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 2010

We had a fantastic turnout for our first Wynnstay fundraising event! The Night at the Races was a fun time filled with horse racing, betting, a silent auction, fun, and friends. There was close to $9000 raised, all of which went towards Northern Home for Children.  As you will see with the pictures, we have some amazing and generous friends and family that helped to make this night a huge success. Thank you to all!

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!

Philabundance

Philabundance Food Bank Warehouse – North Philadelphia  

 
  

Our first officially scheduled Wynnstay Workday was a great success!  On Saturday afternoon, January 23rd, from 12:30 to 3:30pm we went to the Philabundance Food Bank Warehouse on West Berks St in North Philly.   Philabundance is the regions largest hunger relief organization and it depends on volunteers to help distribute millions of pounds of food throughout the Delaware Valley each year.  The warehouse is the main distribution center and operates 6 days a week.  They get most of their volunteers on Saturdays and split them into morning and afternoon sessions.   At 12:30 we were greeted by Jan Barnett, the volunteer coordinator, then watched a small video on Philabundance and the hunger issue in Philadelphia.          

Next we got a tour of the warehouse and it was pretty much what I expected: huge shelves of food (canned goods, crackers, cookies, bread), gigantic bags of rice (which apparently have to be scooped into individual lunch baggies – what a task!), crates of water, and a busy team of Philabundance workers scurrying around.
 

Warehouse Shelves stocked with food

    

We were accompanied by a great team of volunteers: 5 Drexel students (a group that volunteers on a regular basis), mother and son team (have been going to Philabundance for a while), a young Penn doctor (friendly self-motivated woman who didn’t skip a beat), the Haverford Swim Team (my personal favorite – still say swimmers have the best work ethic out of any sport!), and of course the Wynnstay gang (Maura and Corey on box making duty, Dad and I filling boxes, and Mom on the scale).  Mike, the Warehouse supervisor, organized each group and kept operation running smoothly.  He had been working since 4am and was still in great spirits, smiling and laughing the whole time.
 

Wynnstay Gang with Pasta to Go

    

Haverford Swimmers building muscle to beat rival team Radnor!

    

Motivational Mike led by example

    

Our task was to box thousands of sorted canned goods, label in magic marker, weigh at the scales (keep em under 40lbs), tape up and send to the loading dock.  Each bin of food had been sorted by the morning group into categories:  Soup, Greens, N0n-greens, Fruit, Pasta, Meaty pasta, Beans and Tuna (probably forgetting a few).  We had a makeshift factory line from the box-making, down the rollers to the scales.     

Maura the Box Making Queen

    

Tom Sr and Corey loading the cans

    

Nancy at the Scale

     

Once we kicked it into gear, every volunteer worked hard for 3 straight hours.  Box after box, Spaghetti Os after Baked Beans, the whole group boxed about 27,000 lbs of food.  Warehouse Mike said that he’s never seen so many cans boxed – needless to say he was pumped.  I have to give a special shout out to my twin sis Corey who despite being 3 months pregnant, didn’t take a break making them boxes!        

Volunteering at Philabundance was fantastic, we really accomplished a great feat for the Warehouse and it’s workers.  It was amazing to witness a group of strangers working so well together.  I stepped back a few times to watch each person hustling to complete their individual tasks but doing so in a way that made the whole process flow like a fine wine.    

The whole experience really made me feel like Wynnstay has a purpose – Philadelphia needs self-motivated individuals in an effort to help those in need.  Our family has such a great attitude toward civil service and with their voices and actions we get more people involved in the community.  The icing on the cake was to write in black magic marker “Wynnstay.org” on the Wall of Fame at Philadbundance – great feeling!        

Signing Wynnstay loud and proud!