2023 Franklin Event
Print & Graphic Communications Association (PGCA), formerly Printing Industries Alliance, has selected Mariano Rivera, baseball great, community leader, and philanthropist, as the recipient of its 2023 Franklin Award for Distinguished Service – the highest honor given to an individual by the graphic communications industry.
Rivera will accept the award at PGCA’s Franklin Event at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York City, on Thursday, March 30, 2023 (reserve online or download event flyer). [Read the Press Release announcing the Award.]
Since his retirement, Rivera has focused his time on giving back to the community through The Mariano Rivera Foundation (MRF), providing educational resources and career opportunities to children and youth from impoverished families.
In 2021, the Foundation launched the Mariano Rivera Mentorship Program, a faith-based initiative aimed at serving underprivileged youth from facilities in New Rochelle, NY, Gainesville, FL, and Houston, TX. The Mariano Rivera Learning Center, a 40,000 sq. ft. learning space currently under development in New Rochelle, NY, will offer STEM education, job skills training, mentorship, and college preparatory services.
The curriculum will include hands-on, certification-based training for high-demand graphic arts and imaging technology jobs.
Additionally, an MRF sponsored satellite training center is currently being hosted by Premium Color Group in Carlstadt, NJ, with another on the horizon at Sandy Alexander in Clifton, NJ.
The Mariano Rivera Foundation is addressing one of the printing industry’s most critical problems – preparing the workforce of the future.
To that end, net proceeds from the 2023 Franklin Event are designated to support The Mariano Rivera Learning Center and other MRF projects.
Join us and the printing industry on March 30th at 6 pm as we honor Mariano Rivera for his incredible baseball career and for making a difference by preparing young people for printing industry careers.
Sponsored by PGCA and the Print Drives America Foundation, the 2023 Franklin Event will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY. The gala includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit-down dinner, the awards ceremony, and dessert and coffee stations.
Platinum Sponsorships for tables of 10 are available for $6,500; Gold Sponsorships for half-tables of five are $3,250 and individual tickets are $475. To become a sponsor or to register to attend, register online or download event flyer or contact Kim Tuzzo, Print & Graphic Communications Association, firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 777-4742.