LGBT Business Council Donates $5,000 to Valley Youth House

valley youth houseLehigh Valley, PA: The LGBT Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a Roaring 20’s Gala on Saturday, May 21st at Silver Creek Country Club in Hellertown, PA. Over 150 people attended to celebrate and participate in the silent auction, raising funds for Valley Youth House. $5,000 was raised and donated to Valley Youth House.
Valley Youth House began in 1973 as a single shelter in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Valley Youth House was open day and night, ensuring that vulnerable, abused and homeless youth in the community had access to shelter and counseling. That same dedication still drives them today, as they have grown from that first house in the Valley to over 100 residential sites throughout Pennsylvania. Though their reach and programming has vastly expanded, their mission remains the same. They educate, empower and strengthen the lives of children, youth and families, and build skills that foster growth and independence.
Started in 2009, Valley Youth House’s Pride program gives youth the opportunity to embrace their identity and overcome the obstacles presented by housing insecurities and homelessness. Pride provides housing and supportive services for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and allied (LGBTQIA) youth. Youth are provided a safe place to be themselves and gain support to make the typical transitions that occur during late adolescence and early adulthood.
The LGBT Business Council’s Roaring 20’s Gala was sponsored by: Novus Adult Care Services, Capital BlueCross, Morgan Stanley, AmericaVen, Bennett Automotive Group, The Morning Call, King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC, Dr. Binae Karpo Optometrist, Air Products, PPL Fuse, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Sands Bethlehem, Matthew-Kramer Art & Design, Gross McGinley, ASR Media Productions, John DelGrosso Photography, and PostNet.