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All Faith Vaccination Campaign in Philadelphia Announced

Business and faith leaders gathered yesterday at the Independence Blue Cross courtyard to launch a new initiative among faith-based leaders aims to get shots into the arms of people in under-served communities.

Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

A partnership of nearly 50 entities and organizations
from diverse faith traditions is joining forces with health care institutions and the
City of Philadelphia to launch the All Faiths Vaccination Campaign (AFVC).
AFVC seeks to use the power of faith traditions to strengthen the health of
underserved communities, provide vaccines to at-risk and marginalized
populations across the City of Philadelphia and ensure equitable access of
vaccinations to Black and Brown communities through education to help close
the racial disparity gap in vaccination access in Philadelphia.

Greg Deavens, President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross

Beginning on Thursday, May 27th , the Campaign will have a community launch
with vaccinations on-site to be administered by CHOP at the Mt. Olivet
Tabernacle Baptist Church (647 N. 42 nd Street) from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Mister Softee will also be on location giving away free ice cream cones to all
those who get vaccinated with proof of vaccination card. Philabundance will
also provide emergency food relief to families and individuals at Mt. Olivet
Tabernacle Baptist Church and People’s Baptist Church (5039 Baltimore
Ave) from 1:00 pm – 3:30pm. The AFVC is concentrating its efforts on the
Memorial Day holiday (starting this week) through the commemoration
of Juneteenth on June 19 th .

Loree Jones, President, Philabundance.

Philabundance will provide emergency food relief to families and
individuals at Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church and People’s Baptist Church (5039
Baltimore Ave) from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

Rev. Dr. Malcolm Byrd, president and CEO of Forum Philly and one of the key organizers of AFVC, said, “Now that safe, preventative vaccines that are proven medically effective are available, it is our collective resolve to protect those communities through vaccinations,”

Dr. Natalia Ortiz, President, Philadelphia County Medical Society

Dr. Priscilla Mpasi, Region II Chair, National Medical Association

Rev. Robert Collier, President, Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity

Dr. William King, Vice President, Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania
Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania

For more information please visit www.allfaithsvaccinationcampaign.org and #HopeandHealingPhilly
on social media.

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Cocktails with a Kick raises funds for Starfinder Foundation

Cocktails with a Kick raises funds for Starfinder

Hosted at Cozen O’Connor, Cocktails with a Kick raised funds for Starfinder Foundation on October 5th. Since 2002, Starfinder’s soccer, educational, and personal development programs have been inspiring young people from underserved communities to achieve success both on and off the field. Starfinder helps youth become healthier, more successful in school, and prepared for life through soccer-based after school and summer programs. At the event, Starfinder honored Braskem, a leader in the bio-tech industry, for championing Starfinder’s girls leadership program.

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Heidi Warren, Matt Smith, and Bob Strohm

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Samantha Swerdloff, Craig Brutus, Amber Adamson, and Heidi Warren have beads for donors.

Michael Ciesielka spun for a bottle of wine, with Evie Greenberg and Howard Greenberg.

Larry Sullivan, David Caycedo, and Chris Branscome.

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Mark Stewart and Amber Adamson

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Speaker Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer | Eastern PA Youth Soccer

Heike Sullivan, David Caycedo, and Melvin Brown

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Bridget Welz, Philadelphia Union, Samantha Swerdloff, Senior Leaders Coordinator and Facility Manager of Starfinder and Kate Sandy, Director of Youth Services StarFinder

Fred Fisher accepting for Braskem.

Nia Knowles and David Caycedo

Photographer: Mike Hirata

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Art-Reach Gala at the Franklin Institute

Art-Reach enriches lives by connecting underserved audiences with cultural experiences so that they may enjoy and benefit from the transformative power of the arts. Last month they had a gala at the Franklin Institute and my friend Joshua Torrisi sent me a few photos of the event.

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The Cultural Access Awards were hosted by Art Reach on APRIL 5th, from 6 – 9 pm at The Franklin Institute. Art-Reach is a Philadelphia-based non-profit devoted to connecting underserved audiences with cultural experiences so that they may enjoy the transformative power of the arts.   Art-Reach is on pace to serve over 72,000 people with disabilities and those from low-income communities in our current program year.

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Verbal description tour of The Brain Exhibit to help give guests a sense for how low-vision and blind individuals can experience exhibits thanks to Art Reach

Art-Reach

The night was filled with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an award ceremony and a fully accessible verbal description tour of The Brain Exhibit to help give guests a sense for how low-vision and blind individuals can experience exhibits thanks to Art Reach​. They also featured an exciting pop-up performance from the Pennsylvania Ballet!

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Executive Director, John Orr Awarding the work of Mimi Kenney Smith,

Each year the award ceremony acts as an annual fundraiser for Art-Reach, providing essential support to continue their work in mobilizing thousands of individuals to engage with the vibrant arts and culture in the Philadelphia Region.  Art-Reach

Founded in 1986, Art-Reach increases access to the arts for traditionally underserved audiences, including people with disabilities, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, and the elderly in need. Art-Reach partners with over 170 arts and cultural organizations and 160 human service agencies throughout the Delaware Valley, including southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and southern New Jersey. Each year Art-Reach provides arts and cultural opportunities to over 45,000 individuals who would not normally have access to the arts.

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Lead Sponsor Frank Olivieri, Jr., owner of Pat’s King of Steaks