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Community Foundation Honors Five Departing Board Members

Allentown, Pa., November 17, 2017— The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) said thank you and farewell to five long-standing members of the Board of Governors at a recent meeting.  The members completing their terms of service at the end of 2017 include Greg L. Butz, Robert Moffett, Esq., Bruce Palmer, CPA, Martha A. Phelps, and Ann Haggerty Raines.

Chair of the Board of Governors F. Beall Fowler, and Bernie Story, president and CEO of LVCF, thanked each of the members for their service and presented citations at a Board meeting held at DeSales University.


Greg L. ButzGreg L. Butz, president and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., (recognized in absentia) served as a Governor of the Foundation from 2009 to 2017. He served on the Community Foundation’s Board Affairs Committee during his entire tenure. His recent involvement in the Spark Grants Committee for Cultural Enrichment has helped make the Community Foundation’s grantmaking more impactful in the Lehigh Valley. His generosity, and that of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. through sponsorship, has helped the Foundation address the needs of the Lehigh Valley community. (pictured at Environment and Sustainability Spark Event)


Robert Moffett, Esq.Robert Moffett, Esq., Attorney at Law was a Governor of the Foundation from 2009 to 2017. Moffett served as Chair of the Development Committee, Co-chair of the Community Relations Committee, and as a member of the 50th Anniversary Advisory Board and Spark Grants Committee for Environment & Sustainability. He has focused on growing the Foundation’s charitable assets as a member of the Professional Advisors Council and Legacy Society. As a member of the Upper Bucks Grants Committee, his leadership was instrumental in establishing the Foundation’s first geographic affiliate fund.


Bruce Palmer CPABruce Palmer, CPA, Shareholder & Director, Buckno, Lisicky & Company, served as a Governor of the Foundation from 2011 to 2017. Palmer was a member of the Development Committee, the Community Relations Committee, and the Spark Grant Committee for Veterans Affairs. A member of the Professional Advisors Council, his commitment to the Foundation’s growth has been exemplary and has helped to increase the Foundation’s charitable assets and its ability to serve the Lehigh Valley.  Palmer was honored with the Foundation’s 2017 Service to Philanthropy Award for his understanding and appreciation of the importance of philanthropy in financial, estate, retirement, and wealth management planning.


Martha A. PhelpsCommunity volunteer Martha A. Phelps was a member of the Board of Governors from 2009 to 2017. She served the Development Committee and Marketing Committees and helped guide the transition to the Community Relations Committee. Her wealth of wisdom and experience in community development and marketing have been integral to the Community Foundation’s growth and effectiveness. Her meaningful contributions to the 50th Anniversary Advisory Board and Spark Grants Committees for Human Trafficking and Veterans Affairs has helped deepen the impact of grantmaking during this important milestone year in the Foundation’s history.


Ann Haggerty RainesManagement consultant Ann Haggerty Raines served as a Governor of the Foundation from 2009 to 2017. During her tenure, she was a member of the Marketing and Development Committees, and the Community Relations Committee.  As a member of the Synergy Committee, and as Vice Chair of the Community Investments Committee, her insights and wisdom have been invaluable in addressing the essential needs of the community.  She served on the 50th Anniversary Advisory Board and Spark Grants Committee for Environment and Sustainability, helping make the Community Foundation’s grantmaking more impactful in the Lehigh Valley.

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