2018 Philadelphia World Heritage City Celebration

2018 World Heritage City Celebration – Recap

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On September 13, 2018, at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, we hosted our third annual World Heritage City Celebration. This event helps us invest in the opportunities to carry out the World Heritage City Strategic Plan, focused on four significant missions, each of which will help our city realize its incredible potential. Click here to learn more about our World Heritage Project Missions.

This festive evening included networking, dinner, live entertainment, and a special keynote address from Michael Smerconish, SiriusXM and CNN Host. 

More than 500 community leaders from regional businesses and organizations, and internationally-minded benefactors, attended the event. 

Thank you to all who attended and supported our event!


Honorary co-chair for the World Heritage Celebration:

Honorable Robert P. Casey, U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania
Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Celebration co-chairs:

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

Honored international guests:

Denis Ricard, Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC)

Dr. Manuel Monteiro de Pina, Mayor of the City of Cidade Velha, Cape Verde, and OWHC Board Member

Israel Nitzan, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Israel, New York

Mrs. Palma Costi, Councillor and Minister for Economic Development, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Italy


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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