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2016 RSFMCC Beneficiaries

The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities is proud to announce that the following organizations have been selected as beneficiaries for the 2016 Market:

2016 Beneficiaries

1. ELWYN: Founded in 1852 as one of the first schools for children with disabilities, Elwyn has grown into a diverse multi-state human services organization serving individuals with a wide range of intellectual, physical, behavioral and developmental disabilities.  The education program, now known as the Davidson School, provides special education programming and related services, including speech services, occupational and physical therapy, nursing services, psychological and social work services to address the students’ individual needs.  Funds from the Flower Market would be used to enhance health and wellness initiative through the school’s Nature Lab, Healthy Harvest food preparation center and horticulture area.  The initiative includes work on a campus farm, the introduction of fresh produce in preparation of food, snacks and healthy smoothies.  The funding would enable the school to design an outdoor, accessible classroom at the farm including a misting system and awning to allow students with sun sensitivities to actively participate.

2. FRANKIE’S WORLD FOUNDATION:  Named for Frances Anne (Frankie) Lockwood, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease at the age of 2, the Foundation operates the Frankie’s World Medical Day Care Center in Northern Liberties, as a preschool for medically fragile children, a fun and loving environment to play, socialize and learn under the care of pediatric nurses and special needs educators.  Funds from the Flower Market would be used towards the building of their outdoor playground, so that up to 60 children can benefit from fresh air, exercise and outdoor recreation.

3. PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (PATCH&S): The Partnership Action Team for the Community, Home and School (PATCH&S) is composed of parents, high school students and staff at PSD, and was formed to strengthen students academically and enable parents to be the best possible advocates for their children.  The school  serves about 180 deaf and hard of hearing children and families in Philadelphia, its surrounding counties and South Jersey, ages 3-21.  Funds from the Flower Market would be used for parent/student Arts and Sports Programming, where deaf students and a sibling can enhance communication, confidence and skills in such activities as art, drama, kickball, soccer, dance;  after school “Young Artist Guild”; and family workshops including: tools for advancing English and American Sign Language at home; how to secure and use an interpreter; and transition from high school to college, trade school or the working world.

3. RYAN’S CASE FOR SMILES: Formerly known as ConKerr Cancer, it was started when the founder, Cindy Kerr’s son was diagnosed with cancer and she began making colorfully-designed pillowcases to brighten his hospital room.  The organization has grown to provide more than 180,000 such pillowcases for children in the Philadelphia area and many more across the country.   Ryan’s Case for Smiles also visits oncology units and outpatient clinics to guide young patients and their families to sew the cases.  Funds from this year’s Flower Market will be used to further refine and pilot a cutting-edge pediatric post-traumatic stress  (PTSD) partnership program at CHOP and Nemours A.I. DuPont, using their pillowcases as a vehicle to disseminate information and web-based tools to families in hospitals to help minimize the symptoms of the stress associated with a child’s hospitalization.