Celebrate Flag Day
Celebrate the birthday of Philadelphia's Civic Flag every March 27!
 
McCook The Reverend Doctor Henry C. McCook (1837-1911)

Back in 1894, Rev. Dr. Henry C. McCook wrote a letter to then mayor, Edwin S. Stuart, suggesting that Philadelphia adopt a civic flag as a means of promoting civic pride. "The display and constant use of a Philadelphia Civic Flag would act towards the strengthening of civic pride, precisely as similar use of the National Flag tends to foster a spirit of national loyalty."

McCook's efforts proved fruitful. On March 27, 1895, an official civic flag was ordained by city council, designed using drawings McCook included in his letter.



Maneto Award Recipients
2015
PEACE
2015 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors has voted unanimously to honor you with a 2015 Philadelphia Maneto Award, in recognition of a lifetime of good deeds, in your chosen medical field, as a pioneer in caring for those in need through your central role in the establishment of the first Ronald McDonald House, and as a staunch supporter of education, as evidenced by your work with the St. James School.


2015
HOPE
2015 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors has voted unanimously to honor your team with a 2015 Philadelphia Maneto Award, in recognition of a brilliant 2014 baseball season, in which you competed for the Little League World Series Championship, representing Philadelphia with distinction, dignity and the highest level of sportsmanship. You made us all proud to be Philadelphians, giving abundant hope to the citizens of our city, especially its youth, during the unforgettable Summer of 2014!


2015
JUSTICE
2015 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors has voted unanimously to honor you,with a 2015 Philadelphia Maneto Award, in recognition of a stellar career in law enforcement, having established a reputation, on a national level, for toughness and fairness. Being named to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing is evidence of the highest level of respect toward you, and has elevated Philadelphia’s image as a city where justice prevails.


2015
PROSPERITY
2015 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors has voted unanimously to honor you with a 2015 Philadelphia Maneto Award, in recognition of your tireless efforts on behalf of Philadelphia high school students. Your “Germination Society”, designed to recognize and cultivate those native Philadelphian students who demonstrate leadership potential, benefits not only those students identified, but our city at-large, by providing global business connections for Philadelphia. Your efforts are a major step towards reclaiming the "once and future greatness of Philadelphia!" as you have so passionately stated, in an effort to bring prosperity to the city and its citizens!


2015
HONOREE
2015 Maneto Award
Will Smith, Sr., our Honorary Philadelphia Maneto Award winner, lives the (Brotherly) love. A born Philadelphian, and successful businessman, Will l embodies those virtues and values all people cherish: honesty, wisdom, compassion and thoughtfulness. He is intelligent without being arrogant, generous without asking for anything in return, modest to a fault and loyal to his family, friends and city. Will has been an exemplary father, a mentor to many young people and a supporter of education and culture. In short, Mr. Smith continues to be a positive ambassador, and a credit to Philadelphia. On the 10th Anniversary of Partners For Civic Pride, the PFCP Board wishes to honor Will I. for laying the first perfect brick in the PFCP Foundation! Bravo Grandagio and thank you!


2015
HONOREE
2015 Maneto Award
Gerry Lenfest, in unassuming fashion, has had profound and far-reaching positive impact on Philadelphia’s culture and citizens. He has funded many scholarships, libraries, music and art programs, health initiatives, and educational organizations on behalf of our city’s youth. He even prevented the closing of the City’s swimming pools when there were no other apparent options. His countless supported projects have included The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Collection, the Museum of the American Revolution, the SS United States, our City Flag, and most recently making sure that our Veterans have a city-wide Veteran’s Day Parade. So much of his support has been given anonymously, without seeking recognition, and that is the very definition of generosity. A modest man with grand vision and a ready helping hand, the people of Philadelphia owe Gerry Lenfest a debt of gratitude that we could never repay, and that he would never ask for.


2015
HONOREE
2015 Maneto Award
Rev. Dr. Henry C. McCook conceived and designed Philadelphia’s original City Flag, the first in the nation, on March 27, 1895, and drove the widespread use of American City Flags, through “constant use and display.” McCook, an esteemed Entomologist, became the Vice President of The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia in1882. At the same time, he served as the Presbyterian Minister at the Philadelphia Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. McCook’s flag design incorporated the 1874 City Seal which included symbols for PEACE, HOPE,JUSTICE and PROSPERITY, plus the inspirational City Motto, which still characterizes our city, “Philadelphia Maneto”, “Let Brotherly Love Continue”.




 




2014
PEACE
2014 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors is pleased to honor you with a 2014 Philadelphia Maneto Award, recognizing your passionate and admirable work as Principal at Strawberry Mansion High School. Your commitment to quality education in Philadelphia, particularly among an underserved youth population, exemplifies your contribution to the values on our flag, Peace, Hope, Justice and Prosperity, and to “Letting Brotherly Love Continue”. Congratulations.


2014
HOPE
2014 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors is delighted to honor you with a 2014 Philadelphia Maneto Award, in recognition of the outstanding work you’ve done over the past decade, and today, as spokesperson for "Wednesday's Child”. Your tireless efforts toward the welfare and happiness of so many foster children in our area, and your positive impact on Philadelphia qualify you as a most deserving recipient of this award, exemplifying the true meaning of “Let Brotherly Love Continue”. Well done.


2014
JUSTICE
2014 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors, in recognition of your remarkable work as organizer of Asian Americans United in Philadelphia, is happy to honor you with a 2014 Philadelphia Maneto Award. Your demonstrated dedication to social justice, safe and peaceful educational environments and overall understanding among our youth have qualified you for this acknowledgement. Excellent work, young man.


2014
PROSPERITY
2014 Maneto Award
Partners For Civic Pride’s [PFCP] Board of Directors is thrilled to honor you with a 2014 Philadelphia Maneto Award, in public recognition of the noble and valuable work you are doing through your organization, "It Takes Philly!" Your unwavering dedication to improving the lives of Philly youth, by providing them with critical exposure to career opportunities, and a brighter future, and absolutely “Letting Brotherly Love Continue” have made you a most worthy recipient. Congratulations!




 




2013
Annette John-Hall
2013 Maneto Award
Through eloquent and passionate coverage of vital social issues facing our beloved city, including education, poverty, racism, and all forms of discrimination, Ms. John-Hall has been a tireless advocate for those who would otherwise have no public voice. As the Metro Reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms. John-Hall has shared countless stories of those who live our flag’s message, and for these acts of thoughtful reporting, we thank you. The Philadelphia Maneto Award acknowledges that you are truly letting brotherly love continue.




 




2012
Joe Frazier
2012 Maneto Award
Marvis Frazier accepts the 2012 Philadelphia Maneto Award on behalf of his Father Joe Frazer from Partners Board Member Rob Stoller. Awarded at Philadelphia Flag Day March 27, 2012
Smokin' Joe Frazier epitomized the values represented on our flag by the way he lived his life, with dignity and modesty. A fierce warrior inside the ring, who won an Olympic Gold Medal despite fighting with a broken thumb, Joe lived his life peacefully, always willing to help those in need. He even supported his greatest rival, Muhammed Ali, who often berated Joe publicly, when Ali needed financial help and a place to stay. Smokin' Joe's longstanding boxing gym helped countless young people learn the meaning of respect, his number one criteria for gym membership. Joe was a just, charitable "Peoples' Champion", who represented himself, his family, his title and his city with immense pride.