Dr. Hawkinson, KU to be presented Leadership Award in Support of Foster Children and Youth at 2019 ChildPromise, Inc. Gala Oct. 10
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president of Kutztown University, will receive the Estelle B. Richman Leadership Award on behalf of Kutztown University at the third-annual ChildPromise, Inc. Gala at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hills, Pa.
The 2019 ChildPromise, Inc. Gala will host a dinner honoring Dr. Hawkinson and KU with the Estelle B. Richman Leadership Award as well as Cheryl & Christos Christakis with the Kenneth & Irene Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening will be emceed by Dr. Michael D. Cirigliano, medical contributor for Good Day Philadelphia, with a special keynote address by screenwriter, poet, lecturer and bestselling author Antwone Fisher and entertainment by Duranice Pace of the Anointed Pace Sisters, recently featured on The Steve Harvey Show.
Kutztown University has earned the award in recognition of their partnership with ChildPromise, Inc. to present their one-of-a-kind PROFS program (Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Standouts). Created for students who are current or former members of the foster care system, PROFS provides college access programs to high school students, such as college prep and financial knowledge workshops, as well as connects adult KU students to the campus resources that will help them succeed.
The award comes on the heels of a new PROFS summer camp program in conjunction with outreach already performed by the outstanding in-school programs. Students who complete the PROFS program receive a $500 scholarship award, free housing at the end of each semester and weekly sessions with a personal success coach.