The Wawa Foundation Hero Award


The Wawa Foundation Hero Award honors a non-profit organization that is committed to serving the greater Philadelphia area by assisting others and advancing our communities through preserving our freedom, protecting our safety, inspiring learning, and encouraging and empowering others to become better citizens and community members.

After receiving more than 10,000 votes, we selected Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey as winner of The Wawa Foundation Hero Award! We proudly presented Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey with their award and a $50,000 grant during the Wawa Welcome America! festivities in Philadelphia on Independence Day. The three runners-up were also recognized that day, each receiving a $10,000 grant.

The Wawa Foundation commends all four organizations for their commitment to serving our communities. Thank you for sharing your inspiring stories with us!

Read the finalists’ stories below, and learn more about the work they’re doing to improve their communities and empower the citizens who live in them.

Emily's Entourage
Faced with a rare form of the fatal lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has committed her life to fast-tracking research...

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Lighthouse, Inc.
Since its founding in 1893 as a settlement house, the Lighthouse has been providing educational, recreational and economic improvement programs...

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Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey
Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey is an organization dedicated to supporting United States Military Forces serving in the Middle East...

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West Philadelphia Alliance for Children
The vast majority of Philadelphia public schools lack a functioning library, and nearly 40% of our students will drop out before graduating...

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