MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Eagles Club announced that the speaker for its annual Mother of the Year awards ceremony will be Thomas Swaldi. The ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles has been credited with lobbying Congress in the early part of the 20th century to establish an annual day of recognition for mothers.

Swaldi, a 1988 graduate of Mount Carmel Area High School, and his wife, Lori, are doctors of physical therapy and licensed physical therapists since 1996. In June 2003, they opened Star Physical Therapy and Fitness Center, a 5000-square-foot facility in Marion Heights.

Also, Thomas Swaldi is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist who provides sports medicine services to Mount Carmel and Shamokin Area high schools.

Aerie members are invited to attend the ceremony. A buffet dinner will be served after the awards ceremony.