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27 Mar 2015

Twenty-five years later – a multi-billion dollar impact Roland Martin to host Beech’s 25th anniversary celebration

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March 27, 2015 Category: Color Of Money Posted by:

Twenty-five years ago, the Beech Companies began working to begin rebuilding north-central Philadelphia by creating jobs ad affordable housing, and providing programming that has enriched the community.

Beech Companies will celebrate that legacy of community and economic development and the renaissance it has created for this section of the city from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at The First District Plaza,  3801 Market Street.

Hosted by Roland Martin, host of TVOne’s “NewsOne Now”, The North Central Philadelphia Renaissance will feature remarks from Robert Bogle, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Tribune, Richard Bazelon, founder, partner and principal of Bazelon Less & Feldman and Bernard Watson, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation.

“Twenty-five years is a significant milestone and we are proud to join the board and participate in this celebration,” Watson said. “Partnerships on this venture is key to the success of this year-long celebration and will help Beech Companies continue serving the residents and businesses of North Philadelphia.”

Through the Beech Interplex, Inc., Alston-Beech Foundation, Beech Community Services and Beech Business Bank, Beech Companies has served the community by providing more than 1,000 units of affordable housing, helping to create  more than 5,000 full-time, temporary and part-time jobs, and leveraging more than $1 billion dollars in economic development in North Central Philadelphia. The organization has also been successful in making drastic inroads to reduce high rates of crime and poverty, to a community that is vibrant and growing.

“Floyd W. Alston, the first President of Beech established a legacy of building through collaboration,” Kenneth Scott, President of Beech Companies said. “I’m honored, that 25 years later, I have the opportunity to continue to help revitalize the Cecil B. Moore community by promoting community empowerment and neighborhood revitalization.”

Proceeds from 25th anniversary events will benefit the Beech Scholarship Fund and allow the organization to continue producing community and educational programs for families in the region.


For more information, you can contact the Beech Corporation at 215-763-8824 or go to their website,

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