Champions for Children 2019

December 03, 2019

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, December 3, 2019

The Union League at Torresdale

5:30-8:30 PM

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

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.

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.

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.



CCFC 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

CCFC 2019 Sponsorship Commitment Form

*For more information, or to make a gift to CORA in support of the 2019 Champions for Children Celebration today, please contact

Helene Baczkowski, CORA’s Director of Institutional Advancement at 215.701.2776.

2019 Civic Champions:

Champions Northeast Times Article Read more here.2019 Civic Champions:

Michael DiBerardinis – Professor at the Fels Institute at UPENN, former Managing Director of the city of Philadelphia

James F. Mullan – Retired President of Enovation Inc. and former Chairman of CORA’s  Board of Directors

2019 Corporate Champion:

Kevin Finn – Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board at Iron Hill



2019 Classroom Champion:

Mary Maddalo – Archbishop Ryan Class of 2019, Holy Family University Class of 2023





2018 Champions:

2018 Corporate Champion – Plumbers Local 690, John Kane – Business Manager

2018 Civic Champion – Sister Donna Shallo – Retiring Little Flower H.S. President

2018 Classroom Champion – Aleasha Lewis, LaSalle University, Mercy Vocational Tech School

2017 Champions:

2017 Corporate Champion – Herb Bass, Fox Rothschild

2017 Civic Champion – Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of APA

2017 Classroom Champion – Nichole Bernsten, Temple University ’21

See More Photos from 2017 Champions for Children Celebration.

2016 Champions:

2016 Corporate Champion – UNIVEST Bank, Mike Keim

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 Leadership Retirees

2015 Classroom Champion – Shannon Fritz, St. Hubert’s High School ’16

See More Photos from 2015 Champions for Children Celebration