The Associates Award
20th Annual Associates Award
Honoring Lee & Dolly Butz
Lee and Dolores A. “Dolly” Butz were chosen to receive the 2012 Associates Award from the Cedar Crest College Board of Associates for their leadership and service to the community, which reflects the College’s own mission to educate the future generation of leaders.
Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar with Lee and Dolly Butz.
President Ambar and Lee and Dolly Butz with previous Associates award winners. Left to right: President Ambar, Alice Anne Miller, Lee Butz, Dolly Butz, Joan Miller Moran, Ilene Hochberg Wood.
Lee and Dolly Butz with members of the Board of Associates. Left to right: top row: Lynald E. Silsbee, Nancy Stansbery, Warren Armstrong, James Harper, David V. Voellinger, Linda Rosenfeld
bottom row: Chuck Kelly, Jo-Ann Kelly, Lee Butz, Dolly Butz.
Dolores A. "Dolly" Butz
Dolores A. “Dolly” Butz has devoted much of her life to serving underprivileged children. In the 1970s, she visited most of Lehigh County’s grade schools as part of the Green Circle program to teach about tolerance of cultural, racial, religious and other forms of diversity.
Since 1995, she has served as a trustee of the Fund to Benefit Children and Youth, a non-profit organization that raises and donates funds for neglected and at-risk children in Lehigh and Northampton counties. For the last 12 years Mrs. Butz has been treasurer for the Fund, which has raised nearly $2.5 million since its inception in 1991.
In 2001 and 2002, Butz was a member of the Advisory Committee on Services for Children and Youth of the Joint State Government Commission in Harrisburg, appointed by U.S. Representative Charlie Dent. She has also served on Lehigh County’s Advisory Committee for Children and Youth for eight years, including the last year as president.
Allentown native Lee Butz has been a major force in building the Lehigh Valley into what it is today, both literally and figuratively. Butz began his career in the construction industry during his high school days in his father’s general contracting firm, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
After earning his engineering degree from Lehigh University and serving in the Army, Butz returned to the five-generation family business and served in roles of increasing responsibility until becoming president of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. in 1973.
He currently serves as chairman of Butz Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and two other major enterprises. The Butz companies are currently managing more than $690 million worth of projects.
In addition to these impressive career accomplishments, Butz has done a great deal more to “build” the Lehigh Valley. He has served as co-chairman of the Valley Region 2015 Campaign and on the board of Allentown’s Hamilton Street Visioning Committee.
He co-founded the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, which is dedicated to providing children with special needs and other developmental disabilities an opportunity to play baseball. He has also served on the advisory boards of many local colleges and universities, including Cedar Crest.
Butz has earned numerous awards for his efforts, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals with wife, Dolly.
The Associates Award
The Cedar Crest College Associates Award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to Cedar Crest College; graduates of the College who have achieved success in their chosen fields; or community leaders whose careers reflect the College’s mission of promoting women’s leadership.
The Cedar Crest College Associates Award Luncheon is a fundraising event for the Associates Scholarship. Since 1981, the Associates have awarded student scholarships in order to play a more substantial role in educating future leaders.