Alumni Award of Merit Gala
November 8, 2013
The Alumni Award of Merit Gala, sponsored by Penn Alumni, is a celebration of Penn's most passionate and dedicated alumni volunteers. These awards are given for outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania. The Alumni Award of Merit and Young Alumni recipients are chosen by Penn Alumni's Awards & Resolutions Committee, which is comprised of former winners. The Club Award recipient is chosen by the Regional Clubs Advisory Board. The Class Award recipients are chosen by the Alumni Class Leadership Council.
In keeping with the Arts at Penn theme for Homecoming festivities, in 2009, the Alumni Award of Merit Gala featured a new award: the Penn Creative Spirit Award. This award is meant to recognize a member of the Penn community who has illustrated a life-long commitment to the arts through outstanding personal achievements and/or philanthropic support. The award was created as part of Penn's heightened commitment to promoting its arts and culture offerings, through the 2009 academic theme "Arts and the City" and the re-conceptualized Homecoming Weekend.