Thanks to everyone for a great night!

USA250’s Board of Directors and 2016 Toast Committee hosted a special reception to celebrate passage of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act, honoring Members of Congress and toasting USA250 partners:

  • U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle
  • U.S. Representative Robert Brady
  • U.S. Representative Patrick Meehan
  • U.S. Representative Dwight Evans
  • Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia
  • Gwen Camp,
    Office of U.S. Senator Bob Casey
  • Robert DeSousa,
    Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey
  • Patricia Wilson Aden,
    African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Mitchell Davis,
    James Beard Foundation
  • Ellen Yin and Chef Eli Kulp,
    High Street Hospitality Group
  • Denise Doring VanBuren,
    Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Harold Epps, City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce
  • Hadji Maloumian, Office of Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod, Independence National Historical Park

Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: Doors at 5:15pm, Remarks at 5:45pm, Ends at 7:30pm
Venue: African American Museum in Philadelphia
Proceeds to benefit: USA250
Suggested attire: “After-work chic” or “Patriotic!”


About Toast250

Support America’s plans to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 1776. Honor the leadership by Congress in establishing the new United States Semiquincentennial Commission. Engage with the legacy of the African American Museum, a centerpiece of Philadelphia’s 1976 Bicentennial celebration 40 years ago. Learn about USA250’s new partners and initiatives as we head toward 2026, one short decade away.



Media Advisory

Click here to read USA250’s announcement on the new Semiquincentennial Commission appointments and to get the Toast250 read-out.

Sponsorship Info

Purchase tickets or sponsor Toast250 by clicking here:


Payments or donations may also be mailed by check to USA250, 1801 Market Street, Suite 660, Attn: Christopher Chimicles – Treasurer, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP | Daniel Berger | Christopher Chimicles | Andrew Hohns & Leah Popowich | Philadelphia Phillies

Comcast NBCUniversal | Institutional Financial Markets Inc. | Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau | David Seltzer | Visit Philadelphia

Angeion Group | Chimicles and Tikellis LLP | Daughters of the American Revolution: National and Pennsylvania Societies | Wayne Spilove

African American Museum in Philadelphia | Carol de Fries & Chad Colby | Drexel University | Fox Rothschild LLP | Michael Scott

A. Kitchen: Chef Jon Nodler; Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sport Management: Chef Richard Pepino, Paul O’Neill; Éclat Chocolate: Christopher Curtin, Chef Owner; Fork: Chef John Patterson; High Street on Market: Pastry Chef Sam Kincaid; Laurel: Alex Rosenthal, Alex Beninato, Chef Nicholas Elmi; Rebel Ventures: Tre’Cia Gibson, Fleshae Arbur-Saey, A’Nya Pollard, Nyeem Britt, Nasir Laney, Zaire White, Liz Flick, Jarrett Stein, Win Rembert, Kevin Dixon; Rooster Soup Company/Federal Donuts: Erin O’Shea; CookNColo: Steven Cook; Skurnik Wines; Serpico: Chef Peter Serpico, Barry Enders (Starr Restaurant Group); Stateside Vodka; Vedge: Chef Richard Landau; Vernick: Ryan Mulholland; Vetri Community Partnership: Chef Carla Norelli & Chef Sarah Cullen; Volvér: Dave Conn (Garces Group); Yards Bewing Company; Special thanks to: Ellen Yin and Chef Eli Klp (High Street Hospitality Group) and Keven Parker (The Keven Parker Company)

Patricia Wilson Aden (co-chair), Chris Chimicles (co-chair), Steven Scott & Linda Bradley, Jessica Cosme, Dr. Indranil Dasgupta & Sonia Nofziger Dasgupta, Michelle Freeman, Richard Haggerty, Rev. Dr. Charles Howard, Kimberley Imperiale, Eli Kulp, Maud Lyon, Wanda Mial, Greg Montanaro, Fred Stein, Joshua Waldorf, Omar Woodard, Ellen Yin

Andrew Hohns (Chair), Nicole Allen White (Vice Chair), Christopher Chimicles (Treasurer), Keri Salerno (Secretary), Carol de Fries, James Elam, Job Itzkowitz, Jeffrey Scott, Zabeth Teelucksingh, Molly Whitehouse, April Williamson

African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, and DE; The Creative Group Inc, Eternal Crescent Media, Global Philadelphia Association, High Street Hospitality Group, Kimberley Imperiale, Scott McClaine/, Joshua Waldorf, Artwork & Design by: Iris Creative



To join the Toast Committee or sponsor Toast250, contact:

Jon Grabelle Herrmann, USA250 Executive Director
267-888-8566 or

Payments or donations may also be mailed by check to USA250, 1801 Market Street, Suite 660, Attn: Christopher Chimicles – Treasurer, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

USA 250 Incorporated (dba USA250) is a Pennsylvania 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, EIN# 27-2692035.