The 2018 Commonwealth Awards 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

5:30pm – 8:30pm

ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, PA

We invite you to join us in this celebration of Bethlehem by supporting the event as a sponsor.  Sponsorships begin at $1,000 and above, with the Title Sponsorship at $15,000 and above.Click on the attachment below for the full Sponsorship Prospectus with a listing of the various sponsorship levels (along with accompanying sponsorship benefits)

The Commonwealth Awards is 10,000 Friends’ signature program recognizing smart growth development projects and initiatives – and the people and organizations that make them happen. We celebrate projects that create walkable, sustainable, equitable and healthy communities, initiatives that find new uses for vacant and underutilized land, increase opportunities for communities on the rise, and breathe new life into old neighborhoods. The 2018 Awards spotlight the city of Bethlehem.  

 On the evening of December 6th, 10,000 Friends will celebrate the transformational impact that these individuals and organizations have had on the City, working collaboratively, creatively, and having the courage to employ long term investment strategies. The Bethlehem story sends a strong message to other Pennsylvania cities that when public / private partnerships creatively use local, state and federal incentive programs, positive change can occur. 

 Bethlehem has benefited from the foresight of many civic and business leaders, dating back to the historic 1959 six-month steel strike. There is a spirit of grit and resilience underlying the city’s redevelopment.  Growth and revitalization are apparent throughout the City, but no more so than in the soaring glory of the SteelStacks campus. No industrial brownfield site of such magnitude has ever been repurposed and redeveloped with such results.

 But perhaps no gamble was larger than the City and RDA’s decision to bring gaming to downtown Bethlehem. The Sands Casino opened in 2009 – producing 2000 jobs at the height of the recession. It continues to thrive. That is an achievement we can also celebrate.

In addition to recognizing these major award recipients, 10,000 Friends’ Commonwealth Awards will be awarded to leading private sector companies, and public and non-profit institutions,  whose projects and initiatives have made outstanding contributions to the City of Bethlehem.  The recipients of these project-specific awards will be announced prior to the event.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments and progress underway in Bethlehem! Your support is critical to our advocacy work at the federal, state and local levels, as well as our regional initiatives to promote healthy and sustainable communities.


The attached list provides sponsorship levels and benefits.

Questions? Please call Cassandra Romanowski at (717) 234-6070 or email at cromanowski@10000friends.org. Thank you.

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