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President of Wynnstay

H Street Crew

Philly Cares Day

This year’s Philly Cares Day was a success!  This past Saturday, October 22nd, Greater Philadelphia Cares hosted a big volunteer day in Philadelphia, which was held on National Make a Difference Day.  In almost 100 schools, community, and recreation centers around the Philadelphia region, volunteers got out to improve the quality of these organizations.  The Wynnstay crew and four other groups (Alpha Delta, Pink Knockouts, Oak Lane Lovers, Team Bristow, and Winey Team) gathered in Kensington to help a neighborhood clean up its streets around 2 area schools.

Our event was organized by Vinita Santiago, a community activist concerned about the blight and deterioration of her H Street neighborhood; a place she’s lived for 15 years.  Vinita is a great example of one voice, speaking loudly to make a change.  She was very grateful for the effort of complete strangers; which is really what community service is all about.  Wynnstay strives to challenge our friends and family to help out someone in need – the reward is amazing and everyone benefits!

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Billy Penn

Did you know that in 1682 Thomas Wynne first came to Pennsylvania onboard The Welcome with William Penn?

Thomas Wynne was a trusted friend and personal physician to William Penn, a confidant and devout Quaker.

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Night at the Races!

We want to thank everyone who supported Night at the Races benefiting Northern Home last evening.  The venue this year at Philadelphia University was spacious and had great acoustics for the running of each race.  The Wynnstay crew didn’t fare too well wagering on ponies but did have one winner: King LeBron ridden by Captain Dirk.  There were a few winners of auction items including a basket of booze and array of chocolates (stolen by Ashley..).  And Kyle would be a rich man if prizes were given out for Second Place!

The night was all about fun and the most excited attendee had to be young Mason McMahon, who’s mission was to collect all the horse figurines.  She had a big smile on her face running around all night!

And a special thanks to all the volunteers from Northern Home for putting on a great event.

Philabundance Jam!

What a great Wynnstay Workday at Philabundance!  We’d like to thank everyone for coming out and spending a cold Saturday working at the south Philly warehouse.  The Wynnstay crew was 23 strong, volunteering alongside two other large groups.

We started off the afternoon watching a touching video about how hunger touches many lives in the Delware Valley each year.  Did you know that 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley rely on Philabundance for help?  And 23% of the malnurished served by them are children?  Soon after we headed out into the factory floor, a huge open area with a large conveyor belt circling the center.   Our task was to sort and box thousands of pounds of donated food from Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger.   So the radio cranked up 93.3 wmmr and we paired off and went to work.   The muscle men (TC, Kevin, Brian, Dan & DT) loaded all the food from cardboard bins on to the conveyor belt.  Next the agile women (Nancy, Natalie & Erin) made sure no glass containers got through and sorted based on boxed food or cans.  As the conveyor belt curved around the room, most of the crew (Sam, Kristin, Ashley, Bob, Kyle, Debbie, Eva, Corey, Maura, Courtney, CJ, Shannon and Tom) were stationed at scales to grab and box specific food groups.  The prize of the hardest working duo goes to Sam & Kristin, who mistakingly picked the green veggies station and boxed an entire pallet or about 2,400 lbs of cans!!  And finally Pat had the job of carefully taping up and labeling each box.  The pallets were shrink wrapped and forklifted onto the Philabundance trucks. 

Overall the day was extremely productive and all the Philabundance warehouse guys were impressed with our awesome work!  It’s amazing to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together when helping those in need — Preston and Steve camp out for a week in a parking lot, people listen to their morning show and drive to donate food, Philabundance picks up all the bins, the warehouse volunteers sort and box all the food, and finally everything is shipped out to a network of agencies who directly serve the hungry. 

It’s great to have good friends and family working alongside to make a difference.  That’s what Wynnstay Workdays are all about!  Thanks again for everyone who joined us — we plan to have a Workday once a year and hope one day to have a hundred of dedicated volunteers.

Depaul House MLK Day

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King Jr was a visionary and his legacy lives well beyond the Monday each year we honor his life achievements. 

This MLK Day of Service we joined the Beneficial Bank Bluegooders to volunteer at the Depaul House in Germantown.  The Depaul House is a residency that provides a home for 25 men experiencing homelessness and works with them to secure meaningful employment and supports them towards successful integration with the community.  Part of the larger organization Depaul USA, the facility was opened in September 2009 and has had great success so far with the residents getting employed and independent.  The waiting list to live at Depaul is long, and residents take their stay very seriously because they have one year to get through the rehabilitation program.  The men have access to a wide range of services, including employment and education workshops, financial literacy courses (thanks Beneficial!), and life skills training.

On Monday the Bluegooders set out to fix up the House – we did everything from sweep to paint to cook.  Maura and I teamed up with Richard and resident Malik to tackle some chores in the basement.  Our biggest project was sorting through all the donated clothing and organizing it so residents could walk into the clothes closet and pick out anything needed.  About 5 minutes into the task we quickly learned that Malik was a member of Back On My Feet and had already run 2 marathons!  Maura was pumped because she’s been involved with BOMF since its beginning.  Malik was probably the most excited because he ran upstairs to proudly wear his marathon metals around his neck the rest of the day. 

All the staff and counselors at Depaul House were extremely friendly and thankful we were there to lend a helping hand.  The positive environment they create really does resonate with all the men.  Each resident we met was optimistic about the future and thankful that they have been given this ‘second chance’ to get back and take a wider roll in the community.  The Depaul House doors are always open and they are always looking for new opportunities to connect their residents with the larger community.  Here is a great Op Ed article in the Philadelphia Inquirer from Executive Director Chuck Levesque: Depaul House Philly Article.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Wynnstay Workday Feb 2011 – Philabundance!

Hello to all of our diehard supporters!  We have another volunteer event coming up in February at the Philabundance Food Bank Warehouse in North Philadelphia. This event will be pure guts and glory working hard to help sort, pack, and organize the food that will be delivered to their food cupboards.

When: Saturday February 12, 2011   Time: Afternoon
Where: Philabundance Food Bank
302 West Berks St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

At little more insight from Corey:
“Another one of our goals is to enrich the lives of those in need and help promote volunteering in the City of Brotherly Love. So, we would like to get a group together to help Philabundance. Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. They are the region’s largest hunger relief organization and address hunger through social services such as food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond.”

The Wynnstay crew helped last January at Philabundance and made the wall of fame – WYNNSTAY.ORG etched in permanent marker!  We can’t wait to get back so more of us can initial the wall.

  

We hope that this is far enough in advance so that you can mark your calendars with this fun and rewarding day of helping out others in need.  Please spread the word to anyone looking to spend time on a cold wintery Saturday doing a warm deed!

Night at the Races Update

It’s another Smarty Party in the making – we are super excited from the response to Night at the Races on Friday Night April 23rd!  The support has been fantastic – we expect 36 people in attendance and 45 horses have been purchased so far.  This is one of the best (and most fun!) fundraising events for Northern Home and it is shaping up to be extremely successful again. 

All the horse, jockey and owner names are very clever and witty.  Some of my favorites are Tequilla Mockingbird in Race 3 and Mistress # 13 in Race 5.  The program booklet has been printed with all the Race info, but everyone can still buy horses at the event if there are openings in a particular race.  It is also encouraged to place side bets on races, betting on favorites or simply betting against friends – those details will be explained at the Race Ticket Counter.  In another recent development, Northern Home is trying to get a Craps table donated for more entertainment.  I know some Wynnstay’s attendees that will be pumped to roll some dice!

Event will be in the Lobby of the Brandywine Realty Trust Building
555 East Lancaster Avenue Suite 100 Radnor , PA 19087

Directions from Plymouth Meeting:

Take I-476 South to Exit 13 for US-30 West toward St. Davids
Turn Left on E Lancaster Ave.  Go 0.5miles and the Brandywine Trust Building will be on the Right

Other important information:

1) If you have a horse, bring $20 either in cash or a check made out to “Northern Home for Children”. 

2) Wynnstay will pay for all attendees, so please mention us at the Front Door and you will be checked off the list.

3) BYOB.  The event will be lightly catered by Wawa (sandwiches, wraps, salad, softdrinks) and 2 kegs will be provided by beer distributor, Muller Inc.  We strongly suggest to eat a snack beforehand and to bring Wine, Liquor, or some extra 6 packs of your favorite beverage.  As a fundraising event, the venue, food & drinks are all donated so we can keep costs down and net as much money for Northern Home as possible

4) For all the lovely ladies in attendance, bring your favorite raceday bonnet.  The wider the brim, the better!

5) We understand that 6pm is difficult to get to Radnor on a Friday afternoon.  The races start at 7pm, so no need to rush!  The event should last at least 2 hours, everyone is free to come and go as they please.

We’d like to give a special shoutout to Tom Jr. who will be turning 34 years young on April 23rd – we will all miss you from Vancouver.  And we cannot help but dedicate the Night to Philly’s favorite horse Smarty Jones – never before has a large creature brought this city so close together. 

All of you have been so gracious and supportive of Night at the Races – we cannot wait to watch those Ponies!

Northern Home Night at the Races

Get your bonnets ready and seersucker suits shined, the Northern Home for Children Night at the Races is here!  Wynnstay is proud to help sponsor and pay for all our friends and family to show their support for Northern Home.  We are trying to pack the track so we’ll pay for the $25 fee as long as you purchase a horse.  Horses cost $20 a piece but the best part is you can name your horse & jockey and if it places first in the race, you get $25.  The races will be pre-recorded and MCed by a live horse racing announcer.  Beer and food is included but if you like wine or something more sophistocated at the race track, bring your own.  We are super excited to help with this event and even more excited to get the message of Wynnstay out amongst our friends.

Friday April 23rd, 2010
Brandywine Realty Trust Lobby
555 East Lancaster Avenue Suite 100 Radnor , PA 19087

Races Start at 7:00pm

Doors Open at 6:00pm

Sign up through one of us or go to (and reference Wynnstay):  http://www.northernhome.org/happenings/horse_races_10.html

It’s Official!

Wynnstay got the final approval by the IRS to be a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt private foundation.  This is huge!  We want to thank Trip McMahon of Morgan Lewis & Bockius for all his hard work (pro bono!) setting up the legal docs, corporate structure, tax advice – pretty much anything we asked.  We filed the forms with the IRS in September and just got approval yesterday, but it was well worth the wait.  Wynnstay can officially operate as a non-profit and our positive impact in Philadelphia begins now!