February 21, 2018
Every guest a queen. King at Night to Shine
It surely was a Night to Shine during the Tim Tebow Foundation annual prom held Feb. 9 in churches around the world for persons with special needs. The Lehigh Valley host church was Riverbend Community Church on Roble Road in Allentown. Pastor Joe Velarde was the master of ceremonies. This year, 700 churches hosted the event. Emotions of pure joy were apparent the entire evening among the guests, from the moment they entered onto the red carpet before cheering observers. Caregivers, volunteers, businesses offering their services for free, such as several photographers acting as paparazzi and photo booth set-ups. DJs played music that kept the guests running to the dance floor. Make-up and hair styling services were set up, even a shoe shine station. Photo: A highlight of the Tim Tebow Foundation proms is the crowning of the king and queen. The beauty of Night to Shine’s concept is every guest receives a crown and feels like royalty.
By Lori Patrick
Graphic commentary by Ed Courrier
Pleasant Valley mourns graduate’s death
Pleasant Valley School District, Monroe County, is mourning the loss of one of its own. Chris Hixon, a 1986 graduate and athlete at the Brodheadsville school, was among those killed in the shootings last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla. Hixon was the athletic director at the school. News sources close to Parkland say Hixon was one of the first to be identified after a former student entered the school brandishing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and numerous magazines.
By Judy Dolgos-Kramer
PCFLV strikes gold at Hearts gala
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) raised more than $100,000 at its Hearts of Gold Gala recently. The swanky fundraising event was hosted at the Iron Lakes Country Club in Allentown. Guests in tuxedos and evening gowns enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a wine pull, and a live auction of children’s artwork conducted by auctioneer Jason Douglas Houser. Other items up for bid included an oil painting of SteelStacks by Banana Factory artist Lauren Kuhn, glassware centerpieces donated by Warner Art Glass Center, as well as gift baskets from Crayola Adventure and others. A mixed media work, “Be YOU Tiful,” by young brain cancer warrior Jillian Sayre fetched $5,000, the highest bid for any of the artwork. Ashley Russo emceed the affair. Russo is the Emmy Award-winning executive and president of ASR Media. Photo: Andrew and Abbe Abrams, Sarah Miller, Kris Buss and Emma Rawlins staff the check-in table.
By Ed Courrier
50th anniversary ‘sparks’ new project
The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recdently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a public charity. Wanting to commemorate the past 50 years in a special way, the foundation created the “Be the Spark” grant-making project. Its success was observed by the community during a 50th anniversary Capstone Event Jan. 24 in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at the ArtsQuest Center. Photo: 50th Anniversary Vision in Philanthropy Award winner Luther J. Hottle, Jr. (center) with Lehigh Valley Community Foundation grant recipients Erik Ruth from the Kellyn Foundation (left) and Diane Elliott from New Bethany Ministries (right).
By Allison Poczak
This time, Becahi boys come out on top
It was Round 2 for Bethlehem Catholic with their date in the East Penn Conference championship and the Hawks made sure they didn’t go through the same emotions they endured a year ago when Allen thumped them 84-62 in the league championship. Instead, a Holy War battle against Central Catholic Friday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium came down to the buzzer as Central point guard Jay Vaughan’s three-point attempt to push the game to overtime smacked off the rim, preserving a 47-44 victory.
By Peter Car
Becahi girls claim back-to-back league title
It was just one of those shots, the kind that would change everything one way or another, and it did for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team when Taliyah Medina hit a three pointer with 40 seconds left in a one-point game with Allentown Central Catholic last Friday night at Liberty High School.“My teammates were telling me my dad [coach Jose Medina] said pull it out, but you know, the adrenaline and momentum of the game, you don’t hear anything sometimes, so if I would have missed that, oh, I would have been dead. So when I made that, all I could do was just pump my fist. He was yelling, everybody on the bench jumped up. It was absolutely amazing,” Taliyah Medina said. Forty seconds later, the Hawks were crowned East Penn Conference champions with a 40-37 victory over the Vikettes.
By Katie McDonald
Art inspiring music, inspiring more music, which inspired more art. Sounds like a tongue-twister, or a lesson in cause and effect. It all started in 1874 with a gallery exhibition of the drawings and paintings of Victor Hartman, an artist and architect who was a good friend of the Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky. Victor Hartman had recently died, and Mussorgsky, looking for a way to honor the memory of his friend and his work, decided to try to capture the essence of some of his paintings and sketches in music. He wrote a piece for solo piano with 10 sections, each focusing on one of the pieces of Hartman’s art in the exhibition. Years later in 1922, Maurice Ravel decided to “colorize” the original version for piano by orchestrating it to be played by a full symphonic orchestra with all the different instruments. Over the years, more than 90 composers have written orchestrations and versions based upon the music of the original “Pictures at an Exhibition” for piano.
By Diane Wittry
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Bethlehem Area SD: Planning begins for summer
Bethlehem: Rotunda exhibit opens March 7
Hellertown: Council revisits junker ordinance
School: BAVTS students first in LV competition
School: Students showcase skills in District competition
Lehigh Valley: United Way grant helps combat human trafficking
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