Mayor’s Press Conference Highlights

Opening of Dad Vail Regatta

For Immediate Release

15th Annual Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest Winners To Be Announced And Grant To City’s Summer Rowing Program.

Philadelphia, Pa –The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee, organizers of the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, presented by Independence Blue Cross and The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University are pleased to announce the winners of the 15th Annual Dad Vail Regatta Art Contest staged again this spring for budding young artists attending Philadelphia area public, private and parochial schools.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Organizing Committee will present the cash awards at a press conference on Friday morning May 12 at 9 a.m. amidst the opening races of the 79th annual Dad Vail Regatta, the nations largest collegiate regatta.

The Dad Vail Regatta, also presented by Coca-Cola and PECO, will be staged on Friday May 12 and Saturday May 13 on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia with more than 100 universities and colleges and 3,500 athletes from around the country competing for Gold Medals.

Hanna said, “The Dad Vail Regatta is far more than the largest collegiate rowing event. We also offer students who are gifted in areas other than athletics, the means to be recognized for their artistic ability and to be rewarded for their distinguished achievements by way of our annual Art Poster Contest.”

The contest, which challenges Philadelphia area high school students to best depict the Dad Vail Regatta, North Americas largest and best-known collegiate regatta has five categories of prizes; Grand Prize, First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention.

Members of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee, The School District of Philadelphia, and the Office of Catholic Education comprised the judging committee of the artwork.

At the conclusion of the awards, Mayor Kenney will be presented with a check for the city’s summer rowing program for inner city youngsters, a tradition the organizers have been following for years having donated a total now approaching $50,000.

This program seeks to expose Philadelphia high school students to some of the benefits of rowing; discipline, camaraderie, loyalty, exceptional physical conditioning and teamwork.

The Winners of the 2017 Dad Vail Regatta Art Poster Contest are:


Grand Prize

Alyssa Sliwa, Archbishop Ryan

First Place

Angela Myronovych, Central High School

Second Place

Skylar Elliott-Jones, Archbishop Ryan

Third Place

Lika Su, Archbishop Ryan

Honorable Mention

Felicia Broll, Archbishop Ryan

Nichola McDermott, Archbishop Ryan

Xuan (Zoe) Dong, Archbishop Ryan

Otari Iobidze, The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush

Daniel Jurgelewicz, Archbishop Ryan

Kristin Somershoe, Archbishop Wood


About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve more than 8.5 million people in 25 states and the District of Columbia, including more than 2.5 million in the region. For almost 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting events that promote wellness. To learn more visit Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


About – Jefferson

Jefferson, through its academic and clinical entities of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, including Abington Health and Aria Health, is reimagining health care for the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. Jefferson has 23,000 people dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies to define the future of care. With a university and hospital that date back to 1824, today Jefferson is comprised of six colleges, nine hospitals, 34 outpatient and urgent care locations, and a multitude of physician practices throughout the region, serving more than 100,000 inpatients, 373,000 emergency patients and 2.2 million outpatients annually.



Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Dad Vail Regatta

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