MarketPlace PHL team members and representatives from
several merchants in the Philadelphia International Airport came together on Sunday,
Sept. 10 for the ninth annual Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) Plane
Pull event. The MarketPlace PHL team raised a total of $3,470 to support the
The Plane Pull event features teams from around the
city competing against each other to determine which team can pull a plane the
fastest over a predetermined distance. This year’s event was held on Atlantic
“The Plane Pull is always a lot of fun and has become
an event that everyone looks forward to each year,” said Mel Hannah, vice
president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “Knowing that we’re raising
money to support an important local organization focused on helping families in
their times of need makes everyone who participates a winner.”
The PRMH provides a home away from home for families
of critically ill children receiving treatment at Philadelphia-area hospitals.
The Plane Pull event was created to raise funds and increase awareness for the services
provided by the Ronald McDonald House, which operates two homes in the
Philadelphia area. The original Ronald McDonald house was founded in
Philadelphia in 1974 and is the model for 300 houses around the world.
This year’s Plane Pull event had 36 teams
participating, including those led by airport merchants Stellar News and
Chickie’s & Pete’s. Representatives from Hudson News and Marshall Retail
Group helped round out MarketPlace PHL’s team. Collectively, more than $170,000
was raised to support the PRMH, with Chickie’s & Pete’s team raising the
highest amount, $16,958.
Every year, airport merchants also support the event
through in-kind donations of food and refreshments for the participants. Merchants
that provided snacks and drinks include Stellar News, Hudson News, Paradies
Lagardére, LeBus Café, Good 2 Go, McDonalds, Starbucks HMS Host, Villa Fresh
Italian Kitchen, Sbarro, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Bruegger’s Bagels, Dunkin
Donuts and Wright Food Services.
To find out more about the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald
House, visit www.philarmh.org.
ABOUT MARKETPLACE PHL, LLC
MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is the private
partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail
programs throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning
program offers more than 170+ shops, restaurants and services. The MarketPlace
PHL portfolio features local Philly favorites, as well as regional and national
brands. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development,
a Boston-based airport retail development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a
Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more
information, visit www.philamarketplace.com.