Rising Sun Award bestowed
By Kate Benz
Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013, 7:32 p.m.
“If you ever want to meet someone who is changing lives, this is her,” said Renewal VP Stephen Devlin as Debra Germany, the Sally Hillman Childs Rising Sun awardee, entered the ballroom of the Omni William Penn.
Germany was lauded for her role as executive director of Divine Intervention Ministry, and changing lives was a concept that resonated strongly throughout the evening. It's one that's at the very core of Renewal's dedication to rebuilding the lives of individuals within the criminal justice system, providing the support and resources they need in order to become productive members of society.
On June 12, “The Start of New Beginnings” drew 300-plus supporters of Renewal, including Scott Johanson, Teresa Fedele, Marilyn Caye, Randy Castriota, Karen Shastri, John Schmitt and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.
“It's the ‘Start of New Beginnings' for the people that we serve. There's not too many surprises anymore ... but as we all look back on our personal lives, we all make bad decisions,” Renewal prez Douglas Williams said.
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