Category Archives: Philadelphia Charities

Fairy Godmother’s Prom Sale Event

During a festive holiday party at the Beardsley household, the ladies were all sitting around reminiscing on all the incredible events we’ve been to together. Many of us have been in each other’s weddings, as well as several others throughout the years.  This led into a conversation about what we could do with all of our beautiful dresses we’d collected from being a part of these amazing occasions. Sandy Bocchino and I decided we should collect everyone’s dresses and donate them to a charity that helps underprivileged high schoolers looking for gorgeous dresses for their proms.

We found Fairy Godmother’s, Inc. whose mission is to help provide a special high school prom experience for qualified high school girls whose financial situations are such as otherwise would preclude their ability to attend their prom by providing them prom gowns, shoes, and similar accessories which have been donated to the organization.

On Saturday, March 10th the Fairy Godmother’s organization held its annual prom sale. Sandy and I brought about 20 dresses and volunteered to help the girls pick out their dream dresses. It was a fun morning of excitement as the girls proudly modeled their dresses for their families.  Because of the event, many girls were able to afford a beautiful gown so that they could attend their proms, which is such a special experience in a teenager’s life.  Sandy and I were proud to be a part of such a wonderful event.

Check out the video clip below from Channel 6. If you look closely, you can even catch a glimpse of Sandy and me helping out the girls…

Fairy Godmother’s Prom Sale


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.

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.”

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

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