YWCA Bethlehem launches ‘If Not Now When’
YWCA Bethlehem and Title Sponsor Capital BlueCross celebrated the volunteer achievements of local women and teens at the 42nd annual Women & Teens of the Year Award Ceremony April 4 at the event center at Blue.
YWCA Bethlehem Executive Director Stephanie Hnatiw welcomed the 175 attendees who were gathered to honor this year’s nine award recipients. Hnatiw congratulated the awardees, telling them, “You embody everything that the YWCA [Bethlehem] has stood for the past 90 years.” YWCA Bethlehem board member Liz Scofield shared her thoughts about the progress women have made since the 1970s, but acknowledged there is still work to be done to ensure full equality and equity for women. YWCA Bethlehem then premiered a video, “If Not Now When” that highlights women’s issues and invites supporters to donate and create #ifnotnowWHEN statements on social media. The video can be seen and shared at the YWCA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The four Teens of the Year were JiaMei Li and Jocelyn Snyder from Liberty HS and Jaiden Coyne and Lauren Hiller from Freedom HS. The teens were selected based on excellence in their academic pursuits, as well as strong commitment to their schools and community, going above and beyond in terms of service and volunteerism. Each teen awardee received a $ 1,000 scholarship.
The highly distinguished Golden Laurel Award went to Anne Baum for her incredible work within the Lehigh Valley. She is Lehigh Valley executive and vice president of distribution channels and labor relations for Capital BlueCross and has been involved with Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, among other nonprofit agencies.
Corinne Goodwin was the recipient of the Mission Award for her dedicated service to empower the LGBT community. She has volunteered with Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance and the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center and takes special interest in supporting transgendered people and their families.
YWCA Bethlehem’s three Women of the Year were Trish Dilg, Tina Hasselbusch and Darlene Pors.
Trish Dilg is the marketing and events coordinator at Mary’s Shelter, as well as the founder and executive director of Donate. Local. Simple., formerly known as the Paper Bag Child. She has worked on event and program committees with Community Services for Children, Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, The Coco Foundation and Cops ‘n’ Kids.
Tina Hasselbusch is director of marketing and communications for Emmy® award-winning ASR Media Productions and The PEAK TV. Additionally, she is the owner and president of PacAtlantic, LLC, a national distributor of industrial lighting and marine and naval signal equipment. She is an executive board member and vice president of marketing for the Women’s Business Council and has been active with many local nonprofits, including Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, St. Luke’s Auxiliary, Boy Scouts Minsi Trails and Lehigh Valley Athena International.
Darlene Pors is the senior HVAC and plumbing designer for H.T. Lyons Inc. and vice president of Buckingham Restorations. She is membership chair of Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network’s (CREW) membership committee and is a cabinet member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Darlene has volunteered at a variety of organizations, including the Girl Scouts, Sixth Street Shelter, The Perfect Fit, Children’s Home of Easton, Turning Point and YWCA Bethlehem.
The annual Women and Teens of the Year Awards ceremony was made possible by generous support from community sponsors Capital BlueCross, Northstar Team Development, Highmark, BB&T Insurance Services, M&T Bank, PPL Corporation, St. Luke’s University Health Network, B. Braun Medical, Inc., Crayola, Embassy Bank For Lehigh Valley, King Spry Herman Freund & Faul, LLC, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Moravian Village, Pendurthi Surgical Association, UGI, Carrie Ward. Joanne Barnette, Anne Baum, Tina and Mark Connar, Sandra Dale, Decade of Scholarships in Memory of Marlene “Linny” Fowler, Northampton County Medical Society Alliance, Jaime Taylor. Albarell Electric Inc., ESSA Bank & Trust.
About YWCA Bethlehem:
Founded locally in 1927, the YWCA Bethlehem is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Programs of the YWCA of Bethlehem include TechGYRLS, Prom Dress Day, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of the Lehigh Valley, Advanced Players Program, Breast Health Education, Children’s Reading Circles, Youth and Adult Study Circles, Dinner Dialogues, Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series, Racial Justice Education, Advocacy, Adult Day Services Center and Senior Housing and Case Management. For more information about the Women & Teens of the Year Awards or YWCA Bethlehem programs, please contact Patrick Vitale (610) 867-4669 ext. 103.