Philadelphia Hospitality Trade Show
The first annual Philadelphia Hospitality Trade Show was created by The Union League of Philadelphia’s General Manager, Jeff McFadden, and was held in March 2004. The Philadelphia Hospitality Trade Show provides industry vendors the opportunity to meet and interact with club managers and other industry professionals as they showcase their products and services. Over 80 vendors and 300 participants attended that first year, raising over $30,000 to support the Philadelphia Club Foundation. In the thirteen year history of the event, the show has raised a total of over $425,000.
In 2013, the event moved from Center City for the first time, as The Union League underwent some major renovations. Aronimink Golf Club will graciously host this event again in early 2018.
Philadelphia & Vicinity Club Managers’ Golf Classic Benefitting the Make a Wish® Foundation
Since 1998, Philadelphia area club managers have joined together to play in a golf tournament benefitting the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. The event was conceived by Robert Weissberg, General Manager at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, PA, when he reached out to the Philadelphia Chapter of CMAA to support the charity’s efforts. As Mr. and Mrs. Weissberg are the proud parents of a “Wish Child,” they felt it only appropriate to attempt to “give something back.”
The first six annual tournaments garnered much success, with the format including two days of activities for the participants and guests, hosted at premier South Jersey golf clubs and at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The event quickly became a mainstay on PVCMA’s event calendar. The two-day event included the golf tournament, a fabulous gala, silent and live auctions with celebrity appearances, as well as formal education endorsed by CMAA.
In an effort to freshen the appeal of the tournament, the event was relocated to the Philadelphia suburbs. Paul Mauer, CCM, General Manager of Stonewall Golf Links volunteered the use of the club to host the 2005 tournament. The desire of many local managers, sponsors and guests to play the nationally recognized Stonewall helped the 2005 event become a huge success.
The following years would prove to be just as fruitful, with significant contributions raised to benefit the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Due to the generosity of Stonewall Golf Links, all of our corporate sponsors and the silent and live auctions held at the gala, the net proceeds continue to grow annually. To date, the Philadelphia and Vicinity Club Managers’ Golf Classic Benefitting the Make-A-Wish® Foundation has directly donated approximately $500,000 to the charity. With the average wish estimated at $6,750, approximately 75 wishes have been granted to very deserving children faced with a life threatening illness.
With the love and support of family and friends, as well as the hope and strength provided by the wish-granting experience, Rob’s son made a full recovery and his family, PVCMA, PCF and many generous corporate sponsors remain true to this effort.
The Memorial Scholarship Tournament and Chet Gratkowski Cup
The Memorial Scholarship Tournament began many years ago with the goal of raising funds to support the Daniel Layman Scholarship. The scholarship was created in the name of former Union League employee Daniel Layman, a Widener University graduate, and was designed to support a student at Widener University focusing their studies on a career in Club Management.
In 2003, the tournament was moved under the purview of Philadelphia Club Foundation. In 2011, the Chet Gratkowski Cup was added to honor Chet's many years of service and mentoring to our club managers, students and chapter as a whole. This event now honors all chapter members who have passed on.
Each year the tournament is hosted by one of PVCMA’s member clubs and the funds raised directly support Philadelphia Club Foundation.