Preview for 2026

Second Annual Countdown to the 250th

Event Details
December 6, 2023 • 6 – 9 PM
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street

Brand Circle


Join the official countdown to the 250th anniversary of the nation in 2026!  

We’re another year closer to Philly’s next BIG moment and you’re invited to celebrate our city’s unique role in this historic event.

See what’s in store for the 250th in Philadelphia with 250th-themed performances, Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate, Oyewumi Oyeniyi, and the Philadelphia Ballet.

Celebrate organizations with milestone anniversaries in 2023 and 2024, the first public debut of the Declaration Station prototypes, and experience the magic of Philadelphia’s rich musical heritage with an unforgettable hour of entertainment by famous names and emerging artists, showcasing the music that shapes our City’s past, present, and future – produced and presented by the Philadelphia Music Heritage Council, a legacy project of PHILADELPHIA250.

Let the sounds and the sights of Philadelphia entertain you as we eagerly anticipate the city’s momentous 250th anniversary!

Event Chairs
Bridgett Battles, Jefferson Health
Carol de Fries, Senior Advisor, Econsult Solutions, Inc.
Ken Trujillo, Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Countdown Committee 
Noel Abejo, Wells Fargo
Michael E Adler, Esq., Law Office of Michael E. Adler
Darwin Beauvais, Esq., Obermayer
Jeff Friedman,
Romona Riscoe Benson, PECO, An Exelon Company
Dawn Maglicco Deitch, University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan A. Grode, Esq., Green and Spiegel US LLC
Christina Kerrigan, PECO
Jabari K. Jones,  West Philadelphia Commercial Collaborative
David Meron
Kate Milicia, MANNA
Frank Robinson, Econsult Solutions,  Inc.

President and CEO
Danielle DiLeo Kim 

CEO250 Advisory Group
Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Jami Wintz McKeon, Michael Nutter,
Denise Portner, David Seltzer, and Richard Vague



Individual Ticket ($150)

Nonprofit Ticket ($95)
(individuals representing organizations with budgets less than $1.5M)

Young Leader Ticket ($75)
(young leaders under 30, limited inventory, register early)

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Thank You to Our Sponsors
(as of November 27)


Sponsorship Opportunities

New this year, sponsors at all levels will receive special recognition at the Countdown if you are celebrating a milestone anniversary.

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Gold ($5,000)

Sponsors can select exclusive and customized opportunities described below:

Exclusive recognition with a specific 250th activity featured at the Countdown and a customized, pre-Countdown video to promote your role in the 250th on social media

Select one of the following activities for exclusive recognition

  • 250th Program Previews – mini- performances planned for the 250th
  • The Declaration Station – PHILADELPHIA250’s mobile civic engagement experience
  • Legacy Showcase – projects with ongoing benefit to the City consistent with founding values
  • Milestone Anniversary Celebration
  • Why the 250th Matters Video ($10,000 opportunity with ongoing recognition)


  • Pre- and Post- Event Recognition – invitation and media
  • 8 Event Tickets
  • Event Recognition
  • Premier 250 Club Membership – recognition, invitational programs and discounts for 3 years

Silver ($2,500)

  • 4 Event Tickets
  • Event Recognition
  • Pre- and Post- Event Recognition – invitation and media
  • Premier 250 Club Membership – recognition, invitational programs and discounts for 3 years

Red ($1,000)

  • 2 Event Tickets
  • Event Recognition
  • Recognition on invitation
  • 250 Club Membership – recognition, invitational programs and discounts in 2024

White ($500)

  • 2 Event Tickets
  • Event Recognition

Blue ($250)

  • 1 Event Ticket
  • Event Recognition

Please contact Debbie Buchwald for additional sponsorship information.

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