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Local Business Owner Charters Locomotive for Big Brothers Big Sisters Student/Mentor Outing with Bentley Systems and VideoRay

What:

Local business owner, philanthropist and “big brother” Scott Bentley will be hosting an upcoming Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region (BBBS IR) student/mentor end of school year celebration ride and luncheon on the Colebrookdale Railroad. The event includes 45 students from two local schools who participate in the BBBS IR youth mentoring program, and their volunteer mentors from two local companies: VideoRay, based in Pottstown and owned by Scott Bentley, and Exton-based Bentley Systems.

Scott Bentley, owner of VideoRay, said, “My brothers at Bentley Systems and I are proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, particularly the Beyond School Walls programs at Bentley Systems in Exton and at VideoRay in Pottstown. I’ve been involved with the program since 1980, as a “big,” a donor, a board member, and an advocate for at-risk children in Pottstown. This train ride will bring the big/little matches from two great companies, and the Colebrookdale Railroad together for fun and educational trip.”

Marcus Allen, CEO of BBBS IR said, “We are grateful to have Scott Bentley and his family to be such long-standing supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters. For over 35-years, Scott has added significant value to our agency through a variety of ways including being a big brother, serving on our Governing Board of Directors, starting Beyond School Walls workplace mentoring programs at his family’s companies, launching an innovative college mentoring program at The University of Pennsylvania, and making generous financial contributions over the years. This train ride is yet another way to expose our kids to something new and exciting, while giving them the opportunity to learn about an industry they probably wouldn’t have otherwise.”

The students and mentors will board the train at the historic Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyertown for an hour train ride and lunch. They will travel to Memorial Park in Pottstown where they will depart.

The event concludes a school year of student/mentor relationship-building activities hosted twice monthly by VideoRay and Bentley Systems at their respective worksite locations.

Who:

Available for interviews on-site:

  • Marcus Allen, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Scott Bentley, Owner and CEO, VideoRay (www.videoray.com)
  • Nathaniel Guest, Executive Director, Colebrookdale Railroad

When:

Tuesday, June 5

  • Students and mentors meet at Colebrookdale Railroad: 11:45 a.m.
  • Train departs: 12 p.m.
  • Train arrives in Pottstown Memorial Park: around 1 p.m.

Where:

Train departs from:
Colebrookdale Railroad
64 South Washington St.
Boyertown, PA 19512

Train arrives at:
Pottstown Memorial Park Platform
75 W. King Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems (www.bentley.com) is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50 countries. Since 2012, Bentley has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

About VideoRay

VideoRay (www.videoray.com) is the largest volume producer of underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) in the world. Established in 1999, VideoRay has worked with technology and mission partners throughout the world to develop and prove the small ROV tool for a wide range of applications. With over 3,000 units delivered to a wide range of organizations for a wide range of missions, hundreds of VideoRays work every day throughout the world underwater keeping us free from terrorism, finding and retrieving objects, inspecting infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keeping divers safe from hazardous conditions.

About Colebrookdale Railroad

Completed by soldiers home from the Civil War just four months after the Transcontinental Railroad united the East and West, the Colebrookdale (www.colebrookdalerailroad.com) is a record of epic engineering and heroic human drama. Eight-point-six miles long and a century-and-a-half back in time, the Secret Valley Line beckons you to experience for yourself the unexpected treasures of Southeastern Pennsylvania. A volunteer-powered community and economic development project, the Colebrookdale provides an immersive journey into a more luxurious era. The railroad was honored by the White House in 2015 with the highest federal honor for a grassroots preservation effort.