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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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For More Information:
Sue Borelli 610-698-9615

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The Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence, named in honor of our late founder, is presented as a tribute to individuals who, in the estimation of Caron’s Board of Trustees, demonstrate the same spirit of caring and compassion that was exemplified by Dick Caron.

Distinguished Honorees

  • 2017 Casey Duff
  • 2016 Steven R. Wall
  • 2015 Daniel J. Hilferty
  • 2014 Pam and Bill Roberts
  • 2013 William P. Hankowsky
  • 2012 Sharon A. McGinley
  • 2011 John J. Duffy
  • 2010 Paul J. Muller
  • 2009 Ed Satell
  • 2008 Walter D’Alessio
  • 2007 Thomas Bentley
  • 2006 Brian Duperreault
  • 2005 Geoffery McKernan
  • 2004 Honorable Lynne M. Abraham
  • 2003 James Lynch
  • 2002 Thomas A. Rogers
  • 2001 P. Sue Perrotty
  • 2000 G. Fred DiBona*
    * deceased
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The Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence : Paul A. Tufano
Paul A. Tufano is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, one of the nation’s leading Medicaid managed care organizations that provides products and services in 19 states and the District of Columbia. He is also Executive Vice President of Independence Blue Cross, where he previously served as General Counsel.

Prior to joining Independence Blue Cross and ultimately AmeriHealth Caritas, Mr. Tufano served as General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he and a team of over 500 attorneys represented Governor Tom Ridge, and the Executive Branch in litigation, transactions, and regulatory, legislative and criminal justice matters. He was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and the Governor’s Senior Staff.

Mr. Tufano serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Villanova University and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey, and the Committee of Seventy.

Throughout his career, Mr. Tufano has been active in his support for funding legal services for the poor and has been honored by several prominent organizations for his efforts. He has also been recognized for his work with state charities and organizations that benefit the arts.

Mr. Tufano is a graduate of Villanova University, where he earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree.

Caron's Corporate Partner Honoree: Cozen O'Connor
Ranked among the top 100 law firms in the country, Cozen O’Connor has more than 700 attorneys in 26 cities across two continents. They are a full-service firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations. Their attorneys have experience operating in all sectors of the economy. Their diverse client list includes global Fortune 500 companies, middle-market firms poised for growth, ambitious startups, and high-profile individuals.

In an industry built on talk, Cozen O’Connor has made its name by doing. They have built their firm one case, one victory at a time. Cozen’s attorneys have impeccable academic credentials and are able to combine intellectual rigor with practicality and efficiency. They provide sophisticated, business-minded advice aimed at one simple goal: getting the right result for their clients. No matter how complex, contentious, or critical the undertaking, Cozen attorneys persevere until the job is done.

We are grateful to our sponsors who are helping families from the Philadelphia Region get the treatment care they need:

2018 Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:
Independence Blue Cross    


The Wall/Uebler Family