By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You’re invited to a fun evening this coming weekend — for a good cause.

“The ‘Valentine to the Market’ is a gala fundraiser to raise money for the improvement of the market and to ensure that we have the Reading Terminal Market for future generations,” says general manager Paul Steinke (above left).

“It is a Saturday evening event, February 25th, where people enjoy food from the market merchants, an open bar, and entertainment on three stages,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

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Steinke says tickets will be $125 each.

“The money raised by the Valentine goes towards the renovation of the market.  We’re creating new vendor space.”

For example…

“Over the last few months, we opened a new vendor, Molly Malloy’s.  It’s a gastropub and a bar with 24 different kinds of beer on draft.  Twenty-one of them are produced within the local region.”

And for your shopping pleasure…

“We have in the market an electronic piano, and we have a number of volunteer piano players.”

On this day it was Tony Hamilton on keyboard (below).

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(Tony Hamilton entertains shoppers in the Reading Terminal Market on a recent day. Credit: Lauren Lipton)


“We have one of the broadest selections of ethnic restaurants in the city,” Steinke says of the Reading Terminal Market.  “We have Italian and Greek, Middle Eastern, African-American soul food.  We’re about to welcome a German vendor into the market for the first time in many years.”

The historic market is celebrating its 120th birthday this year, and is one of the biggest attractions in Philadelphia.

That’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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