Friends and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Civic Leader Ahmeenah Young


PHILADELPHIA (June 30, 2017) - Several hundred friends of Ahmeenah Young, former President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, attended a celebration of her life at the $1.3 billion facility she led.   Young, a trailblazer in the Philadelphia hospitality and civic arenas, passed away on June 2 at the age of 69.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell led the tributes by civic, religious, and hospitality leaders as well as family and friends of Young.

”I remember Ahmeenah always had a twinkle in her eye. No matter what the circumstances, she always had an upbeat attitude and made me laugh”, said former Governor Ed Rendell. “Ahmeenah always had great advice that was always spot on. Memories like those and all of the inspiration she manifested will never die.”

Young, Rendell and Meryl Levitz, president & CEO of Visit Philadelphia, were among the city leaders who helped to launch the Convention Center during 12 days of special events that coincided with the first Welcome America celebration in 1993. The tribute to Young, recognizing her more than 30 years of community service and advocacy on behalf of the hospitality industry, was scheduled to coincide with the opening day of events for this year’s annual Fourth of July celebration.


“My mother was a black woman who could rise. And once she reached a position of power, she used it to mentor the next generation. She wore her power with integrity and was always trying to help people,” said Pakeso Young, son of Ahmeenah. “She rarely spoke of her challenges but any challenge she had, she faced with grace and integrity. Anything positive I have done in my life, I have done because of her.”


Among the speakers from the hospitality community were Levitz; Julie Coker Graham, president & CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB); Jim Cuorato, president & CEO of Independence Visitors Center; and William “Bill” Wilson CEO of Synterra Partners and PHLDiversity. Church leaders who spoke included the Rev. James S. Hall, Jr. of Triumph Baptist Church and the Rev. Marshall Mitchell of Salem Baptist Church.


Cherelle Parker, Jannie Blackwell, Mark Squilla, and Kenyatta Johnson of Philadelphia City Council, Kevin Johnson of OIC, Donna Cooper of Public Citizens for Children and Youth; and Kevin F. O’Toole of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board were among the civic leaders who participated in the tribute. 


Young’s longtime friend and partner in community efforts, U.S. Representative Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, sent a video tribute. The celebration included musical selections by Kathy Sledge, the Urban Guerilla Orchestra, Romona Riscoe Benson, J. Donald Dumpson and Lawrence Newton.

Young’s Convention Center colleagues were represented by Gregory Fox, Esq., chairman of the Convention Center Authority’s Board of Directors; board members Marian Tasco and Heather Steinmiller, Esq, who worked closely with Young; and John McNichol, president & CEO of the Center.  Former PCCA Board Chairman Thomas “Buck” Riley, Jr. and former Board Member Carl Singley, Esq. also were present. Young served in various positions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, including Executive Vice President & General Manager, as well as Executive Vice President of External Affairs. Young also worked in the private sector as an entrepreneur before she became the fifth president of the Center in September 2008, a capacity she served in through December 2013.

”I knew Ahmeenah for over 25 years and I knew her as a brilliant, eloquent, stylish diva who has a smile and a warmth that just embraced you,” said Carl Singley, former PCC board member and close personal friend of Young. “She will be remembered for her endless optimism, good will, and deep, unwavering faith in human kind. Ahmeenah was truly inclusive until the very end.”



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Davio's Galleria Bakery + Cafe Offers a Picnic in Gourmet Style!

WHAT: Get outdoors with Davio’s Galleria Bakery + Cafe to enjoy lunch or dinner, picnic style, this summer. Guests must call at least an hour ahead to place their order and they will be given a special Davio’s’ Picnic Basket with their favorite items placed inside for the perfect al fresco dining experience! Bring the basket to King of Prussia Town Center or another preferred destination and enjoy the beautiful scenery while indulging in a delectable meal. Guests can choose any selection from the menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and flatbreads, along with their choice of sparkling or still water. For a refundable deposit of $25, guests will be given a gourmet basket and picnic blanket, to take for the afternoon or evening! Bring a friend and get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts!



Local Honey + Granola $4

Berries + Granola $6

Chocolate Espresso $7.5


San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil $7

Short Rib, Horseradish Mascarpone, Fontelle, Arugula $7


Roasted Chicken Salad, Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Tuscan Loaf $8.5

Davio's Roast Beef, Cheddar Cheese, Horseradish Aioli, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Tuscan Loaf $8.5

Italian Tuna Salad, Imported Tuna, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Whole Wheat

Sourdough $8

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomatoes, Sriracha Aioli, Italian Long Roll $8

Roasted Turkey, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cheddar Cheese, Avocado Aioli, Harvest Grain Bread $8

Grilled Spring Vegetables, Seasonal Local Vegetables, Baby Spinach, Basil Pesto, Hummus, Wheat Sourdough $7.5

Italian, Prosciutto Cotto, Salami, Pistachio Mortadella, Provolone Cheese, Tomatoes, Lettuce, EVOO, Red Wine Vinegar, Soft Italian Bread $8

Kids PF & J, Creamy Peanut Butter, Raspberry Jam, White Bread $4

(Available Pressed)


Tomato Basil Soup $3.5

Soup of the Day $4


Kale Caesar, Romaine, Shaved PKale Caesar, Romaine, Shaved Parmigiano, Brioche Croutons, Caesar Dressing $7

Southwestern, Baby Lettuces, Avocado, Red Onions, Tomatoes, Tortilla Chips, Corn, Lime-Cilantro Jalapeño Vinaigrette $8

Greek Quinoa, Tomatoes, Kale, Cucumber, Feta, Kalamata Olives, Roasted Onions, Greek

Dressing $8

Imported Tuna Niçoise Salad, Baby Greens, Cucumbers, Egg, Green Beans, Kalamata Olives, Tomatoes, Red Onions, EVOO, Fresh Lemon $14

Tomato Panzanella, Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Fresh Basil, Toasted Rustic Bread, EVOO, Aged

Balsamic $8

Add-on to any of the above Salads:

Grilled Chicken $5 Chicken Salad $5.5 Imported Italian Tuna $8

Applewood Smoked Chicken $4

Hard Boiled Eggs (2) $3

Dressings: Caesar, Jalapeño Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Greek


*Menu subject to change

WHERE: Davio's Galleria Bakery + Cafe | 150 Main Street, King of Prussia, PA 19406 | 484.751.5168

WHEN: The Davio's Picnic Basket will be available now through August 2017

COST: Picnic menu items are priced a la carte. $25 picnic basket refundable deposit for use of the basket. Please call 484.751.5168 for more information.

Lauren Bayliss | Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator | @daviosrestaurant | 774.242.9133



Crowne Plaza Wilmington North Launches New Program to Accommodate Collegiate Sports Teams

Industry: Hotels

Crowne Plaza Wilmington North has created a custom version of its nationally recognized WOW Program to target the unique needs of collegiate sports teams and coaches.

Wilmington, DE (PRUnderground) June 22nd, 2017 

Crowne Plaza Wilmington North (CPWN), which is ranked #1 in TripAdvisor’s guest reviews of hotels in its market, has created a custom version of its nationally recognized WOW Program to target the unique needs of collegiate sports teams and coaches.  The hotel’s WOW Program is an exclusive guest services initiative that has helped CPWN to achieve high guest satisfaction ratings, top reviews on Google and Expedia, and the InterContinental Hotel Group’s Year Over Year Improvement Award.


“When teams stay with us for their games or matches against colleges in Philadelphia, eastern Pennsylvania, and northern or southern Delaware, we fully understand their specific pre-game and post-game needs,” says Alison Walter, Sales Manager at Crowne Plaza Wilmington North.  “We’re then able to deliver a variety of full service perks that make their visits more comfortable, enjoyable, and productive than they’ve ever experienced in their away game or tournament travels.”

CPWN’s service offerings for collegiate teams include:

●     A welcome table with complimentary team-customized water bottles, trail mix packs, and snacks

●     Lobby decorations featuring the team’s colors, logo, and mascot

●     Separate, private areas for team and coaches meetings

●     Post-game dinner with a team-themed menu featuring selections and dishes that accommodate players’ training diets (high protein, low and/or high carbohydrate, etc.)

“We’ve stayed at a lot of hotels for our away games, and we’ve never had the kind of first class treatment that Crowne Plaza Wilmington North delivered,” says Tom Glynn, Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Nichols College in Dudley, MA, who was recently named the 2016-17 Worcester Area College Basketball Association Coach of the Year.  “The greetings and attention that we received, the meeting areas that our players and coaches were able to use, and the ability for us to eat at the hotel and not have to travel to off-premises restaurants made everything easier for the players and coaches, and totally eliminated any stress during our four day stay in March ‘17 for an NCAA Tournament.  The fact that our players shared their positive experiences at the hotel on social media was proof of how much they enjoyed it.”

For more information about CPWN's programs for collegiate teams and their coaches, contact Alison Walter (302-791-4611, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

About Crowne Plaza Wilmington North

Located near the Philadelphia International Airport, Crowne Plaza Wilmington North is in Claymont, DE, just north of Wilmington. Our hotel, which is ranked #1 in TripAdvisor’s customer reviews of hotels in the market, is in a perfect location for business and leisure travelers with the amenities to please both. With over 190 comfortable rooms and suits, a top rated restaurant, complimentary WiFi, a sparkling outdoor pool, and a health and fitness center, you’ll find whole new ways to relax and recharge when you stay at our hotel.