Several Lehigh County charities are beneficiaries of funds disbursed from the Harry C. Trexler Trust for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The trustees of the Harry C. Trexler Trust Tuesday awarded grants totaling $4,295,000 to 94 Lehigh County charities and the City of Allentown.

The 2014 annual awards were made after extensive review of 123 request for funding, seeking more than 6.95 million, Trustees said. 

Attorney Malcom J. Gross, Trexler trustee and chair during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, said the trustees review the work of charitable organizations helping many in the Allentown community.

He said, "The citizens of Allentown and Lehigh County are fortunate to have such caring people working on their behalf."

He also noted that the number of organizations requesting grants exceeds the Trust's ability to respond and it is thus with a critical eye and a seasoned sense of the community that each trustee reviews the many applications for funding before a collective decision is made to support the efforts they believe provide the most benefit for Allentown and Lehigh County.

Grants awarded are categorized into six broad areas.

As stipulated by General Trexler's will, the City of Allentown received the largest amount totaling $1,420,200.00 or 39 percent for "improvement, extension and maintenance of all its parks."

Education institutions and programs received 15 percent of the distribution or 635,900, organizations serving disadvantaged populations received $535,000.00 or 13 percent, youth serving agencies were awarded 12 percent or $508,000, and healthcare and senior citizen programs and institutions received 7 percent or $310,000.

The Orphans' Court of Lehigh County oversees and adjudicates the disbursement of funds from the trust account to charities after a 20-day waiting period.

According to a release by the Trust, the trust was established by the will of Harry C. Trexler after his death in 1933 and the death of his wife May Mosser Trexler in 1934.

The trust made its first distribution of $165,827.10 in 1935.

In its 80-year history of grantmaking, over $130 million has been awarded to the City of Allentown and Lehigh County charities for the benefit of Lehigh County citizens.

General Trexler's will directs his trustees to make "grants for such charitable organizations and objects as in their discretion shall be of the most benefit to humanity limiting them, however, as to locality, to the City of Allentown and the County of Lehigh."