THE MAYOR'S Reception Room at City Hall filled with cheers Tuesday when Mayor Nutter announced that Phillies co-owner John Middleton and his wife, Leigh, will donate more than $16.2 million over the next four years toward educational, workforce-training and professional-development programming.
The Middleton family picked eight educational efforts to support, providing money to the cash-strapped school district, Philadelphia Academies Inc., Philadelphia Youth Network and Drexel University through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
"Many Philadelphians lack the education and skills to acquire higher-paying jobs," Nutter said at the news conference. "This is about investing in the future. We hope that this announcement today will inspire others who have the interest first, and maybe the means, to join us in a new quest to turn this city around."