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18 Jul 2010

East Park Revitalization Alliance named Champion in Action for its work improving North Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood

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July 18, 2010 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Check presentation from last week’s Champion in Action Announcement; left to right:  Gail Gayle, Coordinator, East Park Revitalization Alliance; Suku John, Executive Director, East Park Revitilation Alliance; Edward Fagan, Director, Commissioner’s Staff, City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation;  Dan Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Citizens Bank for PA, NJ, DE; Dennis Bianchi, President and General Manager of NBC 10; Martin Molloy, CEO, Greater Philadelphia Cares.


Citizens Bank and its partners announced last week that the East Park Revitalization Alliance is the latest nonprofit to be named a Champion in Action.


East Park Revitalization Alliance received the Champion in Action award for its programs that seek to build a healthy community in North Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion section by focusing on innovative approaches to environmental improvement and health promotion. As a Champion in Action, East Park Revitalization Alliance will receive a $25,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support over the next three months.


Champions in Action is an innovative program that provides various forms of support for small nonprofit organizations in recognition of their contributions to communities throughout the five-county Philadelphia area. Since the program’s inception in 2003, 26 Champions have been selected, including today’s announced recipient.


“Citizens Bank is excited to pay recognition to the East Park Revitalization Alliance as our new Champion in Action,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President and CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “The organization has turned vacant land into community gardens, planted more than 700 trees and run a successful after-school and summer Healthy Choices Youth Program for children ages 6 to18 that teach them the skills to make healthy life choices.”


“NBC-10 is proud to highlight the good work being done by the East Park Revitalization Alliance,” said NBC-10 President and General Manager Dennis Bianchi. “The Champion in Action program enables us to thank and promote local nonprofits that do the grassroots work that often fails to get the attention it deserves. The East Park Revitalization Alliance fosters neighborhood improvement with both a healthy and green slant that’s a perfect fit in today’s world.”


“The East Park Revitalization Alliance’s Healthy Choices Youth Program offers a mixture of healthy cooking classes, along with physical activities, such as tennis, swimming, disc golf and nature hikes – tools for a permanently healthy lifestyle,” said Carol Dooling, Director of Communications and Partnerships at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and “And the expanded nature education programming we conduct with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department now includes a ‘Green Adventures’ environmental education program that will turn Fairmount Park into an outdoor classroom.”


“The East Park Revitalization Alliance also deserves acknowledgement for its role as the community partner in Strawberry Mansion for the Youth Environmental Stewardship program for teens,” said Martin Malloy, CEO of Greater Philadelphia Cares. “The organization works with groups of 10 to 12 teens on programs that increase ecology awareness and provide hands-on experience in a neighborhood park, while also teaching employment and life skills.


East Park Revitalization Alliance Executive Director Suku John and his staff were surprised today during a taping of the 10! Show on NBC-10. As a Champion in Action, the organization will receive:

  • A $25,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
  • Media coverage from NBC-10, including public service announcements and profiles.
  • Advertising space in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and on to promote both the program and the organization.
  • Volunteer support from Citizens Bank, NBC-10 and Greater Philadelphia Cares.
  • Extensive public relations support.
  • Promotional support, highlighting the Champion in Action in all Citizens Bank branches.
  • Exposure on the Web sites of Citizens Bank, NBC -10 and
  • Consulting and implementation services, provided by Greater Philadelphia Cares, to leverage volunteer support that enhances impact.
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