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Allentown, PA (October 13, 2008) - Shelley Brown, president and CEO of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, PA will lecture and receive Cedar Crest College’s Eighth Annual Women in Business Award on Tuesday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center at Cedar Crest College. The Women in Business Series at Cedar Crest College is underwritten through a sponsorship by "More than Money with Gene Dickison."

Brown has been overseeing all operations of the arts center since 1993. Her responsibilities include supervising all operations and technical aspects of the State Theatre and its productions, annual and long-range fundraising, and programming over 100 shows per season for the 1,549 seat restored vaudeville house, plus the Acopian Ballroom and The Gallery at the State Theatre, located in downtown Easton.

She also created and is Executive Producer of the FREDDY© Awards, a Tony-award style ceremony held each May to recognize outstanding achievement in high school musicals in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, PA and Warren County, NJ. As Executive Producer she received a 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performing Arts Program, as well as nominations in 2006 & 2007.

Prior to her tenure at the State Theatre, Shelley Brown was the Executive Producer, Vice President for Development and principal on-air personality of WLVT-TV, the Lehigh Valley’s public television station for over 18 years. During that time her programs received 7 Golden Keystone Awards and her magazine series “First Monday” received an Emmy Award nomination.

In recognition of her contributions at the State Theatre, she was awarded with the 2000 NIKE Award from the Business & Professional Women’s Club of the Lehigh Valley, the 2001 Martin Zippel Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Easton, the 2002 Athena Award from the Two Rivers Chamber of Commerce, an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from Lafayette College in 2004, and the 2007 LifePath Community Service Award. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and Easton Area Industrial Developers Inc and Easton Area Industrial Land Development Company Inc. and a Director of Team Capital Bank.

In receiving the Cedar Crest College Women in Business Award, Brown joins a distinguished group of past honorees including Mimi Griffin, former ESPN commentator and owner/operator of MSG Promotions; Elaine Thompson, president of Lankenau Hospital and former executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network; Cynthia Fricke Wollman, vice president of new business development at CRW Graphics; Sandy Solman, founder, president and CEO of Sweet Street Desserts; Susan Hunt, former publisher and Chief Executive Officer of "The Morning Call,"; Ruth Spira, executive vice president of Lutron Electronics; and Lisa Jane Scheller, president and CEO of Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc.

About the event sponsor:
"More than Money with Gene Dickison" was established as a vehicle to bring trusted financial advice to thousands of people at a time. For more than ten years Gene has been bringing sound advice to listeners to his weekly radio show, viewers of his weekly television show, and readers of his monthly newsletter, as well as keeping the public informed through his own personal website - www.MorethanMoneyOnline.com.

Admission to the Eighth Annual Women in Business Lecture is free but tickets are required. For tickets or more information, please contact the College's Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.


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