The award is presented annually to distinguished alumnae of Pi Beta Phi who exhibit excellence and outstanding leadership in their career or volunteer service to their communities. It is named for past Pi Beta Phi President Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg, who was instrumental in forming Pi Beta Phi Foundation during her term from 1985 to 1991.
Gloria is among the founders of the Humanities Associates, the annual giving society for the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and has played a major role in fundraising for Opera Pacific, which operated for 22 seasons in Orange County, California, before closing in 2008.
She was also a longtime board member for Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, helping organize fundraising groups such as the Symphony Supper Club and the Symphony 100, an exclusive group offering adult music education classes and unique field trips.
Gloria now lives in Chesco and serves on the Chester County Women’s Commission. She is also a leader for the Mainline-Pennsylvania Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi and the Jeptha Abbott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the largest chapter in the state of Pennsylvania.
“When I was widowed at the age of 32, my dear mother encouraged me to go out and do something for my community,” she said. “That led to an active career as a volunteer. It brought me joy and satisfaction. It feels good to have done work that is providing ongoing support for many groups.”