Greater Northern Lehigh Honors Local Historian, Veteran and Community Hero David Altrichter at the 27th Annual Spirit Awards!

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Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber Presents:
27th Annual Spirit Awards
May 8th, 2020 | 5-10 PM

Event Information: The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber, proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the 27th Annual Spirit Award!

The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce (GNLCC), proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber, is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 27th Annual Spirit Award will be awarded to local historian and Veteran David D. Altrichter of Slatington! The event and award ceremony will be hosted on Friday, May 8, 2020, at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville, PA, beginning at 5:00 PM. The evening will be a 1940s Post-War theme, focusing in on local history, our Veterans and the area’s food banks!

The evening will consist of a cocktail hour with musical accompaniment from the Gibbsville Nighthawks, who will feature 1940s-era big band music, followed by dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing. The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber will also hold a basket raffle and 50-50 to benefit the GNLCC Scholarship fund and local food pantries. 

A representative of the Town and Country Gazette, a sponsor of the event, said, “We are particularly pleased to be saluting this year’s Spirit Award honorees for their service and dedication to the communities we have served as a publication since 1985.  With respect for our history, veterans and the current needs of so many in our communities, this year’s honorees represent our Region’s finest and we salute them.” David Altrichter, 2020 Spirit Award Winner, is a prime example of these values. 

David Altrichter was born in Slatington in 1941, son of Otto and Arlene Altrichter. A former US Navy officer, Altrichter joined the Naval reserves while still in High School and graduated in 1962; after high school, he was stationed on the USS John R. Perry Destroyer Escort 1034 in Key West, Florida, before being transferred to the A-Gang and working as a machinist. While still on active duty, he married his wife Janice in 1964, celebrating 56 years of marriage this year. After retiring from the Navy, David worked as a machinist throughout his life; moving back to Slatington with Janice in 1972, he worked for Mack Trucks for 16 and a half years before they moved south, continuing to work in machine shops until his retirement in November 2006. 

Throughout his life, Altrichter was involved in many local organizations, including the American Legion (Allen O. Delke Post 16), Lehigh Township Rails to Trails, the local Rotary club, as well as the Northern Lehigh Historical Society; in addition, David serves as a mentor for the Lehigh County Courthouse’s “Veterans Mentor Program,” as well as serving as committee rep for the “Unsung Heroes” program with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources. 

“My father was very involved in Slatington,” said David Altrichter of his community involvement. “There was a time where he would receive mail with just his first name, ‘Otto’, and ‘Slatington’ on the envelope and the community knew where to deliver it to – he was very involved and well-known in his time. He taught me the importance of volunteering and being active within my community.” 

Continually humble, Altrichter downplays his involvement in Slatington when asked; as a local Slate Belt Historian, he has worked with local community groups to preserve local history and aspires to record it permanently for future generations. Additionally, Altrichter was instrumental in the installation of the Slatington Veterans Memorial and the restoration of the Slatington Fireman’s statue. Many attribute his actions to improving the quality of life in Slatington, as well as preserving its past. 

“The Spirit Award is given to someone who has actively worked to make our community a better place to live and work,” said Kylie Adams, Manager of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. “For 27 years, the region has gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of our neighbors and the type of person who continues to selflessly give back in order to make our region great! David Altrichter has continues to make strives, even in retirement, to not only to improve our community, but celebrate its rich history.” 

“I learned it is not always the big things you do in life that are the most important,” Altrichter added. “It is often a simple act of kindness that has a greater meaning to people you encounter along your path.” 

Also being celebrated at the 27th Annual Spirit Awards is Eight Oaks Farm Distillery (Business of the Year) and Parkland CARES Food Pantry, Lowhill Food Pantry, and Northern Lehigh Food Bank (Non-Profits of the Year). Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods and donations for the food banks, which will be collected at the event and divided amongst the organizations, as well as cash for raffle tickets and 50-50! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the food pantries, as well as benefitting the GNLCC Scholarship Fund. 

For more information about Greater Northern Lehigh’s Spirit Awards or to purchase tickets, please visit the Greater Northern Lehigh’s website at:


When: May 8, 2020, 5:00 PM


Pricing Information: $40 Individual Member Rate/$75 Couple Member Rate; $50 Individual Future-Member Rate/$90 Couple Future-Member Rate.



Presenting Sponsor: Woodstone Country Club

Premier Sponsor: Ironton Telephone

Platinum Sponsor: Keystone Technolog

Gold Sponsor: Neff’s National Bank, Bechtel’s Pharmacy

Cocktail Sponsor: New Tripoli Bank, Jason Ruff for State Rep

Silver Sponsor: Blue Mountain Town & Country Gazette

Bronze Sponsor: Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund, Women Veterans Empowered and Thriving, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Benjamin Real Estate (Schnecksville), Rentschler’s Auto

Supporting Sponsor: Robert Kempf

Candy Sponsor: Sam’s Club of Allentown
Floral Sponsor: Precious Petals Florist

Photography Sponsor: Mike Robinson Productions 


About the Chamber:The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area.  We accomplish this through business-to-business networking events and marketing products, affinity programs and exclusive, money saving member benefits, training programs, government affairs initiatives and public policy advocacy, and community development enterprises.  With nearly 5,000 members who employ more than 200,000, the Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in the top ten nationwide.


Information provided to TVL by:
Kylie Adams
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Manager of Affiliated Chambers (WACC, GNLCC, HLSC)