March 2017 at Bethesda Project
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Despite the burst of cold weather we’ve had, it's definitely party season here at Bethesda Project!

We are gearing up for our 20th Annual Party & Auction with Honorary Chair John McNichol and we couldn't be more excited about it! This year, we're pulling out all the stops and even featuring an online auction for bidders who may not be able to attend the party on April 20th. Be sure to check out the exciting items up for bid!

Meanwhile, our YPAB hosted a fundraising happy hour and our loyal supporters at St. Norbert’s are celebrating Bethesda Project with a raffle of their own

Our staff, guests, and volunteers have likewise been partying in their own ways! The OBP Talent Show held by our Drexel Nursing students brought on a ton of fun and a lot of showing off! And we celebrated the excellent work of our Employees of the Month at our semi-annual luncheon, with special guests Wes Payne and Father Domenic.

Join in the celebration in support of our life-changing mission.

See you there!

Tina Pagotto, CEO
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On March 8th, our YPAB hosted a great Happy Hour at The Black Sheep to celebrate the culmination of their winter fundraiser!

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Exciting News

Bethesda Project is excited to announce that John McNichol has been named Honorary Chair of our 20th Annual Party & Auction!

As President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA), John McNichol serves as co-chair of the Chronic Street Homelessness subcommittee of the Mayor’s Shared Public Spaces Work Group, making him an ideal candidate for this position.

“Mr. McNichol was the obvious choice for Honorary Chair of our 20th Party & Auction,” remarked Bethesda Project CEO Tina Pagotto. “This is the perfect way to celebrate Mr. McNichol’s dedication to solving issues surrounding homelessness within our community. We are so honored to have him join in our efforts to raise funds that directly support the life-changing work we do at Bethesda Project.”

In addition to honoring Mr. McNichol, Bethesda Project will be presenting its inaugural Champion of Change award to the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) of Philadelphia. For over 15 years, BOMA has been providing diversified support to the organization. Kathy Wilkins and Deanna Ballinger of BOMA will be accepting the award on behalf of the organization and a special ticket rate is being extended to all BOMA members.
“For many, Bethesda Project provides the means necessary to take the first steps towards a new, healthy, self-sufficient life,” states Kristine Kiphorn, Executive Director of BOMA Philadelphia. “We pledge our continued support to this remarkable organization and applaud the work of the terrific Bethesda Project team, as we stand together to improve the environment and shared spaces where we all live, work and play.”
Bethesda Project’s 20th Annual Party & Auction features Karen Hepp and Bob Kelly of Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia. It will be a night filled with delicious food and drinks, an exciting online silent auction, live music provided by the talented students of the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with the 2008 World Series Trophy and special guest, the Philly Phanatic. Visit for tickets.
Each year more than 25,000 children age out of the foster care system

  • Half will complete high school
  • 1 in 5 will be homeless

If you have questions or comments regarding the Soul Food column, please contact Tony MedwidMission Development Facilitator, for additional information.
John Shuey

John Shuey has been volunteering with Bethesda Project since August 2016 and has already logged 185.10 hours of volunteering!! John has helped complete administrative tasks and has volunteered to impress guests, residents and staff members with his Bingo calling skills.

It is in the kitchen of Our Brothers' Place shelter, however, where John truly shines! John’s true passion is good nutrition and  he strives to provide that to the guests and residents of Bethesda Project. He can be found every Friday preparing and serving breakfast and lunch to the gentlemen of OBP.

"I really enjoy preparing and serving food to people in my life so serving meals for the men at OBP seemed like a great extension of that," remarks John. "Volunteering with Bethesda Project is important to me because it allows me to use the advantages I was given to help others who are not as fortunate." 

John will begin delivering produce to other Bethesda Project sites so all residents can partake in the bounty! Along with bringing the produce to all sites, John will be cooking healthy meals for the men of Bethesda Bainbridge after he gets done with his Friday deliveries.

Community Corner

Fill the Gap Raffle at St. Norbert

The St. Norbert community has been a long-time partner and friend to Bethesda Project, and we look forward to their continued assistance in the life-changing work we take on every day.

The Fill the Gap Cash Raffle at St. Norbert will be drawn on March 31st. All online raffle ticket purchases will be included in the drawing.  Ticket holders need not be present to win. 

Tickets will also be available for purchase via cash or check (payable to "Bethesda Project") at St. Norbert Church after all Masses during the weekends of  March 18 - 19th & March 25 - 26th.

A big thank you to Board Member Marie Martino for taking on this fundraiser and, of course, our endless gratitude goes out to all parishoners of St. Norbert!

Talent Show at OBP!

The volunteer nurses from Drexel University hosted a talent show at Our Brothers' Place on the last day of their service semester. OBP guests and residents had a grand time show-casing their interests and skills. The talent show was a great way for the OBP community to celebrate itself, and maybe show-off just a bit!

Arcade's Story

Arcade began staying at Bethesda Project’s Our Brothers' Place (OBP) shelter in January 2015 and got right to work achieving his goals. After establishing a steady income, Arcade moved into permanent housing at Bethesda Project's North Broad site in February of 2016 and worked hard to adapt to a new, independent lifestyle where he provided and budgeted for his own meals. Before the year was up, Arcade had adjusted his budgeting skills and was even able to open a savings account! This past January, he reconnected with his family in West Philly and  began pursuing his passion for boxing with a professional trainer in New York City.

What's next for Arcade? He's always looking toward his bright, bright future! Arcade has some top priorities for 2017 -- he is determined to:

1) becoming a better boxer
2) get his driver’s license 
3) secure his own apartment.

For Arcade's full story visit our Family Stories page




In its 20th year, Bethesda Project's 2017 Party & Auction is not to be outdone! We're back at our old stomping ground--the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park--where the Phillies are hosting yet another amazing evening for Bethesda Project!  We're also excited to welcome back Bob Kelly & Karen Hepp of Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia for a fun night of great food, drinks, raffle and auction opportunities and lots of dancing to music by seriously talented students from the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush.

 Check out our sponsors and take a look at our online auction!

Did we mention how excited we are to have John McNichol as our Honorary Chair and to be giving BOMA Philadelphia our new Champion of Change Award at this year's party?



Join us as we pedal away our winter blues and support Bethesda Project at the annual Taxing Metric Century Bike Ride! Cyclists are invited to explore the unspoiled beauty of Warwick and French Creek Parks and visit Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site as well as quaint Saint Peters Village.

Enjoy plenty of water and snack stops stocked with baked goods and fruit as you pedal for a purpose down any of the 35, 50, or 100 km route options. Grab homemade soups for lunch and top off the day knowing you helped support Bethesda Project's life-saving work!

For more information and to register,
click here.

For a look at some of the other great events we have coming up in 2017, visit us online!

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