BETHLEHEM, PA (January 12, 2018)— Today, representatives from the R.K. Laros Foundation presented a $15,000 check to Debra Storm of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) to be used for the establishment of an ensemble practice room in the school’s music department and to support the final stage of the Charter Arts Foundation’s capital campaign, which funded the construction of the school’s current facility at 321 East 3rd Street in Bethlehem.
“The arts are something that our foundation has always supported; and we are thrilled, for the first time, to award a grant to Charter Arts,” says Laura Bennett Shelton, Vice Chair of the R.K. Laros Foundation.
“The Charter Arts Foundation is thrilled to receive a grant from the R.K Laros in support of our school’s music programs and to help us complete our capital campaign, ” says Debra Storm, Charter Arts’ Director of Institutional Advancement. “Ensemble practice rooms provide the essential technology and equipment that our students need to support their music education. In addition, receiving this gift from a well-respected organization like the R.K. Laros Foundation, which has made considerable investments in Bethlehem, is even more meaningful and profound.”
This grant was one of twelve grants awarded recently by the R.K Laros Foundation, established in 1952 by Laros Silk Mill founder and owner R. K. Laros and his wife Helen.
Above Photo (L-R): Laura Bennett Shelton, Vice Chair R.K. Laros Foundation; Larson Shelton, great grandson of R.K. Laros; Debra Storm, Charter Arts Director of Institutional Advancement; and Robert Bilheimer, Trustee, R.K.Laros Foundation.