Champions for Children 2018

November 27, 2018

The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale
3801 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114

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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Union League at Torresdale

5:30-8:30 PM

  Each year CORA’s identifies honorees in the following categories:


2018 CORA CORPORATE CHAMPION Plumbers Union Local 690

The Corporate Champion Award is presented to an individual or organization who has shown a commitment to meeting the needs of young people in the Philadelphia community, by facilitating connections for resources that support CORA’s mission – to support children and families facing academic, emotional or social challenges.


CORA is pleased to announce that the Plumbers Union Local 690 is CORA’s 2018 Corporate Champion. 

To learn more about the Plumbers Union Local 690, please click here.


2018 CORA CIVIC CHAMPION Sister Donna Shallo, IHM


The Civic Champion Award is presented to a community leader who has been instrumental in creating a brighter future for local children and families and whose character is reflective of CORA’s core values, passed down from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd –individual worth, mercy, reconciliation, and zeal.

CORA is pleased to name  Sister Donna Shallo, IHM as our 2018 Civic Champion. 

To learn more about Sister Donna Shallo, please click here.


Aleasha Lewis ’18, Mercy Career and Technical High School


The James J. Harron Classroom Champion Award recognizes a high school junior or senior student for his or her notable achievements in the classroom or community. CORA exists to help children and families navigate obstacles – CORA’s Classroom Champion is chosen for having overcome a significant challenge with grace and poise.

CORA is pleased to name Aleasha Lewis as our 2018 Classroom Champion. 

Aleasha Lewis, 2018 graduate of Mercy Career and Technical High School, is currently a freshman nursing major at La Salle University. During her years at Mercy, she shined because of her work ethic and positive outlook on life. Aleasha maintained good academic standing, held a part-time job, and decided that “God had a plan for her” when she gave birth to a beautiful daughter during her junior year of high school.

CORA supports children and families and helps them to overcome challenges and achieve success. Join us, as we salute Aleasha and the rest of our champions, and advance CORA’s mission to support families and strengthen communities.



2018 Giving Tuesday Campaign

Thank you to all that contributed to the Giving Tuesday campaign to support families over the holiday season. In the spirit of Sister Charity, CORA provides almost 200 families with a holiday gift card to help them purchase food, a toy or a winter coat. Generosity toward the families we serve is part of our mission. Help us continue the tradition, click here. 


 2018 Champions for Children Celebration 





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*For more information, or to make a specific gift to CORA in honor of one of our 2018 Champions for Children today, please contact Helene Baczkowski, CORA’s Development Director at 215.701.2776.

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

2017 Champions:

2017 Corporate Champion – Herb Bass, Fox Rothschild

2017 Civic Champion – Dr. Arthur Evans

2017 Classroom Champion – Nichole Bernsten, Temple University ’21

See More Photos from 2017 Champions for Children Celebration.

2016 Champions:

2016 Corporate Champion – UNIVEST Bank

2016 Civic Champion – PA State Representative John Taylor

2016 Classroom Champion – Christian Brown, Father Judge High School ’17

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, St. Hubert’s High School ’16

See More Photos from 2015 Champions for Children Celebration


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