United Way Women United Host Annual Meeting and Honor 2023 Betsy Torrence Philanthropist of the Year

On the evening of October 12, Women United, a United Way giving society, hosted their annual meeting. Over 130 members and guests gathered at the beautiful Centennial at Homewood Suites in Center Valley to mingle, celebrate and learn about the work at their 10 Signature Projects.

During the celebration, Anne Baum, Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital President, was recognized for Women United’s highest honor—the 2023 Betsy Torrence Philanthropist of the Year. Women United recognizes the Philanthropist of the Year as a member who is active in the community, is a philanthropic leader in the Lehigh Valley and demonstrates a personal commitment of time, talent and treasure to the best of her ability. The group’s founding president Betsy Torrence is recognized as the model of the Philanthropist of the Year awardee. Through her volunteerism, Anne embodies our vision to ensure everyone in the Lehigh Valley belongs and thrives. Congratulations again, Anne.

Special thanks to the Women United 2023 sponsors: Silver Sponsors: Air Products and Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital; Bronze Sponsors: Capital Blue Cross, Fulton Bank, King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC., People First Federal Credit Union.

United Way Women United 2023 Overview Video

Frances Hesselbein: Defining Moments

Frances Hesselbein “Defining Moments” Trailer

United Way and Women United are honored to play a small role in producing Defining Moments, a feature-length documentary based upon the groundbreaking life’s work of Frances Hesselbein.

The film explores the legendary leadership of the former Girl Scouts of America CEO, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient and first woman to chair a United Way Campaign.

This documentary about a “pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity, and opportunity” will be created for all of us by Sarah McArthur and the many Friends of Frances in association with Schler Productions LLC.

See the Impact: James Lawson Freedom Schools

Through your continued support, Women United is investing over $1 million over four years to advance the education and financial stability of women, children and families through 10 Impact Investments, including Freedom Schools.

This summer, Resurrected Community Development Corporation’s James Lawson Freedom Schools welcomed over 160 scholars to attend, learn and grow. With support from Women United, Freedom Schools added a new summer learning site in Easton, enjoyed several field trips and reported increased parent involvement. 

James Lawson Freedom Schools 2023 Highlight Video