Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a enriching life's journey for all we serve."

Giving is a Community Tradition. At Moravian Hall Square, Giving is a community tradition.

Home Giving is a Community Tradition


Charitable support of Moravian Hall Square makes a positive impact on the lives of all within our community.  As part of Morningstar Senior Living, Inc.  we are grateful for the heart of giving that pulses through residents, families, volunteers and employees. This vitality of giving is evidenced in daily acts of compassion and commitment to the core purpose of enriching lives.

Your charitable gift helps us achieve our mission and core values each day as we honor the lives of those entrusted to our care.  Please feel free to advance to enjoy event photos, donor recognition, listing of appeals and ways you can be a part of this giving tradition.

For a snapshot view of Morningstar Living Foundation, view our profile recently featured in Lehigh Valley Business’s Giving Guide.donatenow

This year’s Harvest of Friends dinner was fit for royalty!

The event was held at Woodstone Country Club and featured the theme of Downton Abbey.  Guests arrived in glittering finery – many women wearing fringed flapper evening wear!  Patrons enjoyed a cocktail reception and perusing the Wining and Dining certificates available for purchase.

Dinner was delightful and important messages were shared by President & CEO Susan C. Drabic, Foundation Chair, Darrell Crook and Gala Chair, Richard Solliday. 

The success of the evening is owed to all who offered their support through service, donations and patronage.  The event achieved the highest level of donations in its history!

Thank you doesn’t seem a bold enough phrase to express my gratitude for the success of this year’s event.   Please know that each gift and service supplied helped to achieve the fundraising success for benevolent care of residents who can no longer pay in full for their care at Morningstar Living. 

Harvest of Friends Grand Sponsors

Rex Level                     The Philadelphia Trust Company

Duke & Duchess       Clover Advisors and Phoebe Pharmacy

Marquis                       Citizen’s Bank and Darrell & Linda Crook

Count                           Owen M. Bastian, Brown Design Group, CMG of Easton, Susan C. Drabic,
                                       Deb & John Esposito, Shirley Flagler, Margaret Krawiec, Murray Insurance, 
                                       RLB Accountants, Richard & Linda Solliday, Wagner Family,
                                       Chestnut Hill Landscaping

Lord & Lady               Blue Valley Builders, Cathee & Karl Butz, ET&T, Guylai Family,
                                       Hanover Engineering, Hoch Accounting, Sue & Don Kirts,
                                       Beth & Leo Kowalski, Lewis & Walters, Northampton Community College,
                                       Dean & Barb Sandbrook, Mollie & Rick Santee, Marc Sigal & Gail Wagner,
                                       Gordon & Susan Sommers

Barony                        Bath Supply, Marilyn Brewster, Robert & Shirley Carle, Cantelmi Long
                                      Funeral Home, Jane Florenz, Chas. Hoffman & Sons, Shirl Kilpatrick,
                                      Audrey McAbee, Linda McMeekin, Trident Care/Mobilex

Event Donors            Working Dog Press and Nazareth Floral Design

Prize Donors             Green Pond Country Club, Inn at Jim Thorpe, Broadway Tavern, 
                                     Olde Homestead Golf Club, Mycalyn’s Floral, Reading & Northern RR,
                                     Sodexo, Viking Cruise Lines, Woodstone Country Club, Paxos Restaurants,
                                     The Beam at Steel Club, Apollo Grille, Landis Store Hotel, McCarthy’s Red Stag
                                     Pub, Melting Pot, Prime Steak House, Tony Stella’s Encore, Vivo Italian Kitchen,
                                     Anthony’s, The Art Café, Bayou, Beck’s Land & Sea, Bonefish Grille, Brick Tavern,
                                     Carrabas, Cherry Hill Hotel, Mountainview Drive In, Pizza Joe’s, Point Phillips
                                     Hotel, Sicily’s, Stonewood Tavern, Taps Tavern, Youell’s Oyster House and…

                                     Members of the Harvest Friends Planning Committee, Morningstar Foundation
                                     Board Members and Morningstar Living Board Members.

Current Look at Gifts of Time and Money

Shared by Mollie Santee, Executive Director of the Morningstar Living Foundation

In the May edition of a trade magazine called Advancing Philanthropy,  information was shared under the heading “Generous, but Not Financially Savvy?”

Despite the financial uncertainties that many Americans face, generosity is surprisingly a top consideration.  A report from Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis found that 61 percent of Americans said they would rather be called generous than financially successful.

Other findings in the 2015 Money Mindset survey –

  • Only 27% of Americans are very confident they are making the right decisions with their money, and the same percent admit they currently live above their financial means.
  • 71%, (including 79% of Millennials) think they are more generous than the average American.
  • 59% think donating time makes a bigger impact than donating money.
  • 64% regularly volunteer for a non-profit organization, with the largest percentage at churches and/or with organizations that help those in poverty.

At Morningstar Living, gifts of time and treasure are needed and celebrated.  We are grateful for the generosity of spirit for those who volunteer and enrich the quality of life for our residents.   It is also a great blessing to receive memorial gifts and charitable support for benevolent care and other program needs within our organization.

Estate Giving is not just for the wealthy!

Charitable organizations need financial assistance from people like you to continue their work. More than 80 percent of Americans contribute to the nonprofit groups of their choice throughout their lifetimes.  According to research conducted in the early 2000’s, only around eight percent of people chose to continue this support through a charitable bequest.

By making bequests and other planned gifts, you can continue to help organizations that are making an important difference in your community.

What better way to thank the people or organizations that have had an impact on your life than to contribute from your estate through a bequest?

Make sure you have a will. This is a tool for you to direct your assets to your loved ones and the causes important to you. What are the most important components to decide?

  • Choose an executor and an alternative executive or administrator. Notify the person as you update your legal documents.
  • Discuss with your financial planner or trusted advisor the best plans to transfer assets through your will. Consider tax implications, business interests and be sure to keep a current listing of all owned assets (titled property, vehicles, accounts, insurance policies, collections) and have the list accessible to the named administrator. A safety deposit box is not always easy to access.
  • There are MANY types of trusts and planned giving vehicles that allow the estate proceeds to provide income to named beneficiaries. Discuss these with your trusted advisor and include in your directives.
  • Make sure your will is up to date. Have some named beneficiaries passed away? Review documents to assure that the people and organizations named still exist and that the names are as current as possible. You might consider alerting charitable organizations that you have included them in your will so that they can suggest appropriate language and fulfill your desired direction.

You have control and choice when you thoughtfully consider your estate plans. Your legacy is the result of your life decisions.  For more information on planned giving, please contact Mollie Santee at Morningstar Living.

There are many ways that donors may express their support to our community with gifts. Please explore the fund options and ways to give to learn how you might engage in direct support through making a financial gift, service or something unique. Mollie Santee, Director of Resource Development, would love to speak with you directly. Contact her at 610.746.1002 or by clicking on her email

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