UAC 45th Annual Breakfast: To This We Pledge

November 5, 2014

How do you use your time, talent and treasure?

 On Friday, November 21, 2014, over 1,000 people will gather at the Hyatt at the Bellevue for the Urban Affairs Coalition’s (UAC) 45th Anniversary Breakfast to consider this question in support of this year’s theme, “To this we pledge…”

Led by Sharmain Matlock Turner, a passionate advocate, leader and innovative problem solver, UAC helps more than 55 partner organizations tackle seemingly intractable social issues – poverty, housing insecurity, illiteracy, violence, and more – by providing each with fiscal sponsorship, capacity building, and program evaluation. At the Anniversary Breakfast, leaders from the Philadelphia region will network, exchange ideas, and recommit to inspiring transformative change.

New this year is the call to action by UAC’s Young Friends, led in part by Kareem E. Thomas, one of many youth whose professional skills were developed via participation in UAC partner programming. Currently Regional Vice President with a prominent banking institution, Thomas and the Young Friends have issued a challenge to their cohorts to pledge $1,000 to UAC over the course of one year as well as engage in activities that help the organization drive change from the ground up.

The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) will host their 45th Anniversary Breakfast on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt at the Bellevue (200 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA). Referred to as “Philadelphia’s premiere networking event,” –1,000 decision-makers in Philadelphia’s business, government and grassroots communities will gather to support this year’s theme, “To this we pledge...”

Guests will pledge their support to the UAC’s mission as they celebrate, reflect and honor three community leaders with the following prestigious awards:

  • Community Leadership Award: Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO, American Red Cross of Southeastern PA. Inspired by Ernest E. Jones, this award honors a community organization and its leader for contributing to the quality of life in the region.
  • “Doer” Award: Grant Rawdin, Esq., President and CEO, Wescott Financial Advisory. Inspired by Governor Edward G. Rendell, this award honors an individual who has made the communities of Philadelphia a better place to live, work and play.
  • Living Legacy Award: Romulo (Romy) Diaz, Jr., Esq., Vice President and General Counsel, PECO. Inspired by Dwight E. Evans, this award honors a policy leader who has committed to fostering the Coalition’s mission.

Tickets for the event are $125 and can be purchased at through November 12, 2014.

For the past 45 years, the UAC has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region by building wealth in urban communities and solving critical issues, such as digital literacy, job training, youth development, free tax services, small business development, anti-predatory lending, adult education, economic inclusion, HIV/AIDS prevention and homeless prevention services. Driving change from the ground up, the UAC strengthens nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship, capacity building, and program evaluation in order to provide economic opportunity to low-income household, working families and disadvantaged businesses. With a network of 55+ partner organizations and programs, the UAC is able to serve more than 150,000 children, youth and adults annually.

This year, guests can show their support by participating in two onsite fundraising initiatives. “I Can” lapel pins will be sold at three different levels: Grassroots (green) - $25; Sky is the Limit (blue) - $50; and Shine a Light (yellow) - $100. Additionally, UAC has instituted the “Young Friends of UAC” initiative to establish and support the next generation of leaders and givers. Young professionals under 40 years old who pledge $1,000 to UAC will receive recognition at the 45th Anniversary Breakfast; exclusive networking opportunities with other YFUAC members and top regional executives; access to invitation-only events during the Pennsylvania Society in December 2015; and an exclusive invitation to the UAC Board of Directors Annual Meeting and Reception in June 2015.  

Donations can also be made on the UAC’s website at

UAC’s President Sharmain Matlock-Turner will host a twitter chat on November 11, 2014

 To schedule interviews with Sharmain Matlock-Turner, the award recipients and/or representatives from the UAC, please contact Christanna Ciabattoni at 215-625-7988 or


About the Urban Affairs Coalition: The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities and solve emerging issues. With a network of over 55 partner organizations, the Coalition strengthens nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship, capacity building, and program evaluation in order to provide economic opportunity to low-income household, working families, and disadvantaged businesses.

Breakfast Co-Chairs: Steven Bradley, President & CEO, Bradley & Bradley; Jerry Sweeney, President & CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust.

Honorary Breakfast Co-Chairs: Nelson Diaz, Dilworth Paxson; Michael Rashid, AmeriHealth Caritas (retired).

2014 Breakfast Cabinet Members: Renee Amoore, President, The Amoore Group; Maria Pajil-Battle, Office of Community Investment AmeriHealth Caritas; Sandy Brown, Director of Public Relations, Shop Rite/Brown’s Super Stores; Lynette Brown Sow, Vice President, Marketing & Government Relations, Community College of Philadelphia; John J. Dougherty, Business Manager, IBEW Local 98; Brian Edmonds, Managing Principal, Concordis Real Estate Advisors; Harold T. Epps, President & CEO, PRWT Services; Kenny Gamble, Founder/Chairman, Universal Companies; Dexter Hendricks, Community Affairs Director, Turner Construction; Aldustus (A.J) Jordan, Vice President & Community Affairs Manager, Wells Fargo; Patrick Kelly, Senior Vice President and CDS National Program Manager, Bank of America; Adam Landau, CEO, Permit Capital Advisors; Rhonda Lauer, President & CEO, Foundations, Inc.; Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation; Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President & CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition; Diane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM; Shelton Mercer, CEO, TwitChange; Grant Rawdin, Esq., Founder & CEO, Wescott Financial Advisory Group, LLC; Romona Riscoe Benson, Manager of Corporate Relations, PECO; Chris Smith, Vice President, Bryn Mawr Trust; Denise Smyler, Partner, Ahmad Zaffarese & Smyler LLC; Kareem Thomas, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Business Banking, Citizens Bank; Jannet Walker, Vice President, Transportation Business Group, CH2MHILL; Ahmeenah Young, Consultant.

45th Anniversary Co-Chairs: Grant Rawdin, Esq., President & CEO, Wescott Financial Advisory Group, LLC; Hon. Marion B. Tasco, Councilwomen, 9th District, City of Philadelphia; Kareem Thomas, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Business Banking, Citizens Bank.

The 45th Anniversary Breakfast is proudly sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsor: Wescott Financial Advisory Group, LLC

Gold Trustee: AmeriHealth Caritas; PECO Energy

Silver Trustee: Independence Blue Cross; Brandywine Reality Trust; Merck & Co. Inc.

Bronze Trustee: Comcast Corporation; PNC Bank; Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania; Lindy Communities; Wells Fargo; Bradley & Bradley Associates, Inc.; Pepsi Beverages Companies; IBEW Local Union 98

Trustee: IBM; Bank of America; Concordias Real Estate Advisors; Brown’s Super Stores; Liberty Energy Trust; Trion Group, Inc.; Turner Construction; Jeff & Janine Yass; Honorable Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco; Gerry Lenfest; Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Production Sponsor: Eventchic LLC

Communications Sponsor: Skai Blue Media