Chester County Briefly: April 3

Judge Ott Award

Chester County Women’s Commission

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Chester County Women’s Commission and the Chester County Commissioners recognized the Honorable Paula Francisco Ott with the Women’s Commission’s inaugural SHEro Award. The award is presented to a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities and who supports women’s rights and respects women’s issues.

“Judge Ott has served Chester County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in many advisory and leadership roles throughout her career, and she exemplifies the true definition of a SHEro,” said Wendy Leeper, president of the Women’s Commission.

In 1991, Judge Ott was the first woman elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, where she was subsequently retained in 2001. In 2005, she was elected President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, and in 2009, she was elected to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

The Barn at Spring Brook Farm

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the Barn will host Dr. Temple Grandin – world renowned author, speaker, and autism advocate – on April 11 at the Westtown School’s Barton Test Theater, according to a report from Southern Chester County Weeklies.

Her sold-out lecture entitled “Animals and Autism” will cover the positive relationship between animals and people on the autism spectrum.

“Dr. Grandin is an incredible role model and inspiration to our community and the children we serve,” said Mary Beth Drobish, founder of The Barn at Spring Brook Farm. “Her deep passion for animal welfare and her involvement in the Autism Society of America make her a natural fit for our organization and this event. We are honored to welcome her to The Barn.”

Immaculata University

In the final program of its 2018-19 season, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and mentor conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music, on Saturday, April 13 at 3 PM in Alumnae Hall.

“We are indeed honored to have one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras come to our campus,” said William Carr, professor of music at Immaculata. “In addition, to have Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, one of the most notable and acclaimed musical conductors of our time, lead the Curtis Symphony at Immaculata University is thrilling. Please join us for this exciting performance at Immaculata University.”

Single tickets to the concert for $20 are available by clicking here.

Church Farm School

CFS’s sixth annual gala is set for Saturday, April 27 at The Farmhouse at People’s Light in Malvern. The school’s choir will take the stage to present a dynamic program of music by Jewish-American composers in anticipation of its June 2020 trip to Israel. Other highlights include:

  • a live auction featuring four wonderful donated items
  • networking with CFS administrators, faculty, and friends
  • a cocktail reception and seated dinner in the Farmhouse’s newly renovated ballroom and pavilion
  • all attendees receive a free ticket to a future performance at People’s Light

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or patron of this event, you can pledge your support here.

Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry

The CCCBI will honor Karen Carlson, the director of corporate giving and community affairs at Aqua America, as its 2019 Women Influencing Business Executive of the Year. The award recognizes the accomplishments of a female executive who has made a positive impact in her business and in the region.

Carlson helped Aqua America establish a foundation that would become the new source of its corporate giving. Today, she remains responsible for the coordination of the company’s financial contributions to organizations throughout Pennsylvania and oversees Aqua Charitable Trust donations in the eight states Aqua serves.

“Karen has been the staple of Aqua’s corporate giving program for nearly 30 years,” said Aqua Pennsylvania President Marc Lucca. “She is the primary liaison between our company and the many organizations and causes we have supported over the past three decades.”

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