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Thomas Pym Cope Award Celebration 2022

May 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Please Join us for a Memorable evening!


The Thomas Pym Cope Award is presented biennially to members of our community who epitomize Thomas P. Cope’s philanthropic approach in Philadelphia. In 2022, we will honor Connie and Eldredge “Rags” Ragsdale for their extraordinary philanthropic service to our city and community. Proceeds raised through the Thomas Pym Cope Award Celebration support the Fund for the Gardens and Grounds at Awbury Arboretum.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour on the patio of Awbury’s historic Francis Cope House followed by a gourmet dinner served by Peachtree Catering. After dinner, we will recognize our honorees, and follow up with a signature Peachtree dessert.
Ticket sales are now closed, but you can still make a gift of any amount in honor of Connie and Rags!
The form below provides an option to make a gift to the Fund for the Gardens and Grounds at Awbury Arboretum and leave a message for our honorees.




Eldredge “Rags” Ragsdale

After serving in the U.S. army for 28 years, Rags has dedicated his retirement years to “gardening for the greater good” – in the words of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Rags is the long-time president of the Awbury Community Garden Club and sits on the Boards of both the Awbury Arboretum Association and Food Moxie. He has cultivated and donated thousands of pounds of produce to the City Harvest program and given countless volunteer hours to many other gardens, green spaces, and green organizations across the city.

Connie Ragsdale

Connie brings the same level of commitment and service to our shared historic and cultural resources. Connie spent 32 years working with Philadelphia youth as an educator, and today she dedicates her time and talents to preserving and interpreting our local history. She is the President of the Board of Directors at Historic Strawberry Mansion, sits on the Board of The Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground, and supports many other local historic and cultural sites, serving in a variety of roles ranging from historian, to docent, to educational advisor.


as of 5/19/22


ASALH PhilaMontco Branch
Harold Boone
Camille Z. Charles
Katie and Pete Commons
Thomas J. Doll and Linda Gardner Doll
Joe and Carolyn Evans
Kate Flynn
Elizabeth Gemmill
Mike Gillum and Andrew White
Shanna Halpern and Jean Gajary
Mary and William Hangley
Maryl Hitchings
Ann Hozack
Linda Owens


Nicole Juday Rhoads and Sam Rhoads
Sara Robbins 
Franklyn & Cintra Rodgers
Norman Marcus
Najjia Mahmoud and Mark Sellers
George McNeely and William O’Connor
Sarah and Philip Price, Jr.
Matt Rader, Representing the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Ruth and Sidney Rosenblatt
Chris and Lee van de Velde
Kristin Winch and Ron Tarver
Sydelle Zove and Stephen Kaufman

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May 19, 2022
5:00 pm
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The Francis Cope House
One Awbury Road
Philadelphia, PA 19138