The National Liberty Museum celebrated its TD Bank 2017 Young Heroes Award on Thursday, August 10.

The annual TD Bank Young Heroes Award recognizes young people who have championed liberty through their actions to enact positive change in their schools and communities. Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News and Community Affairs for Clear Channel Media, served as the emcee, as she has for several years. The keynote speaker was Raquel Ruiz, Former Member of the group Youth to Youth, which won the Young Heroes Award in 2010. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky was joined by TD Bank Representatives in presenting the awards. Tom Shoemaker, Commercial Market President, TD Bank, provided the sponsor remarks. The student selected for the top prize, the President’s Honor Award, was Bradley Ferguson from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ. Bradley received a $2,000 award for his ingenious way of honoring veterans and combating poverty at the same time by refurbishing a local American Legion Post, including creating a large, sustainable Victory Garden to help feed those in need in his community.

Photography by Shira Yudkoff.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners! Learn their stories by clicking on each name below.

Sophia Andrews
Wellspring Christian Academy
Bear, Delaware

Briana Berger
F.W. Buchholz High School
Gainesville, Florida

Alayshia Bridges
South Philadelphia High School
Philadelphia, PA

Sheryl Chen
Staten Island Technical High School
Brooklyn, NY

Bradley Ferguson
Mainland Regional High School
Linwood, NJ

Hats for Haiti Girls
Hailey Miller, Gavriella  Adelman, Sage Bowmen,
Eva Grant, Jessie Liao, Ashley Meraz-Guevara,
Avery Sill, Julia Menschik, Sophia Fendo

Penn Wynne Elementary
Wynnewood, PA

Hareena Houston
Wilmington Friends School
Wilmington, DE

Cailey Karshmer
Cherry Creek High School
Greenwood Village, Colorado

Arnav Kaushik
Souderton Charter School Collaborative
Souderton, PA

Lena Kugelman
Northampton Area High School
Northampton, PA

Johnny Means
Delaware Military Academy
Wilmington, DE

KC Miller
Westtown School
West Chester, PA

Olivia Sandom
Julia Masterman High School
Philadelphia, PA

NLM's Summer Pop-Up Event, August 13-20

Beat the heat and join the National Liberty Museum for our Summer Pop-Up Event! For an entire week, you are invited to browse our silent auction and bid on more than 20 pieces of beautiful glass artworks from the NLM’s collection. Then, the Pop-Up Event week concludes with a live auction during our Cocktails with a Cause program on August 20 at 5 p.m.

A link to participate will be available starting August 13. Learn more.

Sponsorships now open for our exciting virtual gala!

Celebrate with us on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. from the comfort of your own home as our Gala & Glass Auction goes virtual! It’s the National Liberty Museum’s 20th birthday, and we’re marking the occasion with an exciting live auction and unforgettable evening of fun activities. Proceeds from the Gala support our education and outreach both at the Museum and via our new digital learning. This year we are dedicating a special portion of funds raised to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Several sponsorship levels available. All offer many benefits and a wonderful evening to share with your invited guests. Learn more here.

Young heroes demonstrate their leadership at a virtual Civics Fair!

At the end of each school year, the NLM's Young Heroes Outreach Program, which brings the Museum’s civic leadership curriculum directly into area schools, holds a grand celebration to showcase the Social Action Projects created by all of the participating schools. This year the celebration was a VIRTUAL event and their projects are available for viewing on this website!

Click here to see the inspiring work of these 4th through 8th grade students, who clearly understand their ability to make a difference!

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.