The Pennsylvania Society, a non-profit organization with more than 2,000 members throughout the world, is a membership organization that celebrates service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to humanity in general.

On Dec. 12, 2014, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) honored Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) and U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) at a CHOP reception during the Society’s annual dinner weekend in New York City.

Mayor Nutter has been instrumental in developing a new Community Health and Literacy Center in South Philadelphia, which will be built by CHOP, and will include a CHOP pediatric care center, a city health center, a branch of the Free Library and the DiSilvestro Recreation Center. It is scheduled to open in late 2015.

Congressman Fitzpatrick, who represents the 8th District including parts of Bucks and Montgomery counties, has long served as an advocate of medical research and innovation (including funding for the National Institutes of Health) during his time in Congress. He is a children’s champion for autism, serving on the autism caucus and co-sponsoring both the Autism CARES Act and the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act — both enacted in 2014.

We would like to sincerely thank both Mayor Nutter and Congressman Fitzpatrick for their service to children.