Philanthropist’s Americana collection to benefit Penna charities

HATFIELD, Pa. – Philanthropist Charles H. Hoeflich’s love of American history and Americana was evident in his collection of antiques, which will be sold June 8-9, 2012 to benefit select Pennsylvania charities.

Early American stonewareThis stoneware cobalt decorated double-handled butter churn is impressed with the words “Whites Utica” and “5” with a large fan-tailed bird on a branch. It stands 18 1/2 inches high and carries a $200 opening bid for the June 8-9, 2012 auction.

Hoeflich was a well-regarded financier and philanthropist from Southeastern Pennsylvania. He began his banking career at Philadelphia National Bank before becoming the president of Union National Bank and Trust Co., Souderton. He played an integral role in transitioning Union National Bank into the Univest Corp., where he was chairman of the board and eventually chairman emeritus before retiring in May 2011.

Hoeflich believed in growing and supporting local businesses such as the Crawford Broadcasting Co. of Philadelphia, whose owner, Donald B. Crawford, came to the bank in a final attempt to secure a loan to save his radio stations. Crawford had been turned down by many financial institutions before seeing Hoeflich, who agreed to loan him the money to stave off bankruptcy and save a local business.

Hoeflich was a founding director of the Human Rights Foundation, Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Penn Foundation; according to these organizations, Hoeflich’s continued support and counsel for these charities were essential to their growth and continuation. His passion for giving back to the community continues today with the entire proceeds from this estate sale benefitting Biblical Theological Seminary, Grand View Hospital, Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Penn Foundation.

He was an avid collector of early American stoneware, baskets, redware and furniture, especially pieces from Pennsylvania. The two-day sale features nearly 1,000 items from the 18th century farmhouse in Bedminster, Pa., known as “Elderberry Farm,” that Hoeflich called home for a half-century. Alderfer Auction & Appraisal is offering the collection online and at the firm’s gallery.

More than 500 lots will be sold during the two-day sale starting at 6 p.m. June 8 and continuing at 9 a.m. June 9 at the Alderfer Auction Center.

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