Neighborhood Chatter: South Philly church set to celebrate 125 years

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By Bill Gelman

St. Casimir’s Lithuanian Church, 324 Wharton St., is celebrating a biggie — its 125th anniversary. There is a special celebration planned for Sunday, April 15, at the church. The day will begin with a Holy Mass at 11 a.m. A champagne brunch will take place immediately following Mass at the IATSE Ballroom, 2401 S. Swanson St. The cost is $35 per person, and includes a breakfast buffet, with eggs made to order, Belgian waffle station and lunch entrees. To reserve tickets, contact Liz Aros, 215–465–3440, or Marge Petronis, 215–462–0464.

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The Passyunk Square Civic Association is seeking artists for its 7th annual art auction fundraiser taking place Friday, April 27, from 7–10 p.m. Artists can donate work while helping keep the neighborhood beautiful and safe. All forms of media are welcome. Submissions are due by Friday, March 9. For more information, visit facebook.com/passyunksquare.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2329 S. 3rd St., is hosting its first-ever O’Italian Bistro Night on Saturday (March 3) from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Carmine Yusko will provide live entertainment. Tickets are $20, and available at OLMC parish services office. Call 215–334–7766.

Building off of the excitement around the team’s first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Eagles Autism Challenge is offering a new matching gift promotion to new and existing bike registrants, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Appropriately named the World Champion Cycling Matching Gift Drive, a $25,000 donation will be extended to Eagles Autism Challenge bike riders where all online donations raised by participants will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to the fundraising minimum. For example, if a donor makes a $100 donation to a participant’s Eagles Autism Challenge fundraising page, the matching gift will donate a match of $100 to his or her account. The promotion began on Monday, and will end once the matching gift funds are exhausted.

“This very generous donation has been made possible thanks in part to a lifelong Eagles fan,” said Ryan Hammond, Eagles Autism Challenge executive director. “It is now the third matching gift that has been extended to participants, with the first $25,000 donation being matched within a day and the $50,000 matching gift hitting its mark within a week leading up to kickoff of Super Bowl LII.”

The Eagles Autism Challenge, to be held on May 19 at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, is an annual landmark cycling and 5K run/walk fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for innovative research and programs to help unlock the mystery of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The event features the Junior Hoagie 15-mile, Shorti Hoagie 30-mile and Classic Hoagie 50-mile cycling routes, along with a family-friendly 5K run/walk. All routes begin and end at Lincoln Financial Field, with the finish line taking place at the 50-yard line. One hundred percent of participant-raised funds will be directed to autism research and programs at three nationally recognized research institutions — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. For more information, visit eaglesautismchallenge.org/challenge.

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