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Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s 50th Anniversary to Culminate with Capstone Event and Special Announcements

 Research on Community Needs and New Grantmaking to be Announced

Allentown, Pa., January 23, 2018— The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) will celebrate the completion of its 50th anniversary year of special “Be the Spark” grantmaking on Wednesday, January 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, Pa. Two-hundred community leaders, donors, and grantees will attend the program.

The Community Foundation will be recognizing its donors, celebrating the Spark grantees, and announcing its anniversary legacy gifts—the Lötter Fellow Reflections Paper, and the Igniting Change Fund. Christopher P. Borick, Ph.D., director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion was named the LVCF Lötter Fellow in November 2017.  He will present the preliminary findings of his capstone research project that is focused on identifying community needs in the Lehigh Valley.  A special Igniting Change grant program will be announced that will help support programs that address the findings of the research project.

The Community Foundation will present the prestigious 50th Anniversary Vision in Philanthropy Award to Luther J. Hottle, Jr.  “The Community Foundation thanks Mr. Hottle for his passion and commitment, and we are honored to present him with the 50th Anniversary Vision in Philanthropy Award,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “We are so pleased that Mr. Hottle supported the Community Foundation’s work and funded the 50th Anniversary Reflections Paper with a grant from the Lötter Family Fund.”

Story will serve as master of ceremonies for the program that will include remarks from member of the LVCF Board of Governors including: Michael Stershic, president of Discover Lehigh Valley; W. Beall Fowler, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Department of Physics, Lehigh University; Cynthia Lambert Durham, vice president, Community and Government Relations, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; and Antonia Grifo, Esq., judge, Northampton County Magisterial District.

About Christopher Borick

A professor of political science, Christopher Borick is the director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. His research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of public policy and public opinion. He is a nationally recognized public opinion researcher who has conducted over 250 large-scale public opinion surveys during the past fifteen years. The results of these surveys have appeared in numerous periodicals including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

About Luther J. Hottle, Jr.

Born in Fountain Hill, Luther Hottle graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1948. After graduation, he worked as an office boy at The Morning Call, and he sold donuts in a local bakery. He was offered employment at Sarco Manufacturing but decided instead to work at Bethlehem Steel, where he worked as a machinist until his retirement. Luther has lived in his cozy Fountain Hill home for 58 years.

The Luther J. Hottle Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation was established in 1998.  Grants support the assistance of the blind and visually impaired as well as the Community Foundation’s Community Partnership Fund.  The Community Foundation celebrated Mr. Hottle’s commitment to the evolving needs of the Lehigh Valley by presenting him with the Vision in Philanthropy Award in 2005.  In 2013, Mr. Hottle established the Lötter Family Fund in honor of his daughter and son-in-law, Linda & Etienne Lötter. 

Mr. Hottle doesn’t think of charitable giving in terms of legacy.  Providing consistent support to local charities is what is important to him.  He is pleased to continue to contribute to the Community Foundation’s work and to honor his daughter by supporting the 50th Anniversary Reflections Paper with a grant from the Lötter Family Fund.  The Community Foundation thanks Mr. Hottle for his passion and commitment, and we are honored to present him with the 50th Anniversary Vision in Philanthropy Award.

About the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

For five decades, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has helped donors with their charitable contributions with a simple, powerful, and highly personalized approach. We are a philanthropic hub for the Lehigh Valley—we know and navigate the landscape of the Lehigh Valley’s community needs to connect people who care to causes that matter. It is our mission to improve the quality of life in our region, to encourage collaboration among area philanthropists, and to serve as a source of information and expertise regarding charitable giving.

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