Claude Giroux – Wondered Why He Got The Wanamaker Award

A few people we know were honored at the 2012 John Wanamaker Athletic Award Ceremony and Luncheon along with a few people we should get to know.
Claude Giroux and Ed Snider of the Philadelphia Flyers (if a shot is in b/w, it’s because I just got my new camera and there’s a learning curve. It looks good though does it?)
Amy Needle, Michelle Vondak, and Melanie Johnson. Thanks to Phyllis Halpern for pointing out that “Once Upon a Nation” has 11 benches not 13 this year. (Thanks to the cut in funding to Philly) Congrats to my two tweeter followers who named the correct location of the benches. Send me your emails and we will arrange for you to pick up your gift bag.

Amerimar’s Steve Gleason who manages the Wanamaker Building.

Larry Needle is executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress
(PSC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
(PCVB), which attracts major sporting events and conventions to the
Philadelphia area. Larry’s primary role is to pursue bids for future
sporting events and to facilitate their implementation in Philadelphia.
PSC is also the producer of the annual Army/Navy Game, a tradition held
in Philadelphia for a century.

The City of Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department presented its second annual Sports Volunteer of the Year Award to the
Katie Kirlin Fund
accepting is Joe and Roseann Kirlin. After their daughter, Katie, became a wheelchair athlete due to a spinal
tumor (1990) and then passed away, Joe and Roseanne have dedicated their lives
to raising funds for wheelchair sports and seeing they are utilized to
change the lives of athletes. 

Through the years their hands on approach in the Philadelphia area led
to the development of track, swimming and junior basketball teams all
functioning under the name, Katie’s Komets.   They have raised over $10 million dollars since starting their organization twenty years ago.

Adam Taliaferro,is a former American football player whose recovery from a paralyzing spinal cord injury sustained while playing cornerback for the Penn State Nittany Lions, Jerry Segal, (c) whose golf fundraisers support Magee Rehabilitation
was honored with the Sports Congress’ Robert P. Levy (r)
Community Service Award
. Segal who is an attorney from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who was paralyzed as a result of neck surgery in 1988 and later learned to walk again. He is also on the board of trustees for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and has raised over $10 million with his very successful charity golf tournaments. Taliaferro credits his successful rehabilitation to Segal and to Magee Rehabilitation.
Dave Montgomery, owner of the Philles and Ed Snider, Owner of the Flyers. Ed Snider received the Lifetime Achievement Award. I had no idea that Ed Snider picked out the location for the Vet, and also brought the Flyers here 9 months later. Snider says that in 1967 when the Flyers first came to town they had a parade down Broad Street. No one came, but 7 years later 2 million people lined the same street to see the Flyers bring home the Stanley Cup. Snider went on to say a few praising words about Giroux , and believes he will bring the team to the Promise Land next year.
The Philadelphia Sports Congress awarded this year’s John Wanamaker
Athletic Award to Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers during a
ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, June 5 in the Crystal Tea Room of the
Wanamaker Building. Giroux emerged as one of the elite players in the
National Hockey League this season.

Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette explains why Claude Giroux was tapped for the Wanamaker Award,
which in previous years was given to Roy Halladay, Jimmy Rollins, Dawn Staley and St. Joe’s Men’s Basetball Team.

You may ask, as did Claude Giroux, why did he get this award and what’s it mean? The press release gives us a few details:
This season, Giroux tallied 28 goals and 65 assists for 93 points. He also led the NHL in scoring during the first round of the playoffs. This is the third time a Flyers player has been recognized with the award, but the first since goalie Bernie Parent in 1975. Giroux also joins Bobby Clarke and the Flyers Stanley Cup Champion team from 1974, coach Fred Shero in 1976, and the 1980 squad which reached the Cup Finals. Since 1961, the Wanamaker Award has been presented to the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.

The End
PS peeps who rent the Crystal Tea Room. This is how to light the podium. Get someone up on a ladder and adjust the fixtures to shine on the participants on the staged. There’s nothing worse than going to an event and everyone is in the dark. (This is not directed at you, I know you think it is. It’s for all the people who spend good money to rent this sometimes terribly lit plate. It’s awesome for gala’s, but can be challenging for award ceremonies unless lit properly.)