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Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Moms Against Guns’ Lynne Honickman and CeaseFirePa’s Phil Goldsmith will be recognized for their efforts to get guns off our streets at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s 22nd Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner, held on November 17 at 5:30 pm at the Four Seasons Hotel on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The theme of this year’s dinner is “A salute to safety; let’s end gun violence.” It’s a potent rallying cry for those who work at Magee, considering that since 2005, Magee has served 111 patients who were gunshot victims. But each year, there are many gunshot victims who never get the chance to receive treatment at the renowned rehab hospital. According to CeaseFirePa, Philadelphia has the highest number of gunfire homicides of any city in the U.S., and last year alone, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Safe&Sound Project reported that 94% of the 179 people between the ages of 7 and 24 that were killed in Philadelphia were killed by gunfire.

But Magee’s 2009 Humanitarian Award recipients are doing everything they can to positively impact those statistics.

Governor Rendell has long favored "one gun a month" legislation that has passed in other states, as well as a ban on assault weapons. Governor Rendell has long advocated and promoted common sense gun measures to improve public safety.

Lynne Honickman launched Moms Against Guns in 2007 – a campaign that strives to build a powerful constituency of voters to advocate for common sense gun laws in Pennsylvania and their enforcement through petition, advocacy and the ballot box. This viral Internet campaign seeks to inform policymakers about voters’ concerns and to educate residents about the growing number of hand guns and assault weapons – many illegal – and how their misuse has created a health epidemic. Moms Against Guns is working hard to keep kids alive. Lynne has been a long-time activist and advocate for at-risk children and underserved communities.

Phil Goldsmith is the President of CeaseFirePA, which is devoted to protecting your community from handgun violence. As the largest organization working to reduce gun violence, injury and death in Pennsylvania, CeaseFirePA seeks enactment of sensible gun regulations and public policies through grassroots activism, to elect public officials who favor the prevention of gun violence and to increase public awareness about ways to prevent themselves and their loved ones from becoming victims of gun violence.

Magee’s Humanitarian Award recognizes those who contribute positively to the role of healthcare and/or the lives of individuals with disabilities in the Philadelphia Region. Numerous individuals are reviewed each year by a selection committee and past winners of Magee’s Humanitarian Award include Philadelphia notables Lynne Abraham, Joseph Frick, John Dougherty and Jerry and Carolyn Segal.

For more information on the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital 22nd Annual Humanitarian Award dinner, including tickets ($300 per person) and sponsorship opportunities call 215-587-3090 or visit MageeRehab.org. For more information on CeaseFirePa, visit CeaseFirePa.org. For more information on Moms Against Guns, visit MomsAgainstGuns.org.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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