Four people and three businesses will be honored tonight when the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce holds its 96th annual dinner at 5 p.m. at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in the city.
Honored for their hard work, dedication and talent in improving the quality of life in the City of Bethlehem are:
• Tony Hanna of the City of Bethlehem, winner of the Frank L. Marcon Award. In various roles, Hanna oversaw economic development projects in Bethlehem over the last 16 years (straddling the terms of two mayors), including the projects that have been or are scheduled to be built at BethWorks.
• Alan Jennings, executive director of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, winner of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Award. He has been a voice and advocate for the poor. During his tenure at CACLV, he has started educational programs to assist the poor in starting their own business, obtained façade loans for business and their neighborhoods, addressed quality of life issues in poor neighborhoods and educated the downtrodden to make better decisions that will help them succeed.
• The Honorable Gordon Mowrer, Bethlehem mayor from 1974-1978, winner of the Downtown Visionary Award. His vision and plan of implementation for a historic-looking downtown started the downtown transformation. His advocacy helped to turn Main Street into an attractive, desirable business district with Victorian lamp posts and brick and slate sidewalks.
• Christine Ussler of Artefact, winner of the Downtown Visionary Award. She is being honored for her designs and her work on the facades of the downtown and other sections in the city of Bethlehem – designs that gave the downtown its historic look.
The Bethlehem Chamber also will be honoring three businesses celebrating a milestone anniversary that have made a positive impact on the city and the Lehigh Valley. The Milestone Award recipients are:
• Just Born: The Peep turns 60 years old.
• American Hairlines: Turns 20 years old.
• ArtsQuest: Musikfest turns 30 years old.