2018 Philadelphia World Heritage City Celebration

Global Philadelphia Association is pleased to announce our
third annual World Heritage City Celebration!

In honor of Philadelphia, our nation’s first World Heritage City, we celebrate in solidarity with 280 World Heritage Cities across the globe in support of the work being done to carry out Philadelphia’s World Heritage Strategic Plan.

September 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Keynote speaker:

Michael Smerconish, SiriusXM and CNN Host

Honorary co-chair for the World Heritage Celebration:

Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Celebration co-chairs:

John Fry, President, Drexel University
Dianne Semmingson, President and CEO, DLS International

Honored guests:

Representatives of other World Heritage Cities being invited

Celebration sponsors*: 

Media partners:


Presenting sponsor:


World Heritage Sponsors:


Heritage Sponsors:


Community Sponsors:


Patron Sponsors:


World Heritage Celebration Committee:

Ann and David Brownlee
Chellie Cameron
Jeffrey Cooper and Nancy Klaus
Father Peter Donohue
Barry and Anne Eiswerth
Anne C. Ewers
Ken Fulmer
Jeff Guaracino
Jazmin and David Kron
Kelly Lee
David Lipson

Karen and Robert J. McNeill, Jr.
Edward G. Rendell
David Seltzer
Jay H. Shah
John and Susan Smith
Blane and Celia Stoddart
Ali Velshi
Nicole Allen White
Harold and Linda Yaffe
Joseph S. and Renée Zuritsky

Sponsorship opportunities:

Click here to download our sponsorship invitation for details on opportunities to support this event. 

Contact Zabeth Teelucksingh at [email protected] or 215-563-2482 to discuss sponsorship details.

*All sponsors and partners listed above are as July 17, 2018.


Tickets are $350 for an individual and $600 for a couple. Tickets can be purchased below.

NOTE: If purchasing tickets for a couple, please include your guest's name where noted during the checkout process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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Click here to view a recap from last year's event. 

The Organization of the World Heritage Cities (OWHC) was created on September 8, 1993, in Fez (Marocco). In commemoration of this big event, September 8 was declared “Solidarity Day of the World Heritage Cities” and all these cities are welcomed to commemorate it every year by organizing different activities that aim at highlighting their uniqueness.

The OWHC urges the administration of each member city to take advantage of this day to stress the important responsibility of the city to protect as well as promote the world heritage and especially the privilege of having a part of that heritage in their city.

We celebrated in solidarity with 280 World Heritage Cities across the globe in support of the work being done to carry out Philadelphia’s World Heritage Strategic Plan: