Governor Wolf Names Pat Burns Chair of Semiquincentennial Commission

October 17, 2018

Harrisburg, PA — Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced regional supermarket magnate and philanthropist Patrick Burns will chair the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial.

“As the birthplace of American freedom, Pennsylvania will play a critical role in the celebration of this major milestone,” said Gov. Wolf. “With a strong leader like Pat heading the commission, Pennsylvanians can expect their heritage to be at the forefront of the recognition of America’s 250th birthday.”

The Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial was formed in 2018 to plan and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States, which will take place in the year 2026. As the home to Independence Hall, the location where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were adopted, Pennsylvania is expected to play an integral part in the celebration of this historic point in the history of the United States.

Best known for his business leadership in the Greater Philadelphia area, Burns developed the first Fresh Grocer supermarket concept store in 2001 and has continued to open additional Fresh Grocers, as well as ShopRites and other restaurant, catering and hospitality development projects. Burns is also a notable area philanthropist and has been recognized for his commitment to charities including the American Red Cross, Philabundance and local police departments. He will lead the 24-member commission.

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