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Meet Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff, It's All in the Cards

Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff’s story starts in a Barnes & Noble. On a whim, many moons ago—as she says—she took her two children for story hour at the national bookstore and noticed there would be a tarot card reader coming in to promote selling the cards. The experience intrigued her so much she asked for a private reading with the woman on a different date.

Meet Ellen Hockley, Greater Good Events

It’s often said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but in Ellen Hockley’s case, it was an idea that she found in the trash. Hockley, an event planner, knew that some food would go untouched at the end of each event, but one event’s waste particularly troubled her and spurred her into action. “I saw how much food—food that was never taken out of its packages—was thrown in the trash,” she explains.

Meet Vicki Pohl, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Like many stories, it all began with a boy. “I had a teenage crush on this boy and he worked for a catering company,” says Vicki Pohl, director of catering sales at the Garces Group. “I decided that to get to know him, I’d get a job there, too.”

The love—for catering—stuck, and Pohl continued to work through high school and college for the mom-and-pop caterer in suburban Philadelphia. “I started as the girl passing hors d’ouevres and worked my way up,” she says.

Meet Mary Ann Brewer, In The Company of Horses

Mary Ann Brewer always wanted a horse. “I had that typical Black Beauty fantasy of falling in love with a horse and riding off into the sunset,” she says with a laugh. Brewer fulfilled her dream in 1990, but with a fulltime job and three boys to raise, it was far from the stuff of the movies. “I had so many questions: Who is this horse and how can we get stuff done together?” she says. She soon learned that most of the suggestions inflicted pain on the horse: “Whips, bits, spurs … I thought, ‘There must be a better way!’”

Meet Sarah Anello, Center City Distric

CITIES ARE SYNONYMOUS with skylines. Think of any major city and a landmark building or glittering glass tower probably springs to mind, but a city’s real personality comes alive in its parks. These down-to-earth spaces are where you’ll find children playing, co-workers lunching and couples canoodling. In areas where traffic is snarled and elevators are crammed, parks give us a respite from all that is, well, urban. Literally and figuratively, parks offer us a breath of fresh air.

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