The Eastern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – representing the leaders of an $8.9 billion Lehigh Valley industry  – honored many of the area’s most accomplished fundraisers, volunteers, and donors during the chapter’s 2018 National Philanthropy Day Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 15, at DeSales University.

Presented by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast honored Hank and Joanne Barnette – philanthropic and volunteer leaders in the Lehigh Valley, West Virginia, Connecticut, and elsewhere – with the chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award for their decades of profound, inspiring, and sustained impact. Joining the AFP chapter and nearly 400 guests in honoring the Barnettes were West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee. J.D., Ed.D.; the university’s President Emeritus, David Hardesty, J.D.; and Cindi Roth, President and CEO of the West Virginia University Foundation.

The AFP Eastern PA Chapter paid tribute to the following honorees:

  • Al and Jill Douglass, who received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award; nominated by Leader Lehigh Valley
  • GIANT Food Stores, which received the Outstanding Business Award; nominated by the Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Susan Christine and Janie Holben, who received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award; nominated by the Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • The Movement student club at Bethlehem Catholic High School, which received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
  • David Lyons, CFRE, Vice President for Development of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, who received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award
  • Emily Conners, Development Officer for Valley Youth House, who received the Rising Star Award
  • The YWCA Bethlehem Pop-Up Prom Shop, which won the Special Project of the Year Award in this year’s online vote.

The Eastern PA Chapter of AFP promotes fundraising as a respected discipline for civic betterment in the region and advances the profession through educational programs, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 2,700 nonprofit organizations in Lehigh and Northampton counties generated more than $8.9 billion of revenue in 2016.

Additional sponsors for the AFP Eastern PA Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Breakfast included the following:

  • Lifetime Achievement Sponsors: National Museum of Industrial History; West Virginia University; West Virginia University Foundation
  • Corporate Community Sponsors: Joel A. Ronco, CPA, of Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown & Savchak, PC; AmericaVen; Clusters Handcrafted Popcorn; Working Dog Press; DeSales University; ASR Media
  • Award Sponsors: The Gadomski Foundation; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Bob and Sandy Lovett; Northampton Community College; St. Luke’s University Health Network; Valley Youth House
  • Table Sponsors: The ARC of Lehigh & Northampton Counties; Bethlehem Rotary Club; Central Moravian Church; The Douglass Group – Merrill Lynch; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Junior League of the Lehigh Valley; Lehigh University; Lehigh Valley Health Network; Moravian College; Norris McLaughlin P.A. PBS39 Lehigh Valley; Second Harvest Food Bank; St. Luke’s University Health Network; Wildlands Conservancy
  • Half-Table Sponsors: Allentown Art Museum; Allentown Symphony Association; The Bach Choir; Bethlehem Catholic High School; Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trail; First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union; The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District; Fulton Financial Advisors at Fulton Bank; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Just Born Quality Confections; Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund; Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Inc.; Morningstar Senior Living Foundation; Penn State Lehigh Valley; Yale Law School
  • Professional Sponsors: Sharon Alexander, CFRE; Judy Belaires, CFRE; Andrew Block; Wendy Christman, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.; Robin Flemming; Linda Merkel; Marcella Moyer Schick, ACFRE

Hank Barnette is a lawyer, businessman, and Chairman Emeritus of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Within the Lehigh Valley, he is a Moravian College Trustee and Chairman Emeritus of the National Museum of Industrial History. He also is a member of the Bethlehem World Heritage Commission, the Bethlehem Rotary Club and a Director for the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, the Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Lehigh Valley Partnership. He was previously a Director for the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Lehigh Valley PBS39, and Lehigh University.

Joanne Barnette has served in the Lehigh Valley as President of the Junior League, Chair of the Board of the Allentown Art Museum, Vice Chair of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, and a Director of the United Way of the Lehigh Valley.

Hank and Joanne Barnette have contributed to numerous organizations and capital campaigns and they have concentrated much of their support for higher education. They have endowed scholarships and lectures locally at Lehigh University, the Bach Choir, Central Moravian Church, DeSales University, Moravian College, Northampton Community College, and St. Luke’s University Health Network. They also are long-time members and former Co-Chairs of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Tocqueville Society.