Champions for Children 2017

November 16, 2017

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 S. Broad Street

The annual Champions for Children Celebration benefits CORA Services and honors extraordinary individuals and organizations dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families in the Philadelphia region.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. 


Jim Harron, Herb Bass, Nichole Berntsen, Dr. Arthur Evans, AnnMarie Schultz, Bill Becker

 To see photos from the evening, click here. 



Corporate Champions: Herbert Bass, Esq. & Fox Rothschild, LLP.

Herb Bass, highly dedicated current Board Member, and a former chairman of CORA’s Board of Directors, has contributed his time, talent and treasure to CORA for almost 40 years. Thanks to Herb’s tireless commitment to furthering CORA’s mission, Fox Rothschild has also been a longtime sponsor of CORA Services and we are incredibly honored to award them the title of Corporate Champion.

Herb Bass has been named among “The Best Lawyers in America” for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. In addition to serving on CORA’s Board, Herb has taught real estate law at Manor Junior College. He has also served as board chair of the Committee of Seventy, the Crime Prevention Association, the Immaculata College Real Estate Advisory Board, and the Harvard Law School Fund for the Philadelphia area.



Dr. Arthur Evans


Civic Champion: Arthur C. Evans, Ph.D., CEO of the American Psychological Association

Dr. Arthur Evans is the former Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania. Dr. Evans has been a partner to CORA, and many other nonprofit human services organizations who support children and families. He recently led the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia.

Classroom Champion: Nicole Berntsen

Nichole Berntsen


Nicole Berntsen is a Temple University freshman psychology major and graduate of Benjamin Rush, Class of 2017. CORA’s scholarship committee has named Nichole this year’s James J. Harron Classroom Champion for having excelled academically despite facing significant hardship.



Each year our committee identifies honorees in three categories:
  • The Corporate Champion is presented to a leader who is committed to helping children and families in the community and has facilitated connections for resources that support the mission of CORA Services.
  • The Civic Champion is presented to a civic leader who has been instrumental in creating a brighter future for children and families in our community.
  • The Classroom Champion Award recognizes a high school junior or senior student for his or her achievements in the classroom, despite having faced significant challenge and adversity.

*For more information, or to make a specific gift to CORA in honor of Herb Bass or Dr. Arthur Evans today, please contact Helene Baczkowski, CORA’s Development Director at 215.701.2776.


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Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors


CORA’s Board of Directors

Charity’s Circle

Sisters of Good Shepherd


Caring Partner


 Clarion Samuels Associate, Kenneth Grosse, Anthony Saytanides


Coyle, Lynch and Company,  Courtney Ludeman from Lokal, Wise Owl Photography





2016 Champions:

2016 Corporate Champion – Univest Bank

2016 Civic Champion – PA State Representative John Taylor

2016 Classroom Champion – Christian Brown, Senior  Father Judge High School

See More Photos from 2016 Champions for Children Celebration

2015 Champions:

2015 Corporate Champion – Patrick Eiding, Philadelphia Chapter, AFL-CIO

2015 Civic Champions – James Harron, J. Michael Schell and Robert McElhenney, CORA Services

2015 Classroom Champion – Shannon Fritz, Senior St. Hubert’s High School

See More Photos from 2015 Champions for Children Celebration