Cedar Crest Associates Honor Lee and Dolly Butz for Leadership and Service on March 7
Allentown, Pa. (Feb. 13, 2012)— Lee and Dolly Butz have been chosen to receive the 2012 Associates Award from the Cedar Crest College Associates for their leadership and service to the community, which reflects the College’s own mission to educate the future generation of leaders.
The Butzes will receive the award at the Associates Award Luncheon on Wednesday, March 7, 12 p.m. in the Tompkins College Center on the Cedar Crest campus. Many of their friends and colleagues will be in attendance.
"The Associates are very honored to present this award to Lee and Dolly Butz, a true husband and wife team who work for the betterment of the Allentown and Lehigh County areas,” said Board of Associates Chairwoman Linda Rosenfeld. “Dolly is very active in the social services, especially for children and youth, and Lee is a most prominent cheerleader and activist for the promotion of the Lehigh Valley.”
The Butzes are grateful for the recognition.
“We’re certainly thrilled about receiving this award. Cedar Crest is an institution for which we have great admiration,” said Lee Butz, noting that his construction company has done renovations to some of the campus buildings over the years. “Various municipalities and institutions and businesses have been very good to us over the years, and we’ve felt that the right thing to do is to try to reciprocate in some way. We want to help a community that has been so good to us.”
An 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 and they have been responsible for many major local construction projects including Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
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 the 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’s also served on the advisory boards of many local colleges and universities, including Cedar Crest.
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 & 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 Dolly Butz has been treasurer for the Fund, which has raised more than $3 million since its inception in 1991. She is also an active volunteer for the Child Advocacy Center.
In 2001 and 2002, Dolly 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.
Together, the Butzes have earned numerous awards for their efforts, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. For information on attending the 2012 Associates Luncheon honoring Lee and Dolly Butz call 610-606-4666 ext 3644.
In receiving the award, the Butzes join a distinguished group of past honorees including: Maria Rodale, publishing company executive (2011); Ilene Hochberg Wood and the late Bob Wood, local philanthropists (2010); Marlene “Linny” Fowler, local artist and philanthropist (2009); Barbara Goldman-Wartell, rabbi at Temple Concord in Binghamton, NY (2008); Adrienne Angeletti Snelling ’52 and Dr. Charles D. Snelling, an alumna and local supporter of the arts, and a life trustee of the College, respectively (2007); Dr. Marilyn L. Steinbright ’56, a former trustee of the College and local philanthropist (2006); the late Charles Fletcher, past president of the Associates (2005); Charles and Constance Noonan, long-term Associates. Charles Noonan was also past Cedar Crest Board of Trustees chair (2004); Dr. Anne Okal Winkler ’51, Cedar Crest College life trustee and pioneer in the field of nursing (2003); the late Abram Samuels, Cedar Crest College trustee, philanthropist and former chairman of the board of Automatic Devices, Inc. (2002); Kathryn Stephanoff, retired director of the Allentown Public Library (2001); Joan Miller Moran, activist and volunteer (2000); Helene M. Whitaker ’71, former Cedar Crest trustee and vice president of administration at Northampton Community College (1999); Cynthia Blaschak ’84, former chair of the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees and president of Blaschak Coal Company (1998); Jane S. Baker ’67, former Pennsylvania state representative and former Lehigh County executive (1997); Elsbeth G. Haymon, currently the director of development and marketing for the Allentown Art Museum (1996); The Honorable Madeline Palladino, former Cedar Crest trustee (1995); Alice Anne Miller, Cedar Crest College trustee (1994); and the late Ardath Rodale, former Cedar Crest trustee and former chief inspiration officer of Rodale Inc. (1993).
About the Cedar Crest Associates: Founded in 1964, the Associates of Cedar Crest College are business, professional and civic leaders from the greater Lehigh Valley area who have demonstrated a continuing interest toward the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts education of women. The Associates joined the College in an effort to develop close ties with business and community leaders and to directly participate in the development of higher education. In 1981, they began awarding student scholarships in order to play a more substantial role in educating future leaders. They are encouraged to participate in the life of the College community so they can benefit from its cultural experience and be better equipped to share the values, talents and resources of Cedar Crest with the community.