FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2013
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE FLOWER MARKET FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITIES
ANNOUNCES CENTENNIAL ACTIVITIES
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE, PHILADELPHIA— The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities (RSFMCC), which raises funds for and showcases Philadelphia-area youth health and welfare organizations and which sponsors the oldest continuously-held event in Rittenhouse Square, is celebrating A Century of Helping Philly Love Kids with a series of events this year.
Former and current beneficiaries from the 100 years will gather in the Square on October 5 (rain date October 12) at 11:00 a.m. for a group photo/video shoot in conjunction with a documentary on the Flower Market, which is being produced by Temple University’s School of Media Arts.
Representatives of past and present beneficiaries will hold a discussion on non-profit startups entitled “In the Model of the Flower Market on Wednesday, November 13 from 6-8 pm at the Philadelphia City Institute Library, 19th & Locust Streets. It will feature organizations which, like RSFMCC, were founded by committed individuals and consist solely or primarily of volunteers. Another panel on child bullying with a second group of beneficiaries is targeted for early spring. Both events are free and open to the public.
In January, RSFMCC will share center stage with another centenarian, Bernice Gordon, renowned crossword puzzle constructor, for a Joint Birthday Bash. An art show featuring historic and current Little Miss Rittenhouse posters as well as Flower Market art in other media is scheduled for early April.
“Rather than hold a gala for our 100th birthday,” notes RSFMCC treasurer Miriam Kane, “we preferred to sponsor a series of events through the year, explaining to the public who we are and our significance. While our Flower Market is colorful and lighthearted, the underlying mission of helping children is very serious.”
Beneficiaries which will be featured at the 100th Flower Market, May 7 and 8, are: The Attic Youth Center, Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, Pathways PA, and Urban Blazers Foundation.
Centennial sponsors, in addition to Temple University and PCI Library, include Atria Center City, Beneficial Bank, and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.