The Eastern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award upon Hank and Joanne Barnette at the chapter’s 2018 National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast on Nov. 15.

Presented by chapter’s Board of Directors, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the extraordinary lifetime achievement of individual philanthropists whose impact upon the greater Lehigh Valley community has been profound, inspiring, and sustained.

Part of the National Philanthropy Day event produced by AFP, the Eastern PA Chapter’s annual awards breakfast is held to increase awareness of fundraising professionals, individuals, foundations, organizations, and corporations who are responsible for millions of dollars in community investment each year.

Nominations for additional awards will be accepted through July 31. Award descriptions, nomination forms, and sponsorship information are available on the web at The 2018 National Philanthropy Day breakfast will be presented by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and will be held at DeSales University.

Hank and Joanne Barnette have been philanthropic and volunteer leaders for decades in the Lehigh Valley, West Virginia, Connecticut, and elsewhere.

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.