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PCHR issues public call for award nominees

Civil rights agency preparing for the 2015 PCHR Awards, celebrating everyday heroes and sheroes in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, February 9,  2015 – The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is asking the public to offer nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2015 PCHR Awards.

Taking place in the spring, the awards events spotlights civic leaders throughout the city that help advance social equality and justice – whether in the streets or in the boardroom. Award categories include:

  • Corporate responsibility

  • Nonprofit stewardship

  • Public safety

  • Arts and culture

  • Community service

Nominees should be people who actively work to reduce discrimination and intergroup tensions while promoting tolerance and respect among all people, regardless of differences in race, religion, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. A judging panel will select and notify the winners.

The awards nomination deadline is March 6.

The 2015 PCHR Awards will take place 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust St., Philadelphia.


“We’re starting early because we really want the broader community to be engaged in this process,” said Rue Landau, PCHR executive director. “We’ve launched a web site for nominations and ticket sales to make things easier, too.

 “This award isn’t just for the big dogs out there,” Landau said. “We know there are always scores of unsung heroes, the people doing the hard work every day. We want them to be recognized, so we can sing their praises on April 28 – and loudly. And we want to have a whole chorus backing us up.”

For criteria, nomination applications and event details, visit www.phila.gov/humanrelations/awards.