups into its 2016 class:

Leadership Award: Dee Fegan, owner, 30 Timber Road Bed & Breakfast, Mechanicsburg
Innovation Award: Lenwood Sloan, Harrisburg
Destination of the Year: Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Event of the Year: Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, Butler County


The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association promotes, protects and improves the hospitality industry of Pennsylvania. PRLA serves as the unified voice of Pennsylvania’s second largest industry—the hospitality industry— which employs approximately 960,000 people and generates revenues of more than $42 billion annually.


Media contact: Stephanie Otterson
Director of Communications
(800) 345-5353