Community Files: Gunnin appointed Executive Director of the Delco Literacy Council | Way of life


CHESTER— Patrick “Pat” Gunnin has been appointed Executive Director of the Delaware County Literacy Council. He took office on June 1.

Gunnin brings over 40 years of experience in nonprofit operations to his role as Executive Director, with specific expertise in resource development, board development, financial management, human resource development. and program development and management.

Most recently, Gunnin served as the Programs Manager for the YWCA of Delaware, overseeing economic empowerment and self-employment / work preparation programs for Delaware residents.

As the national coach of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Gunnin has traveled across the country to present workshops on supervision, leadership, management and program development. He has also held various leadership positions for boys and girls clubs in Delaware, Michigan, Mississippi, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida.

Gunnin says he admires the resilience of adults studying at the Literacy Council, including those who have come to this country from another place to improve their lives.

Gunnin holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University in St. Davids and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from High Point University in North Carolina.

DCLC was founded in 1975 by local volunteers who noticed that their neighbors had difficulty reading and writing. DCLC helps adults develop their reading, writing, math and English skills so they can thrive in the workplace and in the community. To learn more or to get involved, visit

Kelly Music for Life Presents Haverford First Fest Music Festival to Honor First Responders

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, Kelly Music for Life will present this year the Haverford First Fest Music Festival in honor of first responders on Saturday September 11.

September 11 will be remembered for its tragic events. This and the COVID pandemic have reminded us of the importance of first responder medical personnel. Kelly Music for Life wants to ensure that the heroes of the first responders among us are recognized and honored in this celebration of responding to adversity. As communities recover from COVID closures, the Haverford First Fest Music Festival will be the first major local music festival in almost two years.

Haverford First Fest Music Festival is a free entry event taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 11 at Eagle Road and East Hathaway Lane in Havertown. The day will be filled with live music, food, beer garden, crafts, and kids’ activities, including fire trucks and other first responder gear to explore.

Tributes are planned to honor local first responders – police, firefighters, EMS, doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals – who put themselves at risk every day to help others.

Kelly Music for Life is a 501 (c3) public charitable organization that operates the Kelly Center for Music, Arts and Community at 4 E. Eagle Road, Havertown. The Kelly family have produced dozens of outdoor live music festivals and events over the past decade in Havertown and surrounding communities.

According to President Tom Kelly, “We will celebrate America’s resilience on the anniversary of the darkest day in modern history. Accompanied by live music and community, we will honor the spirit of our first responders. As we emerge from a global pandemic this year, it is especially fitting that we pay tribute to the first responders who have come under fire during a deadly virus outbreak. “

The event will feature a large indoor stage, professional sound and artists from the Philadelphia area. Participants can enjoy food stalls, artisans, craftspeople, children’s activities and an outdoor cafe.

Tax deductible donations to support this community event are encouraged. Credit card or Paypal or Venmo @ Kelly4music and indicate “First Fest” in the donation notes. A portion of proceeds from the Haverford First Fest Music Festival will benefit local first responder organizations and local charities.

For sponsor and supplier inquiries, email Cindi Rooney, [email protected] If you are interested in playing, email Paul Kelly at [email protected] To volunteer at the event, email Peggy Murr at [email protected]

Amvets Post 118 sells tickets for summer picnic and crab party

Harold Paul Saks Amvets Post 118, 211 N. Morton Ave., Morton, will be hosting a family picnic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 18. The price is $ 12, adults; $ 6, children 11-18; and children under 11 are free. All are welcome to bring family and friends.

Commander Jeff Elliot said the menu will be corn, burgers, hot dogs, salads, beer, soda, water and more. Tickets are available at the post office. Call 610-543-9551 anytime after 4 p.m. daily or call Howard Bilbee, 215-630-1011 or Harry Mirra, 610-543-2082.

The popular Amvets crab festival will take place on Sunday, September 19. Tickets are limited.

AMVETS Post members send care packages to troops and may still need help. Monetary donations are needed to ship the packages, as well as donations of items such as candy, snacks, soap, toothpaste, pens, soap, and other things the troops will appreciate. To donate or help in any way, call Harry at 610-543-2082.

Registration underway for the Holy Spirit Holiday Bible School

The Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 2545 Franklin Ave., Secane, hosts the Holiday Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 18 through Thursday, July 22. Children aged 3 to 12 are welcome. The cost is $ 10. This year’s theme is “Discovery on Adventure Island”.

To register, go to or call the office at 610-544-2707.

Main Line Chamber of Commerce hosts in-person networking event

The Mainline Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer its members and potential members the opportunity to network with businesses along the Mainline, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 16, at Suburban Square. in the outdoor garden. The in-person event, sponsored by Minuteman Press, will feature music, food and drink.

In case of bad weather, the event will take place on Tuesday 22 June. The Main Line Chamber of Commerce follows CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated people are asked to wear a mask. For more information visit

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]


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