Region's Best Workplace Problem Solvers to Receive JEVS Strictly Business Awards -- Awards Event to be Held in October


Story Filed: Monday, September 30, 2002 1:03 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA, Sep 30, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Jewish Employment and Vocational Service (JEVS), the region's largest multi-service agency of its kind, is pleased to announce the winners of its 4th annual Strictly Business awards. The awards honor the Greater Philadelphia business community, the region's best workplace problem solvers, and some extraordinary individuals who have overcome significant personal obstacles to achieve in the workplace and succeed in life.

Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 10 at the 2002 Strictly Business awards luncheon, sponsored by Citizens Bank. The event takes place from 11:30 am

- 1:30 pm, in the grand ballroom of the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, 17th and
Race Streets in Philadelphia. Headlining the event is a keynote address by Stephen D. Steinour, Chairman & CEO of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, and presiding as master of ceremonies is Larry Mendte, anchor at NBC10. Proceeds from the event support scholarships to JEVS vocational assessment, job readiness, skills training and career management services for individuals in need.

The 2002 Strictly Business award winners are as follows:

Business Leadership Award: Marriott International, Inc.
Business Service Award: Center City District (CCD)
Business Solutions Award: Pizza Hut/Duckrey Enterprises, Inc.
Inspiration Award: Robyn and L. Stephen Keller, Jr.
Marriott International, Inc. is this year's Business Leadership award winner, selected because of its strong relationship with JEVS to facilitate hiring and retention of non-traditional workers. Marriott is an international leader in the hospitality industry, supporting the success of its employees through coaching, mentoring, opportunities for education and training. This award also recognizes Marriott's extraordinary partnership with JEVS.

The Center City District (CCD) is this year's Business Service award winner. This award highlights the activities of a company that provides business services that enhance economic and workforce development in the Greater Philadelphia region. Established in 1990 as a private-sector-directed municipal authority, the CCD is committed to making Center City Philadelphia safe, clean, and attractive so Philadelphia can thrive as the region's central location for employment, a leading destination for arts and culture, and a quality place to live.

Pizza Hut/Duckrey Enterprises, Inc. is this year's Business Solutions award winner. Selected because of its commitment to its employees, especially those with non-traditional work histories and people with disabilities, Pizza Hut shares JEVS' philosophy that the value of work extends far beyond a paycheck.

Past Strictly Business employer award winners include Independence Blue Cross, Fresh Fields/Whole Foods Market, Lord & Taylor, Wawa Inc., AT&T/Lucent Technologies and Acme Markets.

The Inspiration Award recognizes and honors JEVS customers who have overcome the barriers that blocked their pathways to self-sufficiency. These customers serve as inspirations to staff, consumers, students and clients alike. These individuals have faced and conquered obstacles, and have reached deep inside and found the strength necessary to achieve.

This year's Inspiration Award winners are Robyn and L. Stephen Keller, Jr., who have managed to balance a productive work and home life with assistance from the JEVS Attendant Care program. The Kellers require assistance with daily routine tasks in the morning and evening because they are both paralyzed from spinal cord injuries. They receive nearly 60 hours of daily service each week from 10 attendants, whom the Kellers employ through the program.

The Strictly Business awards event would not be possible without the support of numerous generous individuals and organizations. In addition to Event Sponsor Citizens Bank, this year's underwriters include Andrew S. Price Associates/Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, Buchanan Ingersoll, Goldenberg Rosenthal LLP, The Comcast Foundation, Centimark Roofing, Canada Dry Delaware Valley Bottling Company, Cozen O'Connor, eBay's, POC Media and Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP, 1845 Walnut Associates, Acme Corrugated Box Company Inc., Briara Trading Company, CR Creations Inc., The Plaza & The Court at King of Prussia and Zuckerman-Honickman.

Founded in 1941, Jewish Employment and Vocational Service (JEVS) is the largest multi-service agency of its kind in Philadelphia. JEVS is a nonsectarian, non-profit organization committed to serving the community by enhancing the employability and self-sufficiency of more than 13,000 people annually. JEVS "helps people help themselves" through a broad range of health, rehabilitation, skills training and job placement programs. Visit us at MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here

SOURCE Jewish Employment & Vocational Service

CONTACT: Kristen Rantanen, Communications Director, Jewish Employment &
Vocational Service, +1-215-854-1806, cell: +1-215-808-3783,


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