The Fund for Children of The Philadelphia Foundation sponsored the Young Playwrights Advocate Award at the June 3 Philadelphia Young Playwrights Write On! Celebration.
The award was presented to Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilwoman at Large, by Lawrence J. Beaser, Esq., Chair of the Board of Managers of The Philadelphia Foundation.
Brown was honored for her extraordinary efforts on behalf of youth and for her work in establishing The Fund for Children at the Philadelphia Foundation. Thanks to contributions from the Philadelphia Eagles football and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball teams through a lease arrangement with the City of Philadelphia, the Fund for Children supports three programs aimed at improving the quality of life for the children of Philadelphia with a $2-million annual investment.
Beaser also presented the award to Monologue Festival Winning Playwright Aimee Leong.
The celebration highlighted the transformative effects of the Philadelphia Young Playwrights experience and featured inspiring voices of past and present winning young playwrights. The organization, now in its 22nd year, promotes literacy through playwriting and supports the development of each student’s distinctive voice.
The Philadelphia Foundation co-sponsored the 2009 Adele Magner Award. It is given to an outstanding Young Playwrights team who display best the qualities of collaboration, transformation and perseverance. Andrew Swinney, president of The Philadelphia Foundation, presented the award to student playwright Moses Adenaike, teacher Toni Ruddy, and teaching artist Jan Michener.
Pulitzer- and Tony-Award Nominee Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, who got her start in the Young Playwrights, performed a song from her new show Barrio Grrrl!, which opens at the Kennedy Center in October.
Actors also performed Big Brained Billy-Bob-Joe-Fred… and Bob written by Glenside Elementary School Students.
Gov. Edward G. Rendell was honored with the organization’s Civics Award, and Anne Spector received the President’s Award for Special Achievement for her work as an educator, administrator and advocate of Young Playwrights programming in the Cheltenham School District.
Honorary Chairs of the event were Sandra Dungee Glenn, Karen and William Kiefer, Virginia and Harvey Kimmel, and Richard and Diane Dalto Woosnam