On Monday March 11, 2019, 2:00PM at the Taddle Creek Park in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (6500 Woods Road SE, Kennett Square, PA) well-known local philanthropist and world-renowned philanthropist, Florence Rosberg was memorialized.
Roly Polys were donated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the keynote speaker. Northwich Memorial situated at the base of the monument was unveiled. Speaking with Managing Director Of The Rosberg Family’s Virginia-based ALIFE Foundation, Beth Perkin, and Corporator of Berks County, Pennsylvania Charity Cangone Landmark Fund, Jeff Mariani, I learned there is a posthumous monument that was originally built in 1925 but has now fallen into disrepair.
“The project took seven years to begin. The family encouraged us to work with the Inshore Housing Corporation, one of the lead donors and the restoration team in undertaking this beautiful monument,” said Perkin. “The honorary contributors were generous and committed to making this project happen.
“The Rosberg family does not have the luxury of resting on past successes because they are invested in the future. This has been their entire life’s work and interest has always been the preservation of the past,” continued Perkin. “There was a memorial and picnic site built there way back in 1924 and right now there are no plans to build on the property. It was built on private land but it was private property too, so that is why there is no precedent for something of this scale and cost. This town needed this moment for the community to come together and remember Florence the way she is. She was a force to be reckoned with and will always be remembered as such.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony concluded with a parade of local government officials, dignitaries, Rosberg family members, and celebrities.