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CEDAR CREST HONORS MARLENE “LINNY” FOWLER FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEERISM
Fowler to Receive the College's Associates' Award at Fundraising Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Allentown, PA (January 20, 2009) – Marlene “Linny” O. Fowler will be honored as the recipient of the 2009 Cedar Crest College Associates' Award at the annual Associates' Award Luncheon, Tuesday, March 10 at 11:45 a.m. in the Hamilton Boulevard Building (2901 Hamilton Boulevard) at Cedar Crest College. Fowler will be recognized for her outstanding leadership, volunteerism and commitment to the Lehigh Valley community.
Fowler has earned distinction throughout the Lehigh Valley as a generous community volunteer, humanitarian and artist. Since arriving in Pennsylvania nearly 40 years ago, Fowler has touched a wide range of local organizations through her prolific work and support. Fowler has served on numerous Lehigh Valley boards for more than 30 years, with special emphasis on advancing the missions of education, children and youth at risk, and the Latino community. She belongs to countless organizations and has won numerous awards and honors for her community service including the Edward & Inez Donley Award for Lifetime Advocacy for Children from Community Services for Children, Inc. and the Humanitarian Award from the Council of Spanish-Speaking Organizations. She has been honored by the Weller Health Education Center, the Baum School of Art, the Banana Factory, the Allentown Art Museum, Moravian Academy, Pinebrook Services for Children, and the Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley to name a few.
She has served as president of the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of the Lehigh Valley and has worked with the CAPERS program in Bethlehem. Fowler serves or has served on the boards of ArtsQuest, the DaVinci Discovery Center for Science and Technology, the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Child Care, the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Valley Youth House, State Theatre, Sayre Children’s Center in Bethlehem and Bethlehem Center City Ministries. In addition, Fowler has worked to support countless organizations throughout the region including Valley Youth House, Cops n’ Kids, the Community Services for Children Donley Center, Zoellner Arts Center, The State Theatre Center for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Allentown Symphony and Pennsylvania Youth Theatre among others. Fowler also founded and financed the Lehigh Valley Coalition for Kids as well as founded and chaired the Lehigh Valley Coalition Against Addiction, and was the former president of Hogar CREA.
During the last two decades, Fowler also has become one of the champions of the arts in the Lehigh Valley — for which she was honored with the Allentown Arts Commissions’ Arts Ovation Award. Fowler has provided her time, talent and financial support to countless arts and cultural organizations. Her generosity and her hands-on advocacy are credited with having made a greater impact on the accessibility of the full range of artistic and cultural opportunities to children than anyone else in the region. Much of her energy is devoted to introducing children at risk to the arts, supporting educational programs for youth and improving the quality of life through art for all people. A longtime advocate for arts in education, she recognizes the importance of the arts in the development and education of all children. An artist herself, she provides art supplies and lends a hand in art lessons to the poorest of elementary schools and Head Start Centers. She supports art therapy at Valley Youth House for runaways. Through "Linny's Kids," a scholarship program at the Baum School of Art, she provides support for children to attend art classes at the school. Her sponsorship of Free Sundays at the Allentown Art Museum has increased attendance by those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the Museum's treasures, and this single act of generosity has benefitted 30,000 visitors.
A self-taught stained glass artist, Fowler, with her artistic partner Octavio Pena, operates Fowler & Pena Creations — creating stained glass pieces for both commercial installation and private collections. Their stained glass studio is housed in the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. Fowler, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Skidmore College, has received honorary degrees from Lehigh and DeSales universities. She also is an honorary alumna of Northampton Community College. She currently lives in Bethlehem with her husband, Dr. W. Beall Fowler, Jr. Fowler and her husband have four children and 12 grandchildren.
"Linny Fowler’s record of strong leadership and her commitment to the community reflects Cedar Crest College's mission of education and service," says Dr. Lynald Silsbee, chair of the Board of Associates. "She has distinguished herself through her actions, not just her words, and has given generously in support of the disadvantaged throughout the community. Her contributions to the region’s community spirit, as well as educational and cultural development, have been remarkable. She is an admirable role model for Cedar Crest students."
In receiving the award, Fowler joins a distinguished group of past honorees: Barbara Goldman-Wartell, currently Interim Rabbi, 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, 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 '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, Director of the Allentown Public Library (2001); Joan Miller Moran, activist and volunteer (2000); Helene M. Whitaker '71, Cedar Crest Trustee and Vice President of Administration at Northampton Community College (1999); Cynthia Blaschak '84, Chair of 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 for the Allentown Art Museum (1996); The Honorable Madeline Palladino (1995); Alice Anne Miller, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1994); and Ardath Rodale, currently Chief Inspiration Officer of 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' Award Luncheon honoring Marlene “Linny” Fowler are available at $40/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.