All Donations Thru Year’s End Matched 100%
Match Challenge by Steve & Susan Chamberlin
The Chamberlins pledge to match donations up to a total of $10,000!
Former PCC members Steve and Sue Chamberlain support the Wissahickon Mills Foundation purpose to (1.) restore our historic building and (2.) expand paddlesports education. They pledge to match, dollar for dollar, donations up to a total of $10,000 through the end of 2022.
Will You Join the Match Challenge?
Who are the Chamberlins? In 1978, Susan was elected the first female Commodore of the Philadelphia Canoe Club. She went on to be the first female Commodore of the American Canoe Assocation from 1981 to 1983, to judge national and international whitewater competitions, and officiate at the Olympics. Together, Susan and Steve competed to become mixed canoe (C2M) National Slalom Champions in 1976. Steve is credited with a key new C2 design, the Gemini. This innovation placed canoe paddlers close together in the center of the boat. Four decades later, the Chamberlins still cherish the Philadelphia Canoe Club. With this gift, they invite other supporters to join them and help ensure the historic building is restored to endure another 300 years.
“My reason for doing a matching grant is to try and find out how much the existing membership loves PCC,” Steve Chamberlin, 80, said in an interview from his home on the West Coast.
Without needed repairs, Chamberlin said, the clubhouse is in jeopardy: “You need to create a capital reserve fund and put together a realistic budget to what it cost to operate and maintain the building otherwise it will go away. It would be a shame to see it happen. There are not a lot of canoe clubs that have their own facility of that substantial nature.”
Direct Your Donation
1. Choose to fund critical repairs to the mill building. The retaining wall for the mill on Wissahickon Creek has deep scouring, gaps 1 to 2 feet in depth, where mortar has washed away along a 60-foot-long stretch of the foundation. Repairing this wall is our top priority for Spring 2023. Your donation may fund other critical repair work, including a professional engineering assessment of critical building needs.
2. Choose to fund paddlesports education. Scholarships and reduced-cost classes are made available to community members and students to expand the Philadelphia Canoe Club’s tradition of teaching safe, fun paddling.
How to Contribute a Tax Deductible Donation:
Use the form below to donate. Enter comments in the donation form to direct your contribution to building repairs or education.
Learn more about the Wissahickon Mills Foundation's tax-exempt status via the nonprofit GuideStar directory: The Wissahickon Mills Foundation - GuideStar Profile. Our tax ID is 88-2996144.
For more information, contact Griffin Affel at (215) 269-9900 or Jere Downs at (502) 376-2352. Checks appreciated (this eliminates transaction fees) and can be made payable to the Wissahickon Mills Foundation. Send to PCC's address, 4900 Ridge, Phila. Pa., 19128-3805, or to the Treasurer: Griffin Affel, 439 Montier Rd., Glenside, Pa., 19038-3325
ROBESON ROLLING MILL HISTORY - A SPECIAL PLACE - The PCC clubhouse is the sole mill remaining in Fairmount Park, where once stood more than 40 mills. In 1963, the Philadelphia Historical Commission registered the structure as built circa 1700, known at that time as the “Roxboro Mill.” Learn more: Robeson Rolling Mill - Philadelphia Canoe Club.pdf (philacanoe.org)
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