On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Acting Without Boundaries (AWB) hosted their sixth Annual Hero Award at Water Works by Cescaphe in Philadelphia. Over 100 guests attended the open-air event which was the first large gathering for AWB since the pandemic. The evening offered champagne, appetizers, full dinner and desserts, a live and silent auction, and award presentation. Auctioneer, Steve Katz, brought energy and excitement to the live auction and AWB long-time participant, Simon, sang “My Funny Valentine” capturing the hearts of the audience.

The AWB Hero Award is given to the community leader who displays efforts to overcome their adversity, enhance awareness, reduce stigma and increase community access for people with disabilities. This years’ recipient was Jimmy Curran is a true role model and an advocate for people with disabilities. Jimmy, a graduate of Temple University is currently a research analyst at Independence Blue Cross. He is the co-founder of an apparel brand (dis) ABLE which combats the stigma around disability, and was recently featured in a Comcast commercial using the company’s new eye gaze technology. To add to his accomplishments he also is the author of a children’s book, “Will the One-Winged Eagle”.

Bryan Carter, Gesu’s CEO spends time with Mark and Paula Solomon. (Photo by Maggie Corcoran)
Jules Catania, AWB, managing director enjoys time with her son Elias and husband Michael. (Photo by Maggie Corcoran)
Lauren DeBruicker, 4th Annual AWB Hero Recipient, Christine Rouse AWB Executive Director and Jimmy Curran 6th Annual AWB Hero Award Recipient at the AWB Hero Awards. (Photo by Maggie Corcoran)
Permit Capital group Tim Ringelstein, Jennifer Stott and Jacob Talley support the 6th annual AWB Hero Award. (Photo by Maggie Corcoran)
Emmy Connelly and Evan Connelly showed their support at the AWB Hero Award. (Photo by Maggie Corcoran)

Thanks to the committee’s hard work the event helped raise nearly $110,000 in funds and added awareness for AWB mission which is to transform lives and build self-esteem in an empowered community of people with physical disabilities through theatre that celebrates ability.

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