2019 Distinguished Citizen Award

Tom Riley (left), president of the Connelly Foundation, and Alan B. Miller

This year’s Distinguished Citizen Awards were presented to Alan B. Miller, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Universal Health Services (UHS), and the Connelly Foundation.

UHS, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in King of Prussia, is one of the largest hospital management companies in the nation, owning and operating more than 350 facilities in 37 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Miller has received numerous awards for his business and charitable activities. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1991 and Financial World named him CEO of the Year in hospital management. Modern Healthcare named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for the years 2003-2017.

The Connelly Foundation, founded in 1955 by John and Josephine Connelly, has invested more than $500 million in helping the people of the Philadelphia area, supporting those whose leadership can bring positive change to their communities. From the start, the emphasis has been on increasing access to higher education, strengthening Catholic schools, and providing help and opportunity to the needy, priorities that continued under the leadership of the Connelly’s two oldest daughters, Josephine C. Mandeville as president and Emily C. Riley as executive vice president. The current president, Tom Riley, accepted the award on behalf of the foundation.

2018 Distinguished Citizen Award

At this year’s event, we are honored to recognize the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, John Aglialoro, and Joan Carter as Freedoms Foundation’s Distinguished Citizen Award Recipients.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to nonprofit organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual , and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Murdock trustee Jeff Grubb accepted the award on behalf of the organization.



Ms. Carter and Mr. Aglialoro are co-founders of UM Holdings, Ltd., a firm that owns and manages a portfolio of companies with a mission to increase net worth through appreciation in the value of an evolving array of assets.

Joan is a past President of the Union league of Philadelphia, the first woman President in the League’s 150 year history. She is the Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation, which is a leader within the Civil War community, and Chairman of FreedomWorks Foundation, a grass roots organization dedicated to individual liberty and free markets.

John is on the Board of Directors of the Museum of American Revolution and is on the Board of Trustees of The Barnes Foundation and also The Atlas Society, an objectivist think-tank. Owner of the movie rights to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Aglialoro formed Atlas Productions Ltd., which produced the movie trilogy of Rand’s best-selling novel.

2017 Distinguished Citizen Award

Freedoms Foundation was proud to present Robert and Penny Fox as Freedoms Foundation’s 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award Recipients. Entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Bob and Penny exemplify the five pillars of responsible citizenship – respect, accountability, generosity, participation, and productivity. Mr. & Mrs. Fox endowed the Fox Leadership Program at The University of Pennsylvania.

The Foxes endowed the Robert and Penny Fox Historical Costume Collection at Drexel University. Mr. Fox also serves on the Board of Managers of the Wistar Institute and is an emeritus trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Fox is the Chairman and CEO of R.A.F. Industries Inc and Penny Fox is an Emeritus Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Ballet, and Chair Emerita of the Moore College of Art and Design.

Captain Thomas Kelley spoke on behalf of all the Medal of Honor Recipients about the need for good teachers and the difference they can make in the lives of their students by helping to form their character and help them to become citizens committed to our democracy. He praised the partnership between Freedoms Foundation and the Medal of Honor Society and Foundation whose Character Development Program is central to many of our professional development programs for teachers.

Will Ellery of Indiana spoke passionately on behalf of his fellow teachers in support of high quality professional development programs that benefit both teachers and their students. He attended our program in 2016 and was the VFW Smart/ Maher National Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year.