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Adrienne Angeletti Snelling '52 and Dr. Charles D. Snelling to Receive the College's Associates' Award at Fundraising Luncheon on Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Allentown, PA (February 9, 2007) - Adrienne Angeletti Snelling '52 and Dr. Charles D. Snelling will be honored as the recipients of the 2007 Cedar Crest College Associates' Award. The Snellings will receive the award at the Associates' Award Luncheon, Tuesday, March 6th at 11:45 a.m. in the Dining Room of the Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College. Adrienne, an alumna and local supporter of the arts, and Charles, a Life Trustee of the College, will be honored for their substantial contributions to Cedar Crest College and the community.

Adrienne graduated from Cedar Crest College in 1952 with a degree in psychology. She has distinguished herself throughout the Lehigh Valley for her work as a photographer and as a supporter and fundraiser for the arts. A former member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Adrienne is also a founding member of the Allentown Art Museum's Society of the Arts, has served as a trustee of the Baum School of Art and also as an advisor to the former Open Space Gallery.

Adrienne has spearheaded the "Gift of Music" program to provide musical instruments for Lehigh Valley children. She has helped to raise money for an Allentown Art Museum retrospective of Edward Weston's photographs, and served as an adjunct curator at Lehigh University with Richardo Viera.

As an artist, Adrienne has gained wide acclaim for her own photography. She has exhibited throughout the region including the "Pennsylvania Photographs" show at the Allentown Art Museum and in Alumnae shows at Cedar Crest College. Adrienne took and edited photographs for the Lehigh County Historical Society publications, "A Historical View of the Lehigh Valley" and "The Lehigh Valley: An Illustrated History." She won the Kodak International Newspaper Shot Award and received a first-time exhibitor prize at the 1993 Mayfair Festival. Adrienne received the Visual Arts Ovation Award in 2000 from the Allentown Arts Commission.

A Life Member of the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees, Charles received an honorary doctorate of public service from the College in 2000 for his "extraordinary leadership and service to the College and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." As a Trustee, Charles has helped further the mission of the College, working to bring projects, like the Rodale Aquatic Center, into reality.

He has served as a leader in science, business and politics and was founder of several companies including Cryo-Therm, Inc. Snelling served as President of Allentown City Council for four years and was Chairman of the Republican Finance Committee of Pennsylvania. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention on several occasions and a member of the Electoral College. He was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the President's Commission on Personnel Interchange, served on the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Advisory Council, and was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to the Keystone Committee. He presently serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority by nomination of President George W. Bush. He has served as President of The Pennsylvania Society and on other boards including Lehigh Valley Hospital, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, the Allentown Art Museum, the Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education, the Antique Boat Museum of Clayton, NY, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the National Museum of Industrial History.

In receiving the award, the Snellings join a distinguished group of past honorees: Dr. Marilyn L. Steinbright, 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 of the College (2004); Dr. Anne Okal Winkler, Cedar Crest College 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, Director of the Allentown Public Library (2001); Joan Miller Moran, activist and volunteer (2000); Helen M. Whitaker '71, Cedar Crest Trustee and Vice President of Administration at Northampton Community College (1999); Cynthia Blaschak '84, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1998); Jane S. Baker '67, former Pennsylvania State Representative and former Lehigh County Executive (1997); Elsbeth G. Haymon, community activist and development director for Community Services for Children (1996); The Honorable Madeline Palladino (1995); Alice Anne Miller, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1994); and Ardath Rodale, CEO, Rodale Inc. (1993).

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. The Associates also assist the Board of Trustees and the President in achieving a broader community understanding of the philosophy and educational program of the College. 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.

Tickets to the Associates' Awards Luncheon honoring Dr. Charles and Adrienne Snelling are available at $35/person or $300 per table (8 places). Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For tickets and information, contact the Cedar Crest College Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.



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