Throughout the year, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to make in kind donations to worthy groups/causes. The BABC is proud to have provided contributions to:
The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is an intermediary organization dedicated to connecting systems and leveraging resources. PYN works to equip young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. PYN coordinates and supports large-scale, cross-sector initiatives while developing targeted programs to expand access to services for underserved youth. The organization believes in the power of partnerships and the need for collaboration. PYN is committed to enabling Philadelphia’s young people to take their rightful places as full and contributing members of a world-class workforce for the region.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 the BABC celebrated an important milestone – our 25th anniversary – at the American Airlines Hangar at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Mayor Kenney was our keynote speaker and special guest. Both the City of Philadelphia and PHL partner with PYN. In honor of the BABC’s quarter century of operations in the region and the strong relationship we have with both the City and PHL, we chose to donate a percentage of event revenue to PYN.
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The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia hosted an international fashion event at the world renowned, iconic clothier, Boyds Philadelphia to raise money for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Attendees received a special shopping discount, and 100% of Chamber net revenue and 5% of Boyds’ total retail sales from the evening were donated. Our event donation went towards supporting families traveling from outside of the United States for treatment.
On Sunday, January 17 and Monday, January 18, 2016, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group hosted four service projects – a guest chef dinner, an evening art activity, breakfast buddies, and an attic clean-up – to benefit the Front & Erie and the Chestnut Street Philadelphia Ronald McDonald Houses (PRMH).
Approximately 30 BABC members and friends were proud to partner with the PRMH in support of the families through various volunteer services in honor of Martin Luther King Day 2016. BABC Executive Director, Jane Rosenberg and her husband Ilan created dinner and breakfast menus, shopped for and delivered the food. Jane organized four different teams of BABC volunteers that would prepare and serve the families staying at both homes. They also purchased arts and crafts materials for an evening art project with the children and their families. In addition, the group cleaned out and organized pantries, kitchen cabinet storage and attic space.
On Monday, January 19, 2015, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s Young Professionals Group (BABC YPG) collaborated with buildOn to host a service project at Furness High School. buildOn’s mission is to empower teens to take an active role in buoying their community and making a difference both here in Philadelphia and across the globe.
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia hosted its Annual Holiday Luncheon Red Hot Global Marketing, featuring Simon Bradley, VP Marketing North America, Virgin Atlantic Airways; Jim Ziolkowski, Founder & CEO, buildOn; and The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia. A portion of the net revenue generated from this event was donated to buildOn to help students based in the region improve, and transform their neighborhoods and the world.
Through buildOn, students strive to address Philly’s specific needs with their outreach. In 2014, buildOn students have contributed more than 300 service hours to the Gift of Life Family House, a home away from home for family members, patients awaiting life-saving transplants, and organ transplant recipients alone. buildOn students routinely go and prepare meals (or bake bread/cookies) for families staying at the Gift of Life Family House. Students also meet once a week to promote organ donation all leading up to the annual Donor Dash which takes place during spring break.
On Tuesday, April 30, 2014, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted Tweeting – It’s More than Just for the Birds, a panel discussion and networking event at The Trestle Inn. The back room of Philadelphia’s famous whiskey and go go bar owned and managed the BABC’s very own Marketing & Communications Co-Chairman Ian Cross, was filled to capacity with more than 50 attendees who braved the torrential rains and flooding to gather for a dynamic discussion about social media. All net revenue generated from this program was donated to the Science Leadership Academy’s 2014 cultural exchange program to Liverpool, England.
The Science Leadership Academy is a public school in Center City Philadelphia with a diverse student body. Through the cultural exchange program, 15 students were able to travel to Liverpool in April 2014 and experience the opportunity to live with a Liverpudlian for a week – attending school, visiting cultural sites and visit London for a day.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia hosted its Annual Holiday Luncheon Celebrating British Arts & Culture & the Season to be Jolly, featuring Derek Gillman, President and Executive Director of the Barnes Foundation as the keynote speaker and The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia as the special guest. Approximately 200 people gathered for the BABC’s signature event in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia. A donation in memory of Toby Wallace, Co-Leader of the BABC’s Young Professionals Group and Senior Relationship Manager for Endowments & Foundations at Aberdeen Asset Management was made to the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust (KSMT). Those who knew Toby can certainly attest that he was a very special young man and in his short time in Philadelphia left his mark on the region in general and the BABC in particular. KSMT was set up in January 2012 in memory of Kirsten Scott, who tragically died in October 2011, just after her 25th birthday, following a short battle with cancer. The aim of the Trust is to provide grants to young people under the age of 26, in order for them to fulfill ambitions, enhance their personal development, and make a positive contribution, either at home or overseas. KSMT was the charity Toby was supporting at the time of his passing.
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia hosted British Business in Bloom: A Brilliant! Opportunity to Network, Learn, Dine and Visit the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show featuring Drew Becher, President of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), and Chris Woods, Director, PHS Meadowbrook Farm. This program inaugurated the BABC’s second annual British Invasion series of events – BABC inspired opportunities to foster connections, expand business and enjoy British themed programs throughout the City. The BABC donated a portion of ticket sales to Teens 4 Good, a youth-led entrepreneurial farm and nutrition business that transforms vacant lots into urban gardens/farms, improving access to healthy food for communities, and creating meaningful jobs for at-risk youth.
On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia hosted its Annual Holiday Luncheon featuring Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States and the Honorable, Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter. Over 180 people gathered for the BABC’s signature event in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia. This special program welcomed Ambassador Westmacott for his first official visit to the City. The BABC donated a portion of ticket sales to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Philadelphia chapter, a youth development program which operates in 132 countries. The program was launched in Philadelphia in 2009.
On Friday, April 27, 2012, the BABC hosted an exclusive breakfast in the presence of HRH The Price Edward KG GCVO at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. 125 business executives and local and UK government officials and dignitaries gathered for this Royal event and discussion about the importance of investing in youth education and activities. Prince Edward spent two days in Philadelphia to honor his mother’s 60th Anniversary as Queen and to support the Duke of Edinburgh Award Philadelphia Chapter. He is the Chairman of the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association. The BABC donated a percentage of this event’s ticket sales to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Philadelphia Chapter.
On Tuesday, May 8, 2012 the BABC hosted “The Business behind the Rings: 2012 Summer Games”, a panel discussion and networking event at The Hub, Cira Centre in Philadelphia. About 100 people gathered to learn about the food service, transportation, media and business investment aspects of the London Olympic Games 2012. The BABC donated a portion of the event proceeds to ShelterBox, a British-based international disaster relief organization.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, the BABC and Philadelphia Union, along with the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, the French American Chamber of Commerce, the German American Chamber of Commerce, the Irish American Business Chamber & Network, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce, and the Japan America society hosted the Spring 2011 International Networking Event and Soccer Game at PPL Park. Over 165 people gathered for this special event. In support and recognition of the difficulties Japan endured as a result of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011, the two event sponsors (Pepper Hamilton LLP and TD Bank N.A.) and the BABC donated a portion of the sponsorship money to The Philadelphia Japan Relief Fund to aid victims. This contribution helped the fund reach their initial goal of $250,000.