Ross and Wendy Born will be honored with the Eastern PA Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award during the chapter’s National Philanthropy Day breakfast in November.

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.

“We are truly honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eastern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals,” Wendy and Ross Born said. “We have worked to exemplify a passion and concern for others because we believe that it’s important to have a strong caring community in which people look after each other. We are delighted to work alongside community members in this wonderful Lehigh Valley to enhance the lives of others.”

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 NPDEasternPA.org. The 2019 National Philanthropy Day breakfast will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at DeSales University.

Ross Born, a Lehigh Valley native, and Wendy Born, who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, met at Tufts University 46 years ago. The couple moved to Allentown after a brief time living on Long Island while Ross received his law degree and Wendy obtained a Master of Education. They have called the Lehigh Valley their home for 41 years. Ross and Wendy are very proud of their family members who include daughters Lisa and Amy; sons-in-law Andy and Alex; and four grandchildren, Abby Ben, Lilah, and Jacob, who range in age from 2 to 11.

Wendy Born was a consultant at Head Start for family day care teachers and then a preschool teacher and parenting activities coordinator at the Jewish Community Center. After earning a Master of Social Work, Wendy worked as a staff member of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley in the areas of allocations and program evaluation. She has served on the boards of United Way and Congregation Keneseth Israel and has been board president of the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation, and Jewish Family Service.

Ross Born has been associated with Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem for over 41 years, and currently serves as Co-CEO alongside his cousin, David Shaffer, Chair of the Board. Ross and Wendy consider David and his wife Sue to be role models for philanthropy in the Lehigh Valley. Ross has been involved in a wide range of community and industry activities – among them the National Confectioners Association, for which he is a past Chair; the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, for which he has been Honorary President; and Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, for which he is a past President.