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2015 Press Release


CONTACT:   Barbara Pomerantz, 215-668-2941

April 20, 2015                                                                        


RITTENHOUSE SQUARE, PHILADELPHIA— The 101st  annual Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities (RSFMCC) once again kicks off an exciting Mother’s Day weekend in the Square on Wednesday and Thursday, May 6 and 7.  Featured at the Market are a selection of beautiful indoor/outdoor plants, savory herbs, hand-made crafts, collectibles, (many suitable for Mother’s Day gifts), entertainment and food, including fan favorite Little Pete’s hamburgers and hot dogs and newcomer to the Market Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The rain or shine Flower Market is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

A new event this year will be the “Hopscotch Challenge” where children of all ages will be able to play a round of the old-time children’s game, make a donation, and then challenge their friends to do the same.  “After the success of the ice bucket challenge with ALS, we wanted to provide an activity,” notes Ricki Hildebrand, co-President.  “We wanted it youth-themed like the Market, but also to be suitable to possibly cooler weather!”

The “new beginning” of Flower Market 101 relates in part to the organization’s emphasis on the projects for which their 2015 beneficiaries will be raising funds this year.  They are:

additional group sessions for children who have lost a loved one (for The Center for Grieving Children); iPads, computers, smartboards, and software to enhance communication with children with neurological disorders (for HMS SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY);

fulfilling requests and special treats for critically ill children and those in shelters (for LITTLE SMILES PA, INC.); and

dental materials, supplies for cleanings, fluoride application, sealants, fillings and crowns for children in North Philadelphia with no other dental care (for ST. CHRISTOPHER’S FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN).

The Flower Market, run by an all-volunteer committee, is the oldest continuously-held event in Rittenhouse Square.  Last year, RSFMCC distributed close to $30,000.00 to its beneficiaries and their worthwhile projects.

2015 major Sponsors include Atria Center City, Beneficial Bank, Coldwell Banker Preferred, Gorman Investment Group, and U.S. Facilities. For more information on the Flower Market and a schedule of events, visit or email