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First ‘KidChamp’ Award Honors Renaissance Youth Center Founder

Rite Aid announced Bervin Harris, co-founder and CEO of the New York City-based Renaissance Youth Center, as the first “KidChamp” award winner at the 2017 Rite Aid Foundation Charity Golf Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Harris was honored for his work with the Renaissance Youth Center, a KidCents charity based in the Bronx that provides dynamic academic and enrichment programs to empower at-risk youth to fully maximize their potential as productive and responsible members of society.

The KidChamp award was created by The Rite Aid Foundation to recognize an individual involved with a KidCents charity who is a champion of children—a visionary, an organizer, a doer, a healer, a protector, an educator and sometimes a savior. A leader whose enthusiasm inspires others to act and whose time, talent, energy and dedication is freely given to children in our communities.

Bervin Harris, co-founder and CEO of Renaissance Youth Center (right) accepts KidChamp award from Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation.

Bervin Harris, co-founder and CEO of Renaissance Youth Center (right) accepts KidChamp award from Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation.

“I am so humbled and appreciative of this award,” Harris said. “The support of Rite Aid and all of you here today is helping the Renaissance Youth Center to make a difference in the lives of more than 4,000 youth each week. Thank you for making us stronger together.”

Harris, and future KidChamp award recipients, will receive a $10,000 grant to help their organization continue its valuable work.

“Individuals like Bervin prove that one person with a heartfelt mission can make a fantastic change in the world,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Mr. Harris is an inspiration to us all. I’m amazed by the passion and energy he devotes to helping children each and every day and I’m honored to present him with the first-ever KidChamp award.”

The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program supports more than 440 local, kid-focused charities, each of which can nominate someone from their organization for the KidChamp award.