The Billies

The first annual Billy Penn Awards will honor Philly’s awesomest people

Introducing The Billies: We’re throwing a gala party.

billies-image
Illustration: Billy Penn; Photo: Mark Henninger
danyahenninger-headshot-2021sept

Despite its many flaws, Billy Penn is all in on this city. Like so many of you, we’re fans of Philly’s resilience in the face of struggles; its centuries-long quest to be inclusive; its diverse fabric of neighborhoods; its hundreds of years of innovation.

To recognize the people who make it all happen — and have to have some fun along the way — we’re thrilled to announce the inaugural Billy Penn Awards Gala.

The Billies will showcase local movers and shakers and creators and instigators. In seven different categories (plus a couple of surprises), we’ll recognize Philadelphians and Philadelphia institutions who are having an impact on politics, culture, arts, sports, food, science and business in this city.

The inaugural event goes down June 26 at World Cafe Live, and it will be a gala celebration. Miss the Philly Geek Awards or the Philly Beer Scene Awards? This is your chance to doll up and show your stuff. (We’re saying “creative black tie” for dress code — emphasis firmly on the “creative.”)

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. Billy Penn members and newsletter subscribers can look out for a password to get early access starting today.

What’ll your $22 ticket include? We’ve enlisted several cool folks to help make this a night to remember, including Casey Parker, co-owner of Pistolas Restaurants and Philly Loves Beer president, who’ll emcee the show with Billy Penn editor Danya Henninger. We’ll start the evening with a social hour, there’ll be music and jokes, The Mummers will make an appearance, and several other well-known Philly names will help hand out Billies statues to our honorees.

Official nominees will be announced next week in the categories below.

Note: Later this month, we’ll also roll out a People’s Choice Award that’ll be entirely decided by your votes. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for deserving recipients of the accolades listed here, feel free to email tips@billypenn.com and we’ll add them to our list for consideration.

The Broad Street Bellwether

billies-bellwether

Who’s making an impact in Philadelphia performing or visual arts, music, audio, comedy — or pushing forward all of the above?

The Headturner on Market

billies-headturner

In a city not exactly known for its fashion, who has the look to die for? Whose appearance made an indelible mark? Which creatively dressed public persona wears it best?

The Better than Wooder Award

billies-wooder

Liquids have never been hotter, from the growing craft beer and spirits scene to innovations in coffee to healthful smoothies and ‘buch. Which sip reps Philly best?

The 1682 Award

Print

Geeks, techies and everyone else in the city’s plentiful STEM community: this award honors the innovators keeping Philly at the forefront of discovery.

The Never Delete Your Account Award

billies-social

Social media is a double-edged sword, but some wield it with great effect. Whose account do you hope never disappears?

The Problem Solver Award

billies-solver

Philly has no lack of troubles — but luckily, also no shortage of people working to turn things around, and those folks definitely deserve to be honored.

MVP (Most Valuable Philadelphian)

billies-skyline

Speaks for itself. Who is the face of this city right now, the one we simply couldn’t do without?

Want some more? Explore other The Billies stories.

Mornings in the know

Sign up for Billy Penn’s free morning newsletter for a daily roundup of Philadelphia’s most pressing news, top interesting stories, fun tidbits, and relevant events.

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn article!

We don’t have a paywall, and never will. Instead, we depend on readers like you to keep our newsroom jamming on stories about Philadelphia. If you like what you see, will you support our work?

Thanks for reading a Billy Penn story

We don’t have a paywall, and our daily newsletter is free. Instead, YOU are key to keeping our nonprofit newsroom running strong. If you like what you see, will you join as a member today?

This story was powered by readers

Readers like you make articles like this possible, so thanks for your support. Want to make sure we stick around? Become a sustainer with a recurring contribution!

Tell a friend about Billy Penn

Thanks for reading another article — and we’re grateful for your support! Want to help a friend start their day with Billy Penn? Send them to our newsletter signup page.