Fairmount Park Conservancy 7th Annual Centennial Celebration

Chris Matthews emceed as a record number of guests celebrated protecting nature and parks.

From left: Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

From left: Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

Thursday night at the Horticultural Center, the Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted its 7th Annual Centennial Celebration, and it attracted a record number of guests (475) as well as raising 45% more money than last year. There was a lively cocktail hour in the greenhouse, where we all enjoyed bright sunshine after 48 hours of record-breaking rain. Then everyone was ushered into a large tent to begin the dinner and a program.

The Conservancy honored three people this year including the President & CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, Gerald Sweeney, City Council President Darrell Clarke, and Patricia Kind who was named John K. Binswanger Park Champion. Mrs. Kind wasn’t in attendance so her oldest daughter, Laura Kind McKenna, accepted on her behalf. The emcee for the evening was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who grew up in nearby Hunting Park and recalled childhood memories of playing in the park.


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  • matthew brandley

    Chris Matthews. Th lying ass splooge swallowing commy ass kissing communist scum bag from MSNBC thats as wothless and as useless as a musim