The William Penn Award Charles Pizzi
April 16th was a very busy night as both the William Penn Awards and the Donors are Heroes party was going on, luckily for me one was on the mezzanine floor the Donor’s party was on the XIX floor. Even luckier is I ran into my friend Justin Pizzi outside the Bellevue and he brought me right up to the VIP party where I met his mom and family. His mom’s a big fan getting to know me when Justin did the Be a 10 in 10 Weeks for NBC10 as I worked out last summer at Fusion Cross Training, which I just started doing again yesterday. So on with the show….
Charles Pizzi, president and chief executive officer of Tasty Baking Co., received the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce‘s highest honor, The William Penn Award, at its annual black-tie gala held April 16 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.
Leci Valdes, Elise Frank, Sherrin Thomas, Lindsey Kaskowitz. Originally Pizzi just wanted to serve Tastykakes as the desert, yes it’s true. But Pastry Chef Elise Frank said that she would whip up something better. Using the ingredients to created some of the popular cakes, she created her own desserts and had Charles Pizzi taste them side by side with their inspirations, the Krimpet, the peanut butter one and the chocolate cupcake. He chose her desserts instead.
NBC10’s Justin Pizzi, FoxSports.com’s Slice of Pizzi host Chris Pizzi and Wharton student Keith Pizzi. Those Pizzis are a successful bunch.
Rounding out the family was mom Elyse, brother Gabe and aunt Marie Bonner in the VIP room. (Missing was dad at the moment of my visit.) Also enjoying the festivities were past William Penn Award winners…
The lobby of the Grand Ballroom, below Mark Focht, Director of Fairmount Park, and Kate Wilhelm, Director of the Fairmount Park Conservatory
Pizzi’s passion for Philadelphia sports teams inspired the dinner’s theme, “Get in the Game,” which featured Eagles cheerleaders, Sixers mascot Hip-Hop, and table centerpieces of sports memorabilia donated by the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers.
The evening for nearly 720 guests was co-chaired by Ron Rubin, Judith M. von Seldeneck,
Autumn Adkins, President of Girard College and Gerry Lenfest – Mr. Lenfest and Miss Adkins have a mutual bond over the high school Mercersburg Academy, which is an independent, coeducational boarding school for grades 9-12 located in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, United States. The school’s mission is: “[to] prepare young men and women from diverse backgrounds for college and for life in a global community.
When Mr. Lenfest was a young boy, his mother had passed away and he was a troubled youth. He credits Mecersburg Academy with helping him find his way to the success he is today. Before coming to Girard College, Ms. Adkins was on the faculty at Mercersburg Academy. I sent this shot to them so they could send it to their mutual friend.