How often do you take the time to thank the people in your community who risk their lives every day to ensure your safety and comfort? Recently, Pyramid Club in Philadelphia hosted the inaugural "Heroes Among Us 2013" to do just that. It was a local event honoring community leaders and benefitting the families of fallen police officers.
Heroes Among Us paid tribute to the brave men and women of the police department who continuously risk their lives to protect the city of Philadelphia, as well as remembered the 280 local officers who were injured or killed in the line of duty. Following a cocktail reception and dinner, an awards ceremony took place where Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey presented the Community Hero Award to David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, for his significant contributions, extraordinary leadership and commitment to helping the community.
$108,000 was raised for the Survivor’s Fund, which provides financial support and assistance the families of those Philadelphia police officers injured or killed.
Thank you to everyone who continues to risk their lives for their community.
A couple months ago, when General Manager Ben Baskin and Member Relations Director Megan Anthony were brainstorming about new and original events for the Members at Pyramid Club, they came up with the idea for a "Dinner with the General Manager and Chef" on August 8, 2012.
An exquisite business club in Center City Philadelphia, ClubCorp's Pyramid Club offers its' members a fun-filled calendar full of happy hours, mixers and ballroom dancing. Baskin and Anthony weren't sure how many Members would be able to attend the dinner and both were pleasantly surprised at the event's success.
Executive Chef Scott Dalesandro prepared a limited menu with paired wines and gave a description of and answered questions about each of the four courses as they came out. Dalesandro and Baskin sat at the head of the large square table with the 15 Members in attendance.
Like any quality family dinner, during the two-and-a-half-hour dinner everyone had the opportunity to tell their story, how long they've been with the Club and a little bit about themselves. Baskin bought everyone cocktails, briefed the group on exciting upcoming events and asked for suggestions on how the club could become better. At the end, the dinner party gave Chef Dalesandro and Baskin an appreciative round of applause.
A second Dinner with the Staff at Pyramid Club is in the works for the upcoming months.
Across the more than 150 clubs of ClubCorp, Employee Partners and members are constantly teaming up to give time, raise money and create awareness for local charities. Whether it's events held at the clubs, like the Charity Classic or First Tee events, or getting out into the community, giving back is a hallmark of a ClubCorp Club.
As an example, several members of the Young Executive Committee at Pyramid Club in Philadelphia recently volunteered at the local Ronald McDonald House where they cooked spaghetti dinners for the families staying there. The Young Executives were overwhelmed at how thankful the families were, with one woman even commenting that the spaghetti was “the best she’d ever tasted!” One of the members joked back that she must not have had spaghetti in awhile.
Pyramid Club Member Relations Director Megan Anthony volunteered and says that the night was both fun and very rewarding, adding, “It was a pleasure to be a part of the event.”