Senator Anthony H. Williams is the visionary behind the N2N Festival which was founded as neighborhood block party that continued to grow through the years to what it is now - a festival that enteratains thousands of residents in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding area. Senator Williams joined the Pennsylvania Legislature – first as state representative for the 191st District in 1988, then as state senator of the 8th District in 1998 – he resolved to make the needs of his constituents known, and has, with solid results.
He's made significant strides in the areas of education, public safety, and economic opportunity. He sticks to a simple dictate: find the best ideas and implement them. It’s a commonsense, yet fearless approach to leadership that resists blind party allegiance or indebtedness to its patrons. As senator for one of the state’s most populous districts, he serves people of all economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds with sensibility and compassion. That stems from the moral courage instilled in him by his parents: the late Hardy Williams and Carole Williams-Green. And it’s replenished by the inspiration he finds in his wife, Shari, and their two daughters, Asia and Autumn.
The Black Women in Sport Foundation, or BWSF, was established in 1992, and is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration. BWSF’s work, however, is not limited to black women and girls. It enrolls girls and boys in the programs conducted throughout the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. It facilitates the involvement of women of color in every aspect of sport in the United States and around the world, through the "hands-on" development and management of grass roots level outreach. BWSF has partnered with Senator Williams over the last 3 years to host this free community event and during the festival, the organization hosts sports demonstrations in the park, right next to the kids zone.
Festivals are fun to plan, but we can't do it alone. A good festival--the type people make plans to go to next year--is the result of event staff and volunteers carrying out specific duties that might otherwise be overlooked. Fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering for the Tribute to Aretha Franklin.
215 Aphillyated is a privately, minority owned and operated for profit multi-faceted entertainment company. The company is based in the Philadelphia area and has provided both diverse and quality entertainment locally and nationally for over 20 years. 215 Aphillyated has two divisions. Concert Promotions / Production and Management. 215 Aphillyated is headed by CEO Charles (Charlie Mack) Alston. Mr. Alston has the vision and the resources to make 215 Aphillyated, an entertainment giant. Charlie Mack has a long standing track record in the entertainment industry dating back to 1978. “Charlie Mack” known for being called “First Out Da Limo” due to his security management skills for entertainers such as MC Breeze, Doug E. Fresh and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Charlie is the creator of the “Charlie Mack’s Celebrity Basketball Game” (Est. 1990) and “Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend” (Est. 2004). He has a long list of accomplishments to his credit:
Wendell F. Holland, II is the founder and chief designer at Beve Unlimited, which transforms reclaimed wood to into unique custom furniture. He tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit at Morehouse College where he designed, produced, and sold hand painted college apparel. Wendell built his first bed for himself, while he was a law clerk for one of Philadelphia’s most respected judges. This year he competed and won the show survivor.
Funnyman, Israel “Skeet” Carter is one of the youngest and most sought-after comedians of his generation. After his comedic debut, in a show he curated and headlined in 2011, gained the attention of Kevin Hart; Carter’s career lit up, and has been ablaze ever since.
He has been featured on comedy shows and tours with Paul Mooney, Cedric The Entertainer, DL Hughley, Mike Epps, Rickey Smiley, Tommy Davidson, Earth Quake, Tony Rock, Tony Roberts, Sommore and many more.
Philadelphia's beloved radio personality, Patty Jackson, on 105.3 WDAS-FM, has signed on to be a co-host for the N2N Festival along with the Black Women in Sport Foundation, and Skeet! Patty, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, has been a radio host here for more than 30 years, and is an incredible addition to our amazing event on Saturday, September 8th!