H.E.L.P® Foundation Endows and Presents Second Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Ovation Award

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Annual recognition awarded to Delaware Valley teachers who demonstrate excellence and influence in music education

Caption from left to right: Chris Rinaldi, Denise Collins, Tony Williams, Ovation Award Winner, Gary Frank, CEO of H.E.L.P. Foundation, LCG, Ltd.; Maestro Louis Scaglione, and Jack Moore.

This honor is a long overdue recognition of the finest music educators throughout our tri-state region who devote themselves to inspiring youth and infusing their passion and commitment to the musical arts.

H.E.L.P.® Foundation is proud to announce its endowment and presentation of the Second Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Ovation Award - for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education. The Ovation Award was bestowed upon legendary alto saxophonist, Anthony (Tony) Williams, founder and director of the Mount Airy Cultural Center, and 25-year music educator in the Philadelphia School District, at PYO’s 75th Annual Festival Concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on May 31. Williams and ten finalists received an award tribute and cash prizes from H.E.L.P.® Foundation. Other generous sponsors included J.W. Pepper, WRTI-FM, and Jacobs Music.

"We are delighted to have again endowed and presented the annual PYO Ovation Award,” stated Gary Frank, Chairman and CEO of Bala Cynwyd-based H.E.L.P.® Foundation and LCG, Ltd. “This honor is a long overdue recognition of the finest music educators throughout our tri-state region who devote themselves to inspiring youth and infusing their passion and commitment to the musical arts."

The Ovation Award is given each year to Delaware Valley teachers who have demonstrated excellence and influence in music education and have encouraged the minds, talents and achievements of aspiring musicians. Anyone of any age is permitted to nominate a music educator by submitting an application and short essay on the topic of, “How my music teacher has changed my life.” Nominees should have imparted musical skills and knowledge, but also impacted the student in other areas such as building character, confidence and achievement. A panel of accomplished representatives from major music organizations and departments from area universities determine the finalists and award winner.

“Our H.E.L.P.® Foundation was established to assist non-profit, community-focused endeavors, and we will continue to support and help recognize the deserving individuals who nurture the musical talents our local youth,” stated Frank.

About Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization was founded in 1939 and is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestral and college preparatory music education institutions for gifted and talented students. The organization’s flagship ensemble, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), provides the most talented students with advanced orchestral training and performance opportunities throughout the concert season. The three PYO companion ensembles include the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), formed in 1996; Bravo Brass, added to the program in 2003; and Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM) created in 2007. Young musicians (ages 6-21) are selected by competitive audition and have represented the United States on five continents. PYO offers classical musical performances throughout the Greater Philadelphia region each year. In addition, the organization is a frontrunner in supporting musical education for children from Philadelphia’s most vulnerable and under-resourced neighborhoods through the organization’s outreach program, Tune Up Philly. For additional information about the Ovation Award and upcoming events visit http://www.pyos.org.

About H.E.L.P.® Foundation and LCG, Ltd.

H.E.L.P.® Foundation, the philanthropic division of LCG, Ltd., dedicates time and resources in furtherance of community service and in support of charitable causes and non-profit organizations, both regional and nationwide. LCG, Ltd. fosters an organizational commitment to compassionate service as the nation’s largest privately held employee legal plan provider. LCG, Ltd. maintains its national headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and has been implementing its exclusive H.E.L.P. ® legal plan for worksites of all sizes and industries since 1995. For more information about H.E.L.P.® Foundation and LCG, Ltd. please visit http://www.helpfoundationcares.org and http://www.lcgltd.com.

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