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Human Relations Commission Honoring Five

Human Relations Commission Honoring Five

The Allentown Human Relations Commission will honor five persons next month at its 44th Annual Awards Banquet.

Brenda Fernandez, Jasmine Fleming, Jeani Garcia, Susan Haberstumph and Craig Taylor are being recognized as exemplary leaders and for their commitment to their community.  They will be feted on Saturday, October 2 at 3 p.m. at The Barrister’s Club at 1114 Walnut Street.

According to City of Allentown Human Relations Officer Tatiana Tooley, “the banquet is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of those whose daily lives are filled with accomplishments that promote the growth of our beloved city.”

Banquet tickets cost $40.00 and can be obtained by sending a check payable to the City of Allentown Human Relations Commission at 435 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101. The ticket deadline is September 27.

Fernandez is the founder and Fleming is a volunteer at SELF! (Strongly Embracing Life’s Future) serving women in the Lehigh Valley re-entering society from traumatic experiences, such as, but not limited to, incarceration, domestic violence, and homelessness.

Jeani Garcia is a Community Leader at Promise Neighborhoods and founder of Mother2Mother, Inc. Promise Neighborhoods are aspirational neighborhoods committed to the success of children, from cradle to career.

Susan Haberstumph is the secretary of RILYC Community and Arts, an organization building tomorrow’s leaders through the arts.

Craig Taylor is the director of YouthBuild which assists out of school individuals ages 16-to-24 in building affordable housing.

The Commission chose the honorees according to the following criteria:

  • Individuals selected shall be ordinary people who do extraordinary work to enhance the lives of their neighbors and/or those people in the community who are without the means to help themselves.
  • Career persons shall be considered if they truly devote time and effort above and beyond the scope of their job duties and at personal expense of time, effort or salary.

The mission of the Allentown Human Relations Commission is “to advance the acceptance and respect of our increasingly diverse population.” The Commission seeks to highlight its goals by recognizing the achievements of those who set the best example, those whose daily lives are filled with accomplishments that promote good human relations.

For more information contact Tatiana Tooley at or 610.841.3290 X2725.


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