For the second year, donations are sought to keep 69 of 72 Philadelphia public pools open for family fun. So far, more than $200,000 is in hand, making an excellent start toward the Splash and Summer Fund’s goal of $600,000 by May 31.
“This is a genuine opportunity for people to get involved and make a difference in their community,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Diberardinis. “I hope that those who get involved in this campaign will remain active in our department after we have reached our goal. The parks and recreation department will be better for it.”
The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania along with the Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Council, several private businesses and, of course, the mayor are partners in the fundraising effort. They are likely to request the public’s generosity as long as budget shortfalls continue.
Mayor Nutter sounded hopeful about reaching the May 2010, “We can overcome these difficult economic times by working together,” he stated. “Philadelphians are resilient. I know we can work together to give our youth more summertime opportunities.”
Donations of $10 and more are welcome. Funds are being collected and administered by the local United Way affiliate.
For more info: visit www.phillysummerfund.org or call 215.665.2542.