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The Philadelphia Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strengthens and enhances the mission of the Philadelphia Police Department by providing resources not covered in the city budget, proudly announces local business participation in Police Appreciation Month, September 14 through OCTOBER 3, 2009. It provides resources not covered in the city budget. The New York City Police Foundation harnessed the power of the private sector in the mid-1990s and played an important role in helping the NYPD dramatically reduce its violent crime rate by 75%. Merchants at The Reading Terminal Market will feature a “blue plate special” item (September 14–20) from which a portion of sales will benefit the Philadelphia Police Foundation. The campaign will be kicked off at 9 AM on September 14, with Breakfast with the Commissioner – a gathering of officers, dignitaries (DA Lynne Abraham, members of City Council, the Commissioner), and the public. Additionally, all donations made to Philbert, the piggybank in the food court, during the entire month of September will be donated to the Foundation. Donation boxes will also be placed at 35+ merchant stands and a raffle of gift certificates will be featured to raise money and awareness. “Reading Terminal Market and its merchants have always enjoyed an excellent relationship with our City’s police officers, and we are honored and delighted to show our support during Police Appreciation Month,” said Paul Steinke (r), Director of Reading Terminal Market; with Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey (Note: How great is Paul’s job, all that convenience at his finger tips, but then again he could never give his spouse the excuse that he forgot to stop and buy the bread.)
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Vinnie Iovine at the Iovine Market in Reading Terminal
Table 31 and The Plaza will also feature a “blue plate special” item on their lunch and dinner menus (September 21–26). $3 from every cavatelli dish – the most popular Italian menu item at Table 31 – and $3 from every pizza at The Plaza will be donated to the Foundation.
“Supporting and helping to better protect the Philadelphia Police Department, which makes our City safer, is of utmost importance to us,” said Chef Chris Scarduzio, Owner Table 31 and The Plaza restaurants. “It is an honor to salute these brave officers.” Boyds will be generously donating $10 for every suit, blazer or jacket sold from September 28 through October 3 to the Foundation.

For additional information about Police Appreciation Month and the Philadelphia Police Foundation, contact board member, Dana Spain at 877-254-1982 ext 4 or