Pattye Benson

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Community Matters … Not on Vacation!

I have received emails and calls asking about ‘where’ is Community Matters; was I on vacation? I would love to say that I had traveled to some wonderful vacation place in the world — unfortunately, nothing nearly as exotic or fun. I spent most of last week at Penn with health issues and surgery but am safely back home and on the road to recovery. A few more days and I should be back to normal (?) and re-focused, including an update on the continuing saga of Daylesford and the Jimmy Duffy redevelopment project. If you have questions, concerns, updates, etc. related to community issues, I can be reached via email at

However, in the interim, if you are around this Friday and looking for some summer fun — please consider attending Summer Breezin’, our summer fundraiser for Paoli Blues Fest, at Royer-Greaves School in Paoli. We’ve got some great live music, fantastic silent auction items, food, drinks … even a margarita machine! Here’s the recent press release with details or visit our website, :

Summer Breezin’ Fundraiser on August 3 to Support the 4th Annual Paoli Blues Fest

PAOLI, Pa – In four short years, the Paoli Blues Fest has grown to become the largest annual blues festival in the Philadelphia region. The date for the fourth annual blues festival is Saturday, October 6 and Blues Fest co-chairs Pattye Benson and Marie Thibault are expecting attendance to exceed the 2011 visitor estimate of 15,000. The Blues Fest Committee works year-round to make sure that each year the Blues Fest is bigger and better than the year before; and this year will be no exception.

The free annual community event requires many hardworking volunteers plus lots of money. Each year, the nonprofit organization needs to raise approximately $50K to fund the one-day Paoli Blues Fest. Without the support and generosity of corporate and business sponsors, such as Paoli Hospital, Malvern Federal Bank, Paoli Village Shoppes and WXPN, and grants from PA Council of the Arts, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau, the annual event would not be possible.

To guarantee the continued success of the Paoli Blues Fest also requires the help of individuals in the community. The second of 2 summer fundraisers, Summer Breezin’ is Friday, August 3, 5 – 8 PM at Royer-Greaves School, 118 S. Valley Road, Paoli. Royer-Greaves School provides the perfect outdoor venue for the sounds of the Rob Dickenson Trio as you sip cold drinks and munch on appetizers. Enjoy the timeless music of Jimmy Buffet, sway to the reggae sounds of Bob Marley and sing along to classic ‘oldies’ that are sure to have you on your feet.

The fundraiser will feature a silent auction with many exciting items including gift certificates for many local business and restaurants, Phillies tickets, signed baseball memorabilia and personal tours of the Senate Chamber with Sen Andy Dinniman and the State House with Rep Warren Kampf.

Dress is summer casual; the fundraiser tickets are $35 or 4 for $100 and may be purchased online at For questions, contact Pattye Benson, Summer Breezin’ Co-Chair, 610.644.6759.

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  1. Glad to hear that you’re feeling better and on the road to recovery!! Good luck with Summer Breezin!!

  2. Best wishes for your recovery – don’t rush it for us! It will be hard, but we can wait a few week for the next gripping installment of Community Matters.

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