Fall is a time for festivals and block parties and Graduate Hospital residents were recently given a treat by a couple local organizations.
The 50/50 Block Party, sponsored by the Friends of Chester Arthur Elementary School and the South of South Neighborhood Association was held on Sept. 28. Local bakeries, dessert-smiths, savory food trucks and activity organizations were all in attendance.
SOSNA board member Jennifer Leupold said this was the first time FoCA and SOSNA were collaborating.
“We were expecting over two hundred people and got it,” said Leupold. “If the people want to [do this again next year] we will.”
The block party was held as a fundraiser for both organizations as well as to help get the word out on some new local businesses, such as The Igloo, a frozen yogurt shop, and Schmear It, a gourmet bagel food truck.
One of FoCA’s main reasons for holding such a large event is to raise funds to support a renovation and addition project for Chester Arthur Elementary School’s playground.
In addition to exposure for the local establishments there were also drinks for the adults, arts and crafts for the kids and a flash mob by the Metro Kids Club, a local after school organization for local children.
While the city struggles to financially support Philadelphia’s public schools, this community came together to put children first.