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.

View the sponsorship packet >>

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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