Month: May 2014

MAYOR NUTTER KICKS OFF FUN SAFE PHILLY SUMMER

Encourages Philadelphia youth to participate in summer programming and free meals rnrnPhiladelphia, May 29, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter kicked off the 2014 Fun Safe Philly Summer campaign, an initiative that connects youth and their families to free and low-cost summer programming; and promotes access to free summer meals. The kick-off event, held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, included free field-day events for youth and healthy snacks provided by the Garces Foundation, ShopRite Baker’s Square, Thriftway of Hope Plaza and Rita’s Water Ice.rnrn“Fun Safe Philly Summer has become a go-to resource for youth and the adults in their lives to find opportunities for young people to remain engaged, active and healthy during the summer,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Whether it’s sports, reading, arts or social activities, we want to provide young people with opportunities to have a meaningful summer, in which they stretch their minds and bodies, find new interests and meet new friends.”rnrnFun Safe Philly Summer, now in its third year, is a collaborative project across City agencies, departments and external partners. The initiative identifies structured programming, like camps, sports teams and reading circles; and drop-in activities, open to anyone, like a visit to a public library, using a computer at a KEYSPOT community center and more.rnrn“It is a priority of this Administration, that Philadelphia’s young people have access to many free opportunities to have fun, get involved, learn, and stay active and healthy during the summer,” said Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources and Parks & Recreation Commissioner. “That is why the Department of Parks and Recreation is the largest sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program, which offers free lunch and snacks to children, so they can have the nutritious food they need.”rnrnFun Safe Philly Summer works closely with local, state and national partners to ensure access to free summer meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, to children 18 years of age and younger and mentally and physically challenged persons who are enrolled in specialized programs. In Philadelphia, fewer than half of the students who obtain free school lunches take advantage of free summer meals. Youth and parents can text “MEALPA” to 877877 to find locations for free summer meals in their community. This year, the Nutritional Development Services (the Archdiocese summer meals group) will begin distributing summer meals on June 16th and at all other locations on June 23rd.rnrn“When school is out during the summer months, many families struggle to feed their children even one nutritious meal a day,” said Pat Dombroski, Food and Nutrition Service Regional Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture. “Today, we join our valued partner, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, in his tireless efforts to raise awareness about the nutrition gap low-income children face when schools close for the summer. The City of Philadelphia does a great job with the summer program; making sure children have access to nutritious food year-round.”rnrnCarol Williams, Board member of the Garces Foundation, added “Our goal is to educate and empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices; however, this can’t happen without access to affordable meals. We are proud to be a sponsor of the Fun Safe Philly Summer Kickoff and hope to further the Mayor’s mission by providing free summer field trips to Luna Farm where kids can harvest their own produce and learn to cook their own healthy meals.”rnrnIn addition, Fun Safe Philly Summer will host “Pop Up” events in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Philadelphia Soul and other partners. The 2014 Fun Safe Philly Summer “Pop Up” events will be hosted from 5-8pm, the dates and locations are as follows:rnrnWednesday, July 9th – Philadelphia Soul Football and Cheer Clinic at Chew Playground, 1800 Washington Avenue;rnWednesday, July 23rd – Pool Party at Mander Playground, 2140 N 33rd Street;rnWednesday, July 30th – Skateboarding Skills Demonstration at Paine’s Park, Schuylkill River Trail;rnWednesday, August 6th – Ice Skating at Scanlon Ice Rink, 1099 E. Tioga Street; andrnWednesday, August 13th – Pump & Jump at the Pumptrack, 53rd and Parkside Avenue.rnrnFun Safe Philly Summer is an Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, city-wide, partnered initiative to provide Philadelphia youth with programming and opportunities to stay active and engaged all summer long. To find, available programming, fun, free activities and a summer meal location near you, log on towww.funsafephillysumer.com or follow FSPS on Twitter @PhillySummer.

Non-Profit Startup The Helping a Needy Kid Society (T.H.A.N.K.S.) Launches an Indiegogo Campaign to Raise Funds for Underprivileged Philadelphia Students

T.H.A.N.K.S., a new non-profit startup, launches an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for underprivileged Philadelphia students. Donations to T.H.A.N.K.S. provide assistance to families who are struggling with the financial burden of extracurricular activities.rnnnPhiladelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 28, 2014nnNon-profit startup The Helping a Needy Kid Society (T.H.A.N.K.S.) launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for underprivileged Philadelphia students. Donations to T.H.A.N.K.S. provide funding to families who are struggling with the financial burden of extracurricular activities. The T.H.A.N.K.S. scholarships provide assistance to children grades K-12 to pursue extracurricular activities in the areas of education, art, sports, music and more.nnrnnnExtracurricular activities provide children with important opportunities for personal growth outside the classroom. With widespread school budget cuts and the rising expenses of out-of-school activities, the need for the service provided by T.H.A.N.K.S. is essential. A spokesperson for the organization explains, “We know that it’s not always easy for families to send their children to the activities they enjoy. We know that, in many cases, these activities can become a financial burden to families.” T.H.A.N.K.S. has launched an Indiegogo campaign with the mission to provide underprivileged families with the support they need to involve their children in extracurricular pursuits. This organization encourages community, creativity, diversity, intellectual pursuit and sportsmanship.nnrnnnTo become involved in The Helping A Needy Kid Society, please visit http://www.thanksociety.org to learn how to become a contributor. T.H.A.N.K.S. is currently accepting help in the form of volunteers, funding for students and corporate sponsorship.nnrnnnT.H.A.N.K.S. is a startup, non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The organization has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise awareness and funding regarding the needs of underprivileged students. This organization is currently awaiting a tax exemption, and requires public support. Without the help of the public, the organization will not be able to get off of its feet, and thus will not be able fulfill pending application requests from students who require sponsorship. All contributions are welcome and appreciated. This organization is fully run through volunteer participation, sponsorship and kindhearted donations. They serve the Greater Delaware Valley.rnnnImportant note: This Indiegogo campaign is currently experiencing technical difficulties. If contributors are unable to view their support on the campaign, please note that this issue is currently being addressed. Contributions are also being accepted through the T.H.A.N.K.S. website via Paypal; interested donors do not need to be a Paypal subscriber to contribute.nnrnnnFor more information, please visit http://www.thanksociety.org and the Indiegogo campaign.nnrnnnContact:rnnnElyse Dolfman rnnnPhone: 610-805-8060rnnnEmail: elyse(at)thanksociety(dot)orgrnnnFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/thanksocietyrnnnTwitter: @phillyfundraisrrnnnAddress: 1455 Sloan Way Lower, Gwynedd, PA 19002

Disney Frozen on Ice Tickets in Philadelphia: Ticket Down Slashes Frozen on Ice Tickets in Philly at the Wells Fargo Center

Ticket Down has rolled back prices on all tickets for Disney on Ice: Frozen in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. This trusted ticket exchange is also offering promo code FROZEN for added savings on any ticket order.rnnnPhiladelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 23, 2014nnTicket Down is a dependable source for cheap Disney on Ice Frozen tickets in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. Frozen will be in Philadelphia during the Christmas and New Year holiday break. The dates of the performances are from December 25th thru January 4th.nnrnnnThe record breaking Disney movie by the same name will become an ice show beginning in September, 2014. This mega production will have 39 skaters that will tour around North America. Frozen on Ice begins in Orlando, Florida on Friday, September 5th and it will visit countless venues and cities during 2014 and 2015.nnrnnnThis skating spectacular will be based on the original plot of the movie, “Frozen,” which ended up being the top money making Disney Film of all time behind “Toy Story 3.” Some of the special effects to look forward to in this blockbuster show include an enormous man-made blizzard, a simulated version of the North Mountains from the movie and music such as the hit song, “Let it Go.”nnrnnnThe Wells Fargo Center is the host arena for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. Many other events frequent this venue such as concerts, lectures and ice shows. This venue was opened back in 1996 at a cost of over $200 million dollars.nnrnnnAbout TicketDown.com:nnrnnnTicket Down delivers tickets to sold out concerts and events worldwide when no one else can, and they do so at discounted prices. This popular ticket exchange also has cheap Disney on Ice Frozen tickets in Philadelphia. Add promo/coupon code FROZEN for added savings on any ticket order.nnrnnnNote: Ticket Down is not associated with any of the artists or venues mentioned in this release. The names that are used in this release are purely for descriptive purposes. We are not affiliated with or do we endorse any artists or venues in this release. We are a ticket resale site, not the official box office.nnrnnnCheck out our discount codes online for all upcoming events. Ticket Down has low overheads which allow this well-known ticket site to keep prices competitive.

New Events Just Added! Celebrate The American Flag And The U.S. Army During Philadelphia’s Stripes And Stars Festival On June 14

PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Celebrate the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army—during Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Events include flag raising ceremonies, giant flag folding demonstrations, a special exhibition on the history of the flag, and a moving naturalization ceremony. In connection with the Army’s 239th birthday, the festival will also feature appearances by the Army’s elite ceremonial units, including the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team, the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, the Continental Color Guard, the U.S. Army Brass Quintet, and U.S. Army Voices. Festival events will take place at locations throughout the nation’s most historic square mile—Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and the National Constitution Center.rnrnThe festival begins with a 13-Star flag raising ceremony at the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, at 9 a.m. Then, at 10 a.m., the 50-Star flag will be raised on the Constitution Center’s front lawn, 525 Arch Street, followed by a patriotic parade of troops—past and present— to Independence Hall. CBS 3’s Jessica Dean will emcee a special ceremony during which proclamations will be read for both the American flag and the U.S. Army. Future soldiers will take the oath of enlistment, and a keynote address will be made by Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Brad Carson.rnThroughout the day, families can stop by a Stripes and Stars Community Fair on Independence Mall, where organizations including Fort Mifflin on the Delaware and the Pennsylvania National Guard will have special activities at tables for children and families.rnrnDaylong activities at the Betsy Ross House include carnival games and courtyard performances by the Give & Take Jugglers, Bag Lady Theater, the Mummers’ String Band Connection, and the Funicular Aerial Circus. At 1:30 p.m., 13 new Americans will take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony.rnrnAt the National Constitution Center, guests can view the new The Flag: A History exhibition, which features different flags from the Philadelphia Flag Day Association’s collection of historic American flags and banners. The museum’s Stripes and Stars Festival programming includes craft activities and flag etiquette workshops.rnrnAt 4 p.m. on the Constitution Center front lawn, at the Historic Philadelphia Center, and at the Betsy Ross House, everyone is invited to join the chorus for a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, hosted by the Philadelphia Historical Society. This performance is part of the national “Raise it Up! Anthem for America” initiative in honor of the national anthem’s 200th anniversary, organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.rnrnAt 5:15 p.m., festival participants can join in a flag folding demonstration in front of Independence Hall using the MLS’ Philadelphia Union’s giant ceremonial flag, which is used for on field presentations. The festival concludes with a patriotic performance by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet in front of Independence Hall at 5:30 p.m.rnrnMost Stripes and Stars Festival programs are free to attend. The National Constitution Center is offering discounted $5 museum admission on June 14, courtesy of The Macy’s Foundation, as part of a series of Macy’s Family Days. Admission to Betsy Ross House also is $5.rnFor a full schedule of events and event locations, visit constitutioncenter.org/stripesandstars. Twitter: @StripesStarsPHL. Facebook: facebook.com/StripesStarsPHL. Instagram: @StripesStarsPHL.rnrnFeatured Stripes and Stars partner organizations include: Philadelphia Flag Day Association, William Penn Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), City of Philadelphia, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., National Constitution Center, Independence National Historical Park, Fort Mifflin, Independence Visitor Center, Pennsylvania National Guard, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution (Philadelphia Continental Chapter), Thank-A-Vet, Veterans Multi-Service Center, Red Cross, 3rd United States Colored Troops, Army Corps of Engineers, and Veteran Guard 3rd Regiment Infantry N.G.P.rnrnIn the week leading up to the festival, the Betsy Ross House will celebrate National Flag Week with ceremonies, events, and other family-friendly activities as part of Flag Fest 2014. Events begin on Sunday, June 8 and run through Saturday, June 14, 2014. For more information, visit http://historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house/what-to-see/.rnrnTWEET IT: Celebrate the birthdays of U.S. flag & Army in #PHL, 6/14. For more info about the @StripesStarsPHL Festival, visit http://bit.ly/1qUgh79.rnrnSOURCE Philadelphia’s Stripes and Stars Festival