On Thursday, December 14th Sky Community Partners hosted our 3rd Annual Stars in the Sky Awards Reception. During the event, we highlight the work that SKY has done over the past year, in addition to honoring individuals, schools, companies whose work exemplifies our mission and vision. We also use this event to raise funds to support our K-12 education, and health & wellness programs.
On Tuesday September 26th, Sky Community Partners hosted its 3rd annual Sky Scholars Award Ceremony in the Conversation Room at City Hall. This annual event acknowledged each individual scholarship award recipient for the upcoming school year.
Since 2012, Sky Community Partners has awarded over 600 scholarships ranging from $500- $8500 to Philadelphia students in grades k-12. Sky has been able to achieve this by partnering with over 20 local private schools across the city of Philadelphia.
Sky works to improve outcomes in K-12 education by directly supporting families and students with financial resources and information. Although one organization cannot effectively tackle every challenge facing these communities, Sky Community Partners is uniquely positioned to make a difference.
Sky Community Partners, Inc. awarded $108,000 in K-12 scholarships for the 2017-18 school year through the PA Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSTC). Thanks to donors like the Wells Fargo Foundation, Comcast, UHS of Pennsylvania Inc., Meridian Bank and United Savings Bank – Sky will provide over 90 scholarships this year alone.
The PA Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSTC) provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to scholarship organizations, like Sky Community Partners. Business contributions are then used by Sky to provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to attend a nonpublic school of their choosing.
“Wells Fargo is committed to investing in high-impact programs that improve our communities,” said Aldustus Jordan, Senior Vice President and head of Wells Fargo’s Community Affairs group in the northeast United States. “Organizations like Sky Community Partners are doing great work that impacts families in-need across the city of Philadelphia. There are many ways to positively impact the community, and we are proud to support our community through education.”
Sky Board President, Dawn Chavous said “We are extremely grateful for the support of our donors. The average income of our families for this year alone is just over $17,000. These are families who are committed to ensuring their children have a positive, safe, and high-quality educational experience. We are honored to be in the position to offer the additional support.”
Pancreatic cancer is a formidable disease, recently rising to the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Despite this, the team at Jefferson is bringing hope and healing to patients and families turning to us for expert care with compassion.
Jefferson’s pancreatic cancer program is led by Charles J. Yeo, MD, FACS. Complimenting this clinical care is a robust basic, translational and clinical research program, led by Jonathan R. Brody, PhD and Jordan M. Winter, MD.
The Brody Lab uses and integrates several different models for research investigations, including tissue culture models derived from the patients we treat, commercial cell lines, mouse models with pancreatic cancer, and a clinical database with a complementary biologic tissue repository. With these resources, we are developing innovative strategies to personalize therapy and to better understand how pancreatic cancers develop resistance to standard chemotherapies.
Sky Community Partners is proud and honored to support the innovative work of The Brody Lab.
Sky Community Partners, Inc. partnered with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Councilman Derek Green, State Representative Jordan Harris, Jefferson University, AmeriHealth Caritas, Philadelphia FIGHT, and to host the 3rd Annual Point Breeze 5k Run/Walk & Health Fair.
The 5k Run/Walk & Health Fair was held at Wharton Square Park in the South Philadelphia section of the city. The Health Fair provided children and families with resources and information to increase health awareness and improve their overall quality of life. The event drew over 200 individuals from across the Philadelphia Region.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds to promote and support pancreatic cancer awareness and research, as well as encourage healthy lifestyles, specifically in underserved communities. This year’s beneficiary was Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
“One of the reasons we wanted to do this walk was not only to raise awareness, but to make sure that people are doing everything that they can to live healthy lifestyles.” Dawn Chavous, Board President- Sky Community Partners, Inc.
In 2014, Sky Community Partners, made the decision to support local pancreatic research in Philadelphia after Chavous, experienced the loss of several family members to pancreatic cancer within less than one year.
“Pancreatic Cancer is one of those diseases that rarely gets the type of recognition and support that it deserves. So I’m just honored and privileged to be apart of this event.” Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
In 2016, pancreatic cancer moved from the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. to the third, surpassing breast cancer. In addition, African-Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer, between 28 percent and 59 percent higher than other racial/ethnic groups.
“I’m glad we’re here in Point Breeze talking about health care in the community, in the neighborhoods- so people can see people running through the neighborhood talking about health care, pancreatic cancer and getting the word out about physical fitness.” Councilman Derek Green.
To date, Sky Community Partners has raised over $30,000 towards local pancreatic cancer research and has donated those funds to the Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center.