News Release
 

September 28, 2009

CONTACT: Kim Guenther
(215) 662-6183
kim.guenther@uphs.upenn.edu

ON-SITE: Andrea McLean
(484) 744-9010 andrea.mclean@uphs.upenn.edu


Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System

Invitation to Cover: Warrington’s New Melting Pot Opens

Donations to Benefit Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s Camp Erin - Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – On September 30, Kevin and Jenny O’Leary are opening the area’s newest Melting Pot in Warrington, PA. The night before, they are having an exclusive opening to benefit a favorite local charity: Camp Erin – Philadelphia. Guests are invited to sample the restaurant’s fine, fondue cuisine and are encouraged to make a donation to the camp. There will also be an auction to benefit Camp Erin - Philadelphia, with generous prizes donated by The Melting Pot, Estée Lauder, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The only overnight bereavement camp of its kind in the area, Penn Wissahickon Hospice’s Camp Erin - Philadelphia hosted 85 grieving children at its third camp in May 2009.  The camp is offered to grieving children aged 6-17 free of charge, thanks to the partnership between The Moyer Foundation (founded by Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen), Diamond Ridge Camps of Jamison, PA, and Penn Wissahickon Hospice, as well as through the generosity of donors like The Melting Pot. At the camp, children enjoy traditional, fun camp activities as well as opportunities to remember their loved ones and meet other children who have had similar experiences.

WHERE:

The Melting Pot
751 Easton Road
Warrington, PA 18976

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
5 PM to 9 PM
Media are welcome to interview the restaurant owners and Camp Erin – Philadelphia staff and to film b-roll.

WHO:

  • Phillie Phanatic (from 5: 00pm – 5:30pm)
  • Elizabeth Alexander, RN, MS, Director, Wissahickon Hospice
  • Elise Gaul, MS, LPC, Director, Camp Erin - Philadelphia
  • Jenny and Kevin O’Leary, Co-owners of The Melting Pot, Warrington
  • Charlie LaRosa, Co-owner of The Melting Pot, Warrington

For more information about Camp Erin, contact Andrea McLean or visit PennMedicine.org/camperin.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.


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