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 2013 Awards Gala

Thanks for making our 34th Annual Awards Gala a success!

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center’s (CCOIC) 34th Annual Community and Student Awards Gala was held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern, PA. The event highlighted successful students, showcased stellar employment and educational programs, and recognized individuals or organizations who have contributed to making our community a better place for all of our citizens.

Based on the OIC philosophy of self-help, Chester County OIC’s mission as articulated by OIC’s founder, Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, is to “provide adult basic literacy education and essential life skills programs that prepare disadvantaged, unemployed, and unskilled individuals for employment and self-sufficiency.”

This year’s community awardees are Donald J.L. Coppedge, Retired CEO if Phoenixville Area YMCA and Cynthia Ericson, Past President of Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club and Owner of Ericson Strategic Marketing Solutions, LLC.

Many thanks to our generous patrons and supporters, without whom this event would not be possible:

Major Supporters

Board Directors

Chester County Department Community Development

Chester County Human Resources Association


Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club

Genuardi Family Foundation

Malvern Federal Savings Bank

PA Department of Education

PA Department of Labor and Industry

Phoenixville Community Health Foundation

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

The Compass Group

Tommy Hilfiger Foundation

United Way of Chester County

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

US Department of Housing and Urban Development


Silent Auction Donors

Applebee’s – Newtown

Anne Hearn

Arianna’s Gourmet Café – West Chester

Avante Salon & Spa – Exton

Bahama Breeze – King of Prussia

Buffalo Wild Wings – Downingtown

Chester County OIC Board of Directors

Chuck E. Cheese – Downingtown

Congressman Jim Gerlach

Costco – King of Prussia

Creeds Seafood & Steaks – King of Prussia

Cynthia Vickers Wilson

Desmond Hotel – Malvern

DNB First – West Chester

F&M Hat Company

Gina Venuti

Joyce Chester

Joyce Taylor

Linda Walters, Photographer

Nancy Wodell, The Butterfinger

McKenzie’s – Malvern

Olive Garden – Downingtown

Panera Bread

People’s Light and Theatre Company – Malvern

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Flyers

Pureblend Tea – Downingtown

Red Robin – Allentown

Representative Duane Milne

Sam’s Club – Exton

Senator Andy Dinniman

Senator Dominic Pileggi

SkyZone – Oaks


Triton Seafood – Thorndale

Wegmans – Malvern

Wells Fargo – West Chester

West Chester Country Club

Wright Way Auto Detailing – West Chester

Susan Yayac