Please join us for our 12th Annual Celebration as we recognize individuals and organizations who work every day to bring Philadelphia’s parks to life.

The 12th Annual Centennial Celebration
May 2nd, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
100 North Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

6PM Reception and silent auction
7:30PM Dinner and awards program

At this year’s Centennial Celebration, we are thrilled to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and support for our beloved park system.

This year’s honorees include:

Corporate Stewardship:

Michael C. Carbone
Regional President
Metro PA/NJ Market, TD Bank

Civic Leadership:

David Montgomery
Chairman & former President, Philadelphia Phillies

The Centennial Awards are named after the historic 1876 Centennial Exhibition, which was hosted within the boundaries of Fairmount Park and welcomed more than ten million people, establishing Fairmount Park as an international destination. The Awards are presented annually to a Corporate Stewardship honoree and a Civic Leadership honoree.

John K. Binswanger Park Champion:

Michael Burch
Publisher, The Parkside Journal

The John Binswanger Park Champion Award was established in 2012 in honor of Fairmount Park Conservancy Founder and Chairman, John Binswanger. The award recognizes individuals who reflect Fairmount Park Conservancy’s purpose to “champion” Philadelphia’s Parks and who demonstrate leadership, generosity, and commitment to transform parks into extraordinary places for safe and healthy recreation. “Park Champions” serve as role models for our city’s youth and share in Fairmount Park Conservancy’s belief that parks can be catalysts for positive change in communities and that better parks make better neighborhoods and ultimately a great city. 


Cindy & John Affleck
Emily Bittenbender
Laura & William Buck

honorary co-chairs

Chris Matthews
Host of Hardball on MSNBC

Governor Edward G. Rendell


Scott Franzke
Official radio play-by-play announcer of the Philadelphia Phillies

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Through our unique public/private partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and park stewardship groups throughout the city, the Conservancy works each day to preserve Philadelphia’s green space, promote its cultural heritage, and transform the civic landscape of our city. Your support will directly contribute to our efforts to create and enhance parks that are catalysts for positive change in our city.