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PFP Families Ring in 2017

IMG_7473Dozens of PFP families celebrated the New Year on MONDAY, JANUARY 2ND at Congregation Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood. Many attendees wore pajamas, both kids and adults! (Group photo below.)

The potluck food was once again very delicious. Some dishes were barely uncovered before they were gobbled up by hungry attendees. Favorites included homemade waffles, muffins and breakfast casseroles as well as the yogurt and granola bar provided by PFP board member Gina Cline.

For our SERVICE PROJECT this year, we asked folks to bring kids' DVDs that we donated to the video library at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We also created drawings for the residents of the John C. Anderson Apartments for LGBT elders.

ENTERTAINMENT this year was a borrowed set of the Imagination Playground (pictured) courtesy of The Play Cafe in Ardmore. Kids and adults had a lot of fun building castles, ball tracks, cars and more.

We also held a SILENT AUCTION to raise money for PFP for 2017 during the event. Thanks to all the businesses and organizations who donated items for the auction.

Finally, this event was also our annual membership meeting where we held ELECTIONS to vote in our board members for 2017 (see article below).

Thank you to everyone who attended!


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New Members Join Expanded Board for 2017
newboardPFP expanded our board of directors for 2017 from 10 to 16 members at a meeting in late December. The new board was elected at the group's annual New Year's Day Brunch at Congregation Mishkan Shalom on January 2. The new board held its first meeting on January 29 and discussed plans for the year. (See photo)

Kelly Durand is in her second year as Board Chair. Vice-Chair Sandra Telep in her fourth year in that role

All of the 2016 board members carried over into 2017 including Gina Cline, who will now be the group's Secretary, Sandy DiBerardino who will remain as Treasurer and commitee chairs Gregory Hedler (Membership) and Paula Estornell (Education and Advocacy). Other board members staying on will be in "Member at Large" slots, including Bryan Berchok, Gregory Yorgey-Girdy, Joel Nichols, and Nijah Newton-Famous.

The board has six new members for this year: Phyllis Chamberlain, Events Planning Committee Chair, Terinae Holland, Fundraising Committee Chair and Members at Large Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Angel Brice, Ruby Augustus and Tariem Burroughs.

"With 100% retention from 2016 and more people interested in joining the board, we wanted to expand the number of board members. This will also allow PFP to hold more events and reach more LGBTQ parent communities in 2017," commented Board Chair Kelly Durand.

Member Milestone
Congrats to PFP Board Member Bryan Berchok and his husband John Ferraro on their 23rd anniversary on January 2nd. They live in Perkasie, PA with their 12 year-old son Shawn. Bryan has been on the PFP Board since 2013.
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If you have a milestone that you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at


smithplayhouseThursday, February 2: PFP is proud to sponsor the March Against Discrimination taking place in Philadelphia from 6-8:30pm. The march will go from the Fox29 studio on Market Street to City Hall. 

Sunday, February 5: Get together with PFP families with babies and toddlers and little kids up to 5 years old at the Smith Playhouse in Fairmount Park from 10am-12pm.

Saturday, February 25: PFP will have a table at the upcoming LGBTQ Women's Expo at the William Way Center. More info.

Sunday, February 26: Meet up with other LGBTQ families at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Tickets are $10.95/person and include the new Frogs exhibit. RSVP

Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21: Annual Great Wolf Lodge Trip. More details on our web site.

More events will be added to the calendar soon. Stay tuned!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Black History Month Books for Kids

While learning about the history of black and brown people shouldn't just be relegated to one month a year, PFP wanted to take this opportunity to offer some book lists, an upcoming event and a couple of new books for Black History Month.

First, be sure to check out The 25th Annual African-American Children's Book Fair this Saturday, February 4th at the Community College of Philadelphia from 1-4pm. The fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African American children's books in the country. On average, over 3,500 people from across the nation attend.

lilliansNow for some relevant book lists:

Brown Sugar & Spice Books Elementary School Collection

Free Library of Philadelphia: Black Lives Matter, Elementary School

Free Library of Philadelphia: Martin Luther King, Books for Children

GoodReads Civil Rights Books for Children

GoodReads Picture Books for Black History Month

See below for a couple of books that are new. If you have other favorites, please join our Facebook group and make your suggestions to this list on there.

March 2March by John Lewis
March, a graphic novel trilogy, is a vivid first-hand account of Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

youngestmarcherThe Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, by Cynthia Levinson
Audrey was just 9 years old in 1963, during the civil rights protests in Birmingham, Ala., but that didn’t stop her from standing up and speaking out against racial segregation. Learn how her confidence and bravery made a difference.

Finally, if you plan to purchase these books, please consider doing so locally at bookstores such as Bindlestiff or Big Blue Marble. If you order on Amazon, please select Philadelphia Family Pride as your Amazon Smile organization. Thank you!


Philadelphia Family Pride
2017 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy DiBerardino, Treasurer

Gina Cline, Secretary

Paula Estornell, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Terinae Holland, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Phyllis Chamberlain, Event Planning Committee Chair

Members-at-Large: Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Angel Brice, Bryan Berchok, Gregory Yorgey-Girdy, Joel Nichols, Nijah Newton-Famous, Ruby Augustus, Tariem Burroughs.

Suggestions for what else we should include in our newsletter? Want to sponsor our next issue?


Contact Stephanie Haynes, PFP Community Coordinator at



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