The Philadelphia Education Fund (the Ed Fund) has announced the winners of its 2011 EDDY Awards, honoring individuals, businesses and organizations that represent the region's educational success stories.
This year, four EDDY Awards will be given to five distinguished honorees:
The 2011 Star Alumnus EDDYAward will be presented to Walter P. Lomax, Jr., MD, a graduate of Central High School and a distinguished physician who serves as a civic leader through business and philanthropic ventures supporting education, health and arts and culture.
The recipient of the 2011 Star Commitment to EducationEDDY to Philadelphia philanthropist and leading education and family advocate Carole Haas Gravagno.
The 2011 Rising StarEDDY will be presented to Tamanna Sultana, a University City High School alum and an aspiring physician who will graduate from Temple University in December 2011.
The 2011 Star Business Commitment to Education EDDYAward will be presented to John & Kira's, one of Philadelphia's most innovative small businesses focused on expanding educational opportunities for urban communities.
The Ed Fund introduced the EDDYs in 2005 to celebrate, honor, and share stories of educational triumph. The 2011 Stars of Public Education join a distinguished group of prior recipients including Grammy winner and local philanthropist Kenneth Gamble (2010); Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Acel Moore (2009); astronaut Guion S. Bluford (2008); School District of Philadelphia superintendent Constance Clayton (2008); Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/poet/actress Jill Scott (2006); and Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell (2007) among others.