Speaker Date Topic
Emily Conners, M.S.,Dev Officer-Valley Youth House Sep 23, 2020 7:30 AM
Valley Youth House: Serving Vulnerable Youth & Families in our Region
Valley Youth House envisions a world in which every young person belongs to a nurturing community.


Valley Youth House began in 1973 as a single youth shelter in Bethlehem, PA. VYH was open day and night, ensuring that vulnerable, abused and homeless young people in the community had access to shelter and counseling. Even then, we represented more than just a roof and beds. We were an organization committed to building a solid foundation for every youth who came through our doors.

That same dedication still drives us today, as we have grown from that first shelter in the Lehigh Valley to over 300 residential facilities throughout 20 counties in Pennsylvania. While our reach and programming have vastly expanded to include street outreach, housing, counseling, skills training, health, prevention, and intervention services, our mission remains the same: to be the catalyst for youth to achieve their desired future through genuine relationships that support families, ensure safe places, and build community connections.  

Carol Ferguson Sep 30, 2020 7:30 AM
Vaccines Work: RI's Focus on Disease Prevention
Julio A. Guridy, Allentown Council Vice President Oct 07, 2020 7:30 AM
Creating the American Dream
Children who are born in a very economically challenged situation can indeed make it in this world.  They can truly achieve their life's dreams even if they are not a superstar basketball player.  Yes, they can still achieve their goals.  Julio believes that children can achieve their goals without selling drugs or harming others within their community in order to have their dreams come true.   
In this presentation, Julio describes his life's journey as a young boy growing up to become a man of considerable influence in the City of Allentown where he has served on the City Council for 20 years.  Julio's life's dream and passion is to inspire the disadvantaged child to excellence through hard work and education.  
Keith Hoffman, CPA, CDFA Sr Mgr at Herbein & Co. Oct 14, 2020 7:30 AM
Classification Talk

During this classification presentation, Keith will share details of his work, background, family and interests.

Kassie Hilgert, President & CEO of ArtsQuest Oct 21, 2020 7:30 AM
The Impact of Covid-19 on Musikfest (2020) and the ArtsQuest Mission

Kassie Hilgert is the President and CEO of ArtsQuest. ArtsQuest is one of the largest arts non-profits in Pennsylvania both in terms of the scope and diversity of its programming. Kassie was named President and CEO of ArtsQuest in 2015 after joining the organization in 2008 as vice president of development.

Kassie discusses the future of MusikFest and the impact of Covid-19 has had on Musikfest (2020) and the ArtsQuest Mission.  To date, ArtsQuest has lost up to 19 million dollars in revenue and counting due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  What future changes are needed for ArtsQuest to recover from this loss?  In what ways do these challenges possibly threaten or limit the mission of ArtsQuest?  How can we (within the Lehigh Valley Community) chip in to help? 

About Musikfest
Musikfest is an American music festival that has been held annually in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania since 1984, and it claims to be the nation's largest non-gated free music festival. The festival begins on the first Friday in August (preceded since 2015 with a Thursday "preview night" involving the premium stage and adjacent areas), and ends on the second Sunday thereafter.

Each year, thousands of visitors and residents of Pennsylvania make the trip to Bethlehem to participate in a celebration that weaves through a Moravian community that dates back to 1741. Festival visitors are treated to hundreds of free shows over the course of the event. Each night, the festival's premium stage, Steel Stage (formerly known as RiverPlace and Kunstplatz), hosts a nationally-known recording artist. These premium concerts, along with select shows at other stages, do require paid tickets to gain admission.

Local German roots are the foundation of the celebration, and most of the festival's venues use Platz, the German word for place or square, at the ends of their names. A popular place for eating and listening to music, for example, is the large "Festplatz", which includes 300 dining tables, and usually features a polka band each night. Beyond that, however, Musikfest's music, food, and other attractions represent a broad range of ethnicities.

Musikfest is presented by ArtsQuest, a nonprofit arts organization founded to "celebrate arts and culture" in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Proceeds from the event benefit ArtsQuest ventures such as the Banana Factory community arts center in South Bethlehem, as well as other nonprofit groups throughout the region. Musikfest served as the inspiration for major plot elements of the music film Killian & the Comeback Kids. 

Kathleen Ott, PhD Oct 28, 2020 7:30 AM
Classification Talk

During this classification presentation, Kathy will share details of his work, background, family and interests.

Becky Bradley , Executive Director of LVPC Nov 04, 2020
Development plan for Western Lehigh Valley area