Ben's Birthday Bash

Did You Know...
 That Ben Franklin is turning 311 this January? 

Each January and February, dozens of alumni regional clubs around the world gather to celebrate Ben's Birthday! From museum tours and faculty lectures to happy hours and athletics events, there really is no better way to honor our university's founder than gathering with fellow Quakers. Last year, 18 clubs hosted a Ben's Birthday Bash and received a Ben's Bash Party Box from Alumni Relations, which included Ben-on-a-sticks (see photos below!), Quaker Quizzo, Penn swag, and more! This year, we are hoping to see even more clubs host a Ben's Bash and increase the participation of alumni across the globe.

If you're a club leader planning a Ben's Bash, please be sure to submit your event information to your regional club's liaison to receive a Ben's Bash Party Box today!

Check out the pictures below from last year's Ben's Bash photo contest as well as a listing on the right of events for this year!

Ben's Birthday Bash Events 

Penn Club of Delaware
December 29, 2016

In honor of Ben Franklin's birthday, we will be "Be Like Ben" for a night at the University and Whist Club (805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington) starting at 6:15pm for cocktails. At 7:00pm, please join us to celebrate our newest generation of Be Like Ben members--the recipients of our club's 2016-2017 scholarship. Visit our website for more details and to reserve tickets!

Penn Club of Israel
January 4, 2016
Join the Penn Club of Israel and other Ivy League Clubs to celebrate Ben Franklin's birthday at the Dancing Camel Brewry.  We reserved the Brewry Room at the Dancing Camel (Walking distance from Azrieli) and will have a conversation with Israel's first micro Brewmaster David Cohen.  Cash Bar & lite food Beer is Kosher friends are Welcome.We will present The Ben Frankling "With Small stokes fall Great Oaks Award" to the Penn Alum for on-going contribution to the Club. Please let us know on the Penn Club of Israel Facebook Group that you are coming --Friends are Welcome

Penn Club of Central Virginia
January 7, 2017

Join us and fellow All-Ivy Alumni for a celebration of Penn's founder with a pool tournament at Greenleaf's Pool Room (508 E. Franklin St, Richmond). Arrive at 6:30pm for Penn Quizzo. The pool tournament begins at 7:30pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and birthday cake will be served! RSVP on our Facebook page!

Penn Club of Cleveland
January 7, 2017

We are pleased to invite local alumni, parents, and current students to Ben's Birthday Bash, at 2:00pm at the Winking Lizard Tavern (25200 Miles Road, Bedford, OH, 44146). Connect with fellow Quakers and cheer on the Penn women's basketball team as they take on Princeton. Please RSVP to Mary Ellen Crowley Huesken, C'86.

Penn Club of Seattle
January 8, 2017

In honor of Ben Franklin's birthday, we will be "Bowling for Ben" at Garage in Cap Hill. Please join us for our 4th annual 21+ birthday bash celebration. Registration fee includes shoe rental, 3 hours of bowling, and light appetizers. Dinner and drinks are available for individual purchase., Please RSVP at 

Gold Coast Alumni Club
January 10, 2017

Join us for our popular annual kick off event of the New Year--the celebration of Big Ben's Birthday! Enjoy the tastiest, authentic Italian dishes and drink specials at Louie Bossi (1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301). Please visit our website for pricing and registration.

Penn Club of Chicago
January 11, 2017
Join fellow Quakers at the Penn Club of Chicago's Ban Bash, Holiday Party and 2017 Kick-Off Event! Meet new friends, catch up with old ones, hear about upcoming Club events for 2017 and sign up to help plan others. All this while enjoying a cash bar, full food menu and some complimentary passed appetizers at the newly opened bar/restaurant Slightly Toasted. We look forward to ringing in a fantastic new year with all of you!  Please RSVP at

Penn Club of St. Louis
January 12, 2017

Join the Penn Club of St. Louis for our annual Ben's Birthday Bash from 6:00-8:00pm at the Ritz Carlton (100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO  63105). Connect with fellow Quakers as we celebrate the birthday of our founder! To RSVP, email Bruce Greer, C'82 at

Penn Club of San Antonio
January 14, 2017

The time has come for our annual celebration of Ben Franklin’s birthday (he’s turning 311 this year)! Join us at Youz Guys Cheesesteaks (316 Pat Booker Rd, University City) this Saturday, January 14th at 12pm. The Ben Birthday Bash is always a highlight of our Penn Club events, and our group tends to fill all the tables at Youz Guys - a one-of-a-kind restaurant decked out with Philly memorabilia. Please RSVP to Haeley Giambalvo, W'02.

Penn Club of Sarasota
January 14, 2017

Join us to wish Ben Franklin a happy 311th birthday at our Winter Luncheon, featuring a performance by the Sarasota Opera Singers. We will meet at the TPC Prestancia Country Club (4409 Tournament Players Club Drive, Sarasota) from 11:30am-1:30pm. Please RSVP to

Penn Club of Northeastern PA
January 15, 2017

Please join us for a Ben Franklin Bountiful Buffet Birthday Bash. Ben’s Bash will be held on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Wilkes-Barre - East Mountain (600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes Barre, PA, 18702). Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, January 10th by emailing

Penn Club of Denver
January 17, 2017

Please join your fellow alumni and friends for our 2017 Post-Holiday Celebration and Ben's Birthday Bash at Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP (370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500, Denver). This year's event will fill feature live music, appetizers, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests are welcome. $10 for club members and yPenn, $20 for non-members and guests. As in prior years, proceeds will benefit The Gathering Place, Denver's daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. RSVP here.

Penn Club of Hampton Roads, VA
January 17, 2017

The Penn Club of Hampton Roads is back and excited to host a Ben's Birthday Bash from 6:00-7:30pm at Mermaid Winery (330 W. 22nd Street, #106, Norfolk, VA)! Connect with fellow alumni in the area while celebrating the birthday of our founder, Ben Franklin. Please RSVP to Jaleisha Jacobs, NU'09 at

Penn Club of Houston
January 17, 2017

Raise a glass with your fellow Quakers to Ben on what would be his 311th birthday! Meet us at Kirby Ice House (3333 Eastside, Houston) at 6:30pm. For more information, email Jamie Garrett.

Penn Club of Japan
January 17, 2017

Join the Penn Club of Japan in celebrating Ben Franklin's 311th birthday at Dining & Bar Kitsune in Tokyo at 19:00

Penn Club of Silicon Valley
January 17, 2017

Ben Bash has an academic flair with Penn Nursing Dean Villarruel.  Penn Nursing is leading the most trusted profession in shaping health and health care. Increased health technology, improved access to healthcare and the growing need for primary care providers, combined with the complexities of patient care and a movement to redefine health, provide unique challenges and opportunities to advance science, develop leaders and deliver solutions based on evidence.  RSVP today!

Penn Club of South Carolina
January 17, 2017

Join us for Ben Franklin's Birthday Bash on Tuesday, January 17th 5:30-7:30pm at Leyla (289 King Street - rated #4 on Trip Advisor). We will have a special birthday cake prepared by the chef who makes some of the best pastry in Charleston and a cash bar! A nominal charge of $5 is suggested, which you can pay at the door. Please RSVP to Bob Kosian so we know how many folks to expect.

Penn Club of Bucks County
January 18, 2017

Please join the Penn Club of Bucks County as we celebrate our beloved Ben's 311th birthday at our annual Ben's Birthday Bash from 6:00-8:00pm at La Stalla (18 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940) We are pleased to able to offer this event as a free event for all! . Please RSVP by January 14th at EventBrite. We look forward to seeing you at this event, which will mark our two-year active anniversary!

Penn Club of Southwest Ohio
January 18, 2017
The Penn Club of Southwest Ohio invites you to join us for Ben's Birthday Bash at 6:30pm with dinner, drinks, Ben-themed games, and conversation at Bar Louie Austin Landing (10267 Penny Lane, #2034, Miamisburg, OH  45342). Email to RSVP.

Penn Club of Long Island
January 19, 2017
Please join us in celebration of Ben Franklin's birthday! We will have dinner at Matteo's Restaurant (88 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY  11577) at 7pm. $60 per person, all inclusive, to be paid in advance. For more information and to register, please visit the Penn Club of Long Island's website.

Penn Club of Portland
January 19, 2017
Join in celebrating Ben Franklin's 310th birthday with Penn alums and friends. Beer lovers have long claimed that Franklin's love of beer led him to say: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Wine lovers and Walter Isaacson know that the actual quote was: "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." The good news is that both, along with cake (our reward for last year’s award-winning group photo), will be available from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at: Lucky Labrador Brewing Company (Southeast) Hawthorne Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214

Penn Alumni Club of Atlanta
January 20, 2017
In celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s birthday this January, the Penn Alumni Club of Atlanta will be giving back to our community. Help us kick off Ben’s Birthday Bash by volunteering with your fellow alumni on Friday, January 20, at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta!  To sign-up for a shift please email Katherine Bassett at

January 20, 2017
Quakers, help us celebrate our founder's birthday at the biggest signature event of the year! Let's kick off the New Year by celebrating everything Penn while mingling and catching up with fellow alumni. We will have music, food, drinks, costumes, Penn swag, a free raffle, and live entertainment! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit!

Penn Club of the Triangle
January 20, 2017

The Penn Club of the Triangle is back! Join us on Friday, January 20 from 5:30-8:30pm at the North Carolina Museum of Art, West Building for the Art in the Evening series. Connect with fellow Quakers as we celebrate the birthday of our founder, Ben Franklin! Click here to RSVP. 

Penn Club of Iowa
January 21, 2017

Gather with fellow Quakers to celebrate the kickoff of the Penn Club of Iowa and Ben Franklin's birthday on Saturday, January 21 from 4-7pm at Madhouse Brewing Company! Cost is $20 per adult. Madhouse will provide a room, tour, beers to sample and we will show the Penn vs. St. Joe's basketball game. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Penn Club of Philly
January 21, 2017

Join us at for a celebration of Benjamin Franklin's 311th birthday This year, we will be attending the Penn v. St. Joe's men's Basketball game at the Palestra (7-9pm), with a Penn Alumni reception/birthday party beforehand (5-6pm). For more information and to register, please visit

Penn Club of Westchester and Rockland Counties
January 26, 2017
Come kick off 2017 and enjoy a wonderful evening touring the Nahmias et Fils Micro-Distillery (201 Saw Mill River Road, Building C, Yonkers, NY  10701) from 7-10pm. Taste some of the Nahmias family recipe distilled spirits, Middle Eastern appetizers and cocktails, light dinner, and birthday cake for Ben! To register, please visit

Penn Club of France
February 1, 2017
Join fellow Penn Alumni, Parents, and Friends in Paris as we celebrate the 311th birthday of our university's founder, Benjamin Franklin. We will have Penn giveaways and games! This event will also serve as a gathering for attendees to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Penn Club of France. We currently have several leadership positions open and want YOU to join our team! Time: 7:15 PM to 10 PM Location: Le Café du Châtelet 8 rue Saint-Denis, 75001 Paris Métro: Châtelet. To register, please visit

Penn Club of Utah
February 3, 2017
We will be gathering in true colonial fashion to celebrate Ben Franklin's birthday with a potluck-style reception on Friday, February 3 at The Commons at City Creek from 6-8pm. From old timers to young alumni, there really is no better way to honor our University's founder than gathering with fellow Quakers! We'll have Penn swag and a birthday cake with 311 candles. Bring some food and BYOB. Please RSVP by 1/31 to Jesus Perez, C'16 and indicate what you'll be bringing.

Penn Club of Northern California
February 9, 2017
Ben's Bash is back! The Penn Club is happy to celebrate Ben Franklin's birthday with this annual tradition. Born on January 17, 1706, our founder would have been 311 years old in 2017. Aside from Penn-related work, Franklin's many roles included being a Founding Father, a prominent figure in the American Enlightenment, the inventor of the lightning rod and bifocals, and an influential abolitionist. Please click here to RSVP.

Penn Club of DC
February 10, 2017
Everyone's favorite Smokey Joe's singer returns to DC to celebrate our founder's 311th birthday! Join us downstairs from 6-8PM for a Ben-themed happy hour followed by a special performance upstairs from Kenn Kweder for all donors to The Penn Fund. The happy hour event is free and open to all members, friends, and significant others of the Penn community while the Kenn Kweder event is open to all current donors to The Penn Fund this fiscal year. To RSVP and/or donate please click here.