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2016 Press Release



Barbara Pomerantz

March 10, 2016



RITTENHOUSE SQUARE, PHILADELPHIA— The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities (RSFMCC) now in its 102nd year raising funds for and showcasing Philadelphia-area health and welfare organizations, is thrilled to announce Tracey Specter as its 2016 honoree.  Tracey will be feted at the organization’s Garden Party fundraiser on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 20th & JFK Blvd.

Tracey helped develop the first Green Light healthy food pantry at the Drueding Center in North Philadelphia, a residential program for homeless women and children.  She also worked to institute the statewide Pennsylvania Breakfast Challenge to increase participation of students eating breakfast in schools across the Commonwealth, and served on the World Meeting of Families’ Homeless and Hunger Committee in conjunction with Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia last September.  She currently is President of the Board of the Perelman Jewish Day School, sits on the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletics Board of Overseers, and the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.    A former competitive squash player and a gardener, Tracey resides in Gladwyne with her husband Shanin and four daughters.

“She has been a blessing to her family and friends and to the needy that she helps,” praises Rosemary Marino,  RSFMCC committee member, who nominated Tracey for this current honor.

Funds from this year’s Garden Party and Flower Market will be used for: an accessible outdoor classroom at campus farm for children with disabilities (for ELWYN’S DAVIDSON SCHOOL); outdoor playground for a preschool for medically fragile children (for FRANKIE’S WORLD FOUNDATION); arts and sports programming for deaf students (for PA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (PATCH&S)); and information dissemination to minimize symptoms of  pediatric post-traumatic stress resulting from children’s hospitalization (for RYAN’S CASE FOR SMILES).

Sponsors of the Garden Party and Flower Market include: Atria Center City, BC Technologies, Beneficial Bank, Coldwell Banker Preferred, Gorman Investment Group, the Weekly Press, Petit Jardin en Ville and US Facilities.

To purchase tickets to the Garden Party, go to, email or call 215-668-2941.

The 102nd Flower Market  in Rittenhouse Square will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 4 and 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (rain or shine).


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