Wright & Filippis president A.J. Filippis received the EP Maxwell J.
Schleifer Distinguished Service Award at Comerica Park during the Detroit
Tigers’ pre-game ceremony in recognition of his efforts to help the
Sponsored by MassMutual and Exceptional Parent magazine,
the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award is presented at Major
League venues throughout the country to honor the remarkable accomplishments
made on behalf of more than 54 million Americans with disabilities and their
families and caregivers.
“Earning recognition from Mass Mutual and Exceptional Parent
magazine is particularly gratifying given the credibility and integrity of
these two companies,” Filippis stated in a press release. “This honor
is very dear to my heart and encompasses much more than just myself. This award
honors my father who founded Wright & Filippis and made it his life’s
mission to help those with disabilities. It also honors every person that is
working, volunteering and giving support to allow for a better quality of life
for individuals with disabilities.”
Filippis was chosen to receive this award because of his passion to
assist people with disabilities by taking a leadership role in a variety of
non-profit organizations and community programs. He is past president of the
Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame (ADHOF). He sits on the board of
directors for the Athletes with Disabilities Network, which continues
ADHOF’s mission while also staging extreme sports competitions for
amputees. Filippis also serves as president of the Filippis Foundation.