MAIN LINE BANTER: Don’t look now, but summer’s unofficially over

By Ray Hoffman – August 20, 2019
(reprinted with permission)


Contrary to the calendar showing that summer officially has more than three weeks remaining, most Main Line families consider Labor Day (and that’s September 2 this year, in case you’ve forgotten) the appropriate time to put their luggage into the closet, clear the sand out of their toes and step into a new season of school, business, church and community activities of all kind.

Some schools already have resumed classes (many Main Line private schools and public districts will begin their Fall semesters August 26,) businesses are returning to “full day” schedules (if that category even exists in the contemporary workplace,) churches are dusting off empty pews (hoping for a miracle that members will return,) and community conscience residents are updating their print and online calendars to remember supporting a myriad of “good cause” fund-raising benefits, galas, parties and the like.

Arguably, heading the list locally in the “good cause” category for September/October (Note: be sure to get a copy of Main Line Media News Annual Social Calendar Green Book when it’s available in mid-September for a complete compilation of charitable and social goings-on,) is a trio of first-time fund-raisers to benefit Daemion Counseling Center, Berwyn, a first-ever golf classic in behalf of Tredyffrin Libraries and the 35th Annual golf outing at Downingtown Country Club to benefit St. Monica Church, Berwyn.

One wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Daemion trilogy offers “something for the entire family” to consider for having fun while contributing to help provide professional counseling services to neighbors, friends, and, yes, even family members, who are experiencing mental health issues.

The initial Daemion event is a Designer Bag Bingo to be held at Berwyn United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 140 Waterloo Avenue, (attendance is limited to 250 persons) on “Lucky Friday, September 13” at 6 p.m. Fabulous fashion bag prizes will be awarded to winners of 14 rounds of bingo, and there will be a 50/50 cash raffle, as well as luxury raffle baskets valued at $100 or more. A Tiffany bracelet and a piece of Kathleen Childress custom-designed jewelry will be among the many prizes

On Sunday, September 15, a “Casey’s at the Bat for Daemion” benefit will be held at, you guessed it, Casey’s Pour House, Berwyn, from noon to 4 p.m. Owner Steve Graham and his staff promise that a wide selection of Casey’s signature food and beverages for adults and children will, please pardon the expression, be on tap. Hourly raffles, door prizes and a DJ also will be part of the menu. All-you-can-eat tickets ($30 for adults, $10 for children under 12) may be purchased in advance by calling Daemion at 610.647.1431, or at Casey’s door on the 15th

The Philadelphia Cricket Club will be the site of a Daemion benefit golf outing on Saturday, Oct 5, teeing off at 1 pm. Challenging nine holes of the club’s fabled St. Martins Course will be limited to 40 players, so advance reservations need to be considered for fully enjoying an afternoon/evening of fun and “surprises” for players and spectators, alike.

Looking ahead to next year, a 50th Anniversary Gala to benefit Daemiion will be held on Friday May 15 at Waynesborough Country Club, observing Daemion’s 50th year of providing professional and affordable mental health counseling to those in need in the Greater Philadelphia area.

For more information about, and reservations for any of these Daemion events, please visit, email, or call 610.647.1431.