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Join us at For ​the ​Love ​of ​Germantown! on Thursday, June 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Rittenhouse Soundworks! Germantown United CDC‘s annual fundraiser supports our important ​work ​promoting and facilitating the revitalization of Germantown’s business district through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development. Event registration is $100 and tickets are on sale. Save $25 on Early Bird tickets through May 30th.


A musicians sessions at Rittenhouse Soundworks | Photo by Jill Saull

A musicians sessions at Rittenhouse Soundworks | Photo by Jill Saul

This year’s fundraiser will be held at Rittenhouse SoundWorks (219 W Rittenhouse St), a stunning new arts complex housed in turn of the 20th century building, originally built by Chrysler Automotives. Not only is this a gorgeous space for the event, it is a state of the art recording studio and performance space new to Germantown. Rittenhouse SoundWorks has already hosted several extraordinary performances and is quickly becoming a destination for the jazz community. Learn more about this wonderful new attraction and business in Germantown.


Once again, the art for this year’s silent auction at For the Love of Germantown! is curated by the iMPeRFeCT Gallery. Founded by Germantown artists Renny Molenaar and Rocio Cabello in 2012, the iMPeRFeCT Gallery was created with the intention and hope of becoming a voice in the community, and in the ongoing conversation with the art world. Programing includes monthly exhibitions, performances and other events. The gallery also works to bring art out of the gallery, with the creation of events and works in public spaces, the publishing of limited edition prints, and having an active presence online. Visit the iMPeRFeCT Gallery at 5601 Greene St at Maplewood Mall.

Scenes from For the Love of Germantown 2015

Scenes from For the Love of Germantown 2015


Sponsoring Germantown United CDC’s annual fundraiser helps a growing community organization, and provides visibility to diverse and engaged audiences throughout 2016. Learn more about sponsorship.

We’re pleased to announce a few of our amazing 2016 sponsors: 

Sponsors of the Year
Drumcliff Foundation
Philly Office Retail

Sponsors Extraordinaire
Harvest Equities
Post Brothers Commercial Real Estate

Sustaining Sponsors
Colleen Bracken
David Hamme
Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Friends of Germantown
Charles Schwab & Co. – Philadelphia
Maplewood Music
Brewers Outlet
Fresh Quarters
Christopher Plant and Jessica Meeker
Neighborly Living LLC
Weaver’s Way Co-op
Pennsylvania School For The Deaf


Germantown United CDC is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Pillar of the Community award. With this award Germantown United acknowledges those among us who have significantly contributed to the betterment of our community. As dedicated and steadfast champions for Germantown the award recipients embody the values of Germantown United.

Betty Turner has been a fixture in Germantown for many decades. Betty’s commitment to the betterment of her community is impressive. Her service includes: Co-Founder and President of Germantown Community Connection (GCC), a 501(c)3 macro civic organization in Germantown, that serves as the local representative for Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia (Germantown) a Registered Community Organization (RCO) on the registry of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (2012); Commissioner on the Philadelphia Historical Commission (February 2012): Citizen Planner Certificate (Fall 2010) PCPC Citizen Planning Institute: Daily News People’s Editorial Board (2011): Urban Resource Development Corporation Board member/Secretary (2008). Betty is the Owner and President of Turner Consulting and Community Services LLC (2008) and she has severs Greene Street Friends School, Board member on the School Committee (2015).

Ruth Seeley hails from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. After studying drama and teaching at Rose Buford College near London, Ruth taught for 18 months at Kaimosi Girls High School, a Quaker-run school in Kenya.  Ruth met her future husband, Bob Seeley, on a Quaker project in the Soviet Union in 1968. They were married in December 1968 and settled in Germantown in 1970. Before retiring in 2009, Ruth worked as administrator at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; as Assistant to the Director of the Friends Council on Education, and as Assistant to the Director of the American Friends Service Committee. Ruth’s involvement with Friends of Vernon Park (FOVP) began when she volunteered for a gardening project shortly after she retired. When the Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership proposed a rain garden for Vernon Park, she represented FOVP at stakeholders meetings and at workdays during construction. The rain garden project was a turning point for the park. It led indirectly to the revival of FOVP. As FOVP president, Ruth has helped transform a small group of dedicated supporters into a major force for positive change in the park.


Germantown United CDC is proud to have a dedicated and enthusiastic Host Committee:

Irv Ackelsberg & Pat Urevick
Julie Stapleton Carroll & Keith Carroll
Michael & Colleen Carroll
Kevin & Kim Dow
Shareeka Mack
Kent Matthies
Guthrie & Kellie Ramsey
Luke & Rama Smith
Howard Tucker
Betty Turner
Tom & Loretta Witt