Wawa Foundation Chooses Finalists for Hero Award, Invites Public to Decide Winner

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The Wawa Foundation has chosen four finalists for its 2017 “Hero Award” and has invited the public to help decide the winner.

The nonprofit foundation oversees the charitable and philanthropic activities of the popular Delaware County-based convenience store chain. It annually awards a nonprofit organization that serves the Greater Philadelphia area by assisting others and building stronger communities.


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This year’s finalists are Emily’s Entourage, Operation Yellow Ribbon South Jersey, Lighthouse, and West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, with the winner being decided by public vote on The Wawa Foundation’s website. Voting is open from June 15-29 with the result presented for final approval to The Wawa Foundation Hero Award Panel.

The winner of the Hero Award will receive a grant of $50,000 grant, with the three runners-up each receiving a $10,000 grant. These will be presented on July 4 in front of Independence Hall, as part of the Independence Day morning ceremony.

”We can’t wait to celebrate these four nonprofits during the Wawa Welcome America! festivities as they tell their stories of what it means to be a hero,” said Foundation President Jared Culotta.

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