Reading Terminal Market preps for annual fundraiser party

Hadas Kuznits
February 22, 2019 - 6:00 am
Reading Terminal Market

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — About 1,600 guests will head to Reading Terminal Market Saturday night — not to shop, but to eat, drink and dance for the building's biggest fundraiser of the year.   

Reading Terminal's Party for the Market takes place among the food stalls.

Anuj Gupta, manager of Reading Terminal
"It's the most unique setting you're going to find anywhere in the Philadelphia region for a nonprofit fundraiser," said Anuj Gupta, manager of Reading Terminal.

Just for one night, the market is transformed into five bars and three dance floors.

"And this year," Gupta added, "over 40 merchants doing all-you-can-eat food and drink, and really highlighting the market at its best."

The turnaround for the party is brief — the market closes at 6 p.m. and the party starts at 7:30. 

But with this being Reading Terminal, there will be no shortage of food and drinks.

"We're going to have Pearl's Oyster Bar. It will be 20 to 30 feet of raw bar. Martin's Meats is donating a full pig that we rotisserie. Bassetts, of course, is doing their ice cream," said Gupta. "We're going to have specialty cocktails, craft beers from around the region."

The party raises about $250,000 in one night, which is more than half of the market's annual capital budget.

"Last year, we hit 7.3 million visitors," he added — not bad for a 126-year-old building.  

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