Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meals and More Grant , Info Session, 1p, Thursday, August 28th, United Way Building

On behalf of our friends at the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative, please be advised of the Meals and More Grant funding opportunity which will be elaborated at a INFO SESSION:August, 28th – 1 pm – United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Lobby 4.

The goals of the Meals and More initiative are to:
·       Launch 10 new meal times among existing meal providers: 5 in the spring and 5 in the fall
·       Increase connections to key social services for meal guests
·       Increase the accessibility of healthy food in congregant settings to improve the health of guests


·       This second round of grants for Fall 2014  will enable five more meal providers to each open a new meal.
·       The initiative will also recruit, train and support 150-200 volunteers towards completing 50 hours of community service that will connect vulnerable residents to healthy emergency meals and to vital services. Release of application for organizations interested in participating in the Meals and More initiative (Information will be available onwww.SharedProsperityPhila.org) – September
·       Deadline to submit a letter of interest – October
·       Announcement of selected grantees – October
·       Launch of new meal time – November


Opportunity for Meal Providers
We are looking for five meal providers that are ready to expand their meal service into a new time.  Providers who expand their meal service will be eligible for the following:
·       $7,500 in unrestricted funding to support the development of a new weekly meal service
·       $1,000 in funds to purchase healthy food from a local food distribution organization
·       Support from the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services and the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity to recruit new volunteers and organizations to assist with meal service
·       10 hours of high quality training for new and existing volunteers in food safety, healthy food preparation, and social service skills
·       Assistance in identifying social service agencies as partners to provide social and health services to guests

Monday, August 18, 2014

Delco Leaders Host Pre-K for PA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2014
Contact: Andrea Mead: andrea@jacobsonstrategic.com215-805-3746

Media Advisory
Delaware County Leaders to Host Pre-K for PA at Local Preschool, Stress the Need for Access to Pre-K
Notable Leaders to Address Importance of Being Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten
 
Philadelphia, PA — TOMORROWTuesday, August 19Pre-K for PA will join Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlapand other Delaware County leaders and early childhood educators at the Sonshine Christian Academy, a STAR 4 pre-k program, to highlight the importance of high-quality pre-k in preparing children for kindergarten and beyond.
 
As parents and educators prepare for the first day of kindergarten, Pre-K for PA is holding a series of “Back to School” events at preschools across Pennsylvania to underscore the need for every 3- and 4-year-old in the commonwealth to be ready for kindergarten through access to high-quality pre-k.
 
WHAT:     Upper Darby educators visit preschool class during "back to school" time, highlight                       importance of state investment in high-quality pre-k.

WHO:       Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlap, Upper Darby School District
                Patrice Scanlon, Upper Darby Kindergarten Center
                Margie Sebastiani, Co-owner, Sonshine Christian Academy
                Representatives from Pre-K for PA

WHEN:     Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:   Sonshine Christian Academy, 3601 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

 
Pre-K for PA is an issue campaign supported by individuals and organizations across Pennsylvania who believe that investing in our children is the right choice and an urgent necessity.  Our vision is that every 3- and 4-year-old in Pennsylvania will have access to high-quality pre-k. We will not endorse nor oppose candidates, but rather we will advocate on behalf of this vision for Pennsylvania’s children, schools and communities.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Update on Tina Fey’s Homecoming to Upper Darby Summer Stage!

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Lauren Stevenson Yacina
610.506.1355
 ***UPDATE!***
Upper Darby Summer Stage alum, Tina Fey, returns on August 16 to kick-off
40th season and to host fundraising event
Tickets are available to support one of the longest running Children’s Theater programs in the country. The event will feature the 10th anniversary screening of “Mean Girls” followed by a Q&A session with the writer, producer and Emmy-award winning actress, Tina Fey
July 31, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA – Tina Fey returns to Upper Darby Summer Stage on August 16! Before there was “Second City,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Mean Girls” and “30 Rock,” there was Upper Darby Summer Stage where Tina Fey acted and directed. Upper Darby Summer Stage is one of the nation’s longest running and most successful Children’s Theater programs and a valuable community asset. Summer Stage was recently named one of the eight best-known summer theater programs for young performers in the nation by Backstage.com.
Executive Director Harry Dietzler and Summer Stage alum, Tina Fey
Executive Director Harry Dietzler and Summer Stage alum, Tina Fey
Upper Darby Summer Stage will kick-off its 40th season on August 16 with the fundraising event hosted by Tina Fey. Tickets are available to support the theater program with the purchase of a new sound system for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, an investment of approximately $300,000. Upper Darby Summer Stage was established in 1976 and welcomes over 700 young participants each summer and over 30,000 ticket-holders to the series of family-friendly musicals.
Tickets for the event include a 10th anniversary screening of “Mean Girls,” loosely based on Tina Fey’s experience at Upper Darby High School. The screening will be projected onto three large screens, strategically positioned for maximum viewing from all seats. The movie will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Tina. TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer and Summer Stage alum Damian Holbrook will moderate the Q & A. Tickets may be purchased by online: www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. Tickets are $40 – $100 and are tax deductible.
“Before the Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, producer and writer became a household name, Tina Fey acted, directed, ushered and worked in the box office at Upper Darby Summer Stage,” said Harry Dietzler, Executive Director. “Several of our current staff members were in productions directed by Tina.” She paid tribute to Upper Darby Summer Stage in her NY Times best-selling book, “Bossypants.” “As we move into our 40th year,” said Dietzler, “We are pleased, excited and grateful that Tina is will help us with our goal to upgrade our audio capabilities as we continue to raise the bar on the level of family-friendly entertainment we offer the community.”
Tina grew up in Upper Darby Township and attended Upper Darby High School. She made her movie debut as a writer and co-star in 2004 in “Mean Girls.” She has won multiple awards including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award forBest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in “30 Rock.”
The event is a non-press event.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tina Fey is coming to the UDPAC!

SAVE THE DATE! – AUGUST 16, 2014
Writer, producer and Emmy Award-winning actress Tina Fey will appear at an event to support Upper Darby Summer Stage and kick off 40th season!
Ms. Fey will greet supporters at an exclusive screening of the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls.” Proceeds will support a new sound system for Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
July 1, 2014 – Drexel Hill, PA – Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly announces that alumna Tina Fey – writer, producer and Emmy Award-winning actress – will kick-off the 40th season with an appearance at an exclusive 10th anniversary screening of “Mean Girls” on August 16, 2014. Ms. Fey wrote the screenplay and co-starred in the movie, loosely based on her years at Upper Darby High School.
The August 16th event will feature a meet-and-greet with Ms. Fey at 6:30 pm, a screening of the movie at 7:30 pm and a question-and-answer session after the movie screening. Proceeds will support a new sound system for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and will launch the 40th season celebration of Upper Darby Summer Stage. The event will take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA.
Tickets for the exclusive meet-and-greet with Ms. Fey are $150 and include the movie screening, as well as participation in the question-and-answer session after the screening. Tickets to the screening and question-and-answer session only are $100. Tickets will go on sale on July 7 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.org.
The actress, comedian, writer and producer known for her work on Saturday Night Live (SNL, 1998-2006) and on the critically acclaimed NBC series, 30 Rock (2006-2013), was born and raised in Upper Darby Township and participated in Upper Darby Summer Stage. Ms. Fey made her movie debut as a writer and co-star in 2004 in “Mean Girls.” She has won multiple awards including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in 30 Rock.
Founded in 1976 and known as one of the country’s most successful youth theater programs, Upper Darby Summer Stage welcomes over 700 young participants each summer and 30,000 ticket-holders from throughout the Delaware Valley.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

Press release written by Lauren Stevenson Yacina

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Upper Darby Fourth of July Celebration





Upper Darby Township’s 

FIREWORKS! 

And Rock and Roll Concert! 

At Upper Darby High School Memorial Field



Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 PM 

Rain Date July 5 

Featuring the fabulous dance band



Chico’s Vibe! 

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars 

Gates open at 7 PM



Admission $4 • Children 5 and Under Free



Tickets at Gate or in advance at the UD Performing Arts Center