Campaign to save church steeple pitches prize with Gabe Kapler

One of the oldest original structures in the nation, Christ Church in Old City, is in need of serious preservation work to its steeple, and fundraising efforts are underway.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A big name in Philadelphia sports is getting involved in a fundraising campaign for the restoration of an important Old City building. 

Scaffolding will soon be going up at Christ Church in Old City so restoration work can begin in June on the tower and steeple. For the past two years, $2.5 million has been raised for the $3.1 million dollar project.

But Christ Church Preservation Trust has about $600,000 more to raise.  

Barbara Hogue, the executive director, says a GoFundMe campaign is underway, and it comes with a perk: a coffee date for four people and Phillies manager Gable Kapler.

"Every $25 you donate will be entered into a raffle and we will raffle the one drawing for the "Coffee with Kap" on May 15," Houge said. 

Christ Church's steeple dates back to 1754 and was the tallest structure in America for over 50 years. Ben Franklin, who was a congregant of the church, funded its construction through a lottery.

For more information on the fundraising campaign, click here.