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The 14th Annual Champions of Caring Awards Ceremony to Honor Youth and Community Service

May 13, 2009

WHAT: One-hundred outstanding middle and high school students from the greater Philadelphia area and their teachers and principals will be honored for their commitment to community service and social justice at the 14th Annual Champions of Caring Recognition Program and Celebration.

The Mother Teresa Humanitarian Award will be presented posthumously to Dr. Constantine Papadakis for his lifelong commitment to educational excellence and promoting civic engagement. His daughter, Maria Papadakis will accept this award.

The Champions of Caring Community Partner Award presented to State Farm Insurance for their commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

The Champions of Caring Legacy Award will be presented to Hajri Frasheri, whose Muslim family rescued Jews in Albania during the Holocaust.

The Honorary Champion of Caring Award will be presented to local photographer and Champions of Caring Advisory Board Member Julie Miller.

Remarks given by: Barbara Shaiman, Founder and President of Champions of Caring Representative of the Office of the Mayor Dr. Maria Pitre, Chief Academic Officer, School District of Philadelphia Maria Papadakis, Daughter of Dr. Constantine Papadakis Joan McDonald, Vice President, Drexel University Terrell McCray, Ambassadors of Caring Alumnus Nathan Dorfman, Ambassador of Caring and student at Central High School Claire Geruson, Ambassador of Caring and student at Mt. St. Joseph Academy Alia Thomas, Champion of Caring, and student at Sayre High School

WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2009 4 p.m. -5 p.m. (Reception to follow)

WHERE: Drexel University, Main Building Auditorium (32nd and Chestnut Streets)

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