2023 Tribute to Change

Tribute to Change

The Tribute to Change is Bread & Roses’ annual family reunion for people who care about social change. We come together to celebrate victories, honor remarkable organizers, and raise money for grassroots movements for justice.

2023 Theme

The theme of the 2023 Tribute to Change wass “Sparking Youth Power.” We are honoring today’s rising activists alongside organizers who have spent their careers mentoring young leaders to take action for social justice. 

Photos from the event


These inspiring honorees were selected by our volunteer Tribute to Change planning committee and the Bread & Roses board of directors from nominations submitted by community members.

Denise Brown, Paul Robeson Lifetime Achievement Award
Ellen Somekawa, Paul Robeson Lifetime Achievement Award
Fred Ginyard, Trailblazer Award
Fred Pinguel, Trailblazer Award
Kaia Chau & Taryn Flaherty, Emerging Leader Award
Chill Hixon, Emerging Leader Award
Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project, Victory is Ours Award

Learn more about our 2023 honorees!


AMJ Foundation
Amy Faulring
Andy Lamas & Ginny Vanderslice
Ann Weigand
Asian Americans United
Barbara Attie
Barbary Cook & Rebecca Subar
Bonnie Raines
Boston Trust Walden
Brian T. Baxter & Ilene Shane
Calvary United Methodist Church
Cameron Baston
Carol Rogers & Rob Frederick
Cathryn Coate
Christie Balka & Rebecca Alpert
Christopher Harris
Cindy Rosenthal & Art Read
Connie & Terry Dellmuth
David Haas
David Rudovsky
Debora Kodish & Bob Eskind
Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition
Elisabeth & Stuart Bass
Erika Aaron
Farrah Parkes & Brad Linder

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
Gloria Gilman & Josh Rubinsky
Hal & Sue Rosenthal
Harvey Finkle
Irv Ackelsberg & Patricia Urevick
Jane Isaacs Lowe
Jean Hunt & Mas Nakawatase
Jenny Lyman & Greg Schmidt
Jennifer Jordan & Rose White
Jennifer Pedroni
Jeri Nutter
Jill Feldstein
Joan Davitt
JoAnn Seaver
Joel and Audrey Swartz
John Braxton
Jonathan & Judith Stein
Judith Bernstein-Baker
Judith M. Buchanan
Julia Stone
Kathy Black & Art Sharon
Larry Weisberg
Leeway Foundation
Lizzy Schmidt
Lori Ginzberg & Joel Steiker
Louis Massiah
Marinda Schwartz

Marty Brigham & Harriet Rubenstein
Mary Goldman
Meghan Huppuch & Yayha Alazrak
Message Agency
Mytili Jagannathan
Nancy & Terence Culleton
Nancy E. Krody
Oliver Rising
Pathways to Housing PA
Patrice R. Green
Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corporation
Peggy & Mark Curchack
Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors
Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO
Phil Straus & Margaret Harris
Rebecca Rathje & David Murphy
Resource Generation
Roberto Bedoya
Sandra Thompson & Rebecca Baranowski
Sarah Anton
Steve & Barbara Gold
Susan Langmuir
Susan Schewel
Trina Middleton
Walter Tsou, MD

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About the Tribute to Change

The Tribute to Change is Bread & Roses’ annual gathering honoring local social change heroes. Explore past events here.

Planning Committee

Estelle Acquah
Yahya Alazrak, chair
Lis Bass
Teisha Brown
Mariah Casias

Amy Faulring
Jill Feldstein
Kris Henderson
Jean Hunt
Lauren Hunter

Nora Lichtash
Jane Isaacs Lowe
Jessie Stephenson
Mastress T
Shuning Zhao