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2022 Wawa Foundation Hero Award Goes to Cristo Rey Philadelphia HS


The winner of the Wawa Foundation Hero Award was announced Monday at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony. Written By Dan Stamm and Kaamil Jones

A Philadelphia nonprofit organization is $50,000 richer after Wawa handed out its 2022 Wawa Foundation Hero Award Monday morning.

Voted for by the public, Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School won the Wawa Foundation Hero Award at Wawa Welcome America's Celebration of Freedom Ceremony on July 4th.

Members of the public were asked to vote for the nonprofit they'd like to see win the Wawa Foundation Hero Award gold medal. On Monday, Wawa Vice President of Legal and Risk Management, General Counsel and Secretary, Mike Eckhardt said Cristo Rey Philadelphia HS received the highest number of votes.

The college-prep high school received a $50,000 grant to continue supporting and inspiring its youth. Each of the other three finalist received a $10,000 grant, Wawa said.

"The Wawa Foundation Hero Award honors a non-profit organization, and its volunteers, serving Philadelphia by providing services that build stronger communities through preserving our independence, protecting our safety and mentoring and inspiring our youth," the Wawa Foundation said on its website.

Coded by Kids, Mighty Writers and Philadelphia Youth Basketball were the other 2022 finalists.

Here are the stories of the winner and finalists of each "Hero" nonprofit posted to Wawa's site: