Champions of Adult Literacy

DCLC’s 4th Annual “Champions of Adult Literacy” Awards Reception and Fundraiser a Big Success


The Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) and its supporters enjoyed an exciting evening of socializing, chances to win prizes, enjoying light refreshments, and honoring local Champions whose work has an impact on adults striving to improve their lives on October 26, 2016. This year’s Champions were honored for their work helping local immigrants.

Event Details

The Fourth Annual “Champions of Adult Literacy” Awards Reception and Fundraiser was held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the second-floor ballroom at Harrah’s Racetrack & Casino in Chester, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester PA 19013.

This is DCLC’s major fundraiser for the year. We count on attendees and sponsors to support DCLC’s important work of providing local adults with free literacy services, including English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction and GED Preparation.

The evening’s festivities include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, student success stories, and a gift-basket raffle featuring locally donated prizes.

Generous Sponsors

Generous sponsors who are supporting this event include Hall of Fame Sponsors Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Harrah’s Philadelphia Racetrack & Casino; All-Star Sponsors Bryn Mawr Trust Corporationthe Chester Business Association, and The Philadelphia Foundation; Gold Sponsors Brinker Simpson Accounting Servicesthe Edward Joseph Snyder Family Support Center, and King’s Automotive; Silver Sponsors Delaware County Medical Society Foundation, John Cipollone Heating & Cooling, Rose Valley Appraisal Associates,  the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, and Sun East Federal Credit Union; and Bronze Sponsors Marshall Muhammad Tax Service and Swarthmore House Parts. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Susan Keller at 610.876.4811 or email her at A sponsorship form is available here.

About the 2016 Champions

Greg Manfre, Ed.D (left in above photo), has worked in the Upper Darby School District for 25 years. In 2014 Dr. Manfre became the first Director of Student Affairs and English Language Learner (ELL) Services, guiding the district’s efforts to facilitate “achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards” for students whose dominant language is not English. Currently, over 2200 students in the Upper Darby School District speak a language other than English, including 78 different languages and students from 59 different countries. Dr. Manfre helped forge an innovative partnership with the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) to offer evening English classes to parents of the district’s ELL students. These classes, which are held at Upper Darby High School, have served more than 200 Upper Darby adults so far.

Vijai and Jyoti Gupta of Jyoti Natural Foods (center in above photo) are champion husband and wife entrepreneurs who employ many immigrants at their Sharon Hill PA  food-processing plant. Founded in 1979, Jyoti Natural Foods creates and packages nutritious heat-and-serve Indian foods to be sold in supermarkets. The flavorful recipes of registered dietitian Jyoti Gupta and the numerous patents of Vijai Gupta, including an innovative bean-cleaning technology, have helped the business grow. Vijai Gupta explained his willingness to employ immigrants in a March 30, 2016, Philadelphia Inquirer article, saying, “Why not help somebody?” The Guptas also often go the extra mile to help their immigrant employees succeed and navigate their lives in America, assisting with issues like child care and health care. Over the years, the Guptas have seen their employees and their families make great strides, with many college graduates among the children of Jyoti employees.

Pennsylvania State Representative Margo Davidson (right in above photo) is the first woman and first African-American to represent Pennsylvania’s 164th District. Her district includes parts of Upper Darby Township and the boroughs of East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne, and Yeadon, so her constituents include many immigrants. Throughout her years in public service, Rep. Davidson has fought to stabilize communities and create jobs. Rep. Davidson serves on the Local Government, Commerce and Finance committees, where she has authored and co-sponsored legislation that supports small business growth and public safety and that minimizes the tax burden on the middle class and working families. She holds numerous outreach events, including mobile office hours, to be accessible to her constituents.

Purpose of the Event

Champions of Adult Literacy supports the work of the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) and raises awareness concerning adult literacy. DCLC is a private, non-profit organization that offers free education services to adults who want to improve their English, reading, writing, or math skills.  The Literacy Council was founded over 40 years ago. Last year more than 700 adults in Delaware and Montgomery Counties were served by volunteer tutors or paid instructors. Students work toward becoming U.S. Citizens, earning their high school equivalency diploma, and securing family-sustaining jobs.

Thanks to all who joined us on October 26. For more information, call 610.876.4811.