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2022 Annual Impact Report: Keeping Philly Youth Brilliant & Resilient

With the recent release of this year’s 2021-2022 Impact Report, we’re reflecting on some of the highlights of our efforts this past year. 

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Maggie Place

Meet Maggie Place, current chair of our Strategic Operations committee and next year’s President, a singer and performer who loves all that Philadelphia’s outdoors has to offer.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Brianna Westbrooks

Meet Brianna Westbrooks, member of our Strategic Operations and DEI committees, a fan of Philadelphia icons Patti LaBelle and Green Line Cafe who would describe Philadelphia in three words as diverse, gritty, and proud.

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Finding the Right Fit for Non-Profit Board Service

Maggie Place, Chair, Strategic Operations Committee, (and current President-Elect!) shares her perspective on identifying the right board and volunteer service opportunities.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Libby Ellman

Meet Libby Ellman, first-year member of our board on our Communications and Spruce Council committees, an avid reader and fan of the Gayborhood’s Graffiti Bar who finds inspiration in her fellow young leaders at Spruce making a big impact.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Brian Balduzzi

Meet Brian Balduzzi, Vice Chair of our Development Committee, a self-proclaimed foodie, board game lover, and former member of the American Theatre Critics Association which bestows the prestigious Tony Award for Regional Theatre.

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The History & Impact of Our Night Out

Jake Maroney, committee member for DVLF’s Our Night Out, a monthly event for the LGBTQ+ community to network and raise money, shares the history of ONO and details on their upcoming event.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Zara Waters

Meet Zara Waters, our Communications Committee Vice Chair who’s passionate about Philadelphia’s food scene, the arts, and advocating for resources and access for the city’s youth.

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Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Mary Pat Wixted

Learn more about our Events Committee Vice Chair Mary Pat Wixted, a mom of two and avid tea drinker in her fourth and final year on the Spruce Board.

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Cooking for a Cause — Recap

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Campbell’s Soup Company’s Chef Gerald Drummond joined us for a virtual cooking event to raise money in support of Spruce’s mission to provide grants to youth-serving nonprofits.

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