The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring Paul Wiebel, Chairman of Econo-Pak with the 38th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award and Victor Avondoglio, Owner, Ret., Perona Farms with the Victor Avondoglio Service Award on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Perona Farms in Andover for serving as exemplary role models for the youth of our area. The award dinner chair is PJ Wiebel, President & CEO, Econo-Pak.

Paul Wiebel is the Chairman of the Board of Econo-Pak, located in Milford, PA.  Econo-Pak specializes in high volume food packaging for some of the largest and rapidly emerging food companies in the world.  Paul grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey and was a member of the Boy Scouts for 12 years as a youth, working his way up to Silver Scout. Upon graduation from Utah State, Paul founded Econo-Pak out of the basement of his parent’s home.  Paul went on to expand Econo-Pak from his parents’ basement to a facility in East Hanover, NJ in 1975 and then later to Franklin NJ before finally purchasing the building at what would become 1 Wiebel Plaza in Sussex, NJ in 1978.  Shortly after the purchase of his first building in Sussex County, Paul settled in Sussex County in 1979 with his wife and children.  Paul currently resides in Sparta, NJ and is an active member of the community, founding the Wiebel Family Foundation, which is a foundation dedicated to helping local charities.  In 2014 Paul moved Econo-Pak to a state-of-the-art food packaging facility in Milford, PA. Along with Econo-Pak, Paul also owns other industrial properties within Sussex County. 

Victor Avondoglio is the last surviving member of the third generation of the Perona family now running Perona Farms.  Victor was born in NYC and comes from a restaurant family.  His father ran a restaurant in Queens and Victor got his start helping out on weekends and after school.  He attended NY University and NYC Community College.  During the Korean War Victor saw combat with the “2nd Battalion First Division” of the US Marine Corp.  After the war he met his wife Maureen at Perona Farms when he began working there one summer. In 1964 Victor and Maureen assumed operation of Perona Farms and both have been instrumental in its growth.  Perona Farms now handles over 300 weddings per year and over 100 other events over its 57 acre property.

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He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of SCARC and has served on the board of Newton Country Club. He previously served on the boards of Midlantic National Bank, the Boy Scouts of America, and  advisory board of Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.  Victor also began a golf tournament for the benefit of Camp Nejeda back in the 1970’s and has served as President of many organizations including the Sparta Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Restaurant Association, the New Jersey restaurant Association Good Government Fund, and the Sussex County Vo-Tech Advisory Board.  As chairmen of the “Campaign for New Initiatives” at Newton Memorial Hospital in 1988, Victor raised over $2.8 million for the hospital.

Through the Sussex County 38th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, funds will be raised to support the mission of the Boy Scouts of America in Sussex County, that is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

For their outstanding example to youth in the community, the Boy Scouts of America salutes Paul Wiebel and Victor Avondoglios for their service to the community.

For more information about the awards dinner being held on Wednesday, October 16th, to support Scouting with a sponsorship or ad in our event journal, or donate to the silent auction, please contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director 973-765-9322 ext. 249 Jennifer.Volz@scouting.org.