The Philadelphia Club of Frontiers International Inc. sponsored its 13th Annual Shopping Spree and Luncheon on Saturday for 175 of some of the Philadelphia region’s most at-risk children. The day of caring and sharing for the community took place at Target on City Line Avenue and Monument Road.
The late Rev. Thomas Logan Sr., the eldest serving African-American Episcopal priest; the late W. Edward Robinson, renowned educator, scholar and reformer, and the late Floyd Alston, respected businessman, former Philadelphia school board president and Frontiers International past president, were distingused members of the organization for many years. These incredible men, who all died this year and served as officers of Frontiers, leave legacies that are honored through the continued community service of their fellow members.
Established in 1942, the Philadelphia Club is the second oldest and the largest affiliate of Frontiers International. The Philadelphia Club has supported numerous programs including educational scholarships, aid to the homeless, health care, career development and business workshops. The mission of the Philadelphia Club of Frontiers International Inc. is primarily to serve children and youth of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. Their motto is: “Advancement through Service.” The membership consists of individuals from all segments of our community, including professional, business religious, political, educational and civic leaders.
Each child, ages 5-10, were from area Boys and Girls Clubs, homeless shelters, and local churches. Everyone received $75 gift certificate and were excited to purchase holiday gifts for themselves and family members. After their shopping spree, children, chaperones and the men of the Frontiers traveled to nearby TGI Fridays and enjoyed an all expense paid luncheon provided by the club.
Joseph L. Wells, president of Philadelphia Club Frontiers International, said, “We are unified in our belief that our children truly benefit when you have the collective efforts of a committed group of caring and involved volunteers. One of our many missions is to provide service to the community and those in need.”
Darryl Boozer, 2012 Shopping Spree co-chair added, “Our goal and mission are to serve the children during this season of giving, many of them come from humble beginnings and we’re just so proud that we can spread some holiday cheer.”
The Philadelphia Club provides direct support in the form of educational scholarships and mentoring; state-of-the-art technology to increase access to opportunities; grants for medical research and treatment; and limited grants to local organizations and programs that promote social preparedness and improve the quality of life for minorities.
The 13th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree was partially underwritten by the following: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Activity Foundation; Yokefellow (member) Robert Macbeth; Eric Cobs; Frontiers; Keystone Mercy Health Plan; Innovative Benefit Planning, L.L.C; Mark Sulpizion; Independence Blue Cross; Dr. Joel Agranoff; The IBS Group; Temple Law Professors; Universal Companies; Aston-Beech and Yokefellow (member) Darryl Boozer.
Congratulations and thank you to all involved in this great project. Frontiers International and all who suppoted this event succeeded in delighting each and every one of the children during the holiday season.
For more information about the Frontiers’ scholarship program, annual youth Easter egg hunt or holiday shopping spree, please visit the official website www.phillyfrontiers.org or call (215) 947-3780.
Have a fantastic week everyone!