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MAY 2016
Great Wolf Lodge Trip a Huge Success
pizzaplacePFP hosted our largest-ever group at Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos the weekend of May 14-15. Eighteen families traveled to Scotrun, PA to join in the fun! Kids young and old, as well as the adults, had a blast.

For dinner on Saturday, the group got together at a local pizza restaurant and took over the entire place. Because there were so many of us (50 people all together), we enjoyed a family style dinner of pizza, salad, and chicken fingers. The food was delicious, but the company and camaraderie were even better. (See post-dinner group photo below.)

pizzaplace2On Sunday morning, a group gathered at The Loose Moose for a buffet-style breakfast. Fabulous conversations were had and new friendships developed.

The fun continued through the remainder of Sunday with people enjoying the water park, spa, outdoor climbing structure and arcade. Though the mini-vacation is over, the friendships remain.

PFP dad Wesley Perry said of the trip:

waterpark"We are wiped out from two days of water park fun... our son had a blast with [son of another family] while we had fun with his dads and the 40 plus others who joined us on this weekend outing for LGBT parents and their children. We're already looking forward to next year!"

Many thanks to PFP board chair Kelly Durand for organizing the trip, and stay tuned for info about the next PFP trip to the Poconos.

Great Wolf Lodge PFP group - May 2016

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What do you think?
CHOP Survey for LGBTQ Parents Now Open

CHOP_exteriorThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia values their partnership with Philly Family Pride, and vice versa! 

Our collaboration with CHOP annually during the Pride Parade and last year with the Famiy Matters Conference have helped the hospital to highlight the institutional support for all families, specifically families with LGBTQ parents.  

Now they want to learn even more about specific ways to improve all interactions LGBTQ parents have when seeking care for their children. Please complete this survey regarding experiences you’ve had with healthcare settings in gaining care for your children. 

Your responses will help to establish the strategies and goals for their entire hospital network. Again, the link is

Thank you!

Camping Trip Details Announced (Cabins, too!)
tentsJoin PFP at our annual camping trip at Wading Pines Camping Resort the weekend of August 19-21, 2016 in Chatsworth, New Jersey.

The campground is about a one hour drive from Philly and offers swimming, playground facilities, and canoes and kayaks rentals. We will have a group of tent sites that can be reserved directly through us, but there are also cabins available if preferred. 
One tent is allowed per site.

wadingpinesFamilies can contact the campground directly about cabin availability at 1-888-726-1313. Cabin rates can be found here on their web site

If you’d like to attend please email PFP Vice Chair Sandra Telep. In your email, please include the number of people in your family, your names and the ages of any children.

Cost for the weeknd range from $80-$128 depending on the number in your group. See our web site for more details and payment instructions. This is 20% off their regular prices.

New to camping? Don’t have a tent or camping gear? Don’t worry! There are several PFP members who are experienced campers and have extra gear to lend.

Contact us ( with any concerns/needs and we can connect you with a camping mentor or the equipment you need. This would be a great first camping trip for kids and adults alike!


Sunday, June 5: Our next hike will take place in the beautiful Wissahickon Gorge on Sunday, June 5 at 10am. Meet at the Valley Green Inn. (Pictured.)
Sunday, June 5: The new and expectant parent group is holding a potluck picnic at Valley Forge National Park starting at 11am. More info.

Sunday, June 12: March with PFP in the Philly Pride Parade and visit the Family Zone at the festival at this year's pride event. All parade participants will get a free pair of PFP sunglasses!

Sunday, June 26: A PFP Potluck Pool Party at the Berman's in Lower Gwynedd, PA will take place at noon. RSVP to Stephanie for exact address.

No PFP events in July events. Happy Summer!

summerpicnic2015Saturday, August 13: PFP's Summer Picnic will be held at the Freedom Playground in Haverford, PA.

August 19-21: Camping with Pride returns for another fun weekend of tent camping and sleeping in cabins at Wading Pines in New Jersey. More info in the above article.

Our Maybe Baby groups for prospective parents are under way for the Spring, but if you are interested in the classes for the fall, please check our web site and get on the "interested" list to reserve your spots.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

PFP Board Member Gregory Hedler wins CHOP Award
greg_anthonyGreg Hedler has been a Clinical Social Worker in Pediatric Oncology for 12 years and has been working at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 2013.

He works with children and their families throughout the treatment process and looks to cultivate hope and overall wellbeing through therapeutic psychosocial support.

Greg's specific focus is with children diagnosed with high-risk and relapsed neuroblastoma.

Greg and his husband Anthony live in West Philly and are prospective parents. A
fter volunteering at the PFP conference last year, Greg joined the board of PFP in 2016.

This past week, Greg was awarded CHOP's first Sister Alice Generosity of Spirit Award. 

This is a new award given to recognize an individual who displays consistent compassion, genuine care and interest and, in the words of the award's namesake, "taking care of the hearts…" of colleagues and/or patients and families. 

Other criteria for the awardee included a person with exceptional interpersonal skills who contributes to an overall culture of kindness and concern for others at CHOP. 

The award was named for Sister Alice Strogen, CHOP Chaplain, who died suddenly in 2012. (More about Sister Alice.)

from everyone at Philly Family Pride to Greg for being recognized for his work and generosity of spirit by the hospital.

Greg is pictured above, left, with his husband Anthony at the award ceremony.


Philadelphia Family Pride
2016 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy Gilardi, Treasurer

Joel Nichols, Secretary

Paula Estornell, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Gina Cline, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Gregory Girdy, Event Programming Committee Chair

Bryan Berchok, Member-at-large

Nijah Newton-Famous, Member-at-large

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