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:

Ode to JoyRide: In Memory of Lewis Smith, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Join us for the third annual Ode to JoyRide. This is a ride for the whole family to enjoy. Choose from: a 25-mile route that tours Fairmount Park via the Wissahickon Gorge and scenic MLK Drive, and turns around near the Philadelphia Museum of Art; a 10-mile route for our intermediate riders; or a 5-mile “fun ride” that heads to Valley Green Inn and back. All routes start and end near The Cedar’s House at Northwestern Avenue. Rest stops along the way, t-shirts and other goodies (while supplies last) and activities will make this a memorable event!


Thank you to our sponsors: Wilmington Trust Co., Andrea Smith & Family, M, Via Bicycle Inc., Philly Office Retail, Digital Innovations, Resource Real Estate, Valley Green Bank, Vinylux, Equal Exchange, and the Cedar’s House. Please contact if you’d like to sponsor.

To find out more information and register fill out a 2015 Registration Form and return it to the WSP Development Office,
About the Ride
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.  Thank you to the entire Smith Family, all of our volunteers, riders, and our generous sponsors!

Holiday Fair & Craft Bazaar: November 20 & 21, 2015HoidayLogoOffering magical children’s activities, delicious home-made food, live music and a unique opportunity for holiday shopping from 30+ artisans:

Adorned by Aisha, Alex’s Art in Wood, AMH Textiles – Aud Frislid, Aryom, As the Crow Flies & Co., Camilla Limon, Cara Graver – The Cob Studio, Creative Craft House, croi+anam, Enchanted Woodcrafts, in good company, Kurt Walser Chocolates, L.S.-Drew Graphics, Laura K. Murdoch Fine Art, Lila Stuempfig, Lisa Hurwitz, Loretta Borko Art & Craft, Marisha Simons Designs, Mimi’s Designs, Parent Handmade, rabbits, feather & bone, Saffron Creations, Savons deLuxe, Sheila McKenna, Six Senses Clay Studio, Stitch Prism, Tadpole Creations, The African Hut, Tooth of the Lion Apothecary, Windrose Studio Creations, Wise Owl Shop, WSP 8th Grade Table

Our school store, The Whispering Wood, supplies the best local selection of handmade, natural toys.

Friday, November 21 from 6 – 10 pm: Adults only, FREE admission

Saturday, November 22 from 10 am – 5 pm: Adults $5, children under 14 FREE

This year we have another incredible Anna Ziegner quilt for raffle made with generous donations from Galbraith and Paul. Purchase your raffle tickets below!1 chance $5.00 USD5 chances $20.00 USD20 chances $50.00 USD


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

Quilt Raffle

PMQG-GroupshotEach 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.