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Get ready to toast one of your favorite Philadelphians from home! Our online raffle is now open, for the chance to win a one-on-one virtual happy hour with various celebrity supporters of Broad Street Ministry all while providing aid to your neighbors in need. 


During Covid-19 Broad Street Ministry has led initiatives that have provided meals for Philadelphians across the city, a hotline for reentry support, and hand washing stations for vulnerable populations to prevent the spread of the virus. Proceeds from our raffle sustain our critical work that helps Philadelphians experiencing poverty stabilize their lives through a unique offering of meals and social services that is welcoming to everyone. 


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Philly-native, Stephen Powers is a contemporary artist and muralist.

Powers began as a graffiti artist writing as the moniker "ESPO". His distinctive, graphic style has led to his wide popularity and his murals now grace walls around the world; amongst those, A Love Letter to You, fifty murals along the SEPTA route in West Philadelphia, has become an iconic addition to the cityscape in the decade since their creation. His work has been shown internationally in galleries and museums such as SFMOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, Yerba Buena Center of Art, and LA MOCA.

Michael Solomonov is a beloved champion of Israel's extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.

He is co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants with hospitality entrepreneur, Steve Cook. Together they own Philadelphia's Zahav, the trailblazing restaurant where Solomonov is Chef, which has put the rich melting pot of Israeli cuisine at the forefront of dining in America today. Solomonov is the co-author of three cookbooks, and the recipient of the following James Beard awards: 2011 "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic", 2016 "Best International Cookbook" and "Book of the Year" for his and business partner/co-author Steven Cook's best-selling cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, and the 2017 "Outstanding Chef." In 2018, Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of "The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years" and in May of 2019, Zahav was awarded "Outstanding Restaurant" by the James Beard Foundation, making Zahav the first Israeli-American restaurant to be awarded this great honor. In addition to his work at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Philadelphia's Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, and Goldie. In July of 2019, Solomonov brought another major slice of Israeli food culture to Philadelphia with K'Far, an Israeli bakery & café named for his hometown just outside of Tel Aviv. In November of 2019, Solomonov opened Merkaz, an Israeli pita sandwich shop, and in February of 2020 opened Laser Wolf, an Israeli skewer house.

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Conrad Benner is the Founder of StreetsDept.com.

A Fishtown, Philadelphia born-and-raised photo-blogger, curator, and podcaster, Conrad's work explores art, our public space, and the creative minds shaping the world around us. Winner of the Philadelphia Geek Award for 'Geek Culture Journalism' (2011), Conrad was named 'Best Art Curator' by Philadelphia Magazine (2014), 'Rad Guy of the Year' at the 3rd Annual Rad Awards (2017), and one of 'The 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia' by Philadelphia Magazine (2017). Most recently, he beat out the one and only Gritty to win the 'Never Delete Your Account' award at the first annual Billy Penn awards, The Billies (2019).



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Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC.

As an openly Black gay journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society. In 2018, he launched his growing media company that specializes in multimedia production, consulting, and communications. His work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, MTV News, and other media outlets. He has won countless honors, which include landing on the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and receiving the 2019 NEXT Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors. He can be found on Twitter and other social media platforms at @MrErnestOwens and ernestowens.com.

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Iron Chef and James Beard Award Winner

Chef Jose Garces translates his rich cultural traditions and culinary vision into personal dining experiences through Garces, a Philadelphia-based hospitality group. With a number of successful restaurants and a full-service catering group under his belt, Chef Garces is known for his "Latin-Inspired Hospitality."


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Seated in 2016, Councilmember Helen Gym is a longtime education and community organizer and is the first Asian American woman elected to the Philadelphia City Council.

As chair of Council's Children and Youth Committee, she has led a bold human rights agenda through City Council focused on education, housing, healthcare and labor and civil rights expansion. In her first term, she helped end the 17-year state takeover of the Philadelphia school system, established the first local school board in 20 years, restored nurses and counselors back to every public school, successfully passed a Fair Workweek law guaranteeing advance notice of schedules for 130,000 workers, and won millions of dollars to support homeless youth and expand renter protections. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the city, Councilmember Gym has led the effort to prioritize housing (including winning a statewide moratorium on all evictions), expand protections for essential workers, address online schooling and childcare supports, and protect immigrants and other communities left out of federal response efforts. Councilmember Gym is Vice Chair of Local Progress, a network of progressive municipal leaders where she has helped lead national efforts around Sanctuary Cities and progressive public education policies.

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