Gifts of Involvement
November 26, 2013, Volume 60, No. 15
. . . Penn Pride: Give a gift of membership to the Penn Club of New York, a 5-star Platnium Club of America located in an historic building that was named an official New York City landmark in 2010. Penn alumni, faculty, staff, undergraduate (21+) and graduate students and immediate family members of students are eligible to join. For details, see www.pennclub.org
. . . 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) 898-6702 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. Membership levels range $6-$208 per month. 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 on the Writers House website. 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
Supporters of the Penn Libraries can be a part of the continual replenishment of print and digital resources, supporting new knowledge for scholars at Penn and around the world. A $2,500 gift in support of the Orrery Society Fund entitles you to membership in the Orrery Society as well as the Benjamin Franklin Society. Information: www.library.upenn.edu/portal/supporters/orrery/
. . . What a Wonderful World:When you become a member of International House Philadelphia, you gain access to over 200 events each year including films, concerts, seminars, symposiums, receptions, cultural dining programs and more. You also demonstrate your commitment to supporting the global leaders of tomorrow by uniting cultures, creating shared experiences and forming lifelong friendships between people from around the world. Membership benefits include reduced prices or free admission for select events, 10% discount on language classes and invitations to members-only events. For various membership levels, see http://ihousephilly.org/give/membership
. . . Marvelous Museum:Those who treasure the past will be delighted with a full year’s membership to the Penn Museum. Members enjoy unlimited free admission, three issues of Expedition magazine mailed to their home, discounts on public programs, the Pepper Mill Cafe, the Museum Store and more. Join the Young Friends of the Penn Museum to receive invitations to exciting events designed specifically for young professionals and graduate students (ages 21 to 45), plus all of the benefits of regular Penn Museum membership. 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: Members of the Institute of Contemporary Art 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. Membership levels range $40-$2,500. Information: www.icaphila.org/support/join.php
Experience diverse art, artifacts and cultures during the Arthur Ross Gallery’s 30th year of exhibitions, programs, concerts, special symposia, community outreach and more. Benefits of becoming a friend include advance notice of exhibition openings and lectures, invitations to Friends’ openings, behind-the-scenes insights and happenings via e-newsletter, free admission to film series for selected exhibitions and discounts on symposium and publications. Membership levels range $25-$10,000. 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; a 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 now through 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 $12.46. 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, graduate students, emeritus faculty 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 email@example.com
. . . 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/recreation or (215) 898-6100.