Posted by Paula Hynes | 04 / 03 / 12 0 Comments

Michael Araten, President and CEO of The Rodon Group and K’NEX Brands will join the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Philanthropy Summit: Meet the Champions of Charity held on April 26, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA.  Philadelphia Business Journal and presenting sponsor Wells Fargo convene with the region's leading business and civic leaders to share best practices about philanthropy and community engagement.  The summit’s keynote message will be by Shane Victorino, MLB Player, Philadelphia Phillies and Founder of The Shane Victorino Foundation.  The Shane Victorino Foundation is dedicated to promoting opportunities for under-served youth by engaging in projects which provide children with educational, recreational and wellness programs.

PBJ Philanthropy Summit

“Our entire toy business succeeds because families choose our products and make them a part of their lives. It seems evident to me that we should give back to the community that allows us to thrive and do what we love,” said Michael Araten. “ On a personal level, I want to make the world a little better than I find it today. We are all dependent on each other. I find the quote ‘no man is an island’ to feel truer every day. We owe all our success to the collective work and effort of so many - some we see and some we never meet. Philanthropy is one way to help those that we don't see.”


Mr. Araten also serves on corporate and non-profit boards, including ALMO Corporation, 911Safety, LLC, American Made Matters and the Delaware Valley Chapter of Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and is active with the North Penn United Way.


To register and learn more about the summit, visit

Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, K'NEX Brands, The Rodon Group