Philadelphia’s history fills the pages of textbooks across the world. William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and the Liberty Bell fill the indexes. But these texts do little to educate people on and preserve the physical history of Philadelphia, specifically its buildings.
Enter the nonprofit Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Its volunteer team of tour guides leads architectural walking tours past downtown Philadelphia’s landmarks, buildings, and cityscapes, and its staff coordinates an array of events each month, which have previously included graveyard tours, concerts, and archaeological digs. Proceeds from these activities, along with various grants, are then used to preserve the Philadelphia region’s historical buildings, subsequently preserving its historical communities and the story of the city's influential past.
WXPN is a noncommercial member-supported radio station that serenades listeners with a blend of thoughtfully curated music and informative NPR programming. Enjoy the fresh karmic glow that accompanies helping this top-quality station thrive, as well as access to concert-ticket specials, exclusive concerts and dance parties, free gifts, XPN’s members-only e-newsletter, and reams of discounts at nearby businesses. Members also get first crack at tickets to XPN’s Free At Noon weekly-concert series, special access to performers at XPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival, notice of free movie screenings, and the opportunity to advance their careers by broadcasting subliminal messages over the airways. Both membership levels can groove to a free springtime-sampler CD, and the $144-level members also get a copy of XPN’s Live at the World Cafe Volume 31 CD, which showcases the musical stylings of Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, Best Coast, Jukebox the Ghost, and more.
MANNA’s small staff and team of 1,500 volunteers prepare and deliver more than 70,000 nourishing meals to clients’ homes each month. This Thanksgiving, volunteers will prepare special holiday meals to deliver to participating families. The meals will evoke festivity with enough servings of traditional dishes for a family of four, including turkey, gravy, green vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, pie, and an additional side and appetizer. However, MANNA is in need of additional funding in order to ensure an abundance of Thanksgiving meals for its clients.
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Clean Air Council was founded on the premise that each individual deserves the right to breathe clean air, and the nonpartisan organization aims to protect that right through public education, government oversight, and community advocacy. Now with 8,000 members, the Council educates the public at its indoor air-quality resource center and has expanded its focus to include environmental impacts on children’s health, recycling, climate change, and other energy issues. The Council also hosts the annual 5K Run for Clean Air—the Philadelphia area’s largest Earth Day event and a certified green run—which serves as a community effort to decrease air pollution and support programs that reduce waste.
Fashionable styles and foam-free suds coalesce during the second annual Brews and Bowties event, which pours the proceeds from its net ticket sales into the coffers of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During three full hours of high-end sips and schmoozing, attendees transfix palates with specialty beers delivered from some of the region's finest craft breweries, including Triumph and Old Dominion. Hors d'oeuvres offset smooth guzzles, and live music encourages attendees to do the box step, foxtrot, and mountain goat kick outside the confinement of day-to-day denim wear. In and among the festivities, partygoers learn the finessing art of tying a bow tie from one of Henry A. Davidsen’s master tailors, who ensure each neck knot is snug, both sides are even, and self-destruct switches are in the "off" position.