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LVCF to Celebrate National Philanthropy Day with AFP’s Annual Awards Program

Allentown, Pa., November 8, 2018— The Eastern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor many of the area’s most accomplished fundraisers, volunteers, and donors during the chapter’s 2018 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 8:00 a.m. He will be joined by Andrew Block, MPA, AFP Eastern PA Chapter president to welcome the more than 400 participants.

Both former members of the LVCF Board of Governors, Curtis “Hank” and Joanne Barnette will receive the chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award for their decades of profound, inspiring, and sustained impact. Joining the AFP chapter in honoring the Barnettes will be West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee; the University’s President Emeritus, David Hardesty; and Cindi Roth, President and CEO of the West Virginia University Foundation.

The AFP Eastern PA Chapter also will pay tribute to the following honorees during the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist - Al and Jill Douglass, nominated by Leader Lehigh Valley
  • Outstanding Business - GIANT Food Stores, nominated by Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Susan Christine & Janie Holben (posthumous), nominated by Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy - The Movement (student club) nominated by Bethlehem Catholic High School
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive - David F. Lyons, CFRE, nominated by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
  • Rising Star - Emily Conners, nominated by Valley Youth House 

The winner of the chapter’s 2018 Special Project of the Year Award also will be announced during the breakfast. Online voting for the award was held from Oct. 15-26. The nominees are #LoveLehighValley, nominated by Friends of the Allentown Parks; the New Bethany Ministries Energy Makeover, nominated by Sustainable Energy Fund; and the Pop-Up Prom Shop project, nominated by YWCA Bethlehem.

Denise BlewIn addition, LVCF will honor a Board of Governors member Denise M. Blew, Associate Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Lehigh University. Denise Blew has been an advocate for the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation since 2003 when she first joined the Board of Governors.  In these 15 years she has served as the Foundation’s Board Chair and has led the Finance committee for 9 years. Notably, Ms. Blew helped successfully steer the Foundation through the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.  She oversaw a transition to a new investment anager, and she continues to be a steward of the Foundation's growing endowment assets, which is at the core of LVCF’s work.  We cannot thank Denise enough for sharing her wealth of knowledge and for her prudent oversight of the Foundation’s assets. As Associate Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Lehigh University, Ms. Blew manages and directs the University’s treasury and financial administrative areas, including the Controller's Office and the Treasurer's Office. Ms. Blew is a fundholder of the Foundation and a member of our Philanthropist’s Club and President’s Club of the Adams Society.  Because of her long-term, substantial commitments to the Foundation and the Lehigh Valley community, LVCF is thrilled to be honoring Denise at National Philanthropy Day.

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 Eastern PA 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.