Pennsbury Partners recognition event celebrates business and non-profit partnerships

The Pennsbury Partners Program celebrated its 20th annual partnership recognition event on April 30th at William Penn Middle School.

As in previous years, awards were presented to one outstanding business partner and one outstanding non-profit partner of the year.

The 2019 celebration also featured musical entertainment by members of the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band.

The event was organized by Ann Langtry, Supervisor of Communication Strategies, and Robin Peters, Partnership Program Assistant.

“In addition to benefiting students, partnering with Pennsbury offers brand enhancement and publicity for community agencies and businesses,” said Ann. “It’s a win-win for both the students and our Partners.”

The recipients of the outstanding partnership awards for the 2018-2019 school year included:

  • ShopRite of Yardley: Business Partner of the Year, and
  • AOY Art Center: Non-Profit Partner of the Year.

A brief video presentation outlined the many ways that both Partners of the Year benefit the students and families of Pennsbury.

ShopRite of Yardley, for example, provides extensive donations of food and beverage products for Pennsbury events, along with offering generous financial support for various school projects.

The store also invites Pennsbury principals to serve as “celebrity baggers” each fall to help generate funds for local food pantries.

For the past three years, the AOY Art Center has exhibited a gallery-wide showcase of selected student art created by Pennsbury’s talented senior art majors.

AOY artists work with Pennsbury faculty members to give the student artists an authentic gallery experience by having their work adjudicated and exhibited in a public space.

Cash prizes are also awarded to three students for their outstanding pieces thanks to funding donated by one of the AOY artists.

This year’s premier event sponsors were ShopRite of Yardley and KidsCare of Pennsbury.

Funds provided by these sponsors, and all of the 2019 advertisers, will enable the Partnership Program to provide mini-grants to Pennsbury teachers in the coming school year.

Over the last two decades, the Pennsbury Partners Program has grown to be a highly successful, collaborative effort involving over 1,000 partners in the Pennsbury community.

For more information about the program, visit > Departments > Pennsbury Partners Program.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Pennsbury Non-Profit Partner of the Year, AOY Art Center, from left, Ruth Anne Schultz, Pennsbury K-12 Art Curriculum Coordinator, AOY members Alison Smith, Bette Sovinee, Maggy Robinson, and Anne Gannon.

2. Pennsbury Business Partner of the Year, ShopRite of Yardley, from left, ShopRite of Yardley colleagues Patti Smith, Bob French, Jeannie Colalillo, and Elizabeth Gilchrist.