Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Foundation

Since its creation in 2002, the PHLCVB Foundation, in cooperation with the City Of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has provided funding in support of activities that further our mission of planning, coordinating and implementing the marketing and promotion of conventions, special events and international tourism. The Foundation’s primary goal is to support activities that help position and promote Philadelphia as a top-tier travel destination.


Mission Statement

The PHLCVB Foundation promotes, beautifies and celebrates Philadelphia in an effort to stimulate Philadelphia’s tourism industry. The Foundation works collaboratively with the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on projects that make the city even more inviting to visitors, especially those attending a convention, special event or traveling from another country. In addition, the PHLCVB Foundation helps Philadelphians prepare themselves for and enjoy meaningful careers in the region’s dynamic hospitality industry and assists corporate visitors in identifying meaningful local social investments.

Vision

Through the PHLCVB Foundation’s work, Philadelphia’s hospitality sector will continue to thrive, employing thousands of residents and steadily increasing its impact on the city’s economy. Philadelphia will remain a premier location for conventions, sporting events, business meetings and visitors.


Programs Funded by the PHLCVB Foundation in FY 2018

  • Red, White and You Community Outreach Program
  • Marie Baker Brown Scholarship
  • Jack Ferguson Scholarship
  • Hub of Hope
  • Center City District Initiatives

 


Four Areas of Focus

The PHLCVB Foundation is focused on four hospitality-related areas that will catalyze Philadelphia’s hospitality sector. Each year, it raises and grants money to support and market long-established events, attract new events, develop a strong and diverse talent pool, celebrate the region’s dedicated hospitality workforce and improve high-profile civic spaces.

  1. Education
  2. The Foundation supports projects that train and educate people for careers in the hospitality sector. For the past several years, it has funded the annual Marie Baker Brown Scholarship for hospitality services students enrolled at Temple University, the Jack Ferguson Scholarship benefiting local minority hospitality students and helping them to attend the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality annual conference. It also provides money for PHL Diversity’s annual Hospitality Education Day, which is designed to provide guidance to high school and college students interested in careers in the hospitality field. This free program strives to ensure that Philadelphia’s diverse communities have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the hospitality economy.

  3. Economic Development
  4. The Foundation partners with the city of Philadelphia, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and many other hospitality organizations to promote Philadelphia as a dynamic travel destination and location for large events. Over the years, the Foundation has supported the regional efforts that led to Philadelphia hosting premier events such as the historic annual Army-Navy Game, the NFL Draft (2017), the Democratic National Convention (2016) and the Republican National Convention (2000). Each of these events brought significant economic activity to the Philadelphia region.

  5. Community Improvement & Outreach
  6. The Foundation supports projects to beautify and enhance high-profile public spaces in Philadelphia and social impact initiatives. Its goal is to ensure that parks, historical sites, monuments and buildings— particularly those located in the city’s historic, cultural and convention corridors—remain well-maintained and welcoming to the public. The Foundation also supports programs that embrace upward mobility and transform local communities through funding initiatives like the Red, White and You Community Outreach Program.

  7. Hospitality Sector Support
  8. The Foundation funds programs that highlight and support the region’s dynamic hospitality sector. It supports events that showcase and celebrate the work of the men and women employed in the region’s hospitality industry. By highlighting existing employees and their accomplishments, the Foundation helps develop a robust workforce for the regional hospitality industry.

     


    Red, White & You Community Outreach Program

    Since 2003, the Red, White & You program has supported a number of important community initiatives around the Army-Navy Game via the PHLCVB Foundation, including:

    • Hosting 350 young people at the Army-Navy Game each year, introducing them to what makes the Game and Academies so special, through a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia’s JROTC program.
    • Hosting Gold Star Families and Wounded Warriors at the Army-Navy Game, through a partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation. Each year, wounded military members from Walter Reed Hospital are given well-deserved VIP treatment as they attend the Game.
    • Operation Gratitude Day — Since 2010, this program has collected countless items for care packages for our troops serving overseas at multiple locations throughout Philadelphia.

     

    PHLCVB FOUNDATION BOARD

    • Bill Adolph, WILLIAM F. ADOLPH & CO. INC.
    • Stephen Aichele, SAUL EWING LLP
    • Stephanie Boyd , PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER
    • Leonard Buckley, THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL, PHILADELPHIA
    • Julie Coker Graham, PHILADELPHIA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
    • Nick DeBenedictis, AQUA AMERICA
    • Jay Dellavecchia, THE WESTIN PHILADELPHIA HOTEL
    • Harold Epps, CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
    • William Hankowsky, LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST
    • Sheila Hess, CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
    • John Kroll, KEATING HOSPITALITY
    • John Pierce, SAUL EWING ARNSTEIN & LEHR, LLP
    • Scott Nassar, LOEWS HOTEL PHILADELPHIA
    • William Wilson, SYNTERRA, LTD.
    • John Pierce, SAUL EWING LLP
    • Bill Wilson, SYNTERRA, LTD.


    Interested in learning more or contributing to current PHLCVB Foundation programs? Contact Angela Val, PHLCVB Chief Administrative Officer, at angela@discoverphl.com or 215-636-3318; or Arthur Ayres, CPA, PHLCVB Vice President of Finance, at arthur@discoverphl.com or 215-636-4462.


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