Giving to Charter Arts

Donation from Peoples Security Bank & Trust received as part of EITC program

In December 2018, Danielle Kulnis, Vice President of Private Banking, for Peoples Security Bank & Trust recently presented a $2,000 check to the Charter Arts Foundation as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.






Grant received for Documentary Project

In the spring of 2018, Charter Arts’ Executive Director, Diane LaBelle, faculty member, Damian Righi, and two students from the Broadcast Production class were presented with a check from Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments for the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, to help fund a documentary about the Fukushima disaster of 2011.

The disaster was the result of an earthquake and tsunami that caused mass devastation in the area around the Daiichi nuclear power plant campus run by Tepco, the Japanese state run power utility company.  Last year, Charter Arts Media Arts students in the Broadcast Production classes began investigating just what has transpired since reactors at the plant were destroyed.


According to Righi, it quickly became evident that this seemingly concise video needed much more investigation and dedicated time.  “The grant that we received from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation will enable us to complete this project on a professional level,” he said. “Students from the Broadcast Production and Journalism classes this year will continue this research and document this controversial subject – with students truly becoming investigative journalists in the process.”

Charter Arts Foundation receives R.K. Laros Foundation Grant

On January 12, 2018, 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.









Charter Arts Foundation receives EITC Grants

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of three grants from the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

This program offers, to its enrolled businesses, a chance to receive a tax credit by making gifts to approved educational programs. The foundation has received $5,000 from PNC Bankshares, $5,000 from Embassy Bank, and $12,000 from Avalon Insurance Company. The Charter Arts Foundation is extremely grateful for these gifts.

Charter Arts Foundation receives Keystone Savings Grant

In December, the Keystone Savings Foundation awarded the Charter Arts Foundation a $15,000 grant to support the Charter Arts Foundation’s capital campaign.

This is the second gift from the Keystone Savings Foundation.
The Keystone Savings Foundation was established in 1986 and is one of the area’s largest foundations. We applaud and support the tremendous organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the local community. As a community partner, the Foundation is committed to serving the needs of our community and will support programs for, housing assistance, local education, not-for-profit medical facilities, not-for-profit community groups and similar types of organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley region.  (Information from
Photo: Keystone Savings Foundation Director, Chuck Stehly, presented the check to Charter Arts’ Director of Institutional Advancement, Debra Storm, on January 5th, 2018.