University Status Concert

Mar 27, 2015

Credit: Delaware Valley College. DelVal musicians perform in the Life Sciences Building.

Credit: Delaware Valley College. DelVal musicians perform in the Life Sciences Building.

The community is invited to attend a special concert Wednesday, April 8 celebrating Delaware Valley College’s change to Delaware Valley University. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. 

The concert will feature special performances by the DelVal Chorale, the DelVal Saxophone Quartet and the DelVal Jazz Band.   The concert will also feature a performance by the talented Israeli cellist, Yoni Draiblate.  The event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

Herman Silverman ’40 will be honored at the concert with the Helen and Kenneth Gemmill Distinguished Philanthropy and Service Award. The award is given each year to a person following in the footsteps of Kenneth and Helen by making an outstanding contribution to Bucks County. The award honors a person who demonstrates leadership and has given time and service, plus financial contributions to improve Bucks County.

Silverman is a former acting president of DelVal and also served as a DelVal trustee. He was also president and CEO of Sylvan Pools –a leading pool installer in the Northeast. After selling Sylvan Pools, he founded Silverman Family Partnerships, Inc., which he continues to serve as managing partner.  Silverman Family Partnerships leases, manages, and develops commercial real estate. Silverman is a lifelong advocate of the arts in Bucks County. He was instrumental in creating: the Bucks County Art Council, the Bucks County Poet Laureate position, and the Artmobile, a “gallery on wheels” that teaches area children about art and culture. He was also the first Chairman of the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Board of Trustees.  In 2011, he opened The Silverman Gallery in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.  Silverman and his late wife, Ann, helped create The Free Clinic of Doylestown, which was renamed in her honor. Silverman has held leadership roles with: The Friends of The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Doylestown Historical Society, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.