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Focused on housing, United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley reports record annual campaign

Housing in Lehigh Valley
Donna Fisher
For LehighValleyNews.com
Row homes along South 13th Street, Allentown, Lehigh County, on January 24, 2023.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley announced Tuesday it has raised $22.6 million in what it calls the largest campaign in the organization's more than 100-year history.

More than 18,500 individual donors and 300 partners contributed to the annual campaign, which ran from April 2022 to March 2023, according to the United Way.

  • United Way's 2022-23 campaign raised $22.6 million
  • It was the most financially successful campaign in the organization's history
  • An additional $3 million came from the PPL Foundation

This year, in the wake of the pandemic which devastated families scrambling to fill basic food and shelter needs, the PPL Foundation partnered with United Way with its "Be a Housing Hero" campaign through which the foundation made additional contributions in honor of every new or increased pledge to the greater campaign.
The partnership yielded an additional almost $3 million donation from the PPL Foundation.

PPL Corp.’s employees, retirees and corporate foundation contributed more than $6 million; Air Products raised more than $5 million for the second consecutive year; City Center Allentown and Crayola each donated more than $1million.

Chairs for the 2022-23 campaign were Vince Sorgi, president and CEO of PPL Corp., Ashley Russo, president and owner of ASR Media Productions, and their spouses Michelle Sorgi and Dr. Joseph Russo.

A Celebration of Caring to recognize the end of the annual fundraising campaign was held Tuesday at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem.

Awards presented and their recipients were:

  • PPL Live United Award – Brown-Daub Dealerships
  • Community Builder Award – Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
  • Campaign Chairs’ Award  Tony Salvaggio and Tom and Destiny Salvaggio
  • Air Products Leonard Pool Impact Award Greater Easton Development Partnership
  • Labor Achievement Award – Gregg Potter, Capital Blue Cross