Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mayfair raises $10k as part of daylong neighborhood celebration - from

Mayfair raises $10k as part of daylong neighborhood celebration2


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The Mayfair Business Association’s third annual Mayfair May Fair and the second annual Fallen Heroes 5K Run were held on Saturday.

The event kicked off with the 5K run at 8:30 a.m. at Sackett Street and Ryan Avenue. Runners traveled around Pennypack Park and Abraham Lincoln High School, and finished at the Mayfair Memorial Playground at Rowland Avenue and Vista Street.

Mayfair Civic Association President Joe DeFelice said roughly just under 300 people ran the race. They raised a little more than $10,000.

All of the proceeds are to benefit the rebuilding of Mayfair Memorial Playground and the Hero Thrill Show Fund, which provides for the children of Philadelphia police officers and firefighters killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Each year, money is given to the fund in the name of one fallen police officer or firefighter. This year, the honoree was John Redmond, a firefighter from the neighborhood who died at the Rising Sun Baptist Church Fire in South Philadelphia in 1994.

Following an award ceremony at the playground, the Fair began along Frankford Avenue from Rhawn Street to Harbison Avenue. It included live music, give-aways, sidewalk sales from local businesses and free food.

The May Fair was founded 3 years ago by Grey Lodge owner and Mayfair Business Association President Mike “Scoats” Scotese, as a way to bring family entertainment to Frankford Avenue and to bolster commerce and community. read more here

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