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2014 Cabaret & Cuisine Brings Red Cross Supporters Together

Red Cross GLV Cabaret and Cuisine 2014
The special pledge appeal brings to the forefront why we are there

The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley recently held its’ 16th annual Cabaret & Cuisine at the ArtsQuest Center at Steelstacks in Bethlehem. The theme of this year’s fundraiser was a 1950s style sock hop, hosted by honorary event co-chairs Brad and Anne Baum.

Approximately 375 people attended the event, which raised over $80,000. Over 150 items were auctioned, including a special edition Martin guitar, a round of golf at the Saucon Valley Country Club, a suite at an IronPigs game, and one week at a Myrtle Beach condo.  

The Cabaret & Cuisine supports the programs and services offered by the Red Cross throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley, including disaster response services, health and safety classes, international services, service to armed forces programs, and blood services. 

A special pledge appeal was held to raise money for vital Red Cross services, including training for four Disaster Response volunteers, comfort kits for 40 people who were displaced after a home fire, necessities for a family with an infant in a shelter for five days, and vouchers for five Armed Service members to reconnect over dinner with family.

"The special pledge appeal brings to the forefront why we are there,” said Major Gifts Associate Megan Pildis. "It reminds attendees about the vital programs and services offered by the Red Cross.”

The event brought together different groups of Red Cross supporters, as well as area residents who are new to the organization. Individual donors, volunteers, the board of directors, community partners, and government officials are among the groups that gathered on April 11, 2014. 

The gala was made possible by a large volunteer committee, who worked year round to choose a theme, find a venue, solicit food and beverage donations, and more. The Cabernet & Cuisine has brought in over $300,000 since Desty Bonstein became Committee Chairwoman in 2008.

Over a dozen local food and beverage sponsors donated food for the event. Entertainment was provided by DJ Freddie Frederick, Jr. 

"We are grateful to our fantastic sponsors and patrons who helped to make this event one of the best,” said Peter Brown, Regional CEO and Executive Director of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.  

View photos from the 2014 Cabaret & Cuisine on our Facebook page



Food & Beverage Sponsors

  • Allentown Beverage
  • Blue Mountain Vineyards
  • Cathy's Creative Catering & Café
  • Club Red Young Professionals
  • Granny Schmidt's
  • Grumpy's Bar-B-Que
  • Hotel Bethlehem
  • Kiffle Kitchen
  • Mitzi's Table
  • Rita's Italian Ice
  • Royal Gourmet Foods
  • Sodexo at Muhlenberg
  • Sweetly Smitten Cookies
  • The Culinary Experience
  • Wholesome Food Café & Catering



Regional Corporate Partner

  • UGI Utilities


Four Star Sponsors

  • Adams Outdoor Advertising
  • Air Products
  • Capitol Blue Cross
  • Express-Times
  • FLSmidth
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Lutron
  • Olympus
  • PPL
  • Viamedia
  • Working Dog Press


Triple Star Sponsors

  • Crayola
  • Freddie Frederick Jr. Entertainment
  • Klunk & Millan
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Rockin' Photobooth
  • The Moment Photography


Double Star Sponsors

  • Action Party Rentals
  • Allentown Beverage
  • Caruso Benefits Group, Division of National Penn Insurance
  • Embassy Bank
  • Firstrust Bank
  • Just Born
  • National Penn


Star Sponsors

  • ET & T
  • Gross McGinley
  • Lesavoy Butz & Seitz
  • Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Moravian College
  • Reynolds & Reynolds


Patron Sponsors

  • Albarell Electric
  • John Yurconic Agency
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • Minuteman Press
  • Topper Family



  • Desty Bonstein



  • Marie Arnold
  • Mary Beth Cherry 
  • Gail Coles 
  • Kate Falasca
  • Jennifer Fenstermacher 
  • Chrissy Hixson
  • Dori Kichline
  • Diana O’Brien
  • Susan Roth
  • Lorrie Scherline
  • Anne Speck 
  • Tiffany Till
  • Linda Urban
  • Jill L. Weinhold