Celebrating Tradition & Transformation

On Wednesday, October 25th, ECS celebrated a transition of leadership as we honored Dave Griffith for his service and welcomed our new leader, Anne Rice-Burgess. John Chou, ECS’ Board President along with Fred Sutherland, Board President Emeritus officiated the transition, with The Reverend John E. Midwood, former ECS Executive Director, providing the evening's blessing.

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Guests enjoyed the beautiful grounds of Appleford Estate, good food and wine, and music by The Hot Club of Philadelphia with special guest and ECS alum, Talie Cerin, a Philly based Haitian singer-songwriter.

During Anne's remarks she shared:

"I am two months into my tenure, and I remain amazed at the sheer level of activity and engagement I see in the ECS staff, the creativity, will, and drive of our participants, and the expertise demonstrated by the ECS board and our community partners. I am excited every day by a sense of anticipation at what we will accomplish together. We stand on a firm foundation, built over the last ten years under Dave’s leadership, and that of John Midwood and all those who preceded. I love that we gather today at an event that names a simple truth of life: tradition and transformation can co-exist."

And Dave quoted the African Proverb:

"If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.”

So far, contributions to The David E. Griffith Transformation Fund have raised $445,000! There is still time to participate. The fund will remain open through December 31, 2023. Help us reach $500,000 before the end of 2023. Mark this momentous occasion with your donation as we, together, challenge and reduce intergenerational poverty in the region.