The Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s Annual Celebration will be Thursday, May 11, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, at WHYY Studios, 150 N. 6th Street. The celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail party.
Over the past eight years at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, we have learned that each of our successful exonerees has had a “lifeline,” someone on the outside who gave them hope and strength while they were in prison. These lifelines can be a mother, a daughter, a friend. But the key has always been to have someone on the outside supplying support to sustain the grit over years of unwavering commitment to achieve exoneration.
This year’s Annual Event celebrates these “Lifelines.”
We will pay tribute to two people who had the grit – vision and persistence – to create the vehicle for the “lifelines” – our founders, David Richman and David Rudovsky. Through their unrelenting efforts, the Project has grown from a legal staff of one in 2009 to a multi-officed statewide operation with a legal staff of five and a record of having helped to release eleven wrongly convicted people who had served a total of 277 years in prison.
We also will honor someone who has given a new and deeper meaning to the notion of “lifeline”: Ms. Rabia Chaudry. Ms. Chaudry’s family had been friends with the family of Adnan Syed. For fifteen years, with Adnan in prison for murder, Rabia worked to achieve his freedom. She succeeded in convincing Sarah Koenig of “This American Life” to tell Adnan’s story in a podcast phenomenon called “Serial.” With the Maryland Innocence Project, Ms. Chaudry has secured a new trial for Adnan, and she’s authored the New York Times best-selling book, Adnan’s Story.
And, finally, we will pay tribute to the “Lifelines” who supplied emotional sustenance, as well as the legwork needed to gather evidence, for three Pennsylvania Innocence Project exonerees. Just as Rabia served as a lifeline for Adnan, we will be honoring three family members who stood resolutely with their loved ones until their freedom became a reality: Ken Granger and his daughter Tanya, Gene Gilyard and his mother Christine, and Donte Rollins and his mother Ava.
Sponsorship Levels and Benefits: The Sponsorship submission deadline is Monday, April 24, for inclusion in the event program. The deadline for the sponsor’s name to be included on the event invitation is Friday, March 17.
□ Pillar of Justice: $20,000 or above: Presenting sponsor of the event; Back cover ad of event program; Acknowledgment at the event; Name on invitation, website; Ten tickets
□ Champion of Justice: $10,000-$19,999: Acknowledgment at the event; Full page ad in event program; Name on invitation, website; Ten Tickets
□ Advocate for Justice: $5,000-$9,999: Half-page ad in program; Acknowledgment at the event; Name on invitation, website; Eight Tickets
□ Exonerator: $2,500-$4,999: Half-page ad in program; Name on invitation, website and listed in program; Six Tickets
□ Freedom Fighter: $1,000-$2,499: Name on invitation, website, listed in program; Four tickets
□ Friends of PIP: (individuals only): $500-$999: Name listed in program; Two tickets
Program Book Ads: If you would prefer simply to purchase an ad in the event program, please make a selection below. Image requirements: No bleed, 300 dpi PDF or jpeg with fonts embedded, full color or b/w.
Deadline to submit artwork is Thursday, April 27th.
□ Full page ad: $1,000
Full Page ad size: 5” Wide x 8” Height
□ Half page ad: $500
Half page ad size: 5”Wide x 3.875” Height
□ Quarter page ad: $250
Quarter page ad size: 5” Wide x 1.87” Height