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Charles & Ruth Marcon Honored by Foundation at New Museum

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently presented Charles and Ruth Marcon with the prestigious 2016 Vision in Philanthropy Award.  A celebration to honor the Marcons was hosted by the Foundation at the soon-to-be-opened National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem.  Over 130 guests enjoyed a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated museum and food prepared by Elizabeth Mulrine Culinary Events.

Charles and Ruth Marconhe Lehigh Valley Community Foundation presents the prestigious Vision in Philanthropy Award to those generous individuals and families who have chosen to establish a Fund at the Community Foundation as a method of supporting charitable organizations, and in so doing, have demonstrated a deep and meaningful commitment to philanthropy in the Lehigh Valley.  Past recipients of the Award include Michael Caruso, Linda Sheftel, Carole Brown, and Father Dan Gambet.  

“It is a pleasure and an honor to work with the Marcons to help them accomplish their charitable goals,” says Bernie Story, President & CEO of the Community Foundation.  “Their contributions and support truly improve the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley.  We were thrilled to work with the National Museum of Industrial History to host a celebration to recognize these deserving friends of the Foundation.” 

Michael Stershic, President of Discover Lehigh Valley and current Board Chair of the Community Foundation, presented the award to the Marcons after highlighting their many contributions to the Lehigh Valley Community.  Yet, the Marcons remain humble about their significant impact.  “People don’t have to thank me for anything that I do in the community,” says Ruth.  “Charlie and I volunteer for and support organizations for personal reasons, not recognition.”  They are active in their church, and Charles has served on the boards of multiple Lehigh Valley nonprofit organizations, including the Community Foundation, Trexler Trust, and the National Museum of Industrial History.

“We’re not interested in leaving a name behind,” agrees Charlie.  “That’s not important to us.  I’ve lived long enough to know that people who are famous leave us and life goes on.  What is important to me are goals and aspirations—setting goals and defining a vision and then accomplishing those things.  It is the vision—not our names—that matters.  And the vision, for us, is to have the Lehigh Valley be an increasingly better place in which to live and to work.”

“Our roots are here,” Ruth continues, “and our roots go deep.  The Lehigh valley has been a wonderful place to raise a family.  There are many opportunities for enjoying life here and here is where we will stay.”

“One of my goals,” adds Charlie, “is to have a lasting influence for good, to help the community to grow and become better in many ways.  The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation provides an excellent opportunity for us to do that.  The Foundation will continue to grow and to have an increasing influence for good.  As a former Board member (of the Community Foundation), that’s gratifying.”

Charles Marcon is president of Duggan & Marcon, the largest employer of union carpenters in the region, doing business from the Lehigh Valley to the New York State border, and serving Berks, Bucks, and Schuylkill Counties. 

He is the Chair of the Board of the National Museum of Industrial History.  The Museum is scheduled to open on August 2nd.