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CCP alum makes $100k gift to Center on Disability

The Community College of Philadelphia’s Center on Disability recently heard back from a former student in a big way.

  • Entrepreneur Gunter Pfau, now CEO of an ecommerce company with 150 employees, made a donation of $100,000 to show appreciation for the help the center gave him as someone who is legally blind.

For Pfau and others, the center is more than just tangible accommodations, Jordan Levy reports — its support structure is crucial to student success.

Disney classic ‘Fantasia’ took shape in Philly

Little-recognized Disney fact: The Philadelphia Orchestra did most of the music for the now-iconic “Fantasia” soundtrack, recorded at the Academy of Music.

  • When Walt Disney met Leopold Stokowski in 1937, the orchestra conductor was already a music celeb. Together the duo pushed the bounds of recording with new technology..

Stokowski’s flamboyant conducting style sets the tone for “Fantasia,” writes Jordan Levy, but its real triumph is sound that mimics being in a concert hall.

RECAP: What else happened?

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All quiet on the Broad Street front for Mayor Kenney, who has no public appearances scheduled for today.


🍻 Billy Penn Philly Quizzo with Newbold Exchange: Our monthly trivia night heads to South Philadelphia this month — and there’s free beer for everyone who registers. Test your local knowledge and win prizes while hanging out at a new coworking space in a former silent motion picture house. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28)

🏫 Students and teachers join Chalkbeat and Resolve Philly’s panel discussion about how schools can help kids deal with overwhelming levels of city violence. Free with RSVP. (5 tp 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20)

🍹 For your munchie consideration: Hook & Master is partnering with local brass band Snacktime to throw a mid-week party filled with CBD-infused cocktails, fancy hot pockets, and plenty of cheese. Tickets cost $75, but they get you three hours of unlimited food. (5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 20).

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