State Senator Dominic Pileggi receives the Neumann University Presidential Humanitarian Award from Dr. Rosalie Mirenda as Diana Pileggi (left)
and Tony Mirenda (right) look on.
Neumann University presented its 2011 Presidential Humanitarian Award to Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi on April 2. The presentation occurred at the University’s twelfth annual scholarship gala, a celebration that has raised more than $1.2 million for student scholarships since 2000.
The award is given to an individual whose life reflects a commitment to serve humanity and empower the underserved in society; devotion to religious and family values; dedication to excellence; value for philanthropy and giving back; willingness to take risks in the pursuit of vision; and a demonstrated value for education and positive intellectual life.
Senator Pileggi has represented the Ninth Senatorial District, which includes portions of Chester and Delaware Counties, since winning a special election in October 2002. He was elected Majority Leader by his colleagues in November 2006, 2008, and again in 2010. As Majority Leader, Pileggi determines legislative priorities, manages the Senate calendar, builds consensus on legislation to be voted, and serves as one of the chief negotiators of the annual state budget. He chairs the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee and is a member of the Appropriations Committee.
He led the effort to rewrite the state’s 50-year-old Open Records Law, which makes most government records open to citizens. Senator Pileggi also played a key role in shaping substantial environmental and public health legislation, including the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund, the Water and Sewer Assistance Act, and the Clean Indoor Air Act. He has received numerous honors and awards reflecting his commitment to public service.
The gala was held at the Simeone Foundation Museum, which showcases the automotive collection of Dr. Frederick Simeone, assembled during a span of 50 years. The Philadelphia museum contains more than 60 of the most rare and significant racing sports cars ever built.
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