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Marcus Soutra, President of Eye to Eye to be honored at The 10th Anniversary AIM for the Stars Gala

-New York, NY (March 9, 2016) – AIM Academy is excited to be honoring Drexel University, which will be receiving the AIM Institute of Learning & Research Leadership Award, accepted by President John A. Fry, the Honorable Edward G. Rendell who will be receiving the Champion of Education Award, and Marcus Soutra, President of Eye to Eye to celebrate their many contributions to education, both locally and globally.

AIM Academy, a Research-to-Practice School founded ten years ago by two mothers of children with learning differences,continually pioneering technology and techniques proven to benefit children with language-based learning differences, will hold its 10th Anniversary AIM for the Stars Galaon Saturday, April 9th, 2016, at The Westin Philadelphia at 6:30 pm. The event will host 500 university heads, researchers, community leaders, educators, policy makers and families of children with learning differences. Daniel J.Hilferty, President& CEO of Independence Blue Cross, is Honorary Chair.

AIM Academy holds the belief that there are no limits to what children who learn differently can achieve. The school is committed to advancing the cause of literacy for their students and thousands of others throughout the Greater Philadelphia region through the AIM Institute for Learning & Research. A successful AIM for the Stars Gala, AIMís major annual fundraising event, will enable students to achieve the confidence to reach for and accomplish their dreams, and teachers to receive the strategies to benefit students throughout the Philadelphia region.

Past AIM honorees include business leader and philanthropist James J. Maguire, Sr.; Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz; artist Jerry Pinkney; author and advocate Anne Ford; jewelry designers David and Evan Yurman; former president of the Franklin Institute Dennis Wint; and Matt Naylor, Chairman of the AIM Board of Trustees. The Gala Event will use BidPal technology, allowing guests to bid on featured items including a 76ers VIP Experience Package, a Vetri Dining Experience, and many other items.

The 10th Anniversary AIM for the Stars Gala will be an inspirational evening celebrating literacy and the power to change childrenís lives and futures.

About Aim Academy: The mission of AIM Academy is to:

  • Provide extraordinary educational opportunities to children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, utilizing research-based intervention strategies and an arts-based learning environment that is college preparatory in scope and sequence.
  • Develop a center for educational excellence and professional development to disseminate best practices to educators by providing access to the latest research-based curriculum, technology, and training.

About Eye to Eye: Mentoring, Advocacy, & Culture Change

As the "Official Sponsor of Different Thinkers," Eye to Eye is the only national mentoring organization run by and for people with learning differences, from powerful chapters in 20 states and passionate involvement in all 50. The goal is to create a world where all youth with LD / ADHD (one in five) can achieve their fullest potential.

An art-based curriculum brings together the kids labeled as "learning disabled" or LD / ADHD to build essential social-emotional skills including self esteem and advocacy with similarly labeled college students as mentors. Mentors gain purpose and a community that fosters their own self esteem and leadership skills.

The organization reaches new audiences with Eye to Eye Diplomats. "Alumn'Eye" are supported in the transition from college to the workplace and beyond.

Eye to Eye culture-change agents also inspire millions to share their abilities. More information is available at

For more information about the Gala, please call 215-483-2461 or email