CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (April 17, 2018) – AIM Academy and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research are excited to honor Philadelphia entrepreneur Nick Bayer, founder and CEO of Saxbys, with the AIM Institute for Learning & Research Leadership Award to celebrate his support of education and entrepreneurship.
AIM Academy, a 344-student, evidence-based school for children with language-based learning differences, will hold its annual AIM for the Stars Gala on Thursday, April 19th, 2017 at VIE in Philadelphia beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will include 300 researchers, community leaders, educators, policy makers and families of children with learning differences.
The annual fundraising gala helps enable students to achieve the confidence to reach for and accomplish their dreams, and teachers to receive training in literacy and learning strategies that benefit students throughout the Philadelphia region.
Bayer, who founded Saxbys in 2005, is a graduate of and Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University as well as an adjunct professor at Drexel University. In addition, he's both a Big Brother and Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Board Member of Community College of Philadelphia. He was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 by Ernst & Young shortly after being named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He considers Saxbys a hospitality company fueled by great coffee. Bayer, who will receive the AIM Institute for Learning & Research Leadership Award, is committed to social impact, providing experiential learning opportunities and building entrepreneurial partnerships for students of all ages. His dedication to community engagement stems from Saxbys' core values and overall mission to Make Life Better.
Also being honored at the gala with the Sally L. Smith Founders Award is Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Dr. Vitti, who himself has dyslexia, will be recognized in absentia for his achievements in the field of education and his advocacy for improving literacy education for all children.
Past gala honorees include Sen. Bob Casey, business leader and philanthropist James J. Maguire, Sr.; Drexel University, Gov. Ed Rendell, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz; artist Jerry Pinkney; former U.S. Representative and Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan, and former president of the Franklin Institute Dennis Wint.
The AIM for the Stars Gala will be an inspirational evening celebrating literacy and the power to change children’s lives and futures.