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PPH Celebrates Annual Bergdoll Society Donor Recognition and Awards Dinner

Posted on: Apr 11, 2018

June Wodowski, PPH Independent Living Resident, to receive Bergdoll Society Award

Collins Family ShopRite to receive Community Leadership and Service Award 

PPH will celebrate its annual Bergdoll Society Donor Recognition and Awards Dinner 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in the PPH Social Hall. Approximately 150 guests will join together to recognize their place among an invaluable group of loyal donors and friends whose abundant generosity has supported PPH’s mission since the Society’s inception in 2005.

The evening will include dinner, brief speaker remarks and an awards ceremony honoring a treasured PPH Family member and generous philanthropist as well as a community partner who both share PPH’s vision for being a great place to live and work.

This year, PPH Independent Living resident June Wodowski will receive the prestigious Bergdoll Society Award, a recognition for loyal giving of $500 or more in the previous calendar year and/or giving for ten consecutive years. A 22-year resident of PPH, June is a dedicated volunteer and received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008. She also is a member of the PPH Heritage Society, which includes donors who make legacy gifts to PPH.

“June has been a treasured member of our PPH Family for more than two decades,” says Anthony Manzo, President and CEO of PPH. “In that time, her wholehearted commitment to serving fellow residents has shone through in everything she does for our community. June is very giving of her time, talent and resources. She not only serves as a shining example of our mission to serve those residents most in need, but also is a true testament to our Core Values of respect, integrity and compassion.”

The Community Leadership and Service Award recognizes the power of collaboration, spirit of togetherness and the opportunity of partnership to enhance the community’s physical appearance, safety and security, health and wellness, economic prosperity and overall character. This year, the award will go to Collins Family ShopRite, whose partnership supports PPH Benevolent Care for senior residents who have outlived their financial resources and no longer can afford the cost of their care. Collins Family ShopRite also offers senior shopping days, Bags for Hunger and supports local police and fire departments as well as local schools and athletic teams.

“The Collins family embodies the true meaning of community partnership,” Manzo says. “Not only are we immensely grateful for their generous support of PPH, but also we continue to admire the immeasurable amount of great work they do throughout the local neighborhoods we both serve. We are thrilled to honor Collins Family Shop Rite this year – a well-deserved recognition for an organization doing so much good.”

The annual Bergdoll Society Donor Recognition and Awards Dinner begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and dinner, speaker program and awards will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Cameras and interviews welcome. Learn more about this year’s honorees below.

June Wodowski


Bergdoll Society Award


This month, June Wodowski celebrates the 22nd anniversary of her move to PPH. In that time, she quietly has made a tremendous impact on the PPH community and become a treasured neighbor, friend and Family member. June gives tirelessly of herself to help make PPH the warm, compassionate and friendly environment it is today, generously volunteering her time, talent and treasures in various roles since she moved in. Because of her abundant generosity, June received the prestigious PPH Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008. June has been a faithful and generous donor and became a PPH Heritage Society member in 2001. In addition, she volunteers with the Fund Development Department and is an essential asset to monthly newsletter operations. While June maintains a busy volunteer schedule, she also is an engaged member of the PPH Craft Room, where friends and neighbors rely on her expertise. June Wodowski is a cherished member of the PPH Family, active and engaged friend and neighbor, and a faithful supporter.


Collins Family ShopRite


PPH Community Leadership and Service Award


Collins Family ShopRite is a mainstay in Northeast Philadelphia and has been a faithful PPH supporter and community partner for many years. The organization has been a major sponsor of the Lawncrest Fourth of July celebration, among other community events, and generously has donated products and services to PPH events. Collins Family ShopRite participates in the Bag for Hunger program, which raises awareness of hunger and food insecurity locally and regionally. The store nearest to PPH (located at Oxford and Levick) provides a discount to residents during Tuesday Senior Day, PPH Friday, and through ShopRite from Home. In addition, Collins Family ShopRite has been a supporter of the PPH Gala for Benevolent Care, our community’s largest fundraising event of the year, which directly supports residents who have outlived their financial resources and can no longer afford the cost of their care. Collins Family ShopRite also generously supports the Philadelphia Police Department and Fire Department as well as many local athletic teams and schools. Collins Family ShopRite has been serving Philadelphia and Delaware County for more than 23 years. The family operates three stores and employs more than 1,000 associates.

The Collins Family is committed to providing exceptional products and customer service, as well as economic opportunities in the neighborhoods in which it operates. Collins Family ShopRite is a longstanding community partner and nonprofit supporter.


About The Bergdoll Society

 The Bergdoll Society is named for Mrs. Elizabeth Bergdoll, whose bequest of $15,000 is 1898 was used to purchase the parcel of land in Philadelphia that ultimately became the beautiful and expansive community we enjoy today. PPH established the Bergdoll Society Award in 2005 to recognize our loyal donors who generously have given $500 or more in the previous calendar year, as well as donors who have consistently contributed to PPH for 10 or more consecutive years. The PPH Community Leadership and Service Award was created in 2016 to honor a partner in our community for sharing our values, providing vision and leadership, and giving tirelessly of themselves to serve the needs of others.

To learn more about the Bergdoll Society, or to inquire about membership please contact PPH Director of Development, Deanna Keough at or 215.697.8586.

What Residents Say

"In my two years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.….especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of residents Jack & Bernice Segal