Read about the ceremony honoring the new inductees into the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame on Sunday at NEastPhilly. Those honored were Benjamin Rush, Robert Purvis, Butch Ballard, Sister Mary Scullion and SPIN (Special People in the Northeast).
The Historical Society of Frankford, in partnership with Holy Family University, the Northeast Times, and State Representative Dennis M. O’Brien, announces that the public is invited to suggest individuals for consideration for the 2010 Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Candidates should be Northeast Philadelphia residents past or present whose lives or careers have been marked by high achievement or individuals who have had a lasting, significant, and positive impact on the Northeast Philadelphia community. Inductees will be chosen by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, a twelve-member panel of experts in various aspects of Northeast Philadelphia life. The committee is chaired by Holy Family University President Sister Francesca Onley.
There are several ways for the public to suggest candidates. Throughout the month of March, a clip-out/mail-in ballot form will be printed in the Northeast Times and be available for download on the Historical Society’s website (www.frankfordhistory.org) and on the NeastPhilly.com website. The ballot form will also be distributed to public locations throughout Northeast Philadelphia. Suggestions can also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is April 1st. Inductees will be announced in the spring and inducted in the fall at a ceremony at Holy Family University, date to be announced.
The goal of the Hall of Fame is to foster civic values and a sense of community in Northeast Philadelphia, along with a greater awareness and appreciation of the area’s rich history, by honoring the lives and accomplishments of its most distinguished citizens. In 2009, the inaugural year for the Hall of Fame, four historical figures, three living individuals, and one organization were inducted at a ceremony attended by a wide range of people from throughout the Northeast Philadelphia region.
Plans for a Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame were initiated in 2008, leading to its sponsorship by the Historical Society of Frankford, in partnership with Holy Family University, the Northeast Times, and State Representative Dennis M. O’Brien.