Lillian M.J. Dixon

The James F. Graham
Woman of Courage Award 2013

Lillian M.J. Dixon had a stellar career with the City of Philadelphia. In her 35 years of employment, she worked at the Philadelphia County Prisons, the Department of Finance, the Sheriff's Office and finally the Court of Common Pleas as a Court Administrative Officer.

After surviving her battle with breast cancer, however, Mrs. Dixon changed the focus of her life and began working with those less fortunate. She started a new career as a teacher and ignited a passion for learning in her students. In addition, as a member of the Haven Peniel United Methodist Church, she spearheaded the creation of the Haven Peniel Senior Citizens Facility, a $10 million dollar project funded by HUD. Mrs. Dixon is a past president of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), a member of the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Teachers' Association, the YWCA and is secretary of the Haven Peniel Development Corporation (HPDC). Congratulations to Lillian for receiving this year's James F. Graham Woman of Courage Award.


Please join us in participating in an upcoming fundraiser for a cause that is dear to our heart. On Friday April 27, An Evening at Yards Brewery, a benefit for the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital will be held at Yards Brewery in Philadelphia. Join us for an evening of craft beer tasting, brewery tours, a unique silent auction, delicious appetizers and an open bar. This special event, held every other year, raises funds to provide supportive care services, further cancer research, offer community outreach through screenings and education, and to reach out to thousands of patients and families with this devastating disease.

Karen and Jim Graham

Karen and Jim Graham were treated at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital and they were grateful for the exceptional care that they received there. More important, they were passionate about giving back and helping others. The proceeds raised from this event will go to support the many services the Karnell Center provides free of charge to its patients including psychological counseling,music and art therapy, shiatsu massage, nutrition counseling an pain and symptom management.

Save the Date Friday, April 27, 2015

In addition, the funds raised will help with cancer research, cancer screenings and early detection, cancer risk evaluation and community education.


There are various ways to support this event, including sponsorships, individual tickets or simply providing a donation. Please do not hesitate to contact the Cancer Center for further information, contact Marylou Osterman at 215-829-6466 or Information and online donation can also be found on our website We hope that we can count on your support for this important event!

Warm Regards,

David Graham