The celebratory event recognized the endeavors of the program’s volunteers and contributors, and funds raised support VEP’s efforts to teach English and cultural enrichment to those living or working in Chester County.
More than 120 participated in the celebration, which was held at The Desmond Hotel – Great Valley in Malvern, PA and was Emceed by Shirley Min, WHYY Delaware First producer and host. The event recognized various award recipients, including Betsy Hawkes Award Winner (Volunteer of the Year) Connie Partridge, Community Partner Award Winner Fulton Bank and recognized the accomplishments of one student – Silvia Ramirez-Cubos.
In a show of utmost respect and appreciation for all their volunteers, VEP honored Connie Partridge as this year’s Betsy Hawkes Award Winner. She has not only volunteered as a tutor since 2006, but also joined the VEP Board of Directors in 2007 and served on the board for eight years. Partridge’s enthusiasm for VEP’s mission and dedication to helping students achieve their goals is what makes her such a special tutor. “Every student is different. Some might not need you as much. But more often than not, each of my students becomes a new member of my extended family. You can’t help but get close,” says Partridge.