Wawa Welcome America Festival
Freedom Mortgage is a proud sponsor of the Wawa Welcome America Festival, which was held in Philadelphia, PA from June 19 to July 4.
From March 1 to April 29, Freedom Mortgage collected submissions during a nationwide contest for the Celebrate Freedom Award. Over 600 essay submissions from first responders, healthcare workers, veterans, and service members were entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Philadelphia that included recognition at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony on July 4, as well as a $10,000 check from Freedom Mortgage.
For each of the first 600 submissions, the Company donated $5 to the USO and Feeding America. A total of $6,000 was donated ($3,000 to Feeding America and $3,000 to the USO).
Congratulations to Matthew Burke from Florida on winning this year’s Celebrate Freedom Award! Matthew was chosen out of hundreds of submissions for his contributions in support of veteran mental health.
"I faced homelessness, post-traumatic stress, and limited mobility which all caused me serious mental health issues. It was during my weakest moments that I found hope in serving others. I founded the nonprofit 10 CAN, saving over 7,500 warriors."
Welcome America’s Celebration of Freedom Ceremony was held on Monday, July 4 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA. Kristin M., VP of Internal and Employee Communications, recognized the winner of the Celebrate Freedom Award.
The ceremony was followed by the return of the Independence Day Parade after a two-year hiatus. It also included the Party on the Parkway, featuring a live concert starring award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Derulo and multiple-platinum selling popstar, Ava Max. The show was followed by an awe-inspiring fireworks finale.