Philadelphia Antiques Show to support lung transplant center

The Phil­adelphia An­tiques Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Con­ven­tion Cen­ter from April 28 through May 1. Pro­ceeds will sup­port the pro­grams of Penn Medi­cine.

The up­com­ing Phil­adelphia An­tiques Show will give vis­it­ors a chance to pur­chase unique and time­less treas­ures, while at the same time be­ne­fit­ing Penn Medi­cine.

Pro­ceeds from the show, which takes place April 28 through May 1 at the Pennsylvania Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, will help es­tab­lish the Penn Lung Trans­plant Ex Vivo Lung Per­fu­sion Cen­ter.

Dr. Ed­ward Cantu III, of Penn Medi­cine, spoke at a re­cent news con­fer­ence at the May­or’s Re­cep­tion Room in City Hall. He asked those in at­tend­ance to take deep breaths without ex­hal­ing, com­par­ing that tem­por­ary un­com­fort­able feel­ing to what people with lung is­sues face every day.

Cantu ex­plained that 30 per­cent of people who are on wait­ing lists for a lung trans­plant die be­fore a re­place­ment or­gan be­comes avail­able.

“There simply aren’t enough donors,” he said. “It’s a big prob­lem.”

Each year since the first An­tiques Show in 1962, pro­ceeds have be­nefited a spe­cif­ic area of pa­tient care at Penn Medi­cine. The vo­lun­teer staff has raised more than $18 mil­lion in that time.

Money raised this year will, among oth­er things, help re­duce the list of in­di­vidu­als need­ing lung trans­plants.

Penn Medi­cine — which con­sists of the Hos­pit­al of the Uni­versity of Pennsylvania, Penn Pres­by­teri­an Med­ic­al Cen­ter and Pennsylvania Hos­pit­al, along with out­pa­tient cen­ters — has an am­bi­tious goal for lung-trans­plant pa­tients.

“No one will die wait­ing,” Cantu said.

The 51st an­nu­al show will be tak­ing place at the con­ven­tion cen­ter for the first time. Over the years, it has had vari­ous homes, most re­cently the Phil­adelphia Navy Yard.

Melanie John­son, the city rep­res­ent­at­ive, be­lieves the show will be suc­cess­ful be­cause the ven­ue is cent­rally loc­ated and area ho­tels are of­fer­ing spe­cial pack­ages.

Gretchen Ri­ley, the show chair­wo­man, said its loc­a­tion in Hall F will al­low for the biggest floor plan ever. A pre­view party is set for April 27.

There will be a re­cord 58 deal­ers, in­clud­ing some com­ing for the first time. On dis­play will be a se­lec­tion of an­tique fur­niture, paint­ings, works on pa­per, por­cel­ain, folk art, jew­elry and tex­tiles, all geared to both seasoned col­lect­ors and new­comers to the hobby.

In ad­di­tion, there will be free lec­tures and three in­teri­or-design rooms that will show­case an­tiques in mod­ern Amer­ic­an homes.

Also, the Pennsylvania Hos­pit­al His­tor­ic­al Col­lec­tion will present the ex­hib­it Where His­tory Meets Medi­cine: An­tiques From the Na­tion’s First Hos­pit­al. It’ll in­clude rare books and manuscripts, fine art, fur­niture and ar­ti­facts.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 28 and 30; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 29; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1.

Tick­ets cost $17 for ad­vance pur­chases and seni­or cit­izens and $20 at the door. Col­lege stu­dents will be ad­mit­ted free.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 610-902-2109, vis­it www.phi­l­ or check out the show’s page on Face­book. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­

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