HughE Dillon: Philadelphia Award 2012

Joseph Neubauer and Aileen Roberts were honored for their work on the new Barnes.

Joseph Neubauer, former chief executive of food services giant Aramark, and Aileen Roberts, who is actively involved in the community and Philadelphia philanthropy, received the Philadelphia Award for their work on the new Barnes on the Parkway. Roberts currently serves on the board at the Barnes Foundation. The two were presented with the award at a ceremony at the new Barnes on May 24th. The Philadelphia Award was established in 1921 by Edward W. Bok to honor those who act in service “to the best and largest interest of the community in which Philadelphia is the center.” Bok, an editor, writer, community activist and philanthropist, is perhaps best known as editor of Ladies’ Home Journal. Recipients have included H. Fitzgerald “Gerry” and Marguerite Lenfest, Judith Rodin and Ernesta D. Ballard.

Below: Derek Gillman, exec director and president of the Barnes Museum, Earl “Rusty” Powell, director of the National Gallery of Art, and Carol Kelley. Powell spoke at the ceremony praising the Barnes as a welcome addition to the Parkway.

Below: Linda Johnson, Alice Salomon Bast, president and founder of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and recipient of the 90th annual Philadelphia Award (in 2011), and Wendy Cohen.

Below: Gerry Lenfest, one of the power brokers who brought the Barnes to the Parkway, and Happy Fernandez, who steps down as president of Moore College of Art & Design with the graduating class of 2012. Saturday begins the school’s annual “5 Into 1′” exhibit, which runs until July 21st.

Below: Jack Chison, Gloria Chison and Bernard C. Watson, chairman of the Barnes Foundation board of trustees. Rebecca Rimel, executive director of the Pew Charitable Trusts, said that after Neubauer accepted her proposal to help with the Barnes move, he was a steadfast fund-raiser, succeeding in all expectations and helping the drive to raise $200 million. Today, the endowment for the Barnes is the largest it’s ever been in its history.

Below: Ellen Berman Lee, Susan Sherman, chair of the Philadelphia Award trustees, Joanne Berwin, and Carol and Joe Shanis.

Below: Lisa Moss and Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program. Tonight is the Mural Arts’ big annual fund-raiser, the Wall Ball. It takes place at Vie on North Broad Street.

Below: Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, Aileen Roberts, Joanne Kennedy and Carol M. Hearle (Aileen’s sisters), and Carol’s husband, Kevin Hearle. The $25,000 gift that accompanies the Philadelphia Award was donated to the Barnes campus on behalf of Aileen Roberts and Joseph Neubauer. In describing Aileen, Marjorie Rendell said she had a “triumph of spirit that carries on.”

Below: Stuart and Maxine Savett. It was great catching up with Stuart as my first paralegal job out of college was at his law firm, Kohn, Savett, Marion & Graf in the 1990s. They really loved the Barnes campus, and the extensive art collection.