A hush followed by loud cheers filled the room when it was announced the 39th "Boutique at the Rink" brought in nearly $204,000 in the four-day sale starting May 28 of used and nearly new clothing and household items at the Bethlehem Ice Rink on Illick's Mill Road.
The funds will benefit St. Luke's Hospital's Cancer Center, St. Luke's Hospice and the Cancer Support Center of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Those attending Shirley Lindgren's funeral at Bethlehem's First Presbyterian Church said the sunny day reflected her optimistic personality and her joy when telling a friend a few weeks ago, "Life is good." Speakers were upbeat. There was laughter, and, of course, tears for the woman who was allegedly beaten in her Wall Street home by her son Michael, 51, Aug 20.
At least 400 people were there Saturday as senior pastor the Rev. Dr. Alf E. Halvorson gave a moving homily. It was obviously clear that he knew Shirley and her husband, Ralph and their five children.
Shirley Lindgren, 77, who died in her beloved Bethlehem on Aug. 22, is being hailed as the ultimate community leader, much admired by the many people who worked or played with her in her many activities for the good of those who came within her reach.
"It just takes one," First Lady Michelle Obama emphasized to a crowd of nearly 2,000 women, men and their children Thursday night at Archibald Johnston Hall at Moravian College as she campaigned for her husband, President Barack Obama.
"This election could all come down to the last few thousand votes, particularly here in this state," she said.
She mentioned many of the president's landmark accomplishments, including health care reform, ending the Iraq War, work on student loans and getting rid of Osama Bin Laden.
Calling major patron Marlene "Linny" Fowler "an all around wonderful person, an angel," Jeff Parks, president and CEO of ArtsQuest, thanked her and presented her with this year's Musikfest Founders Award at Musikfest opening ceremonies Friday night at the new Americaplatz at the SteelStacks campus on Bethlehem's Southside.