The Founder’s Award recognizes individuals whose significant commitment to providing access to the arts, promoting excellence in creative expression, and enriching Philadelphia’s cultural resources reflects the values of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2024 Founder’s Award, please contact Caroline Charuk, Donor Relations Manager, at

The 2023 Founder's Award

It was an honor to celebrate our 2023 Founder’s Awardees Allan Edmunds, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, and Signe Wilkinson, and to hear how Fleisher provided them access to the arts and activated their creative drive–just as it has for countless others.

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the 2023 Founder’s Award.

Silver level sponsor:

  • Holland & Knight, LLP

  • Friends Level Sponsors:

    AMJ Foundation

    Atkin Olshin Schade

    Dilworth Paxson LLP

    David & Louise Strawbridge

    The Goodheart Firm, P.C.


    Jerry Wind & Barbara Eberlein

    John Wind & Bill Osman

    Judith Tannenbaum

  • Program Ad Sponsors

    Cobra Electric

    Tyler School of Art

    12th Street Catering

    SJP Financial

    Bok Building

    Mark Cement


    Friend’s Central

    Berman Museum of Art


    Concentric Strategy


    Barbara Beck

    Koresh Dance Company

    Cardullo Mechanical

    Blackhound Clay Studio

  • In-Kind Sponsors:

    Floral event design by Beautiful Blooms 

    Bluecoat Gin 

    Fireball Printing 

    Prism Color 

    Tito’s Handmade Vodka 

    Yards Brewing Company 

  • Founder’s Award Host Committee:

    Barbara Beck & Lawrence E. Eichel

    Jolley Bruce Christman

    Deborah Louchheim

    Glenmede Trust Company

    Holland & Knight, LLP

    Deborah Louchheim

    John & Susan Louchheim

    Liz Price, Arnold Weiss

    The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

  • Steering Committee:

    Lindsay Bedford

    Suzanne Becker

    Bill Brookover

    Bill Meinel

    Danielle Louchheim Geraci

    Mark B. Goodheart

    Thora Jacobson

    John Wind

Past Recipients

  • Allan Edmunds, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, & Signe Wilkinson, 2023

  • Leticia Roa Nixon, 2022

  • Dr. Constance Clayton, 2021

  • Diane Burko, 2019

  • Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel & Gayle Isa, 2018

  • Marsha Moss, 2017

  • Dr. Dennis W. Creedon, 2016

  • Louise Clement-Hoff, 2015

  • Helen Cunningham & Ted Newbold, 2014

  • Dina & Jerry Wind, 2013

  • Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz, 2012

  • Al West & Paige West, 2011

  • Carole Haas Gravagno, 2010

  • Louis Massiah, Pepón Osorio, & Lily Yeh, 2009

  • Peggy Amsterdam & Karen Davis, 2008

  • Anne d’Harnoncourt, 2007

  • James Nelson Kise, James Bennett Straw, & David A. Schultz, 2006

  • Frank & Betty Louchheim, 2005

  • Suzanne Fleisher Roberts, 2004

  • Dr. Luther W. Brady, Jr., 2003

  • Thora Jacobson, 2002

  • Happy Fernandez, 2001

  • Linda Lee Alter, 2000

  • Hon. Edward G. Rendell, 1999

  • Marian Locks, 1998

  • Joseph Rishel, 1997

  • Dorothy R. B. Manou & Melinda Whiting, 1996

  • Ella King Torrey, 1995

  • Helen W. Drutt English, 1994

  • Edna Andrade & William Parshall, 1993

  • Penny Balkin Bach & Jody Pinto, 1992

  • Judith Tannenbaum, 1991

  • Frank Gasparro, 1990

Image: Past, Present, and Future Sanctuary designed and printed by Ash Limés Castellana