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CORA Champions for Children 2020. TIMES FILE PHOTO

CORA to honor 7

CORA Services will honor seven people at its 49th annual event that recognizes individuals and organizations who have exemplified their mission or have been instrumental in advancing CORA’s ability to support children and families.

The Virtual Champions for Children Celebration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

The Corporate Champions are Valentine A. Brown, of the law firm Duane Morris, and John J. Coyle, chairman of CORA’s Board of Directors.

Brown oversees the firm’s objective of providing thousands of hours of free, quality legal services to individuals and organizations that serve the community. Duane Morris pro bono attorneys worked in the transition of Good Shepherd Mediation Program as a CORA program.

Sister Brigid Lawlor and the late Sister Charity Kohl are Civic Champions. Sister Brigid founded the Good Shepherd Mediation Program, which focuses on child care, social work, legal advocacy and justice. Sister Charity established CORA in 1971. She died in 2001.

The James J. Harron Classroom Champion Award recognizes high school students for notable achievements in the classroom or community. Three Class of 2020 graduates have been named CORA Classroom Champions: Jessica Grabon (Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush), Harrison Mayall-Weiland (The Bridge Way School) and Mariame Sissoko (Central).

Each of these students will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships for the virtual event, send tribute messages for the honorees or for more information, contact Helene Baczkowski at or 215-701-2776. ••

Win a tower of cheer

St. Martha Parish is holding a Tower of Cheer raffle.

Tickets cost $10, or three for $25. They can be purchased after Mass. Or, pay through Venmo @STMARTHASCHOOL-NEPHILLY, including your name, contact information and “Tower of Cheer.”

The drawing will be Dec. 27.

Contact Helen Komstance at 215-292-3842 or ••

Blood drive at Loudenslager

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave.

Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to The sponsor code is ALPOST366.

Face masks are required. ••

Free life coaching available

Life Coach Philly is offering its annual free help for the holidays.

The International School of Coaching’s master coach and her team of trained specialists are reaching out to encourage, guide and support the community during the holidays.

The free service is to help those in need get through the day-to-day challenges as the world is rapidly changing.

The service is available now through Jan. 2.

To register or for more information, visit ••

AHCU lights its campus

American Heritage Credit Union and the Kids-N-Hope Foundation invite the community to drive through their main campus at 2060 Red Lion Road any evening through Jan. 3 to enjoy more than 400,000 lights from the comfort and safety of the car.

Each year, the American Heritage campus buildings and trees are illuminated. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, American Heritage and the Kids-N-Hope Foundation were not able to host their annual in-person holiday event.

Parking is available for socially distant photos. ••

Apply for scholarship

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia’s 2021-2022 season will accept applications for need-based, four-year K-8 scholarships for Philadelphia families through March 1.

Applications are available at

All new CSFP scholarships will be awarded through a random lottery and can be provided to a family as a whole for up to three children.

Applications will be selected in a March lottery. ••