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Sixers to honor Frankford Hometown Hero

Sixers to honor Janice Gillyard as Hometown Hero: in the Spirit of Alex Scott this Friday

Philadelphia, Pa. – November 25, 2009 – The Philadelphia 76ers and Eastern University will present Janice Gillyard with the “Hometown gillyardHero: In the Spirit of Alex Scott” Award for her work making healthy and affordable foods available to struggling families by founding the Faithfully Fresh Community Produce Market. The market provides fresh fruits and vegetables to inner city Philadelphia neighborhoods with nothing being sold over $2.

“The ‘Sixers Hometown Hero: In the Spirit of Alex Scott’ program serves to recognize people within our community who make a positive impact,” said Senior Vice President of Business Operations Lara Price. “By honoring the Hometown Hero recipient’s efforts in front of our fans, we hope to inspire others to make a difference within their communities as well.”

Operated out of Allen M. Stearne Elementary School in Frankford, Gillyard has enlisted the 6th grade classes at the school to help run the market. Through their work, the students have learned values including entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and community involvement.

Through Gillyard’s efforts, she has not only provided an essential community service, but has also taught her students the importance of healthy living and volunteer work.