Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney chose a family foundation as the recipient of an award for its commitment to investing in the city and it's youth.
Kenney officially presented the Neubauer Family Foundation with the 2022 Magis Award on the morning of July 4th.
The foundation run by Joseph and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer was recognized at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Hall in Old City.
“During our administration, supporting quality education for our city’s youth has been a core priority,” Kenney said at the ceremony Monday morning, “and I cannot thank Jeanette and Joe Neubauer enough for their dedication to the School District of Philadelphia and their leadership with Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders.”
The Neubauer Family Foundation supports initiatives in education, the arts and Jewish culture.
The foundation focuses a lot on education, in 2015 they founded the Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders. The organization provides professional development programs to enhance leadership in Philadelphia's public, charter and parochial schools.
“Education is the surest path to economic security, and economic security enables social progress," Joseph Neubauer said in a news release.
The mayor's office said schools impacted by the foundation have seen higher retention rates, higher student attendance rates and improved student performance.
The Magis Award was created by Kenney in 2016 to honor a person (or organizations) that "does and achieves more, serving the greater good in the City of Philadelphia."
The event will broadcast on NBC10 and Telemundo62 at 6 p.m. followed by the Wawa Welcome America evening concert live from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
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