The H.Chase Lenfest Foundation
“Others will make a donation and step aside, Chase will make a donation and step inside; into the neighborhoods and communities where opportunities and positive outlets are few and far between.”
Chase Lenfest is the President of The H. Chase Lenfest Foundation, Inc. The Foundation began operations in 2002 and provides financial support for programs intended to make a positive impact on the lives of children primarily in the economically challenged areas of Philadelphia.
Joe Hand Promotions
Contact: Joseph P. Hand, Jr. President | 215.364.9000 | www.joehandpromotions.com
407 E. Pennsylvania Blvd. Feasterville, PA 19053
Joe Hand Promotions is the premier distributor of closed circuit pay-per-view boxing and special events in the country. Founded by Joe Hand, Sr. and his family in 1970, the company’s size and reputation has grown due in large part to the chairman’s background, passion and keen foresight about the television distribution industry.
It has always been the philosophy of Joe Hand Promotions to support many causes and organizations in order to make a difference in the community. Through the years, the company has been involved with the Special Olympics, Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, and scholarship funds at various Philadelphia area high schools.
Gesu School is an independent Catholic School (pre-K to 8th grade) in the Jesuit and IHM traditions. Both of these religious orders believe in providing academic, spiritual and social development so that each young person understands and gives full expression to his or her God-given talents and gifts. This mission is carried on within some of the most difficult economic and family circumstances imaginable in the North Philadelphia neighborhoods that are Gesu’s primary service area.
Face to Face with St. Vincent’s
Contact: MaryKay Meeks-Hank Executive Director | 215.438.7939 | www.facetofacegermantown.org
109 E. Price Street Philadelphia PA 19144
From its origins as a soup kitchen in 1985, Face to Face has evolved into a multi-faceted organization dedicated to caring for every aspect of its clients’ well-being on an individualized, person-to-person basis.
Dedicated to the health, well being and stability of its community, Face to Face meets basic human needs and reduces suffering. With hospitality, it provides a safe environment and practical tools, which enable people in Germantown to confront personal challenges, empower their lives, and fulfill their unique potential.
The Lenfest Center
Chase is a founder and active volunteer of the The Lenfest Center, a safe, positive place for youth and families in Hunting Park.
The Lenfest Center strives to offer a variety of educational, athletic and life-skills opportunities for children in grades K-12. By offering structured and innovative education, athletic and enrichment programming, The Lenfest Center will prepare young people to be active contributors to their community.
“Chase is the owner of the building and funds 100% of the operating costs of The Lenfest Center but, if someone observed Chase, they would have no idea he is the owner. From the moment he walks in the kids rush to him and want his attention. The smiles on their faces when they seem him, and the smile on Chase when he greets the kids, are priceless. Although Mr. Lenfest handles all the responsibilities his position entails – such as budgeting, goal setting, maintenance etc. – it is obvious to all that what makes him really happy is the time he spends with the kids. Whether they are playing sports or doing homework and other activities, Chase’s ability to convey how much he truly cares for each child is something really special.” -Amos Huron
“I really look forward to the time I spend at The Lenfest Center. I usually get to the center at 3:30 pm when the kids have a half hour in the gym and we play sports – soccer, basketball and football. At 4 pm I choose a homework room and help several of the kids with their homework – usually math, which is my forte. At 5 pm I either choose an activity to do with the kids or I go upstairs to SquashSmarts and teach the sport that I have played competitively since I was ten years old. Although the kids have fun with me, I think I get the most enjoyment out of it. It is such a privilege to give these deserving children the attention and opportunities they deserve.” - Chase Lenfest
Founded in 2001, SquashSmarts is a free intensive out-of-school time program changing the lives of Philadelphia’s public school students. SquashSmarts is a 501c3 non-profit academic and athletic mentoring program with a proven track record of keeping kids in school, in shape and on track for graduation.
A seven-year commitment to each child ensures long-term success by providing a team, a family, a safety net and a sense of belonging. Strong one-on-one relationships with staff and volunteers are the key to fostering every child’s success, while also helping to break the cycle of Philadelphia’s public school dropout rate. Put simply, SquashSmarts is giving kids their best shot
“The bond Chase has formed with SquashSmarts is truly uncommon. In a city rooted in philanthropy, Chase’s genuine desire to help young people improve their lives through sports and education goes beyond your typical altruism and support. Chase cares, and he cares deeply, about each child. He’s an inspiration to our entire program.” – Stephen Gregg, Executive Director
“As a team member for seven years, I can say Chase would come in every Wednesday and hit with us. He’d always ask about our family and our schoolwork. He is a great person” – Quinetta Bowden, SquashSmarts Graduate
“Each year, SquashSmarts travels to New York and Massachusetts for the National Urban Squash Championships. Every year, Chase is right there with us rooting on our kids. He’s a huge part of our SquashSmarts family.” – Sakora Miller, Squash Director