Special recognition of the 70th anniversary of Delco Hi-Q, a tribute to longtime retired Hi-Q Quizmaster Tom McCarthy, and the posthumous induction of FMFCU CEO John D. Unangst into the Hi-Q Hall of Honor make the 2018 Partners in Education Celebration a standout event. This year’s celebration will take place Thursday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center in Drexel Hill, Pa.
In addition to the aforementioned, 19 educators will receive the prestigious Delaware County Excellence in Teaching Award and eleven high school seniors will receive the John D. Unangst Scholarship. This year’s Outstanding Student Leader, Chris Beyers of Ridley High School, and Upper Darby High School, the Financial Literacy Center of the Year will be recognized. The Financial Literacy Advocate of the Year, Gigi Hyland, Executive Director of the National Credit Union Foundation, will be honored. Also being recognized at the Celebration are all 21 participating Delco Hi-Q teams, the Delco Hi-Q champions, the All-Delco Hi-Q Team, and this year’s additional Hall of Honor Inductee Nether Providence High School and Swarthmore College alumnus Thomas E. Spock.
The annual Celebration is always a big event, given the number of awards and recognitions, but the retirement of Tom McCarthy after 39 years as Quizmaster and the contributions of former FMFCU CEO John D. Unangst call for special recognition.
“Although this is a fast-paced upbeat event, we will make time to celebrate Tom and John for their invaluable contributions,” said Rick Durante, Vice President of Education at FMFCU and Executive Director of FMFCU Partners in Education Foundation. Both McCarthy and Unangst played pivotal roles in Hi-Q. “Tom was the face of Delco Hi-Q for four decades,” Durante continued. “The students loved him and he had an affinity for both the students and the competition. At John’s recommendation, FMFCU became Hi-Q’s major sponsor in 2006, keeping the academic competition in the spotlight.
Some 600 students, parents, educators, school administrators, business leaders, and local dignitaries attend the annual Partners in Education Celebration, and this year each will leave with a SWAG bag of goodies donated by sponsors, or Partners. Guests will also have the option of participating in a raffle for dozens of prize baskets that include gift cards, sports paraphernalia, and other memorabilia. Similar to Hollywood’s Red Carpet, guests will be invited to a complimentary photograph upon arrival.
FMFCU Partners in Education is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to collect and distribute funds that support education as well as the implementation of financial literacy and youth initiatives in communities served by FMFCU.