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BB&T awards $685,000 to 19 Lehigh Valley organizations
Nov 16, 2018

As part of its mission to make the world a better place to live, BB&T made an exciting announcement today for several organizations in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Nineteen organizations will receive grants totaling $685,000 from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund of Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.

“BB&T has a long history of supporting our communities,” said BB&T Community Banking Group Executive Scott V. Fainor. “We are proud to provide community leadership at this level and play a role in the future health and prosperity of the Lehigh Valley.”

In conjunction with the BB&T/National Penn merger, $5 million was donated to two local foundations, Berks County Community Foundation and Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, with each receiving $2.5 million to establish a BB&T Economic Growth Fund.

To date, BB&T donated a total of $2,452,000 through the BB&T Economic Growth Fund of Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. During the 2018 phase of allocation, the following grants were given in the Lehigh Valley:

Organiztion Donation
Allentown Art Museum $15,000
Allentown Symphony  $15,000
ArtsQuest $50,000
Baum School $50,000
Civic Theatre $10,000
Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley $15,000
Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative $30,000
Good Shepherd $75,000
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce $15,000
Historic Bethlehem Partnership $25,000
Housing Association & Development Corp. $15,000
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation $50,000
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp $30,000
Lehigh Valley Health Network $100,000
National Museum of Industrial History $15,000
Penn State Lehigh Valley $50,000
St. Luke’s University Health Network $100,000
State Theatre $10,000
Valley Youth House $15,000

"Working with Scott Fainor and the leadership of the BB&T Economic Growth Fund in making these important investments in the growth of the Lehigh Valley has been a tremendously rewarding experience,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “Our partnership with BB&T in support of the region has proven to be a great example of deep philanthropic impact which has become a standard for both the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and BB&T.”

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