2014 Gala Honors Joanne and Hank Barnette

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For Immediate Release--April 15, 2014


Art Museum honors Joanne and Hank Barnette

(L toR): Priscilla Payne Hurd President and CEO David Mickenberg, Joanne Barnette, Board Chair Dolores Laputka, Esq., and Hank Barnette on Gala night

Allentown, Pa—The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley held its annual Gala Dinner Dance and Auction on Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, this year honoring Joanne and Hank Barnette. Hank was Chairman and CEO of Bethlehem Steel, retiring as Chairman Emeritus, and also served as a Trustee of Lehigh University and Moravian College. Joanne, a longtime activist and volunteer in the Lehigh Valley, served on the Art Museum’s Board of Trustees for ten years, most recently as President of the Board from June 2009 to June 2010. Together, the couple is well known for their community service and support.
            More than three hundred guests turned out for the event, which supports Museum exhibitions and educational programs. A cocktail reception for Museum Sustainers kicked off the festivities as the sun went down on a wonderfully warm early spring evening. Rather quickly, the action heated up around more than a hundred silent-auction items on display in Trexler Hall, with guests bidding on donated artwork, fashion accessories, vacations, spa services, restaurant certificates, cultural and sporting event tickets, and unique offerings such as a C. F. Martin & Co. ukulele  and a tour for ten of the Knoll Inc. manufacturing plant in East Greenville. Just before dinner was served—including a twin entrée of local Pennsylvania Pride Frenched Chicken Breast and Sliced Beef Tenderloin with Lemon-Lavender Cream, created by Sodexo—auctioneer Ray Hartzell oversaw several bidding “wars” over live-auction items such as dinner in the Museum galleries catered by Karen Hunter Catering and dinner for six with the Museum’s new Priscilla Payne Hurd President and CEO, David Mickenberg, and his wife, Judy. Also up for bid were artworks by Val Bertoia and Paul Harryn, whose exhibition Essence of Nature in Scheller Gallery offered guests a respite from the dancing in Kress Gallery to music by the Ken Battista Band.
            Board Chair Dolores Laputka toasted the Barnettes, who were joined at the Gala by their son, Kevin Barnette. Other special guests included Honorary Gala Committee Chair Mrs. Nancy Light, Joel and Ruth Spira, Bill and Phyllis Grube, Matthew and Ronnie Sorrentino,  Wayne and Jocelyn Mitchell, Dave and Pam Kennedy, Mike and Kim Perry, Michael and Christine Perrucci, Greg Butz and Yvonne Kuklis, Jane Heft and Dominic Basciano, and Missy and Sam Saxton.
            The 2014 Gala Committee included Terri Bartholomew, Carolyn Davis, Ari Diaz, Stuart Dubbs, Arjana Etchason, Mary Elaine Ford, Andrea Foucek, Jane Fretz, Hildi Greenberg, Susan Harris, Elsbeth Haymon, Missy Hartney, Penny Holman, Mary Anne Johnson, Teri Johnson, Suzanne Lyons, Sandy Lovett, Carol Salgado, Jane Schiff, Carol Smoll, Lynda Somach, Loran Staehle, Lois Wells, Sally Vikner, and Sharon Yurkanin.
Gala 2014 Sponsors
Mrs. Nancy Light
Air Products and Chemicals
Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.
Alvin H. Butz Inc.
Dual Temp Company
William and Phyllis Grube
National Penn Bank
Norris McLaughlin &
Marcus, P.A.
Rodale Inc.
Acopian Power Supplies
Duggan & Marcon
Highmark Blue Shield
Bob and Sandy Lovett
Jamie Musselman, Jim Edwards, and Edwards Business Systems
Wells Fargo
American Bank
Pat and Sandy Beldon
Capital Blue Cross
City Center Lehigh Valley
Kathleen O’Dea and J. Lawrence Grim, Jr.
Greg and Lorrie Harper
Walt and Teri Johnson
Lafayette Ambassador Bank
Lehigh Gas Corporation
Ted and Suzanne Lyons
Mr. and Mrs. John L. MacGowan
Mary Ann and Gary Millenbruch
Missy and Sam Saxton
Frank and Yvonne Schweighardt
Paul and Sally Vikner
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Wells
AAA East Central
Burkholder’s Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
Randy and Rhonda Dietz/Buckno Lisicky & Co. CPAs
Stuart and Jon Dubbs
Hon. and Mrs. James Knoll Gardner
Harold and Sandra Goldfarb
David and Ann Wasser Hohe
Lesavoy, Butz & Seitz LLC
Dr. and Mrs. R. David Mulligan
Carol and Ronald Smoll
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Loran and Walt Staehle
Jim and Tillie Vastine
Drs. Daniel J. and Carol Shiner Wilson
Gala 2014 Underwriters
The Century Fund
The Barnette Family
Bernard and Audrey Berman Foundation
Penny Holman
Rita and Joseph Scheller
June and Leon Holt
Richard and Michelle Stringer
Alex and Ruth Torok
Terri and Jim Bartholomew
Dr. J. David and Mary Beth Bohri
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Braunstein
Doug and Peggy Brown
Susan and Bob Gadomski
Knopf Automotive
Richards, Meli and Associates
Youngs Advisory Group Wealth Management
Mrs. Barbara Y. Benner
Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Burroughs
JetPay Payroll Services
John Yurconic Agency
Doug and Mary Anne Johnson
Julian James Advertising Design
Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Kern
La Petite Provence Linen
Lehigh Valley Carpenters
Local 600
Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Inc.
Mrs. Elaine Lerner
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Lieberman
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Odorski
Bruce Palmer/Buckno Lisicky & Co. CPAs
Phoebe Floral - Home of j.e.m.s.
Atty. John Servis
Mr. William Straccia
The Gehringer Corporation
Pauline M. Turner
Dr. Mickey and Eileen Ufberg
Keith and Jill Weinhold
Alvaro and Ari Diaz
Betty and John Moran
Dr. and Mrs. Edward M. Salgado