The Brandywine Strawberry Festival: A sweet community event
● By Stone Lieberman
Did you know that more than 3,000 strawberry shortcakes are sold at the Brandywine Health Foundation’s Strawberry Festival each year? These now-famous fruit filled treats are not only delicious, they help to support our local community!
Each year, the Strawberry Festival, organized by the Brandywine Health Foundation, raises more than $100,000 in net proceeds, which is donated to the Coatesville community through grants and programs.
Now in its 46th year, the volunteer-led organizing committee is excited to once again bring non-stop entertainment, fireworks, rides, games, a vast array of mouth-watering foods, pony rides, shopping, and more to the grounds of Brandywine Hospital – Tower Health, from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3.
The Strawberry Festival attracts more than 25,000 visitors each year and is one of the only events in Chester County that brings together large corporations, small businesses, non-profits, community and municipal leaders, and residents from all walks of life, all to share in a weekend of family-friendly fun for a purpose.
“KeyBank is proud to be a presenting sponsor for the Strawberry Festival and help celebrate the festival’s years of dedication to the Coatesville community. The record-breaking success of the festival in the past few years is a testament to the Brandywine Health Foundation’s commitment to finding new and exciting ways to enhance the festival and give back to the local community. KeyBank is thrilled to be part of that community commitment.” – Robert Kane, Market President for Presenting Sponsor, KeyBank.
At the Brandywine Health Foundation, we are working to improve the health and well-being of people who live and work in the greater Coatesville area by fostering community partnerships, providing capacity building support, and making grants to promote health equity, healthy youth, and a healthy community. Since 2001, the foundation has served as a connector for the Coatesville area, bridging the gap between the needs of our community and the resources to address them.
Through the years, we have learned the key to our success brings us back to our core purpose, to create and sustain a culture of health through community engagement and partnerships. Over the last sixteen years the Foundation has laid the groundwork for continued community engagement as we continue to focus on equitable health and healthcare for all, partner with youth development organizations to build our future leaders, and give our youth a strong voice for change through our own Coatesville Youth Philanthropy program. We are also transforming community parks and playgrounds into inviting, safe spaces across generations through our Greening Coatesville Initiative in partnership with Natural Lands and the City of Coatesville.
“The Foundation recognizes there is still more work to be done and we can’t do it alone. High rates and incidents of health disparities, like diabetes, hypertension, and mental health can still be determined by ones zip code. In the 21st century with all the advancements in the medical field and technology, the health of communities should not be defined by zip codes. Everyone deserves equal access to health, mental, and social services no matter where they live. We hope you will stand by our side as we work to advance the movement of creating and sustaining a Culture of Health within our community.” – Vanessa B. Briggs, President and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s highly anticipated Strawberry Festival in just a few short months. For more information about the festival or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.BrandywineStrawberryFestival.com.