One Ice Cream Caramel Apple for Education, Please

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | posted by Global Playground News |
For a back-to-school celebration this past September, the Franklin Fountain, an old-fashioned ice cream shoppe in Old City Philadelphia, created an apple-themed dessert to raise money for education. Global Playground was the lucky beneficiary of the Franklin Fountain's largesse, having received all the proceeds generated from the sale of each warm apple cobbler a'la mode with hot caramel topping. A stick on the ball of ice cream finished the touch to make the entire dessert appear as a caramel apple. "It was a win-win," said Eric Berley, the owner of Franklin Fountain. It was "a way to give back a little bit to the start of the school year and the apple was the perfect treat."

An old college friend of board members Doug Bunch and Edward Branagan at the College of William & Mary, Eric has been closely following Global Playground's developments since its formation in 2006. Eric contacted Global Playground in late summer with the idea of creating a special sundae not only to support Global Playground but also to spread the word about Global Playground to a larger community. Located in Old City Philadelphia, the Franklin Fountain's clientele include tourists from across the world, and each patron, whether enjoying the Schoolhouse Sundae or not, could read about Global Playground at the Franklin Fountain's register and see Global Playground informational posters throughout the shoppe.

The Schoolhouse Sundae was a delicious success, and the Franklin Fountain hopes to continue the back-to-school tradition next September.

Bands Take to the Skye to Support Global Playground

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | posted by Jon Heifetz |
On Friday, November 20th, nearly three hundred people packed into Skye Lounge, a new venue in Washington, D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, to celebrate Global Playground's future technology center in Honduras and to support its cross-cultural initiatives. Throughout the evening, guests contributed more than $2000 as they partook in food and drink specials and jammed to the music of String Theory and The Perfect Substitutes.

The event was "absolutely packed," drawing a "much more diverse crowd" than previous Global Playground events, said Kirsten Gilbert, Global Playground's event planner. In addition to Global Playground fans, the event drew regulars of Skye Lounge; followers of The Perfect Substitutes, a Washington, D.C.-based band that performs '80s and '90s covers and is comprised of current and former graduate students of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and followers of String Theory, a band with roots at the College of William & Mary whose eclectic influences include punk rock and classical music. With such a diverse mixture of people, many were exposed to the name and mission of Global Playground for the first time.

Gilbert, a recent graduate of the George Washington University who also works as an Event Associate with the New America Foundation, noted the generosity of Skye Lounge's owners in a city where many venues charge thousands of dollars to host an event. "We were able to work with a venue that was happy to have us," Gilbert commented. "And they would love to have us again!"

Skye Lounge opened in 2008, and is positioned to appeal to the martini connoisseur or the sports fan. Its owners, Daniel Allen and George Kotsoukos, provided Global Playground with use of the venue free of charge. In addition to the cover charges, Global Playground was also the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds from beverage and food specials at the event.