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Good Cause: Channel of Peace fund-raiser rings at Bell Gate

On a soft summer night when the Strawberry Moon (first full moon of summer and last supermoon of the year) was bright, a super fundraiser, the first for A Channel of Peace, “Art With Heart Celebration,” was held at Bell Gate Farm, Lower Milford Township.

“I really like the idea of the fundless fundraiser,” said Stephanie Stevens, Bell Gate Farm owner, to a reporter for The Press at the June 24 Channel of Peace benefit.

Stevens donated use of Bell Gate for the fundraiser.

Channel of Peace is a Lehigh Valley-based nonprofit “dedicated to producing and supporting films and other multimedia projects and endeavors.”

The nonprofit embraces projects “that provide insight into the advancement of family, faith in God, and the values of love, forgiveness, good works and gratitude.”

Channel of Peace produces feature films written and directed by Bethlehem native and movie star Daniel Roebuck, including “Getting Grace,” which was filmed in the Lehigh Valley and released; “Lucky Louie,” filmed in the Lehigh Valley and in post-production, and “The Hail Mary,” scheduled to begin filming July 20 in the Lehigh Valley.

A preview reel of “Lucky Louie” was shown to the 185 attending the “Art With Heart” benefit.

“The Hail Mary” is to film scenes at the former Seminary of Mary Immaculate, Lehigh Township.

The Jaindl Land Co., with David Jaindl, owner and president, purchased in 2016 the 600-acre property along Cherryville Road with plans for a hotel, meeting-event space, restaurant, spa-wellness center and residential units.

At the “Art With Heart” benefit, Jaindl was honored with the Excellence in Community Service Award from A Circle of Peace.

“It is a wonderful endeavor,” Jaindl said of A Channel of Peace. “This Valley is grateful to have you,” he said of Roebuck.

Gary Sinise, award-winning movie, TV actor, musician and philanthropist, was honored with the Excellence in Entertainment Award.

“I remind him that he fired me on the very first movie that he directed,” Roebuck said of Sinise.

Sinise and Jaindl accepted the honors via pre-recorded videos.

Alice Finn Freeh was presented with the Excellence in Education Award.

“One of the reasons I got this award is because I put up with Dan since kindergarten,” said Freeh.

“This award is not about an individual. It’s about a community, Bethlehem Catholic High School,” Freeh said.

Alyssa Garcia and Madelyn Dundon sang “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.”

Beth Clausnitzer, Chair, Art With Heart Committee; Erin MacLean, Vice Chair-Secretary, Board of Directors, A Channel of Peace, and Daniel Roebuck, Chair, Board of Directors, A Channel of Peace, gave welcoming remarks.

Daniel Roebuck and Kevin Zimmers of Geyer Auction Company led an auction of donated items.

Emcee was Mike Mittman.

“Good Cause” is a column about galas, benefits and fund-raisers. If you have an item for “Good Cause,” or would like to request for your event to be covered, email: Paul Willistein, Focus editor, pwillistein@tnonline.com

PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN From left: Edward “Jake” Deford, Board Member, A Channel Of Peace; Alice Finn Freeh, recpient, A Channel of Peace Excellence in Education award, and Daniel Roebuck, Chair, Board of Directors, A Channel of Peace, at June 24 “Art with Heart Celebration,” Bell Gate Farm, Lower Milford Township.