Philadelphia

NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS WITH A NEWLY THIN JON RUNYAN & JANE PEPPER ZIPS ALONG AT Outward Bound

I don’t make it a practice to post other peoples photos on my blog, but sometimes I make exceptions.

I WOULD HAVE ATTENDED THE FOLLOWING NOTEWORTHY EVENTS IF PHILLY WASN’T SO DARN BUSY WITH EVENTS. I didn’t see any of these events written up in the press either; Sadly it kinda proves the point of why I started this blog in the first place, I didn’t think charities were getting enough press attention, sure maybe in the society section, but not in the news section. Now with my schedule so busy, and people hiring me to do events, it makes me sad that they don’t get the attention they deserve. Sorry.

The Night of Champions event which benefits Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Programs, which support athletic programs that help former Magee patients and individuals with disabilities in the community improve the quality of their lives through physical activity. Programs include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, and soccer. Magee’s wheelchair sports programs have involved more than 450 athletes over the past 21 years.


Joe Conklin, radio personality and comedian

Phillies Director of Public Affairs Scott Palmer

Former Sixer and NBA Hall-Of-Famer Billy Cunningham
Philadelphia Eagle’s Winston Justice, who seems to be making the rounds lately.
Former Eagle Mike Mamula and former Eagle (and current New Jersey Senatorial candidate) Jon Runyan. I see Jon has been dieting for his upcoming race. This just in, today’s Inquirer says Jon backs drilling for oil off the New Jersey coast. How disappointing. Jon no drilling of the Jersey coast, don’t we have enough crazy stuff floating in the water already?
(Photo credit Flatworld Productions )

On Tuesday, May 11 at Urban Outfitters at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Outward Bound Philadelphia hosted “Exhibition: City Green” to honor the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s program “Philadelphia Green.” The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, co-founder of Outward Bound Philadelphia, and Dick Hayne, President of Urban Outfitters, Inc., event co-chairs, celebrated the accomplishments of the program and honored Jane Pepper, President and J. Blaine Bonham, Jr., Executive Vice President of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, each with the presentation of the annual Compass Award.

George Bush Sr.’s got nothing on Jane Pepper as she adventurously careens down the zip line.

The Compass Award, from Outward Bound Philadelphia, is awarded annually to an individual, or group of individuals, or organization in or from the Greater Philadelphia region that best demonstrates the fundamental founding principles of the Outward Bound Philadelphia Center: Character Development, Leadership and Service through Self Discovery & Self Reliance, Enterprising Curiosity & Undefeatable Spirit, Leadership in Service and Respect for the Natural World. Pictured from left to right: Drew Becher, President-elect, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia; J. Blaine Bonham, Jr., Executive Vice President of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; Katie Newsom Pastuszek, Executive Director, Outward Bound Philadelphia; Jane Pepper, President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; Tim Greenwood, Chair, Outward Bound Philadelphia. Photo credit: simonjonphoto.com

For more than 30 years, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green program has used horticulture to build community and improve the quality of life in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and downtown public spaces. In that time there have been significant signs of rebirth in the city, and the work of Philadelphia Green has played an important role in the environmental, social, economic and aesthetic changes taking place. As the nation’s largest urban greening program, more than five million square feet of vacant urban land has been reclaimed and revived, helping lead the city toward a “sustainable” future. www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org

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Last Thursday, May 6, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program hosted its annual Wall Ball fundraising event from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (1200 Market Street). This year they raised $265,000 – their biggest fund raiser yet!
Over 500 people attended. Kien Nguyen awarded the Dwight Evans Youth Leadership award to Chris Williams. Then Chris was surprised with the first annual Mango Arts Scholarship for $1,000.00. The Mango Arts Scholarship is privately funded by the Mango family — they’ve made a 30 year commitment to Mural Arts to provide one of their art education students with a $1,000 college scholarship each year at Wall Ball. Allison Baver, Olympic Speedskater, attended the event and talked to Mayor Nutter then showed him her bronze medal.