Six Local Children Honored by Athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers, Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Union at Shining Star Awards on January 12

| Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Temple’s Tina Sloan Green Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Philadelphia, PA, December 08, 2015 —

PHILADELPHIA (December 8, 2015) –
  Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will host the 6th Annual Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes presented by Wanamaker Entertainment Groupon Tuesday, January 12 at the Hilton  at Penn’s Landing. The gala dinner, hosted by Ron Burke, has raised over $1.2 million for the March of Dimes in five years.

At the event on January 12, six local children representing the urgent needs of the March of Dimes will be presented with their awards from current and former players from the Philadelphia 76ers, Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Union.  A special video presentation will be shown which documents the child’s remarkable life and their day spent with their favorite athlete. These children honorees include:

  • Anna and Kate Quirus of Plymouth Meeting paired with Zach Pfeffer of the Philadelphia Union
  • John Dowling of Philadelphia paired with Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Larry Anderson
  • Carter Powell of Hummelstown paired with Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Isiah Toledo of Philadelphia paired with Mark Sanchez of the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Hope Jacobus of Hatboro paired with Richaun Holmes of the Philadelphia 76ers

Temple University’s Tina Sloan Green will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Sloan Green co-founded the Black Women in Sport Foundation in 1992. Since assuming the helm of this thriving organization, she has worked to ensure that young underserved minority students gain full exposure to non-traditional sports. The foundation’s ongoing mission is to provide healthy alternatives for at risk women and children and vigorously advocate for the inclusion and rights of women of color in all aspects of sport—from the field to the board room.

“It is an honor for Wanamaker Entertainment Group to be the presenting sponsor for this incredible event,” said Paul Conaway, Wanamaker Entertainment Group President and CEO.  “To see the bond between the children and the athletes is evident to everyone attending the event. This would not be possible without the tremendous work of The March of Dimes, and I cannot think of a better charity to support.”

Those attending the gala will have the opportunity to meet the honorees and bid on sports and entertainment packages, autographed memorabilia, hotel packages and once in a lifetime opportunities including the Shining Star Package featuring four VIP tickets to the five sports teams and behind the scenes experiences, plus autographed team jerseys.

Philadelphia is proud to be the home of one of five March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers, a nationwide network bringing the best and brightest minds together to work and share information. The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania joins centers at Stanford University, the Ohio Collaborative, Washington University in St. Louis and the final center, collaboration among the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Duke. These March of Dimes Centers are bringing together more than 300 scientists, researchers and physicians that are pioneering a brand new way of doing “team science”, dedicated solely to examining, identifying and preventing the causes of preterm birth.

Funds raised at the 6th Annual Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes presented by Wanamaker Entertainment Group support the March of Dimes prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs, as well as advocacy efforts for moms and babies. 

A limited number of tickets are available at $200 each and sponsorship opportunities can be arranged by calling Bob Smoose at the March of Dimes at 484-685-5849 or via email at rsmoose@marchofdimes.org.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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