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And Still We Rise…. Building Bridges to The Next Generation: Urban Affairs Coalition Hosts 48th Anniversary Breakfast

Photo courtesy of the Urban Affairs Coalition.

(Left to Right) Kenneth Frazier Chairman, CEO and President of Merck & Co., recipient of the “Doer” Award. William Ewing, Esq. Esteemed Attorney and Activist, recipient of the Living Legacy Award. Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, recipient of the Community Leadership Award. Photos courtesy of the Urban Affairs Coalition.

The Urban Affairs Coalition hosted its 48th Anniversary Breakfast at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Annually the breakfast brings together community leaders and organizations that strive to improve Philadelphia every day. This year over 800 guests, all decision makers in business, government, education and grassroots communities showed their support at “Philadelphia’s Premier Networking Event,” as they celebrated and honored leaders in the community who help inspire through their dedication and accomplishments.

This year’s honorees include Kenneth Frazier Chairman, CEO and President of Merck & Co., recipient of the “Doer” Award, William Ewing, Esq. Esteemed Attorney and Activist, recipient of the Living Legacy Award, and Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, recipient of the Community Leadership Award. Each of the honorees have made and continue to make tremendous contributions to the communities of Philadelphia.  Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation stated, “Life’s most important question is What are you doing for others”?

Appropriately titled, And Still We Rise, Building Bridges to The Next Generation, the Urban Affairs Coalition recognizes the importance of empowering the next generation. Founded in 1969 to address inequalities in economic access, the Urban Affairs Coalition continues to focus on their mission to bring people together to drive change.

The Coalition provides information and resources in the areas of positive youth development, adult education and job training, health related services, economic education, housing support, advocacy and economic inclusion. As a result, the Urban Affairs Coalition continues to be the glue that holds so many pieces together.

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