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

Presented by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast will be on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 8-9:30 a.m. at DeSales University’s University Center. While spaces are filling quickly, tickets can still be purchased on the web at

Hank and Joanne Barnette – philanthropic and volunteer leaders in the Lehigh Valley, West Virginia, Connecticut, and elsewhere – 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. 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 also will pay tribute to the following honorees during the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast:

  • Al and Jill Douglass, who will receive the Outstanding Philanthropist Award; nominated by Leader Lehigh Valley
  • GIANT Food Stores, which will receive the Outstanding Business Award; nominated by the Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Susan Christine and Janie Holben, who will receive the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award; nominated by the Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • The Movement student club at Bethlehem Catholic High School, which will receive the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
  • David Lyons, CFRE, Vice President for Development of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, who will receive the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award
  • Emily Conners, Development Officer for Valley Youth House, who will receive the Rising Star Award

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 the 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.

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.

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.