2019 Philadelphia World Heritage City Celebration

Join us for the fourth annual World Heritage City Celebration

September 5, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Crystal Tea Room
100 E Penn Sq., Philadelphia, PA 19107

>> Click here to purchase tickets. <<

Philadelphia's designation as a World Heritage City (the first in the United States) connects us to a community of 280 other World Heritage Cities across the globe. Together, we will be celebrating our unique heritages and common bonds by marking World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day on September 5th.

You're invited to join us for our annual celebratory dinner, a festive evening with an energizing lineup of live entertainment, networking with international guests and distinguished leaders from throughout the Philadelphia region, and a nationally renowned keynote speaker.

Join us as we welcome our esteemed honoree and keynote speaker, Vernon Odom, broadcast pioneer. 

Vernon Odom has been with WPVI-TV/6abc in Philadelphia for more than 40 years, covering an endless list of major news stories, including all the presidential campaigns since 1976.

Odom has reported from Latin America, Europe, and Africa, most notably the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the unbanning of the ANC in 1990; later the first free election in South Africa in 1994, the U.S. invasion of Somalia in 1992 and Glasnost in the Soviet Union in 1986.

He joined the Action News team after working as an anchor, reporter, and talk show host for the ABC affiliate in Atlanta for 6 years, where he had covered various phases of the civil rights movement in the south, and the early political campaigns of such eventual national figures as Jimmy Carter, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, and Maynard Jackson.

Don’t miss your chance to meet this living legacy! Click here to view highlights from his 42 years of extraordinary career. 

This event attracts more than 500 guests from regional businesses, organizations, and internationally-minded benefactors. Click here for highlights from last year's event.

Sponsorship opportunities

More than 60 businesses, organizations, and internationally-minded benefactors supported last year’s World Heritage Celebration. You now have the opportunity to join them.  

By becoming a sponsor, you will be taking part in a unique occasion – one that will be celebrated both here and around the world – while also supporting Philadelphia’s World Heritage City project.

Sponsor benefits include:

  • Company/organization logo recognition on invitation, program, website, and event signage
  • Tickets to the World Heritage Celebration reception and dinner
  • Opportunity to include company/organization material in gift bag distributed to all guests
  • Photo opportunities with VIP guests

And more!

>> Download our full sponsorship invitation here.<<

For more information, contact Global Philadelphia Association Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh at [email protected] or 215-563-2482.



Tickets are $350 for an individual and $600 for a couple. 

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World Heritage Celebration Committee: 

Jennifer Rodriguez, President & CEO at Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Guaracino, President & CEO at Visit Philadelphia

Patricia Wilson Aden, African American Museum
Brooke Davis Anderson, PA Academy of Fine Arts
Hilda Bacon, Build the Future Collaborative
Reese and Attiyah Blair, Deloitte LLP
David Boardman, Temple University
Ann and David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania
Chris Bruner, Ernst & Young LLP
Jeffrey Cooper, University of Pennsylvania
Karin Copeland, Create X Change
Hai-Lung Dai, Temple University
Father Peter Donohue, Villanova University
Barry and Anne Eiswerth, Global Philadelphia Association
Pier Forlano, Italian Consulate
Ken and Tammie Fulmer, Urban Engineers
Alan and Greta Greenberger, Drexel University
Hernán Guaracao, Al Día News Media
Niki Hawkins, 6abc
Stephen Highsmith, Cabrini University
Randall Jefferson, Tone and Tenor
Kenny Johnson, Philadelphia Phillies

Jabari Jones, West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative
Sam and Connie Katz, History Making Productions
Jazmin and David Kron, Wells Fargo
Margaret Kuo, Margaret Kuo Restaurants
Kelly Lee, City of Philadelphia
David Lipson, Philadelphia Magazine
Chris Matthews, MSNBC
Karen and Robert J. McNeill, Jr., Deloitte LLP
Pat Murdock, American Bible Society
Anne Papageorge, University of Pennsylvania
Bernie Prazenica, 6abc
Edward G. Rendell
Marilyn Russell, WOGL
Dianne Semingson, DLS International
John and Susan Smith, Global Philadelphia Association
Ali Velshi, MSNBC
Jeremiah White, White Sport Ventures
Carol Wong, Chinatown Learning Center
Harold and Linda Yaffe, The Dental Spa

(As of July 22, 2019)


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(As of August 15, 2019)