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Rising Sun Award bestowed

| Sunday, June 16, 2013, 7:32 p.m.
John Altdorfer
Steve Devlin with honoree Debra Germany during Renewal's The Start of New Beginnings Awards Dinner at the Omni William Penn.
John Altdorfer
Douglas Williams and John Wetzel during Renewal's The Start of New Beginnings Awards Dinner at the Omni William Penn.

“If you ever want to meet someone who is changing lives, this is her,” said Renewal VP Stephen Devlin as Debra Germany, theSally 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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