2016-05-31

Photo Caption: Ed Lovelidge, PwC is given his honorary red jacket as the Idealist of the Year from daughter, CYP alumna and local teacher, Rachel Lovelidge (center). Daughter, Emily Lovelidge (right) prepares to present his award.

On May 25th, City Year Philadelphia hosted 500 guests at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City for the annual Idealist Dinner. The event raised nearly $600,000 for City Year’s work with local students and united corporate partners, community leaders, and service champions.

This year, the event also honored Ed Lovelidge of PwC as the Idealist of the Year. Ed is the father of a 2014 City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps alumna, Rachel and supports City Year through PwC Foundation’s Earn Your Future® program, which provides students and educators with free and easy access to financial education. PwC and Ed have been supporting the work of City Year AmeriCorps members for three years. This year, PwC is the Program Sponsor at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, supporting a team of 19 tutors, mentors, and role models throughout the school.

“Youth education is one of the most important issues facing our country today, and specifically in Philadelphia.  All of us – businesses, educators, and community members – are stepping up to address this issue.  At PwC, we are leveraging our best asset, our people, to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of millions.  Through our partnership with City Year, we are able to see first-hand the significant impact the AmeriCorps members make in Philadelphia's local schools," says Ed.

Ed’s Daughter, Rachel Lovelidge is currently a Kindergarten Teacher at Clymer Elementary, a Mastery Charter School in North Philadelphia. She started her career in early education because of her experience as an AmeriCorps member. “When I was at City Year, I met students that were really far behind and I wanted to be a part of the foundational building that students needed,” says Rachel. She enjoys being students’ first introduction to formal education and setting the expectation that school should always be a “safe and nurturing environment.” Her favorite part of being a teacher is the student relationships. Rachel elaborates, “City Year taught me about how to build relationships with students. I didn’t learn how to do this through my master’s program; I learned it through City Year.”

Rachel was proud to be the one to hand her father the Idealist of the Year Award and honorary red jacket. “When I heard my dad got the award, I was super excited and I started crying. It is tribute to who he is as a person. My parents always raised both me and my sister to put others first,” says Rachel.

If you missed the event but would still like to support the work of City Year AmeriCorps members, click here to donate.

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