Penn Treaty Special Services District To Award Over $42,000
In Grants and Sponsorships at the February 2017 Meeting

PHILADELPHIA –January 23, 2017 – The Penn Treaty Special Services District (Penn Treaty SSD) is proud to announce Grants and Sponsorships to the following recipients:

  1. Sister Cities GirlChoir$25,000 to support the Saturday GirlChoir program held at the First Presbyterian Church of Kensington.
  2. Friends of Adaire$3,500 to support their Spring Benefit Concert led by Andrew Lipke, of Get The Led Out on May 18, 2017.
  3. CEIBA – $3,500 — to support free tax preparation, financial literacy, and health insurance counseling for low to moderate income families.
  4. The Halide Project$3,500 to support “Of Metal and Light”, a free educational photography exhibit of contemporary chemistry-based practices at the Gravy Studio Gallery in March 2017.
  5. Ibrahim Youth Scholars $3,150 to support T.E.M., Cancer and Epilepsy Awareness workshops at the Northern Liberties Recreation Center for high school aged children.
  6. Peter the Apostle School — $3,500 to support the costs of this year’s eighth grade class trip and yearbook.

The awards will be presented at the February 15, 2017 meeting.

The Penn Treaty SSD, incorporated in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for residents of the immediate neighborhoods surrounding SugarHouse Casino—including Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond and Northern Liberties.

Funding — which to date has totaled more than $3.7 million — is provided by SugarHouse Casino through an annual donation. Allocation of funds is determined exclusively by the Penn Treaty SSD Board through a grant request form and a review process.

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About Penn Treaty Special Services District
The Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) is a nonprofit organization formed by volunteers from the four neighborhoods named in the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) reached with SugarHouse Casino in 2009. Contact: Katrina Mansfield, Secretary (215-574-9274) or See also

About Sister Cities GirlChoir
Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) empowers girls by building resilience, leadership, mastery and connection through a comprehensive choral training academy that invests in the unique potential of adolescent girls to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and transform their communities.  The program is research-based, and although a music program is an uncommon girl empowerment tool, SCG is modeled on the powerful impact that investments in the lives of girls make for a city block, a neighborhood, a city….for the world.
Contact: Alysia Lee at

About Friends of Adaire
Parents, educators, and community members whose mission is to enrich the education of Alexander Adaire’s
K–8 school students by providing additional resources and support.
Contact: Kate Hughes at

About Ceiba
Ceiba promotes the economic development and financial inclusion of Philadelphia’s Latino community through collaborations and advocacy aimed at ensuring their access to quality housing.
Contact: Will Gonzalez at

About The Halide Project
The Halide Project was created in 2015 to promote the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative photographic processes. Founded in Philadelphia but maintaining a global outlook, prospective programming includes photographic exhibits, workshops, community workspace(s), and an artist residency focusing on film and alternative process photography.
Contact: Alexandra Orgera at

About Ibrahim Youth Scholars
IYS seeks to educate our youth on how to look at education outside the box while showing the importance of volunteering in the community .
Contact: Eritrea Abdul-hadi at

About St. Peter the Apostle School
St. Peter the Apostle School has proudly served the children of Northern Liberties and Fishtown since 1848! Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students are educated in a close-knit community that combines academic excellence with traditional Catholic values. Our core curriculum integrates intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and physical elements as we strive to realize the potential of each child.
Contact: Sister Rose Federici at



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