How is Lake Genero in the Northeastern Pocono Mountains maintaining its commitment to charitable endeavors? Some endeavors that Lake Genero has been involved with are private while others are more noticeable. Ownership and staff alike understand the social responsibility that comes along with owning and operating a business.
In Lake Genero's first event under new ownership in 2021 over 20 non for profit entities were given free vendor spots to collect donations and make the community aware of their causes. Following the event, Lake Genero had collected linens for local animal shelters and also provided a local family with numerous meals and some temporary employment. YES WE ARE HIRING!
In the first several months of 2022 which was only a few months into ownership, Lake Genero discovered a great local cause and raised funds through a comedy show at Evergreen Hills in Hamlin, PA. Many businesses and families came out to support a local community member who was still on the road to recovery. Aside from helping a local family, this event organized by Lake Genero united local businesses for positive revenue as well as an opportunity to network.
Lake Genero is proud of a continued relationship with the Evergreen PTA organization from the Western Wayne School District. Together the Evergreen PTA and Lake Genero have hosted several events, raised significant funds. Both organizations are looking forward to various endeavors planned together in 2023.
Do you have a cause or a need? Lake Genero considers all potential causes for support. Most recently, Lake Genero partnered with the United Way of the Pocono Mountains by supplying over $150,000 of COVID tests to various organizations in need.
Lake Genero looks forward to having our events attended and our reach growing month by month. It is only possible to support these causes with continued community and business support! Feel free to contact us to help generate funds for needed causes while also promoting your business!
theyBy: Katy Foley
2022 was a great year! Looking back, we are thankful for all of the opportunities we were given within our community. It has been so exciting to meet so many wonderful, interesting and encouraging individuals, and we want to thank everyone for their continued support as we rebuild Lake Genero. We added an "In The News" section to our website on our homepage, and you can also listen and watch our interviews here:
On April 11th 2022, PA Live! Invited us to their show to speak about our upcoming events and the rebuilding of Lake Genero.
While we were filming with PA Live!, we met the guys behind the Gettin' to Know the 570 podcast. Gettin' to Know the 570 is a great podcast that highlights local businesses around the 570 (NEPA's area code). On June 14th 2022, they conducted an interview to tell listeners more about Genero. Their motto is "Because doing business local feels good, but giving business to someone you know feels even better."
The news showed up during our all day music festival, Jam Fest! The News Studio from WNEP TV 16 came to see what the buzz was about, and do a news segment on our inaugural event on July 30th 2022.
On September 8th 2022, we were invited to a talk show through our connection with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, and had a lovely conversation with Marlyn, Doc (and his dog) from Colossal Radio.
WNEP TV 16 graciously came back on October 10th to film a segment for Good Morning Pennsylvania to help promote our Second Annual Fall Fest. Our segment streamed on their channel all week leaving up to the event.
We hope 2023 brings more opportunities, more news-worthy events, more amazing guests to our property and more chances to spread the word about Lake Genero. Thank you again for your support!
By: Kevin Kerns, Owner
In July of 2021, Lake Genero was purchased by Kevin and Renee Kerns, a blue collar family from Delaware County, P.A. The Kerns family has three children and have begun this venture with the community in mind. Kevin and Renee come from similar backgrounds that were filled with struggle and sacrifice. As a child, Kevin moved on average every 6 months until settling into his home in Eddystone, P.A. At the age of 15, Kevin became involved in the Fire and EMS department which began his career in Emergency Services. For 20 years Kevin has been an EMT and Firefighter while also obtaining certification as an Emergency Dispatcher and working on specialized tactical teams. Through his background, Kevin developed Tri-State Training which is now a nationwide leader in life safety with an expertise in fire prevention, CPR, AED and First Aid.
With Lake Genero, Kevin and Renee do not take any proceeds. They invest 100% of the funds into the properties renovation and beautification as well as the employees. In the first 18 months, Lake Genero entertained over 10,000 guests with several private parties and multiple low cost community events. Genero was able to renovate the main entry road with new gravel, bathrooms, pavilion, snack bar and the original benches as the Kerns family is trying to salvage as much of the original Genero which dates back to 1949. Additionally, several features such as boat docks, swimming docks, glamping sites, RV hook-ups, a BIG chair for pictures and an Axe cage were all added to the property. Within the first 18 months, Lake Genero has developed several key relationships with local businesses as well as non for profit entities. Kevin and Renee graciously donated a combined $50,000 of charitable deductions to local non-for-profit entities which they plan to continue doing as long as Lake Genero prospers.
The 2023 season is upon us and we already have stronger partnerships, more bookings and metrics to improve our events and spending. Lake Genero welcomes any and all who wish to host a private party, rent out the entire property or enjoy a day while swimming, fishing, or finding a way to enjoy nature as well as the surrounding communities as the area has much to offer. We are looking forward to adding 4 brand new cabins, a general store and potentially another local business to the property this year.