On behalf of all participating businesses, King of Prussia District is proud to announce a donation of $40,000 to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for its annual dining and retail events, KOP Restaurant Week and KOP Shops for CHOP. This year’s events were held March 9-15, 2020, and included over 100 restaurants, retailers and companies all fundraising for CHOP, the highest participation in the event’s six-year history. Additionally, the students, staff and administrators of Upper Merion Area School District joined in supporting CHOP by hosting fundraising pajama days throughout the special week.
The 2020 donation will support CHOP’s King of Prussia Specialty Care and Surgery Center, as well as its inpatient hospital that is currently under construction and slated to open in October 2021. Throughout the past six years, King of Prussia District and participating businesses have raised $152,500 for CHOP KOP through this campaign.
During Restaurant Week, KOP’s best fine dining restaurants offer prix fixe menus and commit to donating at least 2.5% of proceeds from these menus to CHOP. Fast casual restaurants host donation days throughout the week. Held concurrently,during KOP Shops for CHOP, participating retailers also pledge to donate a portion of their proceeds on specific days.
New this year, King of Prussia District introduced the Community Champions program, which provides a way for other businesses to join in the campaign.Donations were made by 37 businesses from KOP and beyond through this program. King of Prussia District also partnered with Upper Merion Area School District, which hosted fundraising pajama days across all of their schools during the week.
“Year after year we are blown away by the support for this special week,and this year is no exception,” said Eric T. Goldstein, Executive Director of King of Prussia District, and Member of CHOP’s King of Prussia Hospital Advisory Council. “For the first time ever, our campaign brought together restaurants, retailers, companies and the Upper Merion Area School District to support a beloved and important resource in this community. While it was certainlya challenging year given the circumstances, we are so proud of what this community has accomplished.”
KOP Restaurant Week and KOP Shops for CHOP is produced by King of Prussia District and sponsored by: King Limousine & Transportation Services (Gold Sponsor); Ideal Image Med Spa, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and Crave Montco (Silver Sponsors) and Conlin’s Digital Print & Copy Center, OpenTable, and King of Prussia Mall (In-Kind Sponsors).
In lieu of an in person check presentation ceremony, King of Prussia District announced the grand total with videos on social media, which can be viewed here (longer format with remarks from King of Prussia District and CHOP) and here (shorter social check passing video).
“On behalf of the entire CHOP King of Prussia team, I would like to thank the King of Prussia District, sponsors and participating restaurants and retailers for their continued support and commitment in making KOP Restaurant Week and KOP Shops for CHOP a success, particularly during these challenging times,” said Dr. Allison Ballantine, Associate Chief Medical Officer of CHOP’s new inpatient hospital in King of Prussia. “Your ongoing support has enabled us to continue our mission of providing exceptional care to the children of this community.”