5TH Annual Shining Star Awards Gala Dinner Slated for January 21
PHILADELPHIA (October 23, 2014) –Longtime Villanova football coach Andy Talley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 5th Annual Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes presented by Wanamaker Entertainment Group. The gala dinner, hosted by Ron Burke, will take place on Wednesday, January 21 at the Hyatt Regency at Penns Landing, and will honor Talley for his extraordinary service to the Philadelphia sports community. In four short years, this event has raised nearly $1,000,000 for the March of Dimes.
“Andy Talley is so deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifesaving work with the National Bone Marrow Foundation and ‘Get in the Game and Save a Life’ programs,” said Shining Stars Chairman Dan Finnerty. “His work with the Bone Marrow Community is creating a lasting legacy which will go far beyond his exceptional coaching career.”
“I am so honored to be receiving the Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the March of Dimes, an organization that has done magnificent work to improve the lives of Pennsylvania’s children,” said Talley.
Talley is in his 35th season as a collegiate head coach, including 30 years as the Wildcat's leader. He's the winningest coach in school history, capturing a national title in 2009. Off the field, Talley dedicates most of his time to finding bone marrow donors, starting with his first donor drive on Villanova’s campus in 1992. Along with the Be The Match Registry, he works to have potential bone marrow donors entered into a national registry, increasing the odds of a needy patients being able to find a “match”. In 2008, Talley started the “Get In The Game and Save a Life” national bone marrow registration campaign, enlisting 40 college football programs from all levels. Since 2008, this group has combined to test nearly 52,000 potential donors, resulting in close to 200 lifesaving transplants.
The Shining Star Awards will also honor five deserving children who have benefitted from the work of the March of Dimes. These children spent time with players from Philly’s five sports team for a day they will never forget. At the gala, they will be presented with their awards by the players and a special video presentation will be shown which documents the child’s remarkable life and their day with the athlete.
Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the honorees and bid on sports and entertainment packages, autographed memorabilia, hotel packages and once in a lifetime opportunities including the Shining Star Package featuring four suite tickets to the five sports teams and behind the scenes experiences, plus autographed team jerseys.
The March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to combat polio, an epidemic disease that paralyzed or killed up to 52,000 Americans, mostly children, every year. The March of Dimes fulfilled President Roosevelt’s dream of a nation free of this fearful disease by funding the development of the first safe and effective polio vaccines by Dr. Jonas Salk (1955) and Dr. Albert Sabin (1962). For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
Funds raised at the 5th Annual Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes presented by Wanamaker Entertainment Group support the March of Dimes prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs as well as advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
A limited number of tickets are available at $175 each and sponsorship opportunities can be arranged by calling Bob Smoose at the March of Dimes at 484-685-5849 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the event, please log onto www.ShiningStarAwards.com or follow the event on Twitter at CSNShiningStar or Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ShiningStarAwards.
About Wanamaker Entertainment Group
Since 1957, Wanamaker Entertainment Group has earned a reputation for developing lasting relationships with their customers by providing premium event seating at fair prices while offering exceptional customer service. As a nationwide ticket provider, they accommodate requests of all sizes from individual to family packages as well as community group sales or corporate needs. Located in the heart of Center City in the Centre Square Building. They are on the street level at the corner of 16th and Market and are open Monday through Friday from 8-6, Saturday from 9-4, and Sunday from 9-1. Wanamaker Entertainment Group can be reached locally at 215-568-2400, or toll free at 1-866- WANA-TIX.