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Honors and Awards


Rubye’s Kids, Inc., led by Roz Weiss, was delighted to receive one of Please Touch Museum’s 17th Annual Great Friend to Kids Awards, created by the museum to “honor individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to enriching the lives of children.”

Roz Weiss spoke at the November 8, 2012 ceremony and accepted citations for the group’s work from Mayor Michael S. Nutter, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz. 

Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter recognized Rubye’s Kids “for taking the initiative …to improve the quality of life” for children and for helping them achieve “future success,” while Senator Toomey noted that the award was “well-deserved” and commended Rubye’s Kids “for providing disadvantaged children…with hope and joy.”

Congresswoman Schwartz called the all-volunteer group’s nearly two decades of community work “both admirable and appreciated” and its “commitment to children, who are the future…an example for all to follow.”

The Please Touch Museum presented each of the year’s five winners with a special award designed by Leo Sewell, the Philadelphia artist who made the museum’s acclaimed “Statue of Liberty Arm and Torch” from discarded toys.

Roz Weiss was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of all those who have contributed to the success of Rubye’s Kids in enhancing the lives of impoverished inner-city children, including her chiropractor husband, Dr. Don M. Weiss, who co-founded the non-profit with her, as well as her supportive children, kind donors and many devoted volunteers, including the tireless Board of Directors. 

She also credited the North Philadelphia woman in whose honor the organization was named, the “amazing” Rubye Caesar, who touched the lives of countless children in need throughout her lifetime and inspired Roz Weiss and Rubye’s Kids to do the same.   She appealed to her audience to remember that the need remains great and that donations of many kinds are essential for the work to go on.

While awards like this one are deeply appreciated, the group’s motivation is always the children themselves.  Rubye’s Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3), remains committed to ensuring that thousands of underprivileged children in our area—including many living in homeless shelters—receive holiday gifts and celebrate their birthdays just like their more fortunate counterparts, that they be given the clothes they need for winter and the tools they need for success, and that—perhaps above all—they learn that they are not forgotten, that they are important, unique and special, and that others truly care.