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Welcome to The Great Allentown Fair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible. Chartered in 2019, the mission of The Great Allentown Fair Foundation is to provide philanthropic opportunities through grants and charitable donations to preserve, enrich, and advance agriculture. Through scholarships, educational programs, incentives and events, The Great Allentown Fair Foundation supports The Great Allentown Fair and programs of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society.


THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR 2022-2023

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation is pleased to announce its scholarship awards to students for their 2022-2023 academic year. The Foundation will distribute $6,500 in total to applicants based upon their pursuits of college-level education:

The Greenawald Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Has been awarded to Ashley Haas, a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, and frequent livestock exhibitor at the Great Allentown Fair, who will attend Penn State University (University Park, PA) to study kinesiology.

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation Scholarship ($5,000 payable over two years)
Has been awarded to Mountain Anderson, a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School, who will attend Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, Pennsylvania) to study Agribusiness or Agriculture.

“Selecting recipients for our scholarships is always a difficult decision. However, this year, both Mountain and Ashley were the most deserving. We are excited to support their academic pursuits and look forward to great things in their futures” says Ibolya Balog, The Great Allentown Fair Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair. “Making these investments in students will pay dividends to our region – and to our world,” she continues.

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization chartered to provide philanthropic opportunities through grants and charitable donations to preserve, enrich, and advance agriculture. Through scholarships, educational programs, incentives and events, the Foundation supports The Great Allentown Fair and programs of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. For additional information about the Great Allentown Fair Foundation, Inc., please visit: AllentownFairFoundation.org

Ashley Haas Mountain Anderson

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THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR FOUNDATION COMPLETES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR LEON S. PETERS CUPOLA ATOP ALLENTOWN FAIRGROUNDS

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation has received a generous contribution from The Neffs National Bank toward the “Light Up The Fair” capital campaign to illuminate the cupola atop the landmark grandstand of the Allentown Fairgrounds which was recently renamed the Leon S. Peters Cupola.

The campaign serves the Foundation’s mission to preserve the Allentown Fairgrounds, and compliments Allentown’s 19th Street improvement zone efforts.

The donation completes the capital campaign for the cupola lighting project that brings a functional and aesthetic revival to the benefit of the city, neighborhood residents, merchants, and patrons by creating a visual beacon reminiscent of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia.

“In memory of Leon Peters, The Neffs National Bank is honored to make this donation to the Great Allentown Fair Foundation for the completion of the cupola project. We appreciate the efforts of the Great Allentown Fair Foundation and value our ongoing relationship with the Foundation and the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. Their commitment to the community is well-noted and truly appreciated,” says Kevin Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Neffs National Bank.

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation chartered in 2019, as a separate subsidiary of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society (LCAS). The mission of the Great Allentown Fair Foundation is to provide philanthropic opportunities through grants and charitable donations to preserve, enrich, and advance agriculture. For additional information about The Great Allentown Fair Foundation, please visit: AllentownFairFoundation.org

Photo (left to right) : Doris Koenig, LCAS Secretary; Ellen Millard-Kern, Trustee, The Great Allentown Fair Foundation; Kevin Schmidt, President and CEO, Neffs National Bank; Robert Burns, LCAS Treasurer; Barbara Bigelow, Secretary, The Great Allentown Fair Foundation; Robert B. Heintzelman, Chairman of the Board, Neffs National Bank; Noel Peters, son of Leon Peters; Greta D. Mast, Vice President of Commercial Lending, Neffs National Bank; Jonathan Epstein, Chairman, The Great Allentown Fair Foundation; Daryl Urmy, LCAS President; Beverley Gruber, LCAS Chairman; Tammy Keane, LCAS Finance Coordinator.
Photo Credit: Jessica Ciecwisz, Marketing & Entertainment Manager, Great Allentown Fair

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THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR 2021-2022

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation is pleased to announce its scholarship awards to students for their 2021-2022 academic year. The foundation will distribute $5,000 in total to three applicants selected by The Great Allentown Fair Foundation’s Scholarship Committee based upon their pursuits of college-level education. The 2021-2022 scholarships and recipients are:

The Greenawald Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Has been awarded to Trinity Packard, a graduate of Northern Lehigh High School, who will be attending Lehigh Carbon Community College (Schnecksville, PA).

The Leon Peters & Barbara Bigelow Scholarship ($2,500 for two years)
Has been re-awarded to Carrie Spangler, who is continuing at Penn State University (University Park, PA) to study Agricultural Science.

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation Scholarship ($1,500)
Has been awarded to Kyle Kemmerer, a graduate of Pen Argyl High School, who will be attending Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, Pennsylvania) to study Agriculture Business.

“We are so proud to support these wonderful recipients in their pursuits of science and agriculture” says Ibolya Balog, The Great Allentown Fair Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair. “We know that this investment in our students will pay dividends to our region – and to the world,” she continues.

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation provides philanthropic opportunities through grants and charitable donations to preserve, enrich, and advance agriculture. Through scholarships, educational programs, incentives and events, the Foundation supports The Great Allentown Fair and programs of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. For additional information about the Great Allentown Fair Foundation, Inc., please visit: AllentownFairFoundation.org

Trinity PackardTrinity Packard Carrie SpanglerCarrie Spangler Kyle KemmererKyle Kemmerer

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THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR FOUNDATION LAUNCHES “LIGHT UP THE FAIR” CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ALLENTOWN FAIRGROUNDS

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation has launched a “Light Up The Fair” capital campaign to renovate and illuminate the cupola atop the landmark grandstand of the Allentown Fairgrounds. The campaign serves the Foundation’s mission to preserve the Allentown Fairgrounds, and compliments Allentown’s 19th Street improvement zone efforts.Light Up The Fair

The campaign has secured approximately two-thirds of the total estimated cost to renovate the cupola’s structure, install electrical connections and outline it with energy-efficient LED lighting. This initiative is the first phase of a lighting and landscaping project planned for the fairgrounds’ 46 acres that will bring a functional and aesthetic revival to the benefit of the city, neighborhood residents, merchants, and patrons by creating a visual beacon reminiscent of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia.

Part of the financing for this project includes a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Capital Improvement Matching Grant Program. The contract for this grant requires that the project be completed and paid for by May 31, 2021. In coordination with the Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the Great Allentown Fair Foundation is seeking additional funds from corporate and individual donors, who agree that “Light Up The Fair” will be an interesting and aesthetically pleasing enhancement to the area.

Cupola Lit (2021) Photo by Matt Blum
Cupola Lit (2021) Photo by Matt Blum

Donations can be made by check payable to “The Great Allentown Fair Foundation” and mailed to 302 North 17th Street, Allentown, PA 18104 or contributed securely online at AllentownFairFoundation.org/LightUpTheFair.

The Great Allentown Fair Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation chartered in 2019, as a separate subsidiary of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society (LCAS). The mission of the Great Allentown Fair Foundation is to provide philanthropic opportunities through grants and charitable donations to preserve, enrich, and advance agriculture. For additional information about The Great Allentown Fair Foundation, please visit: AllentownFairFoundation.org

information available at: AllentownFairFoundation.org/LightUpTheFair

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The Great Allentown Fair Foundation
302 North 17th Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
(610) 433-7541 | info@allentownfairfoundation.org
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