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35th Annual Awards and Benefit Luncheon
Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel
Liberty Ballroom

Monday, January 16, 2017
12:00 noon

The Philadelphia Foundation
Pedro A. Ramos, President & CEO

Arthur C. Evans, Ph.d
Commissioner, Philadelphia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectural Disability Services

Natasha Brown
Emmy Award Wining CBS3/The CW Philly News Weekend Anchor

Pine Forge Academy Choir

 32nd Annual National Bell Ringing Ceremony
Liberty Bell Pavilion
11:00 a.m.
April Ryan



  Nomination Form:  
            Awardee Nominee Form (PDF)
  Deadline - March 30, 2017



Drum Major Award for Corporate Social Responsibility:

Awarded to a Corporate leader whose inspiration is demonstrated in their concern and committed as an executive in helping to create the Beloved Community advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Drum Major Award for Social Justice:

Awarded to the person whose pioneering, historical, inspirational, brilliant, bold and dedicated leadership, locally or nationally has empowered others in the educational, political, civil rights, health and civic arenas.


Drum Major Award for Community Empowerment:

Awarded to a community leader who is a committed activist for families and has a well-deserved reputation as a person who has made things happen and got things done in their community.


Drum Major Award for Criminal Justice:

Awarded to a person who is passively committed to fighting against any legal injustice to achieve justice and freedom, two cardinal principles advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Drum Major Award for Equal Justice Under the Law:

Awarded to a person who has made invaluable contributions in the justice system to organizations and have made substantial contributions towards protecting and advancing equal justice under the law.


Drum Major Award for Social & Political Justice:

Awarded to a person who has made a long-time contribution to Philadelphia’s political, social and cultural arenas.


Drum Major Award for Equal Rights, Equal Justice, Equal Opportunity:

Awarded to a person whose sacrificial commitment to Civil Rights and heroic deeds and dedication has led to the road to freedom which lines up with the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Drum Major Award for Youth Empowerment and Education:

Awarded to a person whose inspirational and life-enhancing contributions as a mentor to young people to a life free of violence and who has made a positive impact in curbing the incidences of school dropouts, teen pregnancy, drugs etc. through education.


Voice of Freedom Award:

The Voice of Freedom Award was created in 2001 by the late Honorable Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, the King Association’s Founder and President.  The award was created to honor national and international persons whose lives, not only exemplifies the ideals of Dr. King, but whose voice rings throughout the nation with sounds of hope, freedom and justice for ALL people.