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Reason # 8 to Attend the Sustain-a-Ball: A Magical Night to Remember

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Why should you join us at the RenewLV’s 2017 Sustain-a-Ball on June 17?

Reason # 8 to Attend the Sustain-a-Ball:  A Magical Night to Remember

 

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Join us for a magical evening and once-in-a-lifetime performance of Native American music, dance, drumming and blessings.

Have you heard the buzz?  People are already talking about the “must see” entertainment scheduled for the Sustain-a-Ball.

Delwin Fiddler, Jr., world renowned Native American Lakota performing artist and ceremonial leader, will take us on a magical journey to connect us to Mother Earth, each other and ancient wisdom of his people.   Delwin is a descendant of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Elk Head, the grandson of Marie Elk Head, and in the lineage of the Keepers of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe.  He is joining us after the experience of spending the last half of 2016 performing sacred ceremonies at Sacred Stone Camp in Standing Rock, ND.

In the fast moving 20 minute performance during the Sustain-a-Ball you will:

  • Feel the “heart beat of Mother Earth,” through Native American hand drumming and Mr. Fiddler’s performance of an honor song especially created to bless all who work in the Lehigh Valley to sustain and protect Mother Earth, the land, the water and our food;
  • Connect to each other and “all my relations”(plants, insects, animals, birds, and planets) in the Circle of Life through performance of the Lakota hoop dance, a deeply spiritual and interactive ceremonial dance;
  • Experience the “Great Spirit” through the ethereal music of the Native American flute
  • Connect to ancient healing energy through a brief ceremony with a sacred, spherical medicine stone passed on to Mr. Fiddler, specifically for blessing the people and the earth.

Buy your ticket ($50 each) NOW at https://tinyurl.com/sustainaball to reserve your spot.

A big thank you to Sheila Youst who has helped us to organize a fabulous silent auction with items such as:

  • Apple Jack and distillery tour and tasting from Eight Oaks Craft Distillers in New Tripoli
  • Book, “The Price of Gold, The Toll and Triumph of One Man’s Olympic Dream,” signed by author, Olympic Gold Medalist and executive director, of Valley Preferred Cycling Center Marty Nothstein (value:  $200)
  • Gift certificates to Dan’s Camera City for photo product, photo gift or DPU class (value: $250)
  • Beautiful gift baskets from:
  • High end golf putter from Sittler Golf in Kutztown
  • Gift cards from

Good friends, good food, good times.  Entertainment will include dancing to easy listening jazz standards performed by “The Austin Kruczek Group,” an ensemble that includes guitar, trombone, piano and bass.

Join our title sponsor, Embassy Bank and others including Samuel Adams, The Amaranth Foundation, Jenny’s Kuali, The Sustainable Energy Fund, Canns Bilco, Wesley Works, Morris Black & Sons, Working Dog Press, David Horung Architect Planner, Inc., Morgan Stanley, The Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Don Miles, Mike Drabenstott, Bill Erdman, Bill George, Dick Lane, Julie Thomases, Lehigh University, Natural Awakenings

P.S.  A table will be available for Farmers markets and vendors to promote their markets and products.
Sustain-a-Ball

Saturday, June 17 from 6 – 10 PM

Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street

Program, hors d’oeuvres

Ceremony by Lakota Leader

Pasta bar, dessert, music, dancing

Silent Auction

Attire: Formal to Farm-All! 

The Sustain-a-Ball will be a celebration of Lehigh Valley efforts to protect and preserve the region’s farmland.

 

This fundraiser will help fund RenewLV’s 2017 Farmland Preservation Campaign.

Dress is Formal to Farm-all!  From bow ties and pearls to overalls and pitchforks.

 

 

Area farmers markets and sustainability-minded business will have an opportunity to share information at our information tables.

If you have questions, want to be a sponsor or contribute something to the silent auction, or need additional information, call 917-288-3936 or email smartgrowth@renewlv.org

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Reason #9 to have a ball at the Sustain-A-Ball: DETER WAREHOUSES & TRUCK TRAFFIC

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Why should you join us at the RenewLV’s 2017 Sustain-a-Ball on June 17?

Reason # 9:  DETER WAREHOUSES AND TRUCK TRAFFIC THROUGH SUPPORTING FARMLAND PRESERVATION

Farmland preservation is a viable strategy to deter future increases in truck traffic and protect the Lehigh Valley’s air quality and quality of life 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that we have a serious warehouse problem in the Lehigh Valley.  As warehouses have proliferated throughout the region, they have brought polluting and unsafe increases in truck traffic.

Not only do the big trucks clog traffic and bear down on you when you are driving on Routes 22 and 78, but increasingly they are damaging  secondary roads not designed to support heavy loads carried by huge trucks. Truck traffic is dangerous! We see mangled autos and overturned tractor trailers and think, “that could be me or someone I love.”

  • Warehouses and the development of farmland are compromising our air quality through truck traffic and traffic congestion. According to the American Lung Association, the Lehigh Valley has the 14th worst air quality in the nation.  They consistently give us an “F” rating for our air quality. 

If you, like us, can’t imagine our region with TWICE the number of trucks we have today, join us today by advocating for funding farmland preservation.  Robust farmland preservation programs can protect us against future warehouse development and increases in truck traffic.

We can make Farmland Preservation the ethos of our region.  The need is urgent.  We need you to do two things:

  1.  Tell all candidates for public office you meet at the polls tomorrow, Tuesday May 16th, “Fund Farmland Preservation.”
  2.  Buy your tickets today the Sustain-a-Ball on June 17th.

Sustain-a-Ball

Saturday, June 17 from 6 – 10 PM

Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street

Program, hors d’oeuvres

Ceremony by Lakota Leader

Pasta bar, dessert, music, dancing

Silent Auction

Attire: Formal to Farm-All! 

The Sustain-a-Ball will be a celebration of Lehigh Valley efforts to protect and preserve the region’s farmland.

An evening of fun, food, music and friendship that will help fund RenewLV’s Farmland Preservation Campaign.

Join our title sponsor, Embassy Bank and others including The Amaranth Foundation, Jenny’s Kuali, The Sustainable Energy Fund, Morgan Stanley, Morris Black & Sons, Working Dog Press, The Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Mike Drabenstott, Bill Erdman, Bill George, Dick Lane, Julie Thomases, Don Miles, Mike Drabenstott.

See old friends and — make new ones. Connect with people who care about farmland preservation, food sustainability and the environment.  Help celebrate our region’s farmland preservation heroes.

Dress is Formal to Farm-all!  From bow ties and pearls to overalls and pitchforks.

Buy your ticket ($50 each) NOW at https://tinyurl.com/sustainaball to reserve your spot.

If you have a business or organization that would like to sponsor the Sustain-a-Ball, let us know as soon as possible.  Additionally, you can promote your organization or business through a basket or item for the silent auction.  Let us know.  Do you have a business with a sustainability theme or ethos?  Bring your business cards and brochures — there will be a table to display your information!

If you have questions or need additional information, call 917-288-3936 or email smartgrowth@renewlv.org

 

 

Reason #10 to have a ball at the Sustain-A-Ball: FRESH, LOCAL FOOD

 

Why should you join us at the Sustain-a-Ball on June 17?

Reason # 10:  FRESH, LOCAL, FOOD:

Farmland and the fresh food it produces are vital to your health and the Lehigh Valley’s future

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  • As of 2013, according to Assessment report, LV Food Economy:  the biggest challenge to our local food economy is the loss of farmland

 

  • As of 2013, we could only feed 24% of the people in the Lehigh Valley, or 150,000 with our remaining farmland…..  Allentown, alone, has a population of 160,000

 

  • Much of our food comes from CA.  With their alternating droughts and flooding, we need to take steps to increase our own food security by sourcing more of our food close to home.

 

  • Locally grown produce is fresher, tastes better and has more nutritional value than food shipped from a distance.    

 

If you, like us, can’t imagine our region with farmland and the sweet corn, tomatoes and peaches it produces, join us! 

 RenewLV’s 

Sustain-a-Ball

Saturday, June 17 from 6 – 10 

Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street

 

This event will be a celebration of Lehigh Valley initiatives to protect and preserve the region’s farmland and promote the local food economy.

 

We have an exciting, magical night planned for you that will include some certainly delightful and possibly profound surprises with performances by an internationally renowned Lakota hoop dancer!

 

This evening of fun, food, music and friendship is being held to benefit RenewLV’s 2017 Farmland Preservation Campaign

 

Join our title sponsor, Embassy Bank and the RenewLV board of directors.  See old friends and make new ones. Connect with people who care about farmland preservation, food sustainability and the environment.  Celebrate our farmland preservation heroes and initiatives that have helped protect and preserve the region’s farmland and promote the local food economy.  Some of our region’s Farmland Preservation Heroes will be honored.

 

The evening’s locally sourced menu will feature seasonal delights and Fegley’s own brew.   A silent auction will offer locally made jewelry, art, bird boxes, yoga lessons, baskets of gardening items and more.

 

Dress is Formal to Farm-all!  From bow ties and pearls to overalls and pitchforks.

 

Buy your ticket ($50 each) today at http://tinyurl.com//sustainaball to reserve your spot.

 

All funds will go to RenewLV’s 2017 Farmland Preservation Program.

 

If you have a business or organization that would like to sponsor the Sustain-a-Ball, let us know as soon as possible.  Additionally, you can promote your organization or business through a basket or item for the silent auction.  Let us know.  Do you have a business with a sustainability theme or ethos?  Bring your business cards and brochures — there will be a table to display your information!

If you have questions or need additional information, call 917-288-3936 or email smartgrowth@renewlv.org

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Sign up now for free beer, food and business coaching advice for food and beverage entrepreneurs Monday, 5/8

 

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Join us Monday Night at the Allentown Brew Works for Free Beer, Free Food and Free Business Advice

Samuel Adams Hosting Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching Event to Help Food & Beverage Small Business Owners in the Lehigh Valley

WHAT: Samuel Adams, in partnership with RenewLV, is bringing its popular Small Business Speed Coaching event to the Allentown Brew Works on May 8th.  If you are a food and beverage entrepreneur, farmer with value added products, craft brewer or person with a dream of starting a food-based business, you are invited!

Designed to provide expert, personalized business advice, the event is part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for small business owners working in food, beverage, and craft brewing.

During the dynamic Speed Coaching event, food and beverage business owners – including craft brewers – will be counseled by a variety of business experts to generate new ideas and strategies that will help their businesses grow and succeed. Each entrepreneur can participate in up to six 20-minute personalized, high-impact coaching sessions with small business specialists as well as experts from Sam Adams.

And, we have some regional rock stars lined up as business coaches!  Here are just a few:

  • Attorney, Buddy Lesavoy, managing partner of Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC, Attorneys at Law, experienced in family business, start-ups, business succession planning and real estate matters
  • Mark Aurand, attorney with Davison & McCarthy, PC regularly handles general business matters such as leases, financing, commercial contracts and operating agreements
  • Peter Dent President of CDG Environmental, has served as CEO coach and has experience in launching new products and firms
  • Tim Herrlinger, Director of Community and Economic Development at Northampton County,
  • Michael Drabenstott, President of Drabenstott Communications Group a marketing and PR consultancy focusing on closely held businesses.  He has counceled businesses on everything from brand strategy, positioning and messaging to digital development, copy writing and public relations.
  • Jo-Ann Pendleton, principal with The Designers Eye Creative Group, a firm specializing in sustainable interior design will advise businesses on merchandising and decor — how to make their spaces inviting to customers without breaking the bank
  • Anthony Durante, Program Manager with the Allentown Economic Development Corporation manages all aspects of AEDC’s business incubation program at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center
  • Sheila Youst specializes in accounting for small businesses
  • Chris Cocca will be available to advise on food trucks and social media

And these are just a few of the coaches coming from the Lehigh Valley…

Sam Adams will also have rock stars in sales and distribution and packaging.  No small business subject is off-limits. The goal is to help passionate entrepreneurs get real-world, practical advice and become more profitable.

Attendees can expect a fun evening of learning, networking and comradery, and will also receive a copy of Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two by Samuel Adams brewer and founder, Jim Koch.

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 2017

6:30 – 9 PM ET

WHERE: Allentown Brew Works

812 W. Hamilton Street

Allentown, PA 18101

This program has coached or mentored over 6,000 small businesses through events like Speed Coaching.

Speed coaching in Lehigh Valley is a free event and open to all entrepreneurs in food, beverage and craft brewing. Businesses interested in attending can find out more information and register at:  https://tinyurl.com/mbveh2u

We hope to see you there, but space is limited so reserve your spot here today.

This event is free with light fare and beverages to be served. Must be 21 and over to attend!

For more information about the Brewing the American Dream program, please visit the website.