Everyday heroes in your community serving as an inspiration to the people whose lives they touch — this is the heart and soul of the Essence of Humanity Award.

Essence of Humanity Award


Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El receives Essence of Humanity Award

Crispus Attucks Community Center (CACC) on Monday will honor Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El of Lancaster through the Essence of Humanity Award Program. The awards will be presented at CACC’s 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast to be held Monday, January 19, from 7-9 a.m. at Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.

The Essence of Humanity Award is intended to recognize individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such individuals on a daily basis.

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Kristen Pfautz Woolley receives Essence of Humanity Award

Kristen Pfautz Woolley of York was honored April 24, 2013, with the Essence of Humanity Award by the York County Children’s Advocacy Center. The award was presented at its event entitled, “An Evening with Marilyn Van Derber,” at the Strand Theatre.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such individuals on a daily basis.

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Christine O’Gorman receives Essence of Humanity Award

Christine O’Gorman of Lancaster was honored with the Essence of Humanity Award recently by the School District of Lancaster. The award was presented at its All-Staff Meeting on August 22.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such individuals on a daily basis.

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Angel Feliciano receives Essence of Humanity Award

Angel Feliciano of Lancaster was honored on October 20, 2012, with an Essence of humanity Award by The Spanish American Civic Association. The award was presented at its annual gala held at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square on October 20.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such individuals on a daily basis.

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Ty Bair receives Essence of Humanity Award

Ty Bair of Lancaster was honored with an Essence of Humanity Award at Crispus Attucks Community Center’s 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast January 21, 2013, at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.

The Essence of Humanity Award is intended to recognize individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such
individuals on a daily basis.

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Wilfredo Hernandez receives Essence of Humanity Award

Wilfredo Hernandez of Lancaster was honored with an Essence of Humanity Award on October 20, 2012, by The Spanish American Civic Association. The award was presented at its annual gala held at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such individuals on a daily basis.

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Dorothy Heckstall receives Essence of Humanity Award

Dorothy Heckstall of Harrisburg was awarded the Essence of Humanity Award on September 1, 2011, at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Agency Relations Gathering.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements
of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity.

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Linda Grudi receives Essence of Humanity Award

Linda Grudi of Palmyra was awarded the Essence of Humanity Award on November 7, 2011, at Catholic Charities annual Come and See Dinner, a community gathering to support Homes for Healing.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity.

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Essence of Humanity Award celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Essence of Humanity Award Program celebrates its 10th anniversary during 2011. So far 85 individuals across Central Pennsylvania have received the award. Many of their stories are posted on the Essence of Humanity website, and broadcast news stories can be viewed on WHTM 27’s website.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 10 years and dozens of truly remarkable heroes we’ve been able to honor during that time,” said executive director Robin Stauffer. “Our mission has been to recognize these inspiring role models and raise up their stories, and it continues to be a privilege to do so,” she said.

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Aung Naing Oo receives Essence of Humanity Award

Aung Naing Oo of Lancaster was awarded the Essence of Humanity Award on August 25, 2011, at the School District of Lancaster’s All-Staff Meeting.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity.

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Loan Vo receives Essence of Humanity Award

Loan Vo of Lancaster was awarded the Essence of Humanity Award on August 25, 2011, at the School District of Lancaster’s All-Staff Meeting.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity.

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John Judson, M.D., receives Essence of Humanity Award

John Judson, M.D., of Lemoyne, Pa., was awarded the Essence of Humanity Award on April 28, 2011, at the United Way Volunteer Center’s Annual Award Program in Harrisburg.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity.

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Ruby Jones receives Essence of Humanity Award

Pastor Ruby Jones of Lancaster, Pa., was awarded the Essence of Humanity Award January 17, 2011, at the Crispus Attucks Community Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, held at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster at the Marriott at Penn Square.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity.

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Past Award Winners

September 2010 –  Frank Albrecht and Darlene Taylor Honored with EOH Award
April 2010 – Leigh McCauley Honored with EOH Award
April 2010 –  Kay Pickering Honored with EOH Award
January 2010 – Dustin Lee Honored with EOH Award
January 2010 – Jesse Holloway and Carmen Guaigua Honored with EOH Award

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Celso Mesias receives Essence of Humanity Award

Celso Mesias of Mount Joy, Pa., was honored by the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) with an Essence of Humanity Award at the organization’s annual volunteer gala recently.

The Essence of Humanity Award recognizes individuals who, beyond the requirements of their work, demonstrate remarkable human qualities including courage, love, strength, determination, and persistence when dealing with adversity. The award also honors those who demonstrate a spirit of caring and provide inspiration to such individuals.

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