Love in the Fitler Square air (Instagram/@leslie.sllvn)

Top donors for each Philly mayoral candidate

Mounting a successful mayoral campaign in Philadelphia can cost $3 million or more, in addition to millions spent by outside groups.

  • Where are this year’s contenders getting financial support? Donor profiles vary widely, from self-funded hopefuls like Brown and Domb to union-backed favorites like Gym, Parker, and Rhynhart.

Meir Rinde sorted through the latest filings, which show contributions received through the end of 2022, and listed the top five donors for each candidate.

→ Who’s funding the mayor’s race?

Eight of the Democratic contenders for Philadelphia mayor (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

Singles love new match-making game at Punch Buggy Brewing

Have a single friend you’re dying to play matchmaker for? Just love talking about how great your buddies are?

  • “Pitch-A-Friend” is a new monthly event at Punch Buggy Brewing in Kensington. It’s beginning to draw crowds of people who say it’s a welcome break from the flat sameness of dating apps. 

Presenters do all kinds of things to pump up their pals, Nick Kariuki and Sammy Caiola found — like make Powerpoints featuring heart-shaped pie charts. 

→ A modern dating game 

“Pitch-A-Friend” night at Punch Buggy Brewing (Nick Kariuki/WHYY)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Nothing on the public sked for Mayor Kenney today. His face is appearing on TV these days, featured as the anti-hero in an ad from mayoral hopeful Allan Domb.


🏦 Learn why advocates think a public bank could increase equity and access to capital at a second People’s Economic Forum, a virtual meeting titled “Powering the Cooperative Economy.” (7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16)

🦜 “Conversations with Birds” opens at the Academy of Natural Sciences, with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on events. (Saturday, Feb. 18, through May 21)