Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Dinner

Attendees to the annual WCCCC dinner (left to right) Doug Thompson, Citadel & Past WCCCC President; Harry Lewis, Brandywine Health Foundation Board Chairman; Frances Sheehan, Patti Jackson, Brandywine Hospital & WCCCC President; Representative Tim Hennessey. Photo by Ginia

COATESVILLE, Pa. – The Western Chester County Chamber (WCCCC) held its 82nd annual dinner recently at French Creek Golf Club. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of the Joseph G. Filoromo Community Service Award to Frances M. Sheehan, president and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation.

Sheehan has demonstrated an incredible commitment to the Coatesville community and to the improvement of the city. She has singularly and tirelessly made the development of Coatesville and the region a focus of attention. Sheehan has served as the president and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation in Coatesville since April 2002. In that period, the foundation has made more than $10 million in grants to improve health in western Chester County, including bringing a Federally Qualified Health Center to Coatesville, helping to launch a new dental center, partnering with the county and school district to bring behavioral health services to children in the community, and building a health and housing center, the first major development in the City of Coatesville in over three decades.

The Chamber also recognized Steve Cunningham, winner of the Elliot R. Jones Award for his dedication and hard work with WCCCC and with our community. Cunningham is a dedicated chamber member who worked hard serving on our board and finance committee to help the Chamber grow. He helped improve the Chamber’s bottom line by recruiting new members, selling sponsorships and keeping the group fiscally responsible. Cunningham’s passion for community-building is evidenced by his service on the Coatesville Rotary (current president); Chester County Community Dental Board; Coatesville Area Partners for Progress (CAPP); Coatesville Library Board; and the Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival Advisory Committee.

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Chris Wiseman, executive director of the Brandywine YMCA, presented Jay Sedor, Bulldog Construction, with the Brandywine YMCA Spirit, Mind & Body Award for his generosity in supporting the youth of Coatesville. Sedor was instrumental in the development of the YMCA Coatesville City Camp at the Community Center at Palmer Park. Without his leadership and generosity, both personally and through his company, children in downtown Coatesville would not have been able to attend a full-day camp program that focused on literacy, character-development, and physical and emotional well-being.

The Chamber also acknowledges and thanks our Presenting Sponsor, MacElree Harvey, for making this event a huge success.

The WCCCC’s vision is a thriving region that is well connected, innovative and accessible for community and business growth. It accomplishes this by connecting members to new ideas, resources and relationships to achieve their goals. It was formed in 1916 and is one of the oldest chambers of commerce in Chester County. It serves 20 municipal areas in the county’s dynamic and growing western region. Learn more at www.westernchestercounty.com, call (610) 384-9550 or email info@westernchestercounty.com.