Knoebels president honored by scholarship foundation
ELYSBURG - Dick Knoebel, the president of Knoebels Amusement Resort, was recently honored by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, during its annual ball in Philadelphia earlier this month.
Knoebel was honored with the Globe and Anchor Award at the ball May 10, an award for recipients who have built a foundation of service that has had an impact around the globe.
"It was a wonderful ball, and I was honored to receive this award," Knoebel said Monday.
Knoebel entered the Marine Corps in March 1962 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He trained as an aircraft maintenance officer. He served with the 2nd Marine Air Wing in North Carolina and 1st Marine Air Wing in Iwakuni, Japan.
After he returned to civilian life in 1965, he went into the family business. As president, he oversees all building and maintenance functions, involving rides and the physical plant, including group sales and new construction.
Knoebel earned high praise from retired Marine Lt. Gen. Martin R. Steele, the general chairman of the Philadelphia Campaign of the scholarship fund.
"Since returning to civilian life at Knoebels Amusement Resort, he has seen the amusement park more than double in size to become Pennsylvania's fourth largest amusement resort with attendance of over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has put his talents to work as a volunteer and leader in his community," Steele said.
Knoebel is also in some pretty good company with the award: past recipients include Bob Hope, Sen. John Glenn, John Wayne and Robert J. Stevens of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Knoebel was one of only two award recipients at the function; Robert Ciaruffoli, the chairman and CEO of the ParenteBeard LLC accounting firm, also received an award.
"It was good seeing Robert again," Knoebel said. "We were panelists together on the Northeast Business Journal taping for WVIA-TV and I always joked with him about being brought to the taping by a limousine."
The awards presentation was highlighted by remarks from Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for post-high school education and career training to all qualified deserving sons and daughters of Marines and Navy Corpsmen with particular attention given to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in action and those who have demonstrated financial need. Since its founding in 1962, the foundation has awarded more than 30,000 scholarships valued at more than $80 million to deserving students.