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Allentown, Pa., Mayor Ed Pawlowski and celebrated education philanthropist Ed Donley will be among the community and corporate award winners of the Da Vinci Science Center’s 2015 Hall of Fame Awards.
The Da Vinci Science Center has bestowed its Hall of Fame Awards annually since 1999 to educators, high school students, professionals, companies, and community leaders who bring science to life and bring lives to science throughout eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. Hall of Fame Awards for companies, professionals, and community leaders are given at the discretion of the Executive Committee of the Center’s Board of Trustees. Awards for educators and high school students are given at the discretion of the Center’s Hall of Fame selection committees and are announced each spring. All awards will be presented during the 2015 Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Pawlowski and his wife, Lisa, will receive the Center’s Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award. Pawlowski , who has been Allentown’s mayor since 2006, was instrumental in the Da Vinci Science Center’s creation of the Mentor Allentown Coalition – one of three groups leading a national movement to change the way that students are mentored toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Mentor Allentown received one of three national grand prizes from US2020, an affiliate of the nonprofit organization Citizen Schools to develop high-impact mentoring programs for students from minority populations and girls.
“I am pleased and proud to be this year’s recipient of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award,” Pawlowski said. “Children are our most valuable resource. The Center’s exhibits, outreach, and hands-on programs open young minds to the wonders of science. As a city, we are indeed fortunate to have the Da Vinci Science Center and its outstanding programs right on our doorstep.”
Donley, a former President and Chairman of Air Products, will receive the new Da Vinci Science Center Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tireless dedication to advancing education in the greater Lehigh Valley region. Donley has been an instrumental leader of numerous regional and national efforts that champion education and community investment – including the Lehigh Valley Business-Education Partnership; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation; Community Services for Children, Inc.; the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB); and Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools.
Donley and his late wife, Inez, have been prolific donors to organizations including the Allentown Public Library, KidsPeace, the Lehigh Valley Health Network, and the Da Vinci Science Center. Donley also is the lead supporter of a regional initiative in development to advance education in STEM subjects.
The Da Vinci Science Center also will give its Grand Maestro Corporate Award to ATAS International, Inc., and give a special topic Excellence in Sustainability Award to St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Rodale Institute.
ATAS will be honored for its wide scope of support for the Da Vinci Science Center – including sponsorship of exhibits and programs, guiding service on the Center’s Board of Trustees, and active engagement by ATAS CEO Dick Bus and all of the company’s employees.
ATAS also is the sponsor of the 2015 Excellence in Sustainability Award, which honors St. Luke’s and the Rodale Institute for creating the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm – one of the few organic farms hosted on an American hospital campus. The farm provides organic produce to patients, employees, visitors, and caregivers to promote health and healing.
Applications for the 2015 Hall of Fame Awards for students and educators must be submitted by Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Application forms are available on the web at davincisciencecenter.org/hallofame.
The Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Gala is the Center’s flagship fundraising event. The evening is highlighted by the Hall of Fame Award presentations, a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, live auction, and special pledge appeal. The 2015 gala will be held at the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) in Schnecksville, Pa.