Community Fundraising Events
Fundraising Events involve our entire school to pitch in. They contribute greatly to our financial goals and strengthen our relationships with one another as a group. Without the support of dedicated parents, family, friends and other volunteers, these events would not be possible – or so enjoyable!
Help make our school stronger, and join us as a donor, volunteer, committee member or participant in one of our upcoming events: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ode to JoyRide
Join us on Sunday, October 5, 2014 for the second annual Ode to JoyRide. This is a ride for the whole family to enjoy. Thank you to our sponsors: Wilmington Trust Co., Andrea Smith & Family, Agency M, Via Bicycle Inc., Philly Office Retail, Valley Green Bank, Vinylux, Fiorella Woodworking, mBody Chiropractic, Equal Exchange, Breakaway Bikes, and the Cedar's House. Please contact email@example.com if you'd like to sponsor.
Choose from a 25-mile route that tours Fairmount Park via the Wissahickon Gorge and scenic MLK Drive, and turns around at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Or a 5-mile “fun ride” that heads to Valley Green Inn and back. New this year is a 10-mile route for our intermediate riders, or those who want to push a little further. All routes start and end at Northwestern Avenue. Rest stops along the way, t-shirts and other goodies (while supplies last) and activities will make this a memorable event! The Ode to Joy Ride is The Waldorf School of Philadelphia's tribute to our friend Lewis, a man who did so much for, and meant so much to, our community.
A lover of the arts, Lewis often entertained his guests with his recitations of Shakespeare and Friedrich Schiller. He had a special love for Schiller's poem, Ode to Joy, which also comprises the final movement in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Lewis duPont Smith was a fun-loving lover of life. A true renaissance man, he was a passionate student of history, art, music, literature and philosophy. He was a teacher, political organizer and philanthropist, and sat on the boards of Vox Ama Deus and The Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Lewis was an active alumnus of Avon Old Farms, and a passionate advocate for Waldorf Education.
Our hope is to truly reflect Lewis' loving spirit in this important community fundraiser for our school's Annual Fund.
The first annual Ode to Joy Ride, held on Sunday, October 13, 2013, was enjoyed by our entire school community – students, parents, neighbors, teachers, and alumni. For photos of the ride visit our Facebook page. Thank you to the entire Smith Family, all of our volunteers, riders, and our generous sponsors!
Holiday Fair & Craft Bazaar: November 21 & 22, 2014
NOTE: Spots are filling quickly - apply now to vend! Interested in becoming a vendor at our Fair? The cost is $125 with early registration discounts up to September 15. Complete and return the Artisan Application by November 1, 2014.
Held each November on the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday, the annual Waldorf Holiday Fair & Craft Bazaar offers magical children's activities, delicious home-made food, live music and a unique opportunity for holiday shopping from juried artisans. Items include: ceramics, adult and children's clothing and accessories, gifts for the home, stationery and notebooks, mouthwatering hand-made chocolates, irresistible soaps and lotions, jewelry and more. Our school store, The Whispering Wood, supplies the best local selection of handmade, natural toys.
Spring Fundraising Event
Thank you for making the 2014 auction such a success!
Save-the-date for Saturday, May 30, 2015 for our next annual spring auction. It's going to be another great fundraising event. If you would like to become involved with the planning please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year in the Fall and Spring, we sell raffle tickets for a unique, beautifully crafted, hand-made quilt. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s very own Eurythmy teacher Anna Ziegner is well known for creating gorgeous quilts that are destined to become heirlooms. In several recent years, our school has also received generously donated quilts from other Philadelphia based quilters, including a “community quilt” made by the talented members of The Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild. Be sure to buy your tickets whenever you have the chance.