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Publication: Jewish Exponent
Author: Elkin, Michael
Date published: April 21, 2011

Love, PhUIy, X's and O's: That's what Alice Salomon Bast, whose own torment experiencing celiac disease early on led her to found and become president of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, is about to receive from the city that loves ya back. On May 17, Bast will be named best of the best as winner of the Philadelphia Award, Billy Penn's Pulitzer equivalent. . . . Making the grade - that's Amy Gutmann. Penn's president just received the Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award from Philadelphia's Support Center for Child Advocates for her "commitment to social, educational and economic progress for young people." A gold "Star" for Gutmann! ... Raising the bar for fundraisers? That's the honor accorded Michael J. Rosen by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, handing the local resident its premier research honor, the Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy. Rosen, who consults in Philly, was saluted for his landmark-in-the-field book, Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing. (Spolier alert for those about to read it: The butler didn't contribute.) "Stars" is feeling a bit wistful about this honor, as well :iS Proud: The Philly fundraising phenom was a former Jewish Exponent intern. That, of course, was decades ago, long before he raised his talent to an art form. . . . Surfs up! Risa Vetri Ferman, Montco's district attorney and a prominent anti-child-abuse advocate, puts her prose where her convictions are. (Well, she is d.a.) Her book, The Mouse Who Went Surfing Alone, focuses on the wave of predatory attacks children are vulnerable to on the Web. Proceeds benefit Mission Kids of Norristown. . . . Tile one on: Among the many events and festivities focusing on Rabbi Lance Sussman's 10th anniversary at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, the weekend of April 29 is a permanent mosaic tile installation at the temple's religious-school entrance, calling on the talents of some 50 students from the synagogue's two campuses (with a big hand from mosaic master Ricki Lent and K.I. leading lights Pamela Saltzburg and Mindi Roeser). So many tiles, so little time for mah-jonng. . . . This visit to the principal's office was a friendly one: The Christian R. and Mary F Lindback Foundation has named Sheldon S. Pavel of Central High School a winner of its"Distinguished Principal Award." Give that man a wad of gum! ... So wonderful a story, it couldn't be invented - unless, of course, Bernard (Bob) Silver was involved. And he is - the Philadelphian will be honored with a posthumous induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, with ceremonies set for the nation's capItol on May 4. Drexel University grad Silver was co-inventor with Joe Woodland (also honored) of the bar code - you know, the thingamajig that perplexed President George H. W Bush when he went into the supermarket and wondered Why his food was beeping at the register. Accepting on his behalf will be his widow, Phyllis, along with sons Barry and Ron, and daughter-in-law Akiko. In his spare time - ahem! - the chemical engineer also invented the Silver Lance, which took the temp of molten steel. He was, alas, not the inventor of the Silver Bullet, for which Benicio Del Toro and the entire cast of "The Wolfman" are grateful.

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