Port Richmond picnic leaves locals feeling like Wynn-ers

"Picnic in the Park"
Port Richmond, East Kensington and Fishtown neighbors turned out by the hundreds for a free concert and picnic in Campbell Square Park co-sponsored by Wynn Resorts and the Port Richmond on Patrol Action Committee.

If the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chooses who will get the city’s remaining casino license based solely on community outreach, the Wynn Philadelphia team should have things pretty much sewed up by now.

Wynn Resorts’ extensive and intensive community-relations juggernaut rolled into Port Richmond last night, where the company threw an outdoor picnic for community residents in Campbell Square Park, co-sponsored by the Port Richmond on Patrol Action Committee (PROPAC). More than 550 residents of Port Richmond and nearby East Kensington and Fishtown turned out for the picnic, which featured live music from the Polish American String Band and The Exceptions.

Also featured were checks, $5000 worth of ‘em. Wynn representatives donated $3000 to community education and arts programs, $1000 to the Friends of Campbell Square and another $1000 to PROPAC.

“We were honored to partner with Wynn Philadelphia for this community event,” said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, executive director of PROPAC. “Throughout the event, we heard nothing but positive feedback from neighbors and support for a resort to be built in our community. As a lifelong resident of the River Wards, I’m excited that a single development can have this great of an impact on our community and the expansion of local business.”

Wynn Resorts Development President and COO Gamal Aziz also pronounced the event a rousing success and had kind words for all involved. “We’re grateful to partner with PROPAC and other community organizations to educate and inform the neighbors living around the proposed site, and celebrate this support with donations back to the community that align with the Wynn Resorts charitable mission.”

Wynn Resorts is one of six applicants for the city’s second casino license, which the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will likely award to one lucky winner sometime next year.

Photo courtesy Braithwaite Communications