Gifts of Involvement
November 20, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 13
An array of gifts appropriate for ardent aficionados and advocates of archaeology, anthropology, art, arboreta, athletics and academia.
. . . Penn Pride: Shop the Treasures of Penn gift catalog this holiday season. Visit www.upenn.edu/pennbookstore/gifts to view the digital catalog and browse truly unique collectibles such as the Palestra line and the LAGOS® Pride of Penn Collection. Free shipping on all catalog and online orders through December 7, 2012. (Use code UPENNSHIPS).
. . . Stage Spectacular: Give the gift of the performing arts and share a cultural experience with your friends and family. The Annenberg Center will stage numerous shows including classical, gospel and jazz music; ballet and modern dance; and world discovery performances now through May. Annenberg Center gift certificates are available in any amount and are redeemable for all Annenberg Center or Dance Celebration performances. Make a gift to the Annenberg Center Annual Fund or subscribe and benefit from discounts, priority seating and more. Information: (215) 898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org
. . . Sweet Sounds: WXPN 88.5 FM, Penn’s member-supported radio station, offers several membership choices for those who enjoy discovering emerging artists and re-discovering some old favorites. Benefits include discounts on World Cafe Live tickets and at local businesses, first notice of Free at Noon concerts, member tours and first access to Live at the World Cafe CDs. Gift certificates are also available. More membership options and benefits can be found at www.xpn.org
World Cafe Live provides a year-round musical venue of live performances as well as a restaurant serving lunch and dinner. One year of the Live Access VIP includes two complimentary tickets to a show, reduced $2 processing fee on all ticket purchases, one time upgrade to premium mezzanine seating when purchasing two regular priced tickets, 10% discount on all WCL retail merchandise, buy one ticket and get one complimentary ticket to a food and beverage event, four complimentary tickets to a Peanut Butter and Jams concert, 15% discount on your restaurant tab on your first visit as a Live Access member and Live Access Member only event offers. Gift certificates are available for purchase. Information: http://philly.worldcafelive.com/membership.html
. . . Literary Lovers: Friends of the Kelly Writers House help sustain seminars, readings, webcasts and podcasts. Friends are acknowledged in the Writers House Annual, which is available on their website and in print. Membership levels: $40, $100, $250, $500; William Carlos Williams Circle: $1,000; and Emily Dickinson Circle: $2,500 or more. Information: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/support/become.php
Library Friends can be a part of the continual replenishment of Penn Library resources, supporting collection development and growth for scholars of today and tomorrow. A $1,000 gift in support of the Penn Library annual fund entitles you to membership in Penn’s Red and Blue Society. $2,500+ gifts entitle you to membership in the Benjamin Franklin Society. Information: www.library.upenn.edu/portal/opportunities/friend.html
. . . What a Wonderful World: Membership at International House Philadelphia supports programming that promotes cross-cultural awarenessand diversity. The International House offers international arts and humanities programs to its residents and the broader community. Membership benefits include reduced prices or free admission for select events, 10% discount on language classes, invitations to members-only events and discounts to popular Philadelphia events. For various membership levels, see http://ihousephilly.org/give/membership/
. . . Marvelous Museum: Give $125 to the Annual Fund in celebration of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s 125th anniversary.Those who treasure the past will be delighted with a full year’s membership to the Penn Museum. Members enjoy free, unlimited general admission, free tickets to special exhibits and advance ticketing opportunities, 10% discounts at the Museum Shops and the Pepper Mill Café, invitations to openings and other members-only events and a subscription to the members-only newsletter. Members are kept up-to-date on the latest discoveries from the Museum’s worldwide fieldwork and research. To join call (215) 898-5093 or visit www.penn.museum/membership.html For $35, your recipient could participate in the Adopt an Artifact program and receive an adoption certificate, a color photo and detailed information about the chosen artifact. Adoptions support the proper care for the artifacts housed in the Museum. Information: www.penn.museum/adopt-an-artifact.html
. . . Alluring Art: The Institute of Contemporary Art will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. Your gift to the Annual Fund helps kick off ICA’s Golden Anniversary as it looks ahead to 50 more years of connecting contemporary art and artists to you and to the world. ICA members enjoy special tours, receptions, studio visits, and conversations with artists and curators. They also receive free admission at over 200 museums in North America, including more than 30 modern and contemporary art institutions and 10% discount at area restaurants and shops. Membership levels range from $40-$2,500. Information: www.icaphila.org/support/join.php
Arthur Ross Gallery offers those who contribute $50 or more invitations to preview opening receptions and special events, and the schedule of upcoming exhibitions, in addition to free admission to exhibitions, lectures and programs. Young Friends/Student membership is $25. Receive the same benefits as other donors. Information: www.upenn.edu/ARG/friend.html or(215) 898-2083.
. . . Botanical Beauty: Morris Arboretum offers great holiday gifts. Members of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania’s official arboretum, receive free admission all year long, 10% discount in The Shop at Morris Arboretum, and on educational classes and excursions, Seasons newsletter, admission privileges to over 200 gardens and arboreta through the American Horticulture Society Reciprocal Admissions Program, discounts for local garden centers and much more. For the favorite gardener on your list, the Arboretum Shop has garden tools, garden-inspired home items, toys and books for kids, and gardening books for the professional and amateur. Members receive a 20% discount in The Shop November 23-December 31. Memberships can be purchased in The Shop, online at www.morrisarboretum.org or by calling (215) 247-5777 ext. 151. The Shop can be contacted directly at (215) 247-5777 ext. 198.
. . . Delectable Delights: The Any Time Meal Voucher (valid for breakfast, lunch or dinner) is available for purchase at Stouffer Commons for $12.05. Valid in any Bon Appétit at Penn Dining residential dining café.
A gift of a University Club at Penn membershipis something unique and useful, continuing to give all year. Membership is open to faculty, staff, alumni, emeritus and retired staff. Privileges include complimentary morning refreshments, special events, 10% discounts at Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar and the University Living Room at the Inn at Penn, and access to 100+ reciprocal clubs in the United States and around the world. For more information contact the University Club at (215) 898-4618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. . . Feeling Fit: The Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena offers a discount book of 10 admission passes to any public skating session for $45 with a PennCard or $55 for the public. Why not stuff a stocking with skating lessons? Five weeks of group lessons, beginning the week of January 7, are available for ages 4 through adult in a variety of skill levels. The deadline for registering for lessons is one week before the first session. Cost: $115 with $10 discount for registering and paying two weeks in advance. Additional registration discounts are available. Information: (215) 898-1923 or www.upenn.edu/icerink/
Penn Tennis Center memberships are free for full-time undergraduate and graduate students; $50/faculty and staff; $75/alumni; $95/public; $50/senior citizens; $10/guest fee, per hour. Membership fees are the same for spouses of full-time students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Information: (215) 898-4741 or www.penntenniscenter.com
The Department of Recreation offers gift certificates for massage therapy. Information: www.upenn.edu/recreationor (215) 898-6100.