Cephas welcomes return of The Overbrook Night Market along Lancaster Avenue

PHILADELPHIA, May 13?–?State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.,?joined partners at the return of The Overbrook Night Market in west Philadelphia.

Close to?10,000?area residents and visitors enjoyed an evening of food, fun, family-friendly entertainment, and community resources including a line-up of 30 food truck vendors, a live segment of?The Realest Podcast Ever, and?a number of?health and community resources from partners including Main Line Health, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Philadelphia Commerce, Independence Blue Cross, Keystone First, Penn Medicine, AETNA and Xfinity. Some local businesses opened their doors to the crowd including many along both the Lancaster Avenue and the 63rd?Street business corridors.??  

The event takes place at the edge of the Overbrook and Overbrook Farms communities, which sit in Cephas’ 192nd Legislative District and returns to the area after a successful run in 2019 that was followed by two years of shutdowns and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. With a focus on supporting community engagement, community and economic development and community health in underserved communities, it is highlighted that there were 40% Black-owned vendors, 37% women-owned vendors and 73% of black-owned contractors.??  

“We're excited to bring this event back to the 192nd,” Cephas said. “It’s vital that we continue to support communities, people and businesses alike,?in ways that encourage engagement, promote development and most importantly support community health and wellness. After two years of unprecedented chaos, residents are ready to be out, and it was truly amazing to see everyone show up!”?  

Along with event co-host Overbrook West Neighbors CDC, Cephas was joined by colleagues near and far including Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Sen. Vincent Hughes, Councilmember Katherine Gilmore-Richardson and Councilmember Derek Green.