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
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.
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*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:
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 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 Corporate Champion – Herb Bass, Fox Rothschild
2017 Civic Champion – Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of APA
2017 Classroom Champion – Nichole Bernsten, Temple University ’21
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
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