MARKETPLACE PHL PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL PLANE PULL TO SUPPORT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
MarketPlace PHL team members and representatives from several merchants in the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) came together on May 5 for the 10th annual Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) Plane Pull fundraiser event. Overall, the Plane Pull event raised more than $170,000 for the PRMH with the MarketPlace PHL team alone raising a total of $6,105 and winning the competition for their first time.
Plane Pull Event
The Plane Pull experience features teams from around the city competing against each other to determine which team can pull a 76,000-pound plane the fastest over a predetermined distance of 50 feet. This year, the 20-person MarketPlace PHL team won the competition by pulling the plane in the shortest time, 10.88 seconds.
The fundraiser competition was held on Atlantic Aviation’s tarmac and was comprised of 36 teams. In addition to MarketPlace, several of their merchants participated including Chickie’s & Pete’s, NYIC, OTG and HMS Host. For winning the competition, MarketPlace PHL received a trophy, individual medals for team members and a complimentary happy hour, followed by two hours of drink specials from the City Tap House. For the third year in a row, Chickie’s & Pete’s raised the most amount of money, $15,920.
Every year, airport merchants also support the event through in-kind donations of food and refreshments for the participants. Merchants that provided snacks and drinks include Piattino, Starbucks, HMS Host, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, La Colombe, Good 2 Go, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Paradies Lagardère, Stellar Partners, Hudson Group and Wright Food Services.
“The Plane Pull is one of our favorite events of the entire year. Many different teams come together to compete against one another, in order to help a greater cause,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “We had a great time and congratulate all participants on the fundraising success!”
The PRMH provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at Philadelphia-area hospitals. The Plane Pull event was created to raise funds and increase awareness for the services provided by the Ronald McDonald House, which operates two homes in the Philadelphia area. The original Ronald McDonald house was founded in Philadelphia in 1974 and is the model for 300 houses around the world.
To learn more about the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, visit Philarmh.org.