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09/19/19

Children’s Village Donor Appreciation Reception: A Special Thank You to Our Community of Supporters

On September 12, Children’s Village’s hosted a Donor Appreciation Reception at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to celebrate those who have supported us over the years.  The Federal Reserve’s soaring atrium was filled with music, laughter, and lively conversations from rekindled connections.  During the evening’s program, Executive Director Mary Graham transported the 114 attendees into Children’s Village’s newly renovated classrooms.

“This is Children’s Village,” said Mary, as images featuring preschoolers engaged in story time, school-age students digging into nutritious meals, and families joining in arts activities flashed on the auditorium’s screen. “We could not do our work without our community of supporters and are grateful to each of you.”

(l to r), Sherman Harris, Sheila Harris, Marcella Keel , and Khalil Keel have demonstrated a lasting commitment to Children’s Village.

(l to r), Sherman Harris, Sheila Harris, Marcella Keel , and Khalil Keel have demonstrated a lasting commitment to Children’s Village.

Underscoring the spirit of community and high-quality early learning’s lasting impact, Mary introduced alumni Sherman Harris and Khalil Keel, who are cousins, and their mothers, Sheila Harris and Marcella Keel.   “Sherman and Khalil attended our Preschool Program decades ago. Today, they have successful careers.  Sheila and Marcella have continued to donate as a tribute to Children’s Village’s role in their families’ lives,” said Mary.

Mary highlighted that Children’s Village benefits from the collective commitment of individuals, corporations, foundations, volunteers, and advocates.  “We are fortunate to have friendships that are several decades long and we value every relationship.  But tonight we want to recognize an individual who has supported Children’s Village since our beginning in 1976,” she said.  Mary presented Jim Martin, Children’s Village founder and longtime Board member, with a plaque commemorating his 43-years of service, generosity, and advocacy.

(l to r) Meredith Jermann, Board President, Children’s Village, who emceed the event, joins Mary Graham to present Jim Martin, founder and longtime Board member, with an award in honor of his tireless efforts on behalf of children and families.

(l to r) Meredith Jermann, Board President, Children’s Village, who emceed the event, joins Mary Graham to present Jim Martin, founder and longtime Board member, with an award in honor of his tireless efforts on behalf of children and families.

While Mary and Jim conveyed Children’s Village’s dedication to young learners, keynote speaker Natalie Renew described Children’s Village teaching role for adult learners.  Director of Home Grown, a national funders collaborative focused on home-based child care, Natalie had worked closely with Children’s Village as an administrator in the early learning and out-of-school time sectors.

“While Children’s Village aces the many compliance, licensing, and inspection checklists, it is the laser focus on children and families that shines through and that we all learn from,” said Natalie.  “Thanks to your support, through Children’s Village new adult Learning Lab, teachers and directors can better understand “the how” of what Children’s Village does.  These educators learn to develop their own vision of quality that reflects the needs of their children and communities.”

Natalie echoed the evening’s theme of working together, “Children’s Village commitment is not easy to pull off.  All of you are a critical part of ensuring it does happen.  Children’s Village relies on all of you to write checks, to volunteer, and to advocate for this amazing place,” she concluded.

(Left) Keynote speaker Natalie Renew and Mary Graham enjoy time together at the event.

(Left) Keynote speaker Natalie Renew and Mary Graham enjoy time together at the event.

Children’s Village extends a warm thanks to the evening’s sponsors:

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Representing one of the event sponsors, Stradley Ronon, were (l-r) Gretchen Santamour and Samantha Kats, Board member.

Representing one of the event sponsors, Stradley Ronon, were (l-r) Gretchen Santamour and Samantha Kats, Board member.

Sophie Jermann, daughter of Board President Meredith Jermann, and Scott Wagner entertained guests.

Sophie Jermann, daughter of Board President Meredith Jermann, and Scott Wagner entertained guests.

(Center) Former longtime Board President and early learning advocate, Marcia Kung, and her husband Eddie, pause during the reception with R.S.V.P.’s Julie Brown.

(Center) Former longtime Board President and early learning advocate, Marcia Kung, and her husband Eddie, pause during the reception with R.S.V.P.’s Julie Brown.

Board President Meredith Jermann (right) greets Kamiel Corbin of SEI.

Board President Meredith Jermann (right) greets Kamiel Corbin of SEI.

(left) Cecelia Moy Yep and Mae Wong were among the event’s special guests.

(left) Cecelia Moy Yep, a wonderful friend of Children’s Village since day one, and Mae Wong were among the event’s special guests.

(l-r) LaSalle University’s Greer Richardson joins Mary Graham and Board member Priya Schwartzburt.

(l-r) LaSalle University’s Greer Richardson joins Mary Graham and Board member Priya Schwartzburt.

Children’s Village benefits from dedicated volunteer leadership. (l-r) Pictured with Mary Graham, Ex. Dir., are several of our current Board members Jim McElwain, George Donnelly, Jim Martin, Pip Campbell, Priya Schwartzburt, Meredith Jermann, Sharon Ward, and Samantha Kats.

Children’s Village benefits from dedicated volunteer leadership. (l-r) Pictured with Mary Graham, Ex. Dir., are several of our current Board members Jim McElwain, George Donnelly, Jim Martin, Pip Campbell, Priya Schwartzburt, Meredith Jermann, Sharon Ward, and Samantha Kats.

 Above and photos A and B: Children’s Village staff members demonstrate their dedication both through their professional service and their financial support. Pictured are (l-r, back row)) Marie Marks, Sim Lo, Matt Ferry, Susan Owens, Matt’s guest Justin Longstreet, Lauren Burnley, and Jamila Manley, and front row (l-r), Samantha Borys and Zaina Cahill.

Above and photos A and B: Children’s Village staff members demonstrate their dedication both through their professional service and their financial support. Pictured are (l-r, back row)) Marie Marks, Sim Lo, Matt Ferry, Susan Owens, Matt’s guest Justin Longstreet, Lauren Burnley, and Jamila Manley, and front row (l-r), Samantha Borys and Zaina Cahill.

Photo A: Beth Baker, Min Kuster, Yan Chen, and Rina Gorbachinsky.

Photo A: (l-r) Beth Baker, Min Kuster, Yan Chen, and Rina Gorbachinsky.

Photo B: (l-r) Barbara Wolf, Linda Gordy, former staff member Susan Frankel, Yan Chen, and Yi Chen.

Photo B: (l-r) Barbara Wolf, Linda Gordy, former staff member Susan Frankel, Yan Chen, and Yi Chen.

Children’s Village’s “family of supporters” includes longtime donor Charles Graham, Mary’s brother!

Children’s Village’s “family of supporters” includes longtime donor Charles Graham, Mary’s brother!

 

 

 
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