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Allentown, PA (May 31, 2006) – Dr. Marilyn L. Steinbright '56 of Norristown, Kelly Gould '81 of Bethlehem and Cynthia Blaschak '84 of Allentown received Cedar Crest College's 2006 Alumnae Award during the College's recent Reunion Weekend Celebration. Since 1970, the Alumnae Association has bestowed its highest honor on alumnae who exemplify the positive contributions that Cedar Crest graduates make through their careers, volunteer work and family life. The award is given after consideration in five categories including service to the College, professional achievement, volunteer work, humanitarianism and single exceptional achievement.

Alumnae Award winner Dr. Marilyn L. Steinbright ’56 recently received the 2006 Associates Award from Cedar Crest College. This honor is another in a long line of accomplishments and achievements that come from a lifetime of service and giving to both Cedar Crest and to the broader community.

Since the 1950s, the members of the Steinbright family have been champions of Cedar Crest College.. Steinbright served as a Trustee of Cedar Crest College from 1971-1986. In 2001, Steinbright, as president of the Arcadia Foundation, made a gift of $5 million to Cedar Crest, in support of the College’s endowment. This represented the largest single gift given to Cedar Crest College at the time.

The Arcadia Foundation made a $1 million gift to Cedar Crest in 1995 to support advanced technology in the College’s library/learning resource center and to expand the College’s library collection. The grant also allowed the College to connect faculty and students to a new campus network centralized in the library, as well as to the larger global web. It provided for the wiring of the residence halls for Internet access and it moved the faculty towards making the curriculum more interactive, creating multi-media classrooms and laboratories.

Previously, the Steinbright family established the Marilyn Lee Steinbright Scholarship at the College and furnished a chemistry lab in the Pool Science Center. Through the Arcadia Foundation, Steinbright also supported colleges and universities and other agencies throughout the region.

Aside from receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Cedar Crest, Marilyn received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the College in 1989. She holds additional honors from Arcadia University and Ursinus College. Although she taught in the Perkiomen Joint School System and Lower Providence School Districts for many years, Marilyn is best known for her volunteer and service work in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the NSFRE named Marilyn philanthropist of the year in 1988. She has served on the boards of the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Wildlife Preservation International, the Arthritis Foundation, and Friends of Valley Forge Park. A supporter of the arts, the Arcadia Theatre at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company is named for the Steinbright Family foundation.

Alumnae Award winner Kelly Gould ’81 is being honored by the Alumnae Association, not only for her success as a businesswoman, but as a leader in her community.

A graduate of Cedar Crest College with a B.A. in fine arts and a minor in psychology, Gould has spent the past 25 years developing her career in marketing communications — excelling professionally and growing her own marketing firm, Kelly Gould & Company, to become one of the premier advertising agencies in the Lehigh Valley. Before opening her firm in 1996, she served five years with the marketing division of Xerox Corporation and ten years with an advertising, marketing and public relations agency where she last held the position of Vice President.

In addition, Gould is well known for her philanthropic and community service work throughout the Lehigh Valley. Gould was previously president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Marketing Association, president of the board of directors of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and vice-chairperson of the Scouting for Food Good Turn Project with the Minsi Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She was also a representative from the Mid-Atlantic States to the Female Caucus of the Xerox Corporation. She currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of ArtsQuest, vice chair of the Banana Factory Council, a member of Ethics in the Workplace and a member of the Hanover Township Special Events committee. Her firm is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Lehigh Valley Ad Club and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

Gould has been a guest speaker on marketing and public relations for the Small Business Development Center and the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers. She has also served as a judge for the Interstate Circulation Manager’s Promotion Display Awards Competition.

Cited as an Outstanding Young Woman in America, she has received distinguished sales awards from Sales and Marketing Executives of the Lehigh Valley, the Power of Print Neographics Award and the Public Relations Award from the Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association. Her firm has won an ADDY Award for its trade publication advertising.

Gould is a life member of the Alumnae Association, a former Alumnae Association representative and former class correspondent.

Alumnae Award winner Cyndi Blaschak’s relationship with Cedar Crest is one of tireless commitment. She has been a student, volunteer, administrator, and a Trustee at the College. Blaschak currently serves as Secretary of the Board and is on the Board’s Executive Committee.

But for eight years Blaschak was on campus every day —serving as an administrator at the College where she held various essential positions including special programs officer, director of admissions and executive assistant to the president for advancement. During that time she also served the College as a member of the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Board.

In November of 1996, Blaschak left the College to more actively pursue her community interests and participate in her family business, Blaschak Coal Corporation.

As a result, Blaschak has amassed a tremendous record of achievement and participation through service and community organizations. She currently serves as a member of the board of the Allentown Parking Authority, a former member of the Phoebe Home Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Power of Women of the Lehigh Valley. Previously, she served as chair of the advisory board of The Lehigh Trexler Game Preserve, a board member of the Girl’s Club of Allentown, and a vice president of The Old Allentown Preservation Association. A former member of the foundation board of the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Pottsville, PA, Blaschak also has been a lead volunteer for the Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Executive Women International.

Blaschak is a Trustee on the national Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by tennis great Billie Jean King to foster participation by women in sports. Her dedication to advancing athletic opportunities for women and girls is well recognized in the Lehigh Valley. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by G.O.A.L.S. (Girls’ and Women’s Opportunities for Achievement in Lehigh Valley Sports), the local chapter of the Women’s Sports Foundation, which Blaschak founded, in 1995. In addition, she sponsored the establishment of the Cedar Crest College softball field, which bears her name.

Blaschak has been honored with the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Awards and the 1996 Member of the Year Award from the Girls Club of Allentown. She received the Cedar Crest College Associates’ Award in 1998.

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