Hundreds pack South Bowl for Billy Penn’s Who’s Next Bash

The food, the drinks, the photos and the people who celebrated one year of Billy Penn.

The Billy Penn Who's Next Bash at South Bowl in October 2015.

The Billy Penn Who's Next Bash at South Bowl in October 2015.

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Billy Penn turned 1 last night, and we celebrated at South Bowl with a giant party. “The Billy Penn Who’s Next Bash, presented by Beneficial Bank.” We honored dozens of Philadelphians who had been selected as “Who’s Next” in the last year, and hundreds of people came to the newly-renovated 25,000-square-foot venue in South Philly. Here’s a recap of the night in tweets and photos!

The games

Nobody came close to a perfect score — 100 was the number most were shooting for — but enough pins were falling. There were billiards, too, sponsored by Sugar House Casino.

The food

When hundreds of people come to a party, you need hundreds of pieces of pizza and tacos and tater tots. Oh, and cupcakes, cookies and a giant birthday cake from the folks at Fishtown’s Whipped Bakeshop.

Who’s Next

In the last year, Billy Penn has honored young people working to make Philadelphia better in fields ranging from politics to art to music to labor to law and beyond as part of our “Who’s Next” series, sponsored by the Knight Foundation. Many of them came last night and received a shout-out and round of applause during the middle of the party.


The photo booth

Because for it to be a real bash, you have to at least pose for a few silly photos. Ours was sponsored by Comcast/NBCUniversal. And to mark the occasion, we brought our emoji of Mayor Michael Nutter and the pack of Democratic mayoral candidates from the spring.

The venue

South Bowl has a great rooftop, and the warm fall night was perfect for taking in a picturesque view of Philly. And the party also couldn’t have happened without the support of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Entrepreneurial Investment.

Thank you!

It’s been a great first year. The staff of Billy Penn is excited for more to come. A very special thanks to everyone who has read and supported us in the last year. We can’t wait to continue informing you about Philadelphia and striving to make Philly great!

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