Frances and James Maguire with Pa. First Lady Susan Corbett (right) at AIM Academy’s Stars Gala.

Frances and James Maguire with Pa. First Lady Susan Corbett (right) at AIM Academy’s Stars Gala.

James J. Maguire Sr., of Chestnut Hill, received the Sally L. Smith Founder’s Award at the 6th Annual AIM for the Stars Gala sponsored by AIM Academy in Conshohocken.

The award is given to inspirational leaders who have overcome learning challenges in their lives and through their success, leadership, and spirit, have made significant contributions to enhance education opportunities for children who learn differently.

Also receiving the award were David and Evan Yurman, father and son who are noted innovative American jewelry designers.

The gala, held Nov. 14 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, raised $250,000 to support literacy for all students who learn differently.

Maguire is founder and chairman emeritus of the Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corporation. He is the author of an autobiography titled “Just Show Up Every Day” that chronicles the history of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, the Maguire family, and his personal struggle with dyslexia.

A Korean War veteran, he is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University and also holds honorary degrees in law from Gwynedd-Mercy College, Chestnut Hill College and Cabrini College, and is an honorary member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

He is a past member of the board of directors and executive committee for the Pennsylvania Insurance Federation, a charter member of the St. Joseph’s University Magis Society, a recipient of the Shield of Loyola (the university’s highest honor), and has been honored by the university, which named its new 38-acre Merion campus the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus.

AIM Academy, a grade 1-12 college preparatory school, provides extraordinary educational opportunities to children with language-based learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, utilizing research-based intervention strategies and an arts-based learning environment.

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