Aston – Newman University honored the legacy of deceased alumnus Brendan Kelly, whose family and friends worked for more than three decades to keep his memory alive on campus.
Commission members Brendan P. Kelly ’87 and the Kelly family were honored November 18 at the President’s Thanksgiving Day Reception, Newman’s annual event that salutes supporters for their continued generosity and commitment to the university.
Brendan Kelly, a member of the 1987 Newman University chapter, died in December 1988. Two years after his death, his friends and family launched the Brendan B. Scholarship. Kelly Memorial 87 with the blessing of Sharon Kelly’s mother, Brendan’s mother. In the past 31 years, the fund has grown to more than $425,000 and has supported 90 Newman students.
According to Dr. Chris Domes, President of Newman, “Fundraising began in Brendan’s name posthumously with grassroots efforts, including basketball tournaments, beef and beer, personal donations, T-shirt sales, golf outings, and social events to advance Brendan’s legacy in an institution that has wholeheartedly embraced him.” .
Conner Kollek, Chief Marketing Officer and Kelly Scholarship recipient, spoke to the crowd about what financial assistance means to him.
“This scholarship, along with work positions throughout my college experience, has allowed me to graduate without student loans,” Kollek said, to enthusiastic applause from the audience. “I am so grateful to the Kelly family and the Brendan B. Kelly Scholarship Committee for this humble award. My college career would not have been the same without you.”
For more information on the Brendan P. Kelly ’87 Memorial Scholarship and other awards available to current Neumann University students, visit http://www.neumann.edu/scholarships/#current-students.
Christmas Bazaar Benefiting Harry’s Hand for Help and Healing
Harry’s Hands To Help and Healing will be holding a Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Glenolden, 2S Chester Pike. The event will include food, vendors, basket raffles, children’s games, face painting, visits with Santa, 50/50 drawing and shopping.
For more information, call 610-724-4230.
South Media Fire Co., Ltd. Friday food cart
South Media Fire Co. will hold Her last food truck Friday of the year, at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3, at the firehouse, 535 Washington Ave. , Media. Santa will appear especially.
Vendors will include Farmstead Food and Catering, Plum Pit, Jerome’s Bakery and Auntie Anne’s Philadelphia Pretzel Truck. Proceeds go to South Media Fire, which includes all volunteers. For more information, call 610-566-6151.
Deloso announces 50G grant for rainwater, Muckinipates Creek improvements
State Representative David DeLuso, MD 162 of Ridley Park, recently announced that Glenolden Borough was awarded a $50,000 grant for the sewer pipe project.
DeLuso says the money will go to redirect rainwater to a biofield and 400-foot stream bank in Glenolden’s community park. The project will improve land and aquatic habitats along the Muckinipates Creek while reconnecting the creek to the floodplain.
The grant is awarded through the Commonwealth Finance Authority’s Watershed Protection Program – part of the CFA 13 grant programs – which provides funding for projects aimed at improving water quality, green roads and recreational areas. To get to the Deloso office, 605 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park, call 610-534-1002. Deloso will be holding an open house for the holiday in his office, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 2. Everyone is welcome.
Page Brothers art gallery begins at Swarthmore Borough Hall
An exhibition of photographs and poetry by brothers Paul Page, photographer and David Page, author, will be on display from Thursday, December 2, to Sunday, January 2, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave. , Swarthmore. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday 3rd December from 6-8pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
This project was a creative collaboration between the two brothers, exploring light, image and possibilities filtered through a photographic lens and keyboard. Meaning often hides much deeper than mere observation, and the questions posed by the pictures, the answers provided by the verses, are but one aspect of a complex story.
Showtimes are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 8pm; Friday, 10 AM – 7 PM; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; And Sunday 1-5 pm
Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is the community group responsible for the rotating art exhibitions at Swarthmore Borough Hall. For information on Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit http://www.swarthmorearts.org/.
The League of Women Voters holds a luncheon on the occasion of the holidays
The League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County will host a holiday gathering, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 11, at Springhaven Club, 600S Providence Street, Wallingford. Members will celebrate the work and mission of the League of Women Voters. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed which states: “Neither the United States nor any State shall deny or diminish the right of citizens of the United States to vote on account of sex.” One hundred years later, the League’s mission has continued to empower voters and defend democracy.
The program will be lunch and “A Journey for Equal Rights for Women,” presented by Laurie Grant, executive director of the Delaware County Historical Society.
The cost is $35. The deadline to book is Friday, December 3rd. For information, contact event coordinator Pat Cimino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-328-1375.
Chester Community Charter School lights up the holiday season for families
Chester Community Charter School provided families of its students with Walmart gift cards on November 18 to buy turkeys for Thanksgiving celebrations, a tradition the school participates in every holiday season. Gift cards were distributed by school faculty as families dropped off their students on the day. “These gift cards are one of the many ways CCCS supports our school community,” said Dr. David Clark Jr., CEO of Chester Community Charter School. With more than 90% of CCCS students coming from low-income families, CCCS hopes that its support for this initiative will make it easier for families to celebrate Thanksgiving and brighten the start of the holiday season. For more information, visit https://chestercommunitycharter.org
The Community Arts Center holds annual vacation discounts
The Community Arts Center and Potters Guild will be holding annual handmade holiday sales at Duke Gallery, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, December 4-12. The Artisan Market features unique, handcrafted pieces of fine craftsmanship and pottery created by members of The Potters Guild and some of the region’s best artists in a festive setting. Entry to the holiday sale is free.
Pre-registration will be available for the first two days of the sale: Friday 3 December and Saturday 4 December.
Shoppers can pre-register for one hour. Shoppers who arrive without registering for a slot will be accepted in advance as space permits. No pre-registration required on other sale days.
Every holiday sale purchase is supported by local artists, on-site programming, and outreach by the nonprofit community arts center. Items for sale include: ceramics by members of The Potters Guild, jewelry, wood, glass, clothing, fine art, holiday decorations, and much more, with one-of-a-kind gifts. For more information, visit https://communityartscenter.org
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