Honoring Local Charities Along the Main Line

There’s more than fireworks and burgers to enjoy this month. Local charities and goodwill efforts remind us to celebrate the whole community.

Each July, we give pause to celebrate freedom. Flags adorn homes, street corners and businesses. Parades feature marching bands, ball clubs, floats and the like. The July 4 holiday is about celebration, after all—but the true message may sometimes get lost.

Along West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, just a short stroll from Main Line Today’s offices, a memorial is taking shape from concrete, steel, brick and granite. Cold, impersonal ingredients on their own, but with the deft touch of skilled craftsmen, they will evolve into something far greater: a stunning tribute to the local men and women who served in our armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Designed by West Chester architect George Matuszewski, the overall structure of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial is a circle, representing unity. Its granite walls symbolize stability; the colonnade, sacrifice; the obelisk, knowledge; the “Lest We Forget” inscription, remembrance. Construction is scheduled for completion in November. To learn how you can contribute to the memorial, visit delcoveteransmemorial.com. I hope you’ll take the time to consider doing so.

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Also this month, we celebrate the best of our community in Main Line Today’s biggest and best-selling issue of the year: Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs. Once again, we’ve assembled a list of the finest this region has to offer, from dining and entertainment to shops, services and much more. Our winners love it as much as our readers, which is why you see our “Best of” plaques hanging on the walls of hundreds of businesses from Ardmore to Downingtown.

The 2012 Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party will be held Thursday, July 19, at the impressive Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center. This year’s event will feature more than 100 local vendors, great live music from Jellyroll, a silent auction, a raffle for a lease on a brand-new 2012 RX350 Lexus from our friends at Wilkie Lexus, local celebrities, and more. Tickets are available at mainlinetoday.com.

Proceeds from this year’s party will benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, Little Smiles Philadelphia Chapter and Devereux Pennsylvania. Over the past 15 years, our charitable foundation has helped dozens of local nonprofit organizations, donating thousands of dollars and offering much-needed exposure for the great work they’re doing.

And so, this month, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating all that makes our region the best, while giving pause to remember those who fought for our nation.

Enjoy your summer.

Our Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party is July 25!