Thank you to Danielle Kulnis, Vice President, Private Banking, at Peoples Security Bank and Trust (Peoples Security Bank) for visiting the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) on November 22, 2021, and presenting a check to the Charter Arts Foundation for $10,000 as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). These vital funds will help the Foundation continue its mission to support the welfare and educational interests of the school. Charter Arts’ Superintendent & CEO, Dr. Carise Comstock and Director of Institutional Advancement, Dina Kovats-Bernat, were thrilled to be a part of this special presentation.
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The Charter Arts Foundation is profiled in the February 2021 edition of Lehigh Valley Style Magazine. Check out the ‘Causes of the Lehigh Valley’ section via the magazine’s digital edition: https://lehighvalleystyle.com/digitaledition/february-2021-digital-edition/
On behalf of The Hotel Bethlehem, Managing Partner, Bruce Haines presented a check to Charter Arts Executive Director & CEO, Diane LaBelle on November 12, to support the Capital Campaign and naming rights for the Conference Room in the new school building.
The Hotel Bethlehem’s financial pledge is a welcomed gift. To have the support of a landmark business such as The Hotel Bethlehem is a great example of the positive impact Charter Arts has on our local community.
(Photo: Charter Arts Executive Director & CEO, Diane LaBelle, Bruce Haines and Charter Arts Foundation Board Member, Frank Shipman)
After witnessing the talent of Charter Arts students and alumni at an event in late 2012, Anne and Bruce Lawrence of Bethlehem donated $3 million to the Redefining Lives, the Community and the World through Art Capital Campaign.
As dedicated supporters of the arts and proponents of the value of arts education in schools, the Lawrence family knew that Charter Arts was the perfect fit for their gift.
“When we learned that the school has a waiting list of students, and there are many teachers who want the chance to teach at the school, we felt that there is a truly successful formula at Charter Arts that should be rewarded and continue,” says Bruce Lawrence. “When we are at the school and we feel the wonderful energy from the students and teachers, we know that this is a great organization that deserves community support.”
“With significant cuts to arts programs in the public school system, we know how valuable a school like Charter Arts is and will be for the future of education,” says Anne Lawrence.
Anne and Bruce, along with their family, have become members of the Charter Arts family. “We have enjoyed attending school events and seeing the tremendous impact this school makes on the lives of its students,” says their daughter, Eve Metzger. “I would have loved to have had the option to attend a school like Charter Arts when I was a high school student.”
The Lawrence family made the dream of a new Charter Arts facility a reality. “The plans for a new school building have been in development for over three years; and the generosity of Anne and Bruce Lawrence last year solidified this project and allowed us to move forward,” says Diane LaBelle, Charter Arts Executive Director & CEO. “Our students, parents, faculty, staff and administration are aware of the significant impact this family has made on our school.”
With the start of construction coming soon the Lawrence family look forward to watching the progress of the facility over the next year. “We are excited about the possibilities that the new school building will bring to an already successful program,” says Eve Metzger.