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Mark Chilutti of Northeast Philadelphia Receives Silver Antelope Award from Boy Scouts

As an eight year old boy, Northeast Philadelphia's Mark Chilutti joined the Boy Scouts - deciding to measure his character through merit badges and service to the community. Thirty one years later, Chilutti's character is still being measured through the Boy Scouts. On May 22, Chilutti was awarded the Silver Antelope, the Boy Scouts' highest award for distinguished service to youth within one of the four regions of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is made by the National Court of Honor and the recipient must be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. Chilutti received the Silver Antelope at the Northeast Region Boy Scouts of America Recognition Luncheon and Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

The award, created in 1942, consists of a silver antelope suspended from a white and yellow ribbon worn around the neck.

Chilutti has served the Boy Scouts in a variety of ways throughout his lifetime. As a Vice Chairman of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, he is responsible for the youth and adult training programs on a national level. The Order of the Arrow has 185,000 members. As VP of Program locally, he serves as a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Committee, and is responsible for overseeing the local councils camping, training, activity, and advancement committees. Chilutti also serves on the Boy Scouts National Training Task Force, served on the National Diversity Training Task Force, and has been across the country as a motivational speaker at various scouting events.

Professionally, Chilutti serves as the Assistant Vice President of Development for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. His relationship with Magee began when he became a patient of the hospital after his spinal cord was severed by a bullet when his jewelry store was robbed in 1996.

Chilutti, and his wife, Jayne, still live in Northeast Philadelphia.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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