Community Foundation Honored by Bar Association of Lehigh County
Allentown, Pa., April 29, 2019—The Bar Association of Lehigh County (BALC) honored the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) with its 2019 “Liberty Bell Award” at the Law Day Luncheon on Wednesday, May 1, at the Barristers Club in Allentown.
Each year, BALC honors a leader in the community for contributing to the promotion of freedom under the law. LVCF was selected by the Law Day Committee of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. “The Community Foundation was selected because it works hard every day to meet its mission,” said Ray Bridgeman, executive director, Bar Association of Lehigh County. “LVCF promotes philanthropy in order 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.”
The Community Foundation manages more than 242 charitable funds representing nearly $60 million in assets. One of the funds is the Lehigh County Lawyers' Charitable Fund that was established by the Bar Association of Lehigh County in 2007.
The Fund has been used to enable members of the Bar Association to contribute to the annual Holiday Assistance Program established by the late Jay A. Scherline, Esq. Each year, grants from the Fund are made to charitable programs and organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley as recommended by the Bar Association.
“By alleviating the administrative burden, the Community Foundation allows our organization to concentrate on raising funds and making gifts for maximum impact,” Bridgeman explained. “Congratulations to the LVCF for being the 2019 BALC Liberty Bell Award Recipient.”
“It is an honor being selected by the Bar Association of Lehigh County for this award,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “We are also grateful for the work of estate planning and other attorneys in Lehigh County who work with us to establish funds that help improve the quality of life in our region.”
The theme of this year’s Law Day luncheon focuses on the cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” The Community Service Committee will also recognize area nonprofit organizations including Equi-librium, Camelot for Children and Community Bike Works as the recipients of the Annual Holiday Drive.
About the Bar Association of Lehigh County
Since the turn of the century, the Bar Association of Lehigh County has provided service and assistance to the area’s lawyers and the community. The association was officially chartered in 1905 “to advance the science of jurisprudence and the administration of justice, to encourage a thorough legal education, to uphold the honor and dignity of the bar, to cultivate social and professional association among its members, to assist the courts in the orderly and efficient administration of justice and to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members within this judicial district.”
Today, the association maintains offices and meeting facilities at 1114 West Walnut Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Services include Continuing Legal Education, a Lawyer Referral Service, Lehigh Law Journal publication and Barristers Club banquet and meeting facilities.
Photos by: Kate Stauter