For the Love of Germantown! Annual Benefit

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Join us at Germantown United CDC’s annual fundraiser For the Love of Germantown! on Thursday, April 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. This year’s party will be held at Rittenhouse Soundworks (219 W Rittenhouse St), a hub for live music housed in a former Chrysler automotive shop turned recording studio. Come out and socialize with your neighbors and supporters of this artistic, historic, and diverse neighborhood, bid on one of a kind auction items, and enjoy good music, food, and cheer!

For the Love of Germantown! supports Germantown United CDC’s important work promoting and facilitating the revitalization of Germantown’s business district through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development. Tickets are now on sale >>

Event registration is ​$75.00.
Save $25 on Early ​Bird ​tickets through April 1st.
To ​broaden ​our ​attendance ​we ​are ​also ​offering ​a ​$35 ​ticket ​for ​first-time ​attendees ​to ​the ​event. ​

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Eats

Enjoy catering by two celebrated chefs: Valerie Erwin of Northwest Philadelphia’s esteemed Geechee Girl Rice Café, and Linda Samuel of Germantown’s own The Flower Cafe At Linda’s (48 W Maplewood Mall). Erwin’s cuisine celebrates her Carolina Lowcountry Geechee family heritage, and Samuel’s specializes in creative vegetarian and vegan cooking.

In addition to great food, enjoy an open bar with complimentary craft beer and wine. We’ll also be pouring a caffeinated pick-me-up from Germantown Espresso Bar (26 W Maplewood Mall), a welcome new business to the neighborhood opening soon.

Entertainment

Bid on one of a kind auction items during our silent auction.

Hear live music by artists appearing on the benefit album For the Love of Germantown! – a compilation of Jazz, Blues and Soul music produced by Philadelphia Jazz Project and performed by talented musicians from the community.

Pillar of the Community Awards

Celebrate the 2017 Pillar of the Community award recipients.

Germantown United CDC is pleased to announce the second annual recipients of the organization’s Pillar of the Community award are civic advocate Reverend Chester Williams of the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club and business leader Suzanne Quinn of Bargain Thrift Center. 

With this award Germantown United CDC acknowledges those among us who have significantly contributed to the betterment of our community. Rev. Chester Williams is a dedicated roll-up your sleeves guy doing everything from networking with politicos to tutoring adults, to cleaning up the neighborhood and running Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club. Bargain Thrift Center is a stalwart mainstay in our community, thanks to owner Suzanne Quinn. The second-hand shop opened in 1985, and remains one of Philadelphia’s favorite thrift stores. Bargain Thrift is a buzz with shoppers and activity day in and day out, and is an important and positive part of Germantown’s business community. As dedicated and steadfast champions for Germantown the award recipients embody the values of GUCDC. Read more about the award recipients >>

A musicians sessions at Rittenhouse Soundworks | Photo by Jill Saull

A musicians sessions at Rittenhouse Soundworks | Photo by Jill Saul


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Looking for another way to support GU? Get your business to invest in a sponsorship package, or donate a work of art or auction item to our silent auction.

Sponsorship supports a growing community organization doing critical work to revitalize the business district, and provides broad visibility for your business or brand to diverse and engaged audiences throughout the year. There are different levels of sponsorship (detailed in the sponsorship materials) to match your needs and enhance vibrant Germantown.

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Sponsor of the Year ‐ $5,000
Sponsorship Extraordinaire ‐ $2,500
Sustaining Sponsor ‐ $1,000
Friend of Germantown ‐ $300

To sponsor or learn more, please contact Julie Stapleton Carroll at juliescarroll@gmail.com or call (215) 828-5176.

Donate an auction item. View form >>

Do you have your own business? Interested in donating an item, unique service, or experience to our silent auction? Please return this form by April 7.

Donate a work of art. View form >>

Are you a visual artist interested in donating a work of art to our silent auction? Germantown United CDC will set the minimum bid of all the art donated at 40% of its full value. In recognition of your generous donation, GU welcomes artists to attend the Fundraiser at no charge. Please return this form by April 7.

Scenes from For the Love of Germantown 2015

Scenes from For the Love of Germantown 2015

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Important Weather Update About Germantown Second Saturday Festival May 13

Due to inclement weather, all outdoor components of the Germantown Second Saturday Festival, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 13 from 12pm – 5pm, will be postponed. The indoor components of the festival are on as planned (read on for details). An updated schedule is included below. The outdoor festivities, including Live Music & Performance, Art & Craft Vendor Marketplace, Kid Zone, and Food Trucks, will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 8 from 12pm – 5pm. Stay tuned for updated information about the rescheduled events.

Germantown Second Saturday Festival is Saturday, July 8, 2017, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Germantown Second Saturday Festival will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The festival will take place along a one-block stretch of Germantown Avenue, between School House Lane and Coulter Street, and surround Market Square Park (5501 Germantown Avenue). Rain or shine. The community festival, presented by Historic Germantown and Germantown United Community Development Corporation, invites the public to experience Germantown. The festival celebrates the kick-off the Second Saturday series–when all 16 Historic Germantown sites are open monthly–and showcases the many thriving cultural, civic, and business attractions and activities that make Germantown an exciting place to live and visit. (Event rescheduled from previous date of May 13 due to weather.)

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Announcing the 2017 “Pillar of the Community” Award Recipients

Germantown United CDC is pleased to announce the second annual recipients of the organization’s Pillar of the Community award are civic advocate Reverend Chester Williams of the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club and business leader Suzanne Quinn of Bargain Thrift Center. With this award Germantown United CDC acknowledges those among us who have significantly contributed to the betterment of our community. Toast the honorees with us at the For the Love Of Germantown! Fundraiser on Thursday, April 27th at Rittenhouse Soundworks. Read more about the award recipients >>

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Germantown Business Info Session: Creative Ways of Financing Your Business, Wednesday, March 15

Germantown United CDC’s next Germantown Business Info Session, organized in partnership with The Business Center, will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 8am – 9:30am. A panel of experts will discuss various ways of financing your business, using loans, equity, and grants. Anyone who owns a local business, or is interested in opening a business in Germantown is welcome to attend this FREE program. All sessions include time for attendees to network, ask questions, and talk with Germantown United CDC staff members. Learn more.

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Save the Date: For the Love of Germantown! Annual Fundraiser, April 27

Join us at ​Germantown United CDC’s annual fundraiser on Thursday, April 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. Get your tickets today, or learn about sponsorship >>

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Save the Date: Germantown Second Saturday Festival is May 13

The third annual Germantown Second Saturday Festival, presented by Historic Germantown and Germantown United CDC, will be held at Market Square Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017. We will be seeking performers, vendors and community organizations to table at the event.

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2016 Annual Campaign Surpasses Goal with $49,375 Raised

All of us at Germantown United CDC thank all of you who contributed to our successful Annual Campaign. We not only achieved our goal but exceeded it – a total of $49,375! We can now continue our work to improve Germantown’s business corridors in 2017 and beyond.