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That thing you do: What happened around Philly in May and June

July 17, 2019 Category: FeaturedMediumPurpose

That thing you do is a new, semi-regular column featuring photos from events held by nonprofits, mission-driven organizations and businesses across the Philadelphia area. Send photos and captions from your events to philly@generocity.org.


1. Philly’s creative community was honored at Arts + Business Council celebration.

The Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted its 34th annual Awards Celebration May 29, spotlighting the contribution of the arts in Philadelphia.

Awards were presented to both individual artists and organizations:

  • The Anne D’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence was awarded to Quiara Alegría Hudes, playwright & author and to David B. Devan, general director and president, Opera Philadelphia
  • The G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award was presented to Meegan Denenberg and Tayyib Smith, cofounders of Little Giant Creative
  • The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation was awarded to Philadelphia Young Playwrights
  • The Creative Economy Award for Distinction in For-Profit Creative Field was presented to REC Philly
  • The Business + Arts Partnership award was accorded to Integral Molecular + University City Science Center
  • The Designing Leadership Alumni Award went to Jessica Craft, founding executive director, Rock to the Future
  • The CreativeXchange Alumni Award was presented to Alicia Karr, CFO, Meyer Design
  • The Business on Board Volunteer Leader Award went to Jennifer Pouchot, vice president, Digital & Creative, SEI, “for service to The Painted Bride”
  • The Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Award honored John Chionchio, partner, and Patrick Brady, attorney, both of Ballard Spahr, LLP, “for service to Intercept Nexus, LLC
  • Business Volunteers for the Arts Award acknowledged Angelina Sciolla, executive creative director, Benchworks, “for service to Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation.”

2. Volunteers from Green Building United and Friends of Vare-Washington participated in a day of service.

Green Building United, a green building education and advocacy nonprofit, and Friends of Vare-Washington, along with community members and volunteers, participated in a day of service at the Vare-Washington School in Philadelphia on June 22. Participants prepared the ground for planting and weed prevention, planted trees and shrubs, painted murals on the playground, built a gaga court and installed benches and tables.

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3. More than 100 Deloitte employees volunteered at Share Food Program during ‘Impact Day.’

Beginning at 9 a.m. on June 7. more than 100 Deloitte volunteers were on site at Share Food Program at 2901 West Hunting Park Avenue as part of the company’s ‘Impact Day’ activities. The volunteers planted and harvested in the urban farm greenhouse and outdoor beds; weeded and mulched gardens; and painted and reconfigured the new Share storefront. In addition, Deloitte donated a new refrigerated produce display case to provide critical support for Share’s food distribution program, plus refrigerated space for its for-sale produce harvested from the nonprofit’s urban farm.

4. Back on My Feet Treadmill Challenge took place at City Fitness.

More than 250 people celebrated Global Running Day by participating in eight hours of the Treadmill Challenge at City Fitness June 5. The runners raised funds to support Back on My Feet, an organization that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

“Back on My Feet is proud to celebrate Global Running Day with our community in Philadelphia and across the 12 cities in which we operate,” said CEO Katy Sherratt. “Partners such as Aramark, Cigna, City Fitness and Endeavor Athletic here in Philadelphia allow us to continue Back on My Feet’s revolutionary approach to ending homelessness and help even more of our program members achieve self sufficiency.”

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