Seventh Annual AWB Hero Award

Christine Rouse

By Christine Rouse on September 21, 2022

A person raising a glass in a toast at the event

The Seventh Annual AWB Hero Award was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at WaterWorks in Philadelphia, PA. Acting Without Boundaries (AWB) is a theatre program for people of all ages with physical disabilities. The event was comprised of a full dinner by Cescaphe, an AWB Melodies performance, and a live and silent auction. Steve Katz was the amazing auctioneer and there were many great auction items such as a trip to Ireland, a trip to the Phillies Phantasy Camp, and box seats to a Philadelphia Flyers game. One of the highlights of the night was having Chris Therien, a former Flyers player, attend and give a wonderful speech. He spoke about how AWB is like the Flyers because we are both part of a team, we watch out for each other, and it takes courage to be on stage just like the players when they go out on the rink.

People enjoying the event

The Hero Award is given to a community leader with a physical disability who displays remarkable efforts to overcome adversity, enhance awareness, reduce stigma, and increase community access for individuals with disabilities. This year’s recipient was Alysse Einbender. Alysse is a fine art sculptor. Alysse served on the board of Inglis and co-founded the United Spinal Association’s Philadelphia Chapter. She worked as the project manager of the All about Art show at Moss Rehab. Alysse gave a wonderful speech about her life and how art has had a profound impact on her life.