Women United Honors Laurie Hackett of Air Products as the 2022 Betsy Torrence Philanthropist of the Year

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) Women United will honor Laurie Hackett of Air Products with the 2022 Betsy Torrence Philanthropist of the Year Award, the group’s highest accolade.

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.

“It is an extremely high honor to receive a nomination for the Philanthropist of the Year award, let alone to receive it,” said Darlene Pors, President of Women United. “Laurie Hackett is the true definition of a philanthropist. Her selfless service has impacted our community and has made the lives of others so much better as a result. Women United is so grateful for Laurie using her voice and position to help inspire and bring change.”

Members will present Hackett’s award at Women United 2022, sponsored by Capital Blue Cross, Fulton Bank and People First Federal Credit Union. This annual event will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Saucon Valley County Club from 5-7:30 p.m. Registration is available HERE.

“Women United’s commitment to creating a stronger community is truly inspiring,” said Hackett.” “Receiving this award in return for doing what I love is exciting and I am honored by this amazing recognition, in the name of Betsy Torrence and Women United!”

Hackett is Air Products’ Director of Corporate Relations and chaired the 2021 campaign for United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley on behalf of Air Products, which resulted in a record-breaking $19,741,940—the largest annual campaign in UWGLV’s 100+ year history and 12 consecutive years of growth.
“Laurie’s work reflects her values and deep commitment to this community, and it is no surprise that she’s our philanthropist of the year,” shared Marci Lesko, Executive Vice President for UWGLV. “Women United represents the best of women coming together to do what’s right for all and Laurie embodies that in every way. Congratulations, Laurie.”

In Hackett’s role at Air Products, she connects and collaborates throughout the company and the community. Her work with the Air Products Foundation supports programs, activities and agencies that are working hard every day to improve the quality of life for all.

She invests her time volunteering with nonprofits throughout the area including The Century Promise Board, Miller-Keystone Blood Center Vice Chair, WDIY Radio Program Host, Greater Easton Development Partnership Board, Lehigh Valley Chamber Executive Committee, Iron Pigs Charities Board and Phantoms Charities Board.

UWGLV Women United fights for the education and stability of women and children in the Lehigh Valley through philanthropy, advocacy and volunteer efforts. Women United is part of a global network of more than 70,000 women in 165 communities across six countries, all dedicated to improving lives and creating stronger communities.