PGDG! Launch Party

On Thursday, November 7, we gathered in the barn at Bartram’s Garden to launch Philly Girls Do Good! The Blog. Maitreyi Roy, PGDG! member and Executive Director of the John Bartram Association, graciously hosted this innaugural gathering of the woman of PGDG! As guests arrived, Fatima Olivieri, Morgan Berman, and myself, Sophia Lee, mingled with the stars of the evening amidst an incredible spread of food and spirit! Danielle DiLeo Kim and Sylvia Palms gave us bloggers a brief introduction to the group, after which we had a chance to meet a few more of the women.  

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Philly Girls Do Good! Launch Party

Sylvia then gave a beautiful speech describing her reasons not only for why she and Danielle began the Philly Girls Do Good! initiative, but also why she decided to start Locus Partners with Danielle. From the very beginning, they wanted their partnership to encompass urban design that transforms and ameliorates communities. They were especially inspired by the women of Philadelphia improving our urban space and Doing Good. So they thought, why not give these women a platform where they could share their stories and inspire a broader audience? And thus, Philly Girls Do Good! was born.

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At this inaugural gathering of PGDG! women, Danielle and Sylvia immediately established the collaborative nature of Philly Girls Do Good! with an activity. On sheets of colorful paper, they had each of the women write down two suggestions: something they could Give or Do for PGDG! and something they’d like to Receive from PGDG! These pages were then hung from a cord ala "prayer flag"—to put them out there. Please stay tuned for our next blog entry where we plan to share the suggestions that were collected! 

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The highlight of our evening was a performance by Nyree Jauhar of the band “Lucid Dreamers.” Nyree is part of Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit that teaches girls to be rockstars!


Big thanks to Ann Karlen of Fair Food Philly for putting together a beautiful plate of local cheeses and seasonal fruit. And special thanks to Natalie Dohrmann for her wonderful photo coverage of the evening.