We gave five outstanding Philly public servants awards (and sashes, plaques and bouquets!) for their above-and-beyond service to the city on Thursday night during our second annual Philadelphia Integrity Icon awards ceremony.
The event, held in the spacious ballroom at the Fitler Club, was a who’s who of local civic leaders and champions. Three City Councilmembers attended—Kendra Brooks, Helen Gym and Derek Green. We also had several Generation Change Philly honorees, such as Ya Fav Trashman, Better Civics’ founder Jen Devor, Witty Gritty founder/CEO Michelle Freeman and Joanna Visser Adjoian, now a senior program officer at Spring Point Partners.
Eagles center Jason Kelce surprised the room with a pre-recorded message just before the awards were doled out.
The awards were handed out in a quick ceremony by 2020 Integrity Icon winners Richard Gordon and Thomas Quinn.
The 2022 Integrity Icon winners are:
Rebecca Lopez Kriss, a deputy commissioner in the City’s Revenue Department who was honored for her work to be of real service to Philly taxpayers.
Stephanie Ridgeway, the biking ambassador for the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability who was nominated for her work to increase access to the Indego bike program for all Philadelphians.
Leah Wood, the Fentonville Arts & Sciences teachers aide working to elevate the job of paraprofessional in Philadelphia.
The award for Lauren Young, director of K-12 math curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia, was accepted by Phillip Hammond.
And Lori Maple Hayes, the director of urban forestry for Parks and Recreation who’s working to get more trees in Philly’s underserved neighborhoods, was awarded the People’s Choice award.
The rest of the night was full of good music, an open bar, passed-around hors d’oeuvres and good old fashioned Philly fellowship. Check out more pics from the night below.