PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Ed Rendell was the man of the hour at a fundraiser and awards ceremony hosted by the Wilma Theater.

The Wilma Theater opened its doors fifteen years ago, and it was the first theater to kick-off the vision for what is now the Avenue of the Arts along south Broad Street.

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And it was only fitting that the theatre threw a fete–a Parisian style party with food, drinks and song–to honor Governor Ed Rendell, the man they say was behind it all. “The Wilma Theatre would not be here without Ed Rendell.”

The former governor told a couple of jokes and smiled during the ceremony, but remained humble and thankful for the honor, saying, “I try not to let a lot of organizations honor me. I am not a big believer that politicians should be honored for what they do. It’s our job.”

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Once the formalities were over, the fun continued.

Reported By Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio.

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