When the Democratic National Convention came to town this summer, The Franklin Institute became party central, hosting nine events over a whirlwind four days. Each event spanned anywhere from 200-1200 guests, and included receptions for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Michigan Democratic Party, the DNC Philadelphia Host Committee and Celebrate NJ NOW, as well as panels and televised presentations for organizations such as the Progressive Action PAC and Real Clear Politics.
“It was a busy but very important week for us to be involved in these high-profile events,” says Lois Switken, Director of Sales at The Franklin Institute.
It was a political who’s who, as big name guests such as Governor Tom Wolfe, former governor Ed Rendell, U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty, Senator Bob Casey, and members of congress such as John Conyers, Keith Ellison and Alan Grayson shared in the revelry and talked about the upcoming election.
The crowning event was the DNC Host Committee’s ceremony, honoring 19 governors, held in a blue-light-drenched Franklin Hall. Each honoree received a 3D printed replica of a monument from Valley Forge National Park. The Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band and 14-year-old Bobby Hill provided musical tribute, and the patriotic ceremony was capped off with a sumptuous spread that included passed hors d’oeuvres like mini lobster rolls and fig gorgonzola bruschetta, a board of American artisan cheeses and charcuterie, ancho grilled chicken skewers with quinoa corn rice salad, and butlered red, white and blue shortcakes.
“Watching history unfold over the course of the week was inspiring and it made the work of entertaining high-profile leaders even more rewarding,” Switken says. “Hosting these events allowed us to put The Franklin Institute, Frog Commissary and Philadelphia at large on the world stage and the experience was truly meaningful.”