Local dignitaries honored the Urban Affairs Coalition on Friday morning for working to improve the quality of life and tackling tough issues during a major networking event.
Nearly 1,000 decision-makers in government, business and nonprofit sectors, attended the breakfast, billed as the city’s premiere networking event. They pledged to work cooperatively for the good of the city.
Sharmain Matlock-Turner, president/CEO of the host Urban Affairs Coalition, said, “We challenged ourselves, our board and our staff to have a bigger impact in 2014.”
She announced the coalition surpasses its fund-raising goal of $500,000 before thanking donors and advocates for their support.
Mayor Michael Nutter, City Council President Darrell Clarke, School Superintendent William Hite, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce President Rob Wonderling, and Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer attended the event.
Governor-elect Tom Wolf, who also attended, congratulated the coalition for 45 years of service to the Philadelphia region and talked about the impact of big cities on the state’s overall fiscal health.
Other current and former elected officials at the event included state Rep. Dwight Evans, and Ed Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor.
In 45 years of service, the coalition has leveraged its network of partners with the goal of improving life for low-income households, working families and struggling businesses. The coalition has addressed a range of urban issues from job training, youth development while fighting anti-predatory lending, and working to prevent HIV-AIDS and reduce the homeless population.
The coalition bestowed three prestigious awards: the Community Leadership Award to Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, the “Doer” Award to attorney Grant Rawdin; and the Living Legacy Award to attorney Romulo “Romy” Diaz, Jr.
Also, a newly formed group, Friends of the Coalition, pledged to donate $1,000 before the end of 2015.
Hughes, who accepted an award for community leadership, said in prepared remarks, “When you’re good to Philadelphia, Philadelphia is good to you.”
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