PHILADELPHIA – January 9, 2012 – Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, names board member, Michelle Hong, as its new board chair. Hong, of Philadelphia, is an attorney and director of wealth planning at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

In addition, Philabundance’s newest board members include Bassam Awadalla (Yardley, Pa.), consumer market executive, Bank of America; Dianne Elderkin (Wynnewood, Pa.), partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Joseph A. Tedesco (Ambler, Pa.), SVP and regional sales manager, First Niagara Bank; and D. Michael Wilson (Malvern, Pa.), president of specialty chemicals group FMC Corporation. Aaron R. Krauss (Meadowbrook, Pa.), partner at Cozen O’Connor and former Philabundance board chair, is returning as a board member.

Hong previously served as board secretary for Philabundance, and she currently co-chairs Philabundance’s Ceres Society, a group of 70 women who have committed to fight hunger through advocacy, volunteering, and financial support. She lives in Center City with her husband, Alex Goranin, and their young twin daughters.

“We are thrilled to announce Michelle Hong as board chair,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Her dedication and passion for Philabundance’s mission has been truly inspirational. With Michelle, I welcome our newest board members Bassam Awadalla, Dianne Elderkin, Aaron Krauss, Joseph Tedesco and Michael Wilson. These individuals bring an enormous amount of business knowledge, experience and talent to Philabundance that will help us continue to grow and serve the needs of those affected by hunger in the Delaware Valley.”

“There are nearly 900,000 hungry people in our region, 23% of whom are children,” Hong said. “As a mother, I find that number particularly staggering. I am proud to be a part of Philabundance’s fight against hunger.”

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