Betty White birthday celebrations in Philly, and local animal shelters to support in her honor

How to toast the late, great actress, who died just before her 100th birthday.

Los Angeles artist Corie Mattie painted a new mural of Betty White in tribute to the late actress

Los Angeles artist Corie Mattie painted a new mural of Betty White in tribute to the late actress

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Betty White — the legendary actress, comedian, and fervent animal lover — would have turned 100 years old Monday. Her late December death has inspired a wave of local tributes, with several Philly venues hosting parties in her honor.

Animal protection organizations are also looking forward to the date, because of the #BettyWhiteChallenge. The nationwide campaign started by White’s fans encourages donations to and adoptions from shelters and rescues on her 100th birthday. Locally, ACCT Philly, the PSPCA, Morris Animal Refuge, and PAWS are all participating.

After you give, where can you celebrate? Golden Girl get-togethers are happening across the city, from an afternoon drag show to nighttime drinks and trivia.

We found three days of events in Philadelphia toasting the late, great Betty White. There’s very little overlap, so superfans could theoretically attend all of them. (If you hear of another, let us know so we can add it.)

Golden Girls Drag Brunch

Where: Evil Genius Beer, 1727 N. Front St.
When: Sunday, Jan. 16, 12 to 2 p.m.
What: Drag performers pay tribute to the Golden Girls over Sunday brunch.
Tickets: General admission is sold out. Prices for VIP, booth, and bar seating vary. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Golden Girl: A Celebration of Betty White

Where: MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St.
When: Sunday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
What: Local spirits maker Bluebird Distilling co-hosts a night featuring reruns of “The Golden Girls,” Betty-themed tater tots, and vodka martinis — White’s favorite drink. All proceeds from martini sales will benefit the Morris Animal Refuge.

‘Betty White: A Celebration’

Where: Movie theaters around the city
When: Monday, Jan. 17, multiple showtimes
What: For one night only, theaters across the nation will screen an hour-and-40-minute film pm White’s life and legacy. Four theaters within city limits will show the film:

  • AMC Fashion District at 1001 Market St.
  • Cinemark University City at 4012 Walnut St
  • Regal Manayunk at 3720-40 Main St.
  • Regal Grant Plaza at 1619 Grant Ave.

Tickets: Prices vary by theater and showtime. Tickets can be purchased here for Cinemark, here for Regal, and here for AMC theaters.

Betty’s Birthday Bash

Where: Sonnys Cocktail Joint, 1508 South St.
When: Monday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
What: Themed cocktails and snacks at this South Street West bar will celebrate White and support local animal shelters.

Golden Girls Trivia

Where: Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
What: Test your Golden Girls knowledge at a trivia night at the Fishtown comedy club, hosted by Bennett and Raven from 96.5 TDY. Ticket sales benefit the PSPCA.
Tickets: $7 each + processing fees and two-drink minimum. They can be purchased here.

Betty White and Anson Williams kissing a St. Bernard named Buckeye during a 1982 awards ceremony for the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

Betty White and Anson Williams kissing a St. Bernard named Buckeye during a 1982 awards ceremony for the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

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