Hometown hero award

September 26, 2008 7:34:40 AM PDT
The Campbell Soup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Campbell Soup Company, bestowed the awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the city of camden. More than 100 people watched as the area residents received their awards.

Emery Troy, Founder and President of Dooley House, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1988, Troy co-founded Dooley House which is a transitional home for children suffering from HIV/AIDS.

The Reverend Jeff Putthoff,received the Hometown Hero Award. Putthoff has lived and worked in Camden since 1996. In 2000, he founded Hopeworks 'n Camden to provide career training through technology.

Four others were awarded the unsung heroes award. They are: Judi Godor, Resident House Manager of Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey; Dr. Lesly D'Ambola, Medical Director of St. Luke's Catholic Medical Services; The Reverend Odessa Edmond, Founder and Executive Director of Hope Community Outreach Center and Yumi Kendall, Teaching Artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award received a $5,000 grant for the organization. The recipient of the Hometown Hero Award received $1,000. Recipients of the Unsung Hero Awards received a framed certificate and a basket of "Campbell's" products.

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