MarketPlace PHL Flies for Families in Annual Plane Pull

Team Raises Money and Awareness for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

May 17, 2016

PHL Plane Pull

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Team members from MarketPlace PHL came together for the eighth annual Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) Plane Pull event. The team raised a total of $2,854 for the PRMH.

The Plane Pull is a tug-of-war event in which teams attempt to pull a plane over a designated distance in the shortest amount of time. The event was held on Atlantic Aviation’s tarmac, and all the funds raised for PRMH benefit local families in need.

“MarketPlace PHL and its teams of merchants have a passion for giving back to the community, and we look forward to the Plane Pull every year,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “To come together as a team and ‘pull for the house’ is always great fun, and made all the more enjoyable knowing that we’re doing it for a great cause.”

In-kind donations of food and refreshments were made by merchants for participants to enjoy during the event. This year’s participating merchants included Wright Food Services, Paradies Lagardere, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Jack Duggan’s Pub & Restaurant, McDonald’s, LeBus, Villa Pizza, Starbucks, OTG, Philly Pretzel Factory, Good 2 Go, and Sweet Flights.

Several merchants from MarketPlace PHL created their own teams to compete at the event, including Chickie’s & Pete’s, OTG and New York Ice Cream, Inc. These teams raised a collective $19,790. In addition, employees of Vino Volo, Philadelphia America, Lick and Ruby Blue joined the MarketPlace PHL team.

The purpose of the Plane Pull is support the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which provides a second home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals. The group operates two homes in the Philadelphia area, including the very the first Ronald McDonald House, founded in 1974, which is now the model for 300 Houses throughout the world.

To find out more information about the PRMH, please visit

About MarketPlace PHL, LLC

MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is the private partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail program throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning program consists of over 170 stores, restaurants and services, featuring regional, national and international brands as well as local Philadelphia favorites. MarketPlace also manages approximately 20 specialty carts and kiosks throughout all seven terminals. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based airport retail development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more information, visit

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Emily Adams
For MarketPlace PHL
267-932-8760 ext. 308