College Honors Philadelphia Phillies, Ceo David Montgomery and Launches First Capital Campaign, Goal to Raise $10 Million

PHILADELPHIA, April. 19, 2010 —Community College of Philadelphia will present its highest honor, the Bonnell Award, to the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team and its CEO David Montgomery for their charitable work in the community, including their dedication to education and literacy in the Philadelphia area.

The College's Foundation also will launch the public phase of the College's first capital campaign, with a goal to raise $10 million that will be used to support approximately $87 million in ongoing construction projects at the College’s Main Campus and Northeast Regional Center, as well as to expand student educational services and provide scholarships.

Both events will be part of the College Foundation's Third Annual Pathways Breakfast and will be held starting at 8 a.m., Monday, April 26 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street. Tickets are $50 and may be obtained by contacting Elise Morgan of the College’s Institutional Advancement Division at or at 215-751-8068.

At the breakfast, the Foundation also will present awards to Robert D. Davis of VIST Financial Corporation, philanthropists John and Lydia Krzeminski, College alumnus Jose Lebron of the School District of Philadelphia and Warren A. Reintzel, president of the board of the Wanamaker Institute of Industries.

All of the honorees serve as role models, demonstrating to other individuals and organizations, what can be done to significantly improve the educational attainment, job training and career prospects of Philadelphia residents.

The presentation of the Bonnell Award and the public launch of the capital campaign will highlight the morning. Named after Allen T. Bonnell, the College's founding president, the Bonnell Award is given in recognition of exemplary community service and a commitment to access, opportunity and transformational change. Thanks to Bonnell's vision and determination, the College was founded in 1964 as a public, affordable, open admission institution of higher education. It has since served more than 596,000 people.

David Montgomery, the general partner, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Phillies, will accept this year's Bonnell Award on behalf of the baseball team.
For many years, the Phillies'organization has played an active role in Greater Philadelphia, both on and off the field. Since 2004, its "Be a Phanatic About Reading" program has encouraged children in kindergarten through eighth grade to read 15 minutes a day. This year, more than 100,000 children will read with the Phillie Phanatic mascot, the star of five children’s’ books. Since 2001, the "Phillies Phundamentals" after-school/summer camp program has made learning fun by using the theme of baseball to teach and reinforce academic skills to more than 2,000 kids annually at inner-city recreation centers. On May 7 at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Phillies will hold the "10th Annual Teacher Appreciation Night," honoring 10 outstanding teacher all-stars.

During the College’s breakfast, the Foundation also will unveil the public phase of its comprehensive campaign, officially known as "Expanding Possibilities: The Campaign for Community College of Philadelphia." The College has already raised more than $6 million toward its $10 million goal.

The College has received a highly coveted challenge grant for $1.2 million from the globally renowned Kresge Foundation. This challenge requires the College to raise an additional $1.7 million in private funds by June 30, 2011. The Foundation also has received a generous pledge of $100,000 from the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. In recognition, the College renamed one of its three education centers the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society.

The College is currently undergoing approximately $87 million in construction at its Main Campus and at its Northeast Regional Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Foundation's capital campaign is under the stellar leadership of co-chairs James E. Nevels, founder and chairman of The Swarthmore Group, and Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Citizens Bank's Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region.

The College is especially grateful to the major sponsors of the Third Annual Pathways Breakfast. They include Scholars Council sponsors Citizens Bank and Penn Medicine, as well as Academic Partners sponsors A.T. Chadwick, Glenmede, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, the Independence Foundation and the Philadelphia Phillies.