Valley Youth House Receives $6,000 Donation from BB&T for Charity Challenge


Featured Image: Valley Youth House President & CEO, Tom Harrington, BB&T Greater Lehigh Valley Market President Lewis Cyr, BB&T Vice President, Business Services Officer, Michael Zile, and Valley Youth House Senior Vice President, Development & Marketing, Christina Schoemaker

BB&T Lehigh Valley Charity Challenge Winners Announced
Donations from BB&T Total $25,000
First Charity Challenge focused on nonprofits serving less fortunate women and children


BETHLEHEM, PA (5/22/19) – Five independent nonprofits throughout the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, received donations from BB&T totaling $25,000 this month as part of the company’s first Lehigh Valley Charity Challenge.

The Lehigh Valley Charity Challenge was run on social media during March 2019. BB&T Community Development/CRA/Fair Credit Lending Officer David Grow, with help from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, identified five small charities that are helping those less-fortunate with emphasis on children and women. Lehigh Valley residents were encouraged to vote via social media for their favorite charity. A total donation of $25,000 was then awarded based on how each charity finished in the voting, with the dollars split as follows:

First Place                   Community Services for Children         $7,000
Second Place              Valley Youth House                                       $6,000
Third Place                  My Sister’s Closet                                          $5,000
Fourth Place               Mary’s Shelter/Cay Galgon Center     $4,000
Fifth Place                   Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley    $3,000

“BB&T is committed to strengthening the communities we serve and supporting organizations that focus on helping less-fortunate women and children is just one of the ways we do that,” said BB&T Greater Lehigh Valley Market President Lewis Cyr. “BB&T is proud to encourage the important work of these organizations.”


About BB&T
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $227.7 billion in assets and market capitalization of approximately $35.6 billion as of March 31, 2019. Building on a long tradition of excellence in community banking, BB&T offers a wide range of financial services including retail and commercial banking, investments, insurance, wealth management, asset management, mortgage, corporate banking, capital markets and specialized lending. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., BB&T operates more than 1,800 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. and is consistently recognized for outstanding client service by Greenwich Associates for small business and middle market banking. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at


About Valley Youth House
Valley Youth House ( does more than just provide homes for Pennsylvania’s vulnerable, abused and homeless youth. We partner with thousands of individuals each year to build a solid foundation for young people and their families. With dedicated street outreach, housing, counseling, skills training, health, prevention, and intervention services, we empower resilient young people in establishing promising futures.



Information & Image Provided By:
Emily Conners
Valley Youth House Development Officer