On December 3rd at Café Lift, Alison Perelman and Max Tuttleman hosted a fundraising event during which they announced to guests a $25,000 fundraising challenge. Co-organized by Friends of the Rail Park and the Center City District, this event marked the first jointly organized effort by the two organizations to inspire private contributions towards the construction of Phase I. Guests, including young entrepreneurs and professionals from across the city, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Café Lift, Kensington Quarters,Prohibition Tap Room and Bufad; wine from Moore Brothers; vodka cocktails from Penn 1681; and the ever-popular whiskey tastings by Whistle Pig Rye.
Enthusiastic supporters of the Rail Park, Max and Ali challenged the room to see how many times, collectively, the group could match the $25,000 gift by January 15th, 2016. Friends of the Rail Park board member Michael Garden encouraged the group to not only donate themselves, but to reach out to colleagues, friends, family, and employers or partners to join the challenge. The challenge got off to an excellent start when Matt Pestronk of Post Goldtex, LP announced that his firm would donate $25,000 — and offered to donate an additional $25,000 if another individual or company will put up $25,000.
We are still looking forward to someone's taking advantage of this generous match! Please consider joining us in this important challenge dedicated to the construction of Phase I by donating to the Center City District Foundation dedicated fund here.
Friends of the Rail Park is grateful to Ali and Max and to Post Brothers for their generous gifts and to the many individuals who made commitments that evening. See more photos from the evening here.
Donations in support of the construction of Phase 1 are being accepted by the Center City District Foundation between now and Jan. 15th, 2016.