January 29, 2008 |
Ruth Saler Blank, 91, of Elkins Park, a leading fund-raiser for Alzheimer's disease research, died yesterday at her home. In 1938, she married Samuel A. Blank, whom she had met on the beach in Atlantic City. He was then serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and would later found a law firm that would become Blank Rome in Philadelphia. In 1970, at the age of 60, he developed Alzheimer's disease. At the time, few people knew about the disease, and there were no support groups, her son Robert said.
July 16, 1986 |
The Constitution celebration committee in Philadelphia, $9 million behind in its drive to raise $14 million locally, has hired a former Statue of Liberty fund-raiser to head a national fund-raising campaign. The fund-raiser is Richard Rovsek, president of American Marketing and Communications Inc. in Santa Barbara, Calif. "We've got to do something to raise money," Hobart G. Cawood, superintendent of Independence National Historic Park, said in an interview yesterday. Cawood is chairman of We The People 200, the independent committee appointed by Mayor Goode to mark the 200th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution here in 1787.
November 24, 2008 |
Brian M. O'Neill Sr., 41, of Southampton, a devoted family man, Philadelphia sports enthusiast, and fund-raiser, died Thursday in a traffic accident that remained under investigation in Hamilton Township, Monroe County. Mr. O'Neill worked for 11 years at Cabrun Ink Products Corp. in Philadelphia. He previously had worked nine years at Fast Forms Plus, a family print shop. "Brian was sweet; he just wanted to help everybody. He was very easy to love," said his uncle George D. Johnson of Ambler.
November 10, 2010 |
PLUMSTEAD - Sarah Palin wasted no time Tuesday night teasing her audience of supporters at a fund-raiser for Plumstead Christian School. After an alumnus of the private school, north of Doylestown in Bucks County, finished an uplifting performance of "God Bless America," she coyly asked him, "Would you like to sing that at an Inauguration?" It was just what the crowd of more than 400 people wanted to hear. For an hour, the audience of students, parents and alumni listened as the former Alaska governor delivered a speech that was part homespun tales from the Palin household and part hardball tea party politics.
February 19, 1998 |
The Democratic president is under assault by a special prosecutor. The party itself is $9 million in the hole. And Republicans always raise more money. So why would Philadelphia lawyer Leonard Barrack want to become the Democrats' chief campaign fund-raiser? First, he's a believer. Second, President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore can be a pretty persuasive double-team. Exactly one week ago, Clinton and Gore sat down with Barrack and made their pitch. When the meeting was over, Barrack had agreed to become the finance chair for the Democratic National Committee.
August 2, 1999 |
Dolores Elker, 68, a Republican committeewoman known as "Dolly the Pretzel Lady" at her Jardel Recreation Center concession stand, died of colon cancer Thursday at her home in Burholme. Mrs. Elker was a member of the Jardel Recreation Center Advisory Council and the Burholme Civic Association for more than 20 years. Seven days a week each summer from 1978 to 1986, Mrs. Elker set up a folding table alongside the Jardel public swimming pool and sold pretzels, water ice and candy.
April 8, 1987 |
Question: What does a big-league political fund-raiser do when he piles up a mind-boggling $6-million-plus campaign war chest for a gubernatorial candidate - and his man loses in a photo-finish? Does he (1) jump off the Walt Whitman Bridge, (2) change political parties, (3) hang on a lost weekend or (4) cry himself to sleep? Well, if you are Charlie Kopp, the lawyer, tax expert and devout Republican who hangs his hat at the prestigious law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis- Cohen - and you dabble in political fund-raising as a hobby - you do none of the above.
March 11, 2011 |
In the weeks after the accident, as time began to clarify the devastation visited upon his body, Fred Duling couldn't see much use for himself in this world. He saw an old guy in a wheelchair, dependent on others. Now, a couple of months later, he can see something different. Something more. Duling, 66, sees he can still fulfill his many roles, still be a husband, father, and grandfather, a friend and a mentor. He sees he will still be an integral part of his beloved Boathouse Row. Fred Duling - champion rower, esteemed coach, cherished friend - is slowly making his way forward after breaking his neck in a fall at the Malta boathouse on Dec. 6. Forward to what?
March 10, 2004 |
It's the first thing you see when you get off the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 12 on the way to Gov. McGreevey's childhood town of Carteret: David D'Amiano's mountain of mulch. D'Amiano - the focus of the latest federal criminal investigation swirling around McGreevey - runs a wood-recycling operation on the fringe of the heavily industrial borough of 20,000 near Staten Island. And Carteret wants to get rid of it. "It's a dirty operation," Mayor Daniel J. Reiman said.
May 27, 2010 |
Sister Helen Cole, who knows North Camden as well as anyone, sees the neighborhood and city through clear blue eyes. "It's tragic," says the 52-year-old Catholic nun, who since the mid-1990s has counseled families of murder victims citywide. "So many sad things happen here. " But good things happen, too, such as the summer day camp that Cole's agency, Guadalupe Family Services, offers to 35 North Camden kids. This five-week program for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 will be the principal beneficiary of a fund-raiser next Thursday.