We are proud to announce that our third annual Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese (Showcase) raised over $1 million to support its youth development programs throughout the city of Philadelphia. Surpassing last year’s financial achievements the 2015 Showcase saw increased ticket sales—hosting roughly 3,000 guests at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for an upscale wine & cheese tasting. Guests enjoyed decadent cheeses from BelGioioso Cheese, and gourmet foods by Cappuccio’s Meats, Conshohocken Italian Bakery, Passanante’s Home Food Services, Posh Pop Bakeshop, Procacci Brothers, Sweet Pea Ice Cream, Tubby Olive, an assortment of Reading Terminal Market favorites and so much more. Andrea Bocelli’s famous Bocelli Family Wines were the highlighted winery for the evening, among over 160 other wines available for guests to sample.
Friday, April 10, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center): Guest enjoys one of the 160+ wines available for tasting on Friday evening at The Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese.
Friday, April 10, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center): Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese bread display, baked by Conshohocken Italian Bakery, among many of the delicious tastings offered by local specialty food purveyors.
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“We are thrilled to have surpassed last year’s success at our 2015 Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese,” exclaimed Lisabeth Marziello, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. “Boys & Girls Clubs see Philadelphia’s youth as a priority—the future leaders, workers and decision makers of tomorrow. Our Clubs are a safe haven for kids in desperate situations and dilapidated neighborhoods. For the past three years we have been able to unite the community behind this imperative call to action and provide hope for the kids we serve each day.”
Prior to Friday evening’s tasting event, BGCP hosted its annual Winemaker’s Private Reserve Dinner at the Union League of Philadelphia on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Over 400 guests joined BGCP in honoring Admiral Tom Lynch’s dedication to ensuring Philadelphia’s youth have the educational and character building resources they need to succeed both academically and personally. Not only is Admiral Lynch a champion for youth, he is also the former Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. “Admiral Lynch’s service to this nation and the city of Philadelphia is beyond comparison, and we are extremely grateful and proud to have his continuous support,” noted Marziello. Keynote speakers Roger Staubach and Coach Dick Vermeil, as well as former Virginia Governor George Allen and Howie Roseman of the Philadelphia Eagles, were among many notable guests who joined the festivities Thursday evening to honor Admiral Tom Lynch.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 (Union League): Admiral Tom Lynch accepts his Champion for Youth award alongside Keynote Speaker Roger Staubach, Event Chair Pete Musser and Keynote Speaker Coach Dick Vermeil.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 (Union League): Winemaker’s Dinner Honoree Admiral Tom Lynch poses with Former Virginia Governor George Allen, and Keynote Speakers Coach Dick Vermeil and Roger Staubach
Proceeds from both nights benefited Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia; enabling all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more than 127 years BGCP have been serving youth in some of Philadelphia’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. BGCP has 15 Club locations throughout the city, providing a safe place for thousands of Philadelphia’s youth to learn and grow each day.
Both events are made possible by the generous support of lead sponsors, including: BelGioioso Cheese, Bocelli Family Wines, Chapman Auto Group, Sunoco Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo, Medgenics, NewDay USA, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, PECO, Pepper Hamilton, The Tustin Group, The Union League, City Paper, Clear Channel Outdoor, Comcast, iHeart Media, Metro Media, Robertson’s Flowers, The Philadelphia Inquirerand many other gracious supporters.