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An Evening in Franklin Square presented by Parx Casino

Historic Philadelphia Inc. hosted the 9th annual “An Evening in Franklin Square” presented by Parx Casino on a particular beautiful, but rain threatening night under the glow of the third annual Chinese Lantern Festival.  I arrived after 8 pm this year as I covered the Historic Society Pennsylvania Gala earlier in the evening.


Because of the threat of rain, the party committee created a series of tents and covered pathways to usher the guests between the venues.

The weather held out and the evening began with a cocktail party on the grounds of the park, surrounding the fountain and the beautiful lanterns, there was a silent auction and lots of mingling.  During the cocktail party The Square Derby presented by Parx Casino took place, with one carousel “horse” victorious where the winner received a large trophy.

Thanks to the hard work by volunteers the evening went smoothly

Beesley Reece did an amazing job on the live auctions, as he’s done every year since the inception of the event – AND he lives in Texas now!


Laura Burkhart, Visit Philly and Meryl Levitz, executive director of Visit Philly


Randy Chapman and Eric Etkins – co chair
David Murray and Bob Green, founder and chairman of Greenwood Racing and Parx Casino in Philadelphia
Former Gov Ed Rendell catching up with Chris Mullins, McGillin’s Tavern

 Chuck Zacney, Carol Zacney, Casey Zacney, and Alex Zacney
The gala benefited the family-friendly park.

Jessica Itzkowitz, and Job Itzkowitz, Old City District executive director


And to all a good night says board member Carol Tamburino, until next year.