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The Community Foundation to Celebrate National Philanthropy Day with AFP’s Annual Awards Program

Allentown, Pa., October 31, 2017— A number of area fundraisers and donors will be honored on Wednesday, November 1, when the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP- Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter) holds its annual National Philanthropy Day awards breakfast. The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) is the lead sponsor of the event that celebrates philanthropy by honoring those making an impact on the quality of life in the region through fundraising and charitable giving.

Bernie Story, LVCF president and CEO, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event that will be held at DeSales University beginning at 7:30 a.m. He will be joined by Judy Belaires, CFRE, AFP Eastern PA Chapter president, and Andrew Block, MPA, AFP Eastern PA Chapter president-elect to welcome the more than 300 participants.

The following awards will be presented:

The Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award will honor Cayden Ellis Roth, age 8, who has known of Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries because of the vital role the organization played in his own life. When he was just 13 months old, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries facilitated Cayden’s transition to placement with Lori and Steve Roth. As he has grown, his foster-turned-adoptive parents celebrate his placement day each December with a shopping trip to recreate the generous donations that were given to Cayden when he came into care – clothes, toys, and essential items for a toddler boy. Each year, Cayden accompanies Lori and Steve to Diakon’s office in Topton to donate these items for the next little boy that might need them.

The Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award will be presented to Edward and Anne Davis. Edward M. Davis ’60, an Emeriti Trustee of Muhlenberg College, after serving two terms on the Board of

Trustees from 1999-2011. He is a past president of the Muhlenberg College Alumni Executive Council, and received the Alumni Achievement Award for Exceptional Service to the Alumni Association. He and Anne are members of the Circle of 1848 and they have funded an endowed scholarship at Muhlenberg for a first-generation college student majoring in science or health professions from the greater Lehigh Valley.

The Outstanding Corporation Award will be presented to ATAS International, Inc., (Aluminum Trim and Shapes), a family-owned business that was founded as a siding and trim company in 1963 by Jacobus “Jack” P. Bus in Rochester, NY. Today, ATAS International, Inc. is an industry-leading manufacturer of metal panels for buildings, with its headquarters in Allentown, PA and locations across the United States.

The Outstanding Foundation Award will be presented to Keystone Savings Foundation which was established in 1986 with a focus of support to non-profits in the Bethlehem area, the footprint of the Keystone Savings Association. With an emphasis on housing, health and human service needs, the Foundation continues its commitment as a community partner and one of the area’s largest foundations, serving the needs of the greater Lehigh Valley.

The Outstanding Philanthropists Award will be presented to Robert and Susan Gadomski. The Gadomskis are true philanthropic leaders and advocates who have spent their lives improving the lives of others in the Lehigh Valley. Through their partnership with United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and many other organizations, they have changed the lives of countless people throughout the Valley and improved our community as a whole. Bob is the retired Executive Vice President of Gases and Equipment for Air Products. The Gadomskis have been members of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society for nearly 20 years, giving a total of more than $400,000 during that time. They have also steadily increased their generosity over time, giving at the $100,000 National Society level this year.

The Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award will be presented to Rebekkah Brown, Vice President for Advancement at Muhlenberg College. Brown oversees and leads the planning and implementation of all programs to enhance philanthropic support and alumni engagement with her alma mater.

The Award of Distinction for a Fundraising Professional will be bestowed upon Lona M. Farr, Ph.D., ACFRE, founder of Farr Associates Consulting LLC (FAC) who has more than 45 years of nonprofit management experience. She has been nationally recognized for her accomplishments in capital and annual campaigns, planned giving programs, volunteer management, public relations and marketing. Her legacy includes establishing FAC as a leader in the area of capital campaigns ranging from $400,000 to $50 million. She has helped organizations raise more than $425 million. Included in this total are five Kresge grants secured for clients since 2000.

The Special Project of the Year Award will be announced at the program. Four organizations have been nominated for the award. The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation nominated Sassy Massey Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a Special Project of the Year Award. The 2016 Sassy Massey Toy Drive for children at CHOP resulted in a collection of more than 3,000 toys and $2,000 in gift cards donated by companies, families, and individuals moved by Jillian’s story.

Eleven individuals will be recognized as 2017 Distinguished Honorees. The Lehigh Valley Community has nominated Cynthia Lambert Durham, Vice President of Government & Community Relations at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. A member of the Board of Governors, she has been an advocate for the Foundation since 1997. In these 20 years, she has served as the Foundation’s Board Chair and greatly contributed to the Community Investment and Community Relations committees through her thoughtful review and discussion. Lambert Durham is a member of LVCF’s Legacy Society as well as the Community Supporters Club and President’s Club of our Adams Society.

About National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) celebrates the charitable work that everybody does to create impact in their communities. AFP Eastern Pennsylvania’s annual NPD Awards Breakfast honors the professionals, volunteers, and organizations that bring the love of humankind to life every day.

About AFP PA, Eastern Chapter

Founded in 1986, the AFP Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter is a regional professional association whose membership is comprised of persons involved in development, public relations, non-profit management and fundraising consulting.  It is a chapter of the international organization, Association of Fundraising Professionals.  The majority of chapter members represent organizations in Lehigh and Northampton counties.  The Chapter currently has a membership of approximately 150 fundraising professionals.