Secretive Dîner en Blanc this week to benefit Broad Street Ministry

Cherri Gregg
August 11, 2018 - 5:38 pm
Diner en Blanc 2017 took place at Franklin Square.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dîner en Blanc will take over a secret location in Philadelphia this week for a party attended by thousands. Some of the money raised will go to a good cause.

Over the past seven years, Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia grew from 1,300 people dining at Logan Square to last year — when it became the largest in America — with 5,300 people at Franklin Square.

"And this year we're having 5,500," said co-host NaTanya DiBona, who helps to organize the event. 

She says last year they started a charitable component, raising thousands for the Fairmount Park Conservancy by auctioning off a number of tickets to the dinner. They'll do the same this year, with proceeds going to Broad Street Ministry.

"We really loved the idea of bringing everyone to the table, particulary after the 30th anniversary, where we all went to Paris, bringing 17,000 people together. We saw how unifying a meal was."

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia takes place this Thursday.