David Alicea Jr. Memorial Fund

David and Josie

The Lighthouse mourns the loss of a member of a long time Lighthouse family. Two year old David Alicea Jr. was killed by a hit and run driver while he was in the arms of his mother, Josephine Rivera. The Rivera family has been involved with the Lighthouse for many years. The Lighthouse has set up a fund to help support the family at this difficult time. The David Alicea, Jr. Memorial Fund has been set up at Eagle National Bank and donations can be made at any bank branch or through the Lighthouse, on line or at our office. Thank you for your support at this difficult time.

Century of Champions Campaign

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A Century of Champions

We have begun a yearlong campaign to celebrate the successes of the past 100 years of the Lighthouse Field and to ensure the future success of the next 100.  Called “A Century of Champions” it is a commitment on the part of the Lighthouse to ensure that the field is prepared to help our children develop the skills and maturity to succeed as adults in the next century.

Today, as a result of safety concerns in our streets and the rise of play stations, we find that only those children who primarily identify themselves as athletes are committed to regular outdoor play.  This is then compounded by the fact that our community faces an abundance of cheap food that is filled with processed sugar and empty calories and limited access to affordable healthy food choices.  But while the challenge is grave, the solution is clear:  the two main antidotes to the epidemic of childhood obesity are healthier food choices and healthier activity levels. What our children need is the Lighthouse Field.

Through a network of concerned citizens, alumni and community partners the “Century of Champions” campaign will seek to recruit 100 Champions to donate to a capital campaign to raise the resources to ensure that the Lighthouse Field continues to provide all our children, athletes and non-athletes alike, with the skills and maturity they need to succeed as adults.

Mission & History


Founded in 1893 as a settlement house, the mission of the Lighthouse is to provide educational, recreational and economic improvement programs to families and individuals to improve the quality of their lives, help them move toward self-sufficiency and nurture children and youth, guiding them to become contributing members of society. For more than 100 years the Kensington, Fairhill and North Philadelphia communities have relied on the Lighthouse to provide multi-cultural services that respond to the multi-dimensional needs of our communities’ members.

In response to the unique pressures that the families of North Philadelphia faced, ranging from recent immigration to substance abuse, the Lighthouse began providing services to the children of our community through educational and literacy, arts and music, and sports and recreational programming. As the needs of the community changed, the Lighthouse expanded its services to aid the elderly and under-employed in the community. The Lighthouse began the first Meals on Wheels program in the nation to feed the growing elderly population and was a pioneer in the Women’s Rights and Suffrage movements. Our founder, Esther Kelly Bradford, upon her retirement in 1953 after sixty years of service, was credited with touching the lives of 50,000 people during her tenure. The Lighthouse has always been driven by its commitment to the families and to be in the forefront in developing creative and cutting edge services to meet families’ needs. For more than 114 years the Lighthouse has been in the community, providing services to the community, enabled by support from the community.

Today Lighthouse works with many community partners to complement and supplement our work. Of late we also have benefited from partnerships with Aramark, Lowe’s, Sherwin-Williams, Community Design Collaborative, Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Tomorrow’s Promise, Well Fargo Bank, Sovereign Bank, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and William Penn Foundation, among others.

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