October 27, 2015 |
WHEN TINA FEY won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010, copies of Twain's massive door-stopping autobiography were distributed. From the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, Tina said, "If there is anyone in this room who will read this book, it's my father. " There was no doubt that her father, Donald, would read the Twain book, not the least put off by its 700-plus pages, because he was a voracious reader who couldn't seem to get enough of the printed page.
October 19, 2015 |
Marco Rubio has been playing in Gov. Christie's neighborhood. While Christie has raised more money in New Jersey than any other presidential candidate, his supremacy hasn't extended far. When it comes to collecting cash from the region that includes Philadephia and its suburbs in Pennsylvania and South Jersey - a short drive from Christie's office - Rubio has topped all Republican contenders. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, though, is lapping everyone. Capitalizing on deep Pennsylvania ties and New Jersey's dark-blue politics, she has raised nearly $1 million in the Philadelphia area.
October 16, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton is coming to Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon to raise money for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, according to two Pennsylvania Democratic sources. The former president is due in Center City around midday in a state where much of the party's political establishment has already lined up behind his wife's campaign. The sources spoke about the trip on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity around the former president's schedule.
October 3, 2015 |
Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh's efforts to raise money for his reelection campaign have turned into something of a hot mess. A disagreement over who may have botched the wording of those fund-raising efforts had Oh and his own campaign consultant each reaching out Thursday to complain to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Oh, a Republican seeking a second term as an at-large councilman, was most concerned about how a GoFundMe.com appeal to campaign donors was worded. That website, which was deactivated Thursday, said donors who pledged $250 or more would get "A chance to meet Councilman David Oh and his staff as they prepare for an exciting day in the Council's chambers.
August 24, 2015 |
"EITHER YOU buy these or I take your car, 'cause it's unregistered. " Officer Matthew Zagursky didn't mince words Thursday when he flashed tickets to the Hero Thrill Show, a fundraiser that supports the families of fallen officers and firefighters, to two men after pulling them over. And yesterday, hours after a recording of that exchange went viral, Commissioner Charles Ramsey didn't either. "No part of that video is good," Ramsey said of the footage, which also shows Zagursky spouting homophobic slurs.
August 23, 2015 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey ordered Friday that a uniformed officer be taken off street patrol and that the officer's gun be taken from him after Facebook videos surfaced showing the officer pressuring a motorist to buy tickets for a police union fund-raiser. In the videos, Officer Matthew Zagursky tells a driver that if he buys tickets to the fund-raiser, Zagursky will not tow his vehicle. The officer also uses a homophobic slur while apparently joking with the man at another point.
August 14, 2015 |
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey named Bobby Keyes, vice president and general manager of car rental firm Enterprise Holdings, chairman of its 2015-16 fundraising campaign. Vice chairman for the campaign is Daniel J. Hilferty, president and chief executive of Independence Health Group, the parent of Independence Blue Cross. Last year's regional United Way campaign raised $58.3 million. This year's goal is $60 million, the organization said.
August 7, 2015 |
Rutgers University raised a record $187.9 million last school year, most of it earmarked for specific programs and projects, the school announced Wednesday. The bulk of the money - about 60 percent - came from "a surge in donations" received at the end of the university's 71/2-year "Our Rutgers, Our Future" fund-raising campaign, the university said in a news release. The campaign to raise $1 billion ended Dec. 31, 2014, exceeding its goal by $37 million. The 2014-15 record surpassed the previous year's total by 26.6 percent.
July 29, 2015 |
ONE OF Sachi Mallach's main characteristics was optimism. And it was catching. Optimism gave Sachi the spirit and drive to make a successful career in fundraising and development for the many educational and charitable organizations she worked for over the years. And there was little doubt that same optimism infected those she dealt with, encouraging them to believe in her and the mission to which she dedicated her life. Sachiko Suzanne Mallach died July 1 after a five-year battle with cancer.
July 1, 2015 |
A fund-raiser rallying Latinos to donate to the World Meeting of Families was announced Monday to help meet the $45 million goal for the event that is bringing Pope Francis, the first Latino pope, to Philadelphia in September. Varsovia Fernandez, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said a meeting with Latino leaders and business owners inspired creation of an online site and a mobile app for donations. The objective is to encourage at least 100,000 Latino donors to contribute at least $5 each.