RECAP: Citizen of the Year Awards

In a joyful celebration this week of what it means to be a good citizen, we honored a block captain, captains of industry, a medical innovator, disruptors of business as usual — and more incredible Philadelphia change-makers

By Lauren McCutcheon

Citizen of the Year Awards: Dr. David C. Fajgenbaum

The Penn Medicine physician turned his five near-death experiences into a mission to save the lives of people suffering from humanity’s 12,000 known diseases. Is it any wonder, then, that Fajgenbaum is our Citizen of the Year?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Citizen of the Year Awards: Disruptors Ryan Boyer and Michael Forman

The finance CEO and labor leader are determined to make Philadelphia the most equitable, fastest growing big city in America together.

By Larry Platt

Citizen of the Year Awards: Why Lewis Katz?

The Citizen will bestow its inaugural Corporate Citizen of the Year award in the name of a late civic leader we ought not forget

By Larry Platt

Citizen of the Year Awards: Mike Innocenzo

For his work helping to stand up the Civic Coalition to Save Lives, the PECO CEO and Chamber of Commerce Board Chair is this year’s Lewis Katz Corporate Citizen of the Year

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Robert Saleem Holbrook

The A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Social Justice Champion spent 27 years in prison before a Supreme Court ruling set him free. Now, he teaches about criminal justice at Penn and heads the Abolitionist Law Center

By Jessica Blatt Press

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon

Join us on January 30 to honor the Project HOME pioneers with a Lifetime Achievement Award

By Natalie Pompilio

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Indrayudh “Indy” Shome

The Citizen’s Educator of the Year is a four language-speaking, music-playing, digital media expert who also loves to share his passion for gardens. He’s inspiring students across the city to make their voices heard

By Courtney DuChene