Disability Advocates and Supporters Honored at 30th Anniversary Celebration

Philadelphia City Representative Sheila Hess, Nancy Glass and the Glass Entertainment Group, and Monica Kondrad, Care Coordinator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children honored

Philadelphia, Pa. – The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD), now celebrating 30 years of serving the disability community of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, honored disability advocates and supporters at its annual awards ceremony . The awards were given at LCD’s 30th Anniversary Fall Celebration & Silent Auction on October 19, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This year, Philadelphia City Representative Sheila Hess was honored with the Special Recognition Award.  Additionally, Nancy Glass and the Glass Entertainment Group, and Monica Kondrad, Nurse Care Coordinator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, were honored with White Hat Awards.

Since 2004, LCD has honored individuals and organizations that work and advocate on behalf of the disability community in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties with the Special Recognition and White Hat Awards. The Special Recognition Award is given to a person nominated by LCD’s Board of Directors who has shown outstanding commitment to the disability community.

“We are honored that Sheila received LCD’s Special Recognition Award at LCD’s 30th Anniversary Fall Celebration,” said Linda Peyton, Executive Director, LCD. “Sheila epitomizes the spirit of what is possible.  The work Sheila does in the community embodies LCD’s core mission to help low-income people with disabilities achieve inclusion, independence and justice. She shines as a role model for people with and without disabilities and shows not only what is possible, but what can be done to help those in need.”

Sheila Hess was named as City Representative by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016. She serves as the leader of the Office of the City Representative, the ceremonial and special events department which serves as the City’s events production, public relations and hospitality-tourism arm. Prior to becoming City Representative, Hess spent 24 years at Independence Blue Cross, where she served as Director of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation & Community Affairs. As Director, she was responsible for the company’s $65 million private charitable foundation. She also effectively pioneered the Blue Crew Corporate Volunteer Program, supervising 30,000 individuals.

This year, LCD also recognized Nancy Glass and the Glass Entertainment Group, and Monica Kondrad, Care Coordinator for Children with Special Needs at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children with White Hat Awards. The White Hat Award honors those who help LCD staff in their daily work to meet LCD’s mission of providing free legal services to the disability community of Philadelphia.  The honorees help LCD to sustain its work by promoting LCD, fundraising and sharing their talents and passion when the staff at LCD needs assistance.

“This year I am very happy to have honored Nancy Glass and the Glass Entertainment Group for its support in the Broad Street Run,” said Peyton. “For the last three years, the Group’s employees and friends have joined LCD and fundraised to help sustain LCD’s programs. LCD relies on support from different sectors and we always appreciate the Group and owner Nancy Glass’ efforts to think creatively about ways to support LCD. ”

“The success of LCD’s work depends on collaboration with our partners. Monica Kondrad exemplifies the spirit of that collaboration in her work with LCD at PhilaKIDS Medical Legal Partnership at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.  Monica works in the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs at St. Chris and has worked closely with LCD attorneys. She works tirelessly with families to identify a young adult’s strengths and needs in order to help each individual reach his or her potential.”

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October 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments