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Alumni NewsAn article in the March-April issue of Philadelphia magazine announced the City of Philadelphia has begun to prepare for the 250th Anniversary of the United States of America in 2026. Chris Chimicles, the son of Nick Chimicles, Beta Pi ’67, was highlighted as one of the two founders of USA250, an organization dedicated for the express purpose of promoting the city as a tourist destination in 2026 and the center of our country’s 250th Anniversary celebration.

In July of 2016, President Obama signed a bill creating the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to organize the national celebration. USA250 will concentrate on fund-raising, seeking persons to volunteer their time and efforts for this endeavor, and submission of ideas that will feature Philadelphia as home and destination for many of the activities planned for this huge event.

After all, Philadelphia’s connection to the birthplace of our nation is well known. By getting a head start on other cities, Chris hopes to make Philadelphia the place to be in 2026. Our congratulations to Nick on his son’s initiative and accomplishments.