December 2016

We could not be successful without YOU!
Happy Holidays and THANK YOU!
CORA's 45th Anniversary year has certainly been a year to remember! We have enhanced and added services where needed, and we have strengthened strategic partnerships to help poise us for a bright future. We have also warmly welcomed many new staff members and have had to say goodbye to some valued friends and colleagues.

We will be sending off a very important CORA employee later this month who deserves special recognition for her 41 years of dedicated service to CORA. 
Pat Stoerrle, Director in our non-public school services division, will be retiring at the end of December. Pat has exemplified the character, compassion, love of children and zeal that represents our CORA employees so well.  Congratulations!
I would like to say a special thank you to the generous attendees, individual contributors and corporate sponsors of the Champions for Children Celebration. Your ongoing support allows us to continue to help children and families overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. I think anyone who attended the event will agree that our 2016 Classroom Champion, Christian Brown, articulated the impact CORA can have, better the any of us could have stated it. "People define success in many different ways. Thankfully, the wonderful people at CORA believed in me and because of what I've achieved, I'm successful in their eyes. For that, I owe them my gratitude." 

Like Christian, I owe all of you my sincerest gratitude for all that all you do to support CORA every day - we could not be successful without you! I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and new year!

AnnMarie Schultz
President & Chief Executive Officer 

CORA's Champions for Children
45th Anniversary Celebration

Thanks very much to all who helped make this year's Champions for Children Celebration a huge success! With your help, we raised about $35K to help us support local children and families!

On Tuesday, November 22nd , more than 130 friends and partners of CORA Services gathered at the Union League of Philadelphia for a special cocktail reception and awards ceremony. Each year this event is held to celebrate CORA and show appreciation to the individuals and organizations that work to advance CORA's mission.

Congratulations Again to our 2016 Champions!
2016 Corporate Champion - Univest Bank & Trust Co. Mike Keim, President
2016 Civic Champion - PA State Representative John Taylor of the 177 Legislative District
2016 Classroom Champion - Christian Brown

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!  

Charity's Circle: Fox Rothschild, The Henderson Group, Sisters of Good Shepherd
Partners: American Real Estate Investors Institute, Brandywine Realty, Plumbers Union Local 690,  Univest,
Patrons: Develop Philly, NFP Lincoln Benefits, Professional Capital Services

Representative Taylor accepts the 2016 Civic Champion Award 
Laughter and great spirits with CORA Staff and guests 
Kevin Rowley and Ray Naes representing Univest
Melissa McCullough and Jesa Galloway of our Community Services Division raising funds for CORA at our Giving Tree
AnnMarie Schultz, CEO and President of CORA Services with members of our Board of Directors
        Musical Entertainment from            Annabelle's Rose Trio
Pat Eiding, President of AFL-CIO, Denny O'Brien and Steve Keenan, CORA Board Member and Plumbers Union Business Manager
AnnMarie Schultz with CORA's 2016 Champion Awardees and Bill Becker, Board Chairman
Sean Kent, CORA Board Member, and wife Gina, with Bill Becker, Chairman of CORA's Board
CORA Counselors Creating a Culture of Caring
High School Teens Sponsor a "Day of Random Kindness"

CORA Counselor, Jessica MacKay, is to host a school-wide activity each month that focuses on building respect and cohesion at Archbishop Ryan High School. Jessica considers the "No Place for Hate" Club activities some of the best parts of her counseling position.
"My students are so passionate about spreading kindness and acceptance, it's truly inspiring! Some of them have experienced some form of bullying in the past, so we do activities to educate them on ways to handle difficult situations in the future. Our meetings are always open for new members to join and they do...we usually have 1-2 new walk-ins each month, and the way they are embraced and welcomed by the other students is heartwarming."            Read More Here        
Consider making a gift to CORA before December 31, 2016!

While shopping online, choose CORA as your charity and 
Amazon Smile  will give back a percentage of your purchase .
Contribute to CORA's  Holiday Drive           to support local families in need or make an unrestricted gift to CORA Services.
Round up your cents and donate them to CORA by registering through Rite Aid

Tis the season for giving ...

There are many ways to help CORA help kids this holiday season. Consider one or all of the above!
To make a gift to CORA online visit  now or call 215-701-2776. 
Checks can also be mailed to 8540 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111. 
Your gift, of any size, will make a huge impact!

Sheriff Sales & Foreclosures "How to Buy Your First Commercial Property"
34th Annual Charity Real Estate Seminar hosted by 
Bill Becker, Chairman of CORA's Board of Directors

American Real Estate Investors Institute (AREII)  will host a Real Estate Seminar on Saturday, December 17th, 2016. Bill Becker, who has years of successful real estate investing and mentoring experience, will share his expertise in estate foreclosures, tax sales and auction sales. This one day event will help you begin to build a rewarding real estate investment career.
This seminar is appropriate for amateurs or seasoned pros that are ready to invest at a higher level. AREII has been teaching people how to become successful real estate investors for over 25 years. Take this opportunity and step into the lucrative investing field, or take your current portfolio to the next level now!

*All proceeds will benefit CORA Services and will enable CORA to help local families in need this holiday season.

Saturday, December 17, 2016
10 AM - 4 PM
CORA's Conference Center
8540 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Call 856.489.8900 for more info. 
$45.00 in advance, $75.00 at the door
Register online at