Edward G. Rendell, the former Pennsylvania Governor and current Ballard Spahr partner, will receive the Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the March of Dimes tomorrow. Gov. Rendell is being honored for his work to protect the health of newborn babies and to raise public awareness of screening to detect and treat early-childhood disorders.

Gov. Rendell will receive the award at 6 p.m. on Friday at The Westin Philadelphia. The award recognizes Gov. Rendell for his strong support of the Newborn Screening Act, passed in 2008, which guarantees newborn screening for disorders that threaten the lives of babies. Because of Gov. Rendell’s work with the March of Dimes, newborns are now screened for hearing loss and 28 preventable metabolic disorders. Sponsored by Comcast SportsNet, the ceremony also will include awards to five remarkable March of Dimes children. “I am thrilled to be receiving the Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the March of Dimes, an organization that has done extraordinary work to improve the lives of Pennsylvania's children,” said Gov. Rendell. “Without their support, my efforts to bring attention to the issue of newborn screening would not have been nearly as successful.”

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is the host of the 2nd Annual Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes, and funds raised at the event support the March of Dimes prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), family support programs, and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Those attending the event will have the opportunity to meet the honorees and bid on sports memorabilia. For more information on the Shining Star Awards, visit www.ShiningStarAwards.com.