When Cindy Kerr's 12-year-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, she began making pillowcases for him to brighten his hospital room and his spirits. He was so cheered by the gift that she started creating pillowcases for other children staying in the oncology unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Since its early days, Cindy Kerr's pillowcase project has grown into ConKerr Cancer, with a network of thousands of volunteers who make the pillowcases spread across North America and South Africa. ConKerr Cancer has created and delivered more than 600,000 pillowcases to children across the United States, Canada, South Africa and Great Britain in the past five years.
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Culinary craftsmen at Fingers, Wings and Other Things grease ravenous fingers with hand-battered chicken tenderloins and zesty buffalo wings gracefully dunked into more than 12 homemade dipping sauces. The vibrant menu entices eyeteeth with handheld munchies such as fried pickles, mac 'n' cheese wedges, or buffalo shrimp glazed in mild, spicy, or extra-spicy sauce hot enough to garner a centerfold spread in Condiment Monthly. Guests can count their chickens before they're devoured with a basket of 10 fingers or 20 wings bedecked in a choice of savory sauces, including three types of barbecue, horseradish mayo, and honey mustard. A selection of seafood and chicken entrees heads up the main event with tasty picks such as the beer-battered fish 'n' chips platter or the grilled shrimp and chicken skewers, which unite meaty morsels more conveniently than a mailbox full of pork chops.
During its fifth season, Schmata Productions will showcase a May performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., with a cast and crew of 4th– through 12th-grade students. Participants in the musical-theater program fully engage in the theatrical process, from audition through performance, and eventually competition. The program also hosts group projects that prepare students for the stage and develop self-assessment skills and personal creativity. The organization relies upon donations to fund student scholarships that cover the costs of production, including technical supplies and scripts.
Sponsored by the Junior League of Philadelphia, the Taste of Fall event marks summer’s end with a plethora of autumn-themed stations and activities. Tables tower with farm-fresh produce such as hay, melons, and gourds, perfect for decorating a front patio or creating a scarecrow to ward off bill collectors. Elsewhere, local eateries such as Firinji, Elevation Burger and Triumph sauté and simmer specialty dishes for transfixed crowds, regional artists sport their creations, and live music strums and hums through the crisp autumn air. Beer and wine samples glint in the afternoon sun, entertaining adults as young ones practice chimpanzee imitations in the kids’ activity area, where pumpkin and cookie decorating and face painting keep pint-sized attendees amused. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Junior League's signature focus, Project Green: Using Nature to Nurture, which creates community gardens, sponsors natural-science programs, and connects local families to the environment through stewardship of neighborhood parks and heart-to-heart conversations with lonely trees.