To help all children start the school year prepared with necessary supplies and resources, the Center for Family Services’ Operation Backpack initiative provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children ages 4–19. By alleviating students’ fears or stresses related to not having the required school supplies, the program helps to ensure that kids and teens can concentrate on their classes, thus laying a foundation for academic success and ideally propelling them toward finishing high school and attending college.
The colossal dodgeball event is expected to pin at least 400 against 400 in all-out rubber-ball mayhem to raise money for Life Unchained, a social nonprofit organization that provides seed money to local start-up nonprofits and dream projects. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the first fated volley at 12:30 p.m. The action will last until the final player standing on either team gets hit with a dodgeball or an insatiable craving for pancakes. After the ball-slinging massacre ends, participants can revel in food and drink specials at the AT&T Pavilion after party and compare bruises forming in the shape of badges of honor. Each participant will receive a free T-shirt and ticket to the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse game later that night; guests are encouraged to tailgate until the Wings take flight at 7 p.m. The last survivor on the losing dodgeball team will secure a coveted luxury weekend stay at the Loews Hotel, and 10 players from the winning team will be selected via raffle to win $100 in prizes.
The Youth Rally Committee creates a community for young people with rare medical conditions to bond over shared experiences, learn about symptom management, and find relief from the sense of alienation that accompanies these rare conditions. Kids aged 11–17 with bowel and bladder disorders such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and cancers of the bowel or bladder come together once a year for a weeklong rally on a college campus. During their stay, they take part in outdoor games and off-campus trips to local museums, and learn how to manage their conditions with activities overseen by nurses and counselors who also have similar conditions. Counselor skits and a camp dances relieve stress in the evenings, while off-campus events promote medical self-management in a public setting.
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The sleek, glossy Pathfinders Travel magazine focuses on the interests of active, affluent African Americans by offering travel tips, in-depth information on cultural events, and more. Published quarterly, the magazine informs its readers of U.S. and international destinations, such as the Caribbean islands, South Africa, and more, as well as articles that provide exciting spots to put on anyone's to-see list, including the Ten Black History Sites for Every American. Subscribers learn money-saving tips, such as how to rent a luxury villa for less than a hotel room, or when to hit the currency exchange to trade American dollars for British bags of Colin Firth's hair. In addition, avid readers get the scoop on some of the best African-American inns and spas, as well as advice on how to travel safely in the winter or how to smartly prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime summer vacation. Through detailed features on cuisines and wines of the world, foodies and fledgling sommeliers can find pages of excuses for indulging their passions, and outdoorsy readers can discover desirable destinations for skiing, golfing, sailing, and more.
The cello-shaped Verizon Hall serenades eyes with mahogany accents under the 150-foot barrel-vaulted glass ceiling of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. With seats for 2,500 audience members, the hall immerses both spectators and musicians in the clarity generated by its premium acoustics, which absorb vibrations from the subway tunnel below with 225 rubber isolation pads and allow for precise tuning with retractable curtains and sound-reflecting panels. Seasoned jazz artist Branford Marsalis confirmed Verizon Hall's sound acumen when he told NPR it is "the best concert hall on the East Coast."
It may seem unlikely, but the air inside homes is often more polluted than the air outside. That’s because homes cycle air, which can contain pollen, dust, and dander, through HVAC systems until somebody finally breathes it. The team of technicians at Crystal Clean applies 18 years of experience to help keep indoor atmospheres clear of particulate offenders by scouring air ducts, vents, and ducts. Techs also undertake water-damage repair, stymying the growth of mold and mildew.