Just as it was to our founder throughout his entire life, especially his pharmacy which opened in 1921,  charity continues to be a core value  among The Ferko String Band and its membership.  We recognize that the success and reputation of our organization throughout the years would not have been possible without the help of those who have shown charity, and we believe in sharing that success by contributing what we can to a worthy cause. 



Whether it be an event to help raise funds, food, awareness or spirits, The Ferko String Band is fortunate and proud to use our musical talents as a means to achieve victory throughout the entire year.  Throughout the years we have cultivated wonderful relationships with some of these charities including SUSAN G. KOMEN PHILADELPHIA, MUMMERS AGAINST CANCER FOUNDATION INC., THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, THE VETRI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN...and the list goes on.   


"I can remember the times when our family needed a prescription filled, but didn't have the money then and there.  Mr. Ferko would graciously fill the prescription, and even had a way of making you feel comfortable in a such a situation, and even gave us kids a piece of candy as we left!

— Rosemary Hendry, North Philadelphia Resident

"The Official String Band" of The Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

Susan G. Koman


Breast Cancer Awareness

Participating since 1993, The Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure Event held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway makes this Ferko's longest, and one of our most beloved,  charitable performances.  


May of 2018 marked the 25th year the Ferko String Band has played for the event in leading the breast cancer survivors down the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and to the starting line of the race! 

Mummers Against Cancer

Mummers Against Cancer Foundation


Cancer Awareness

Founded in August 2016, Mummers Against Cancer Foundation has been helping fellow mummers and their families who are struggling financially due to their battle with cancer.

Ferko and its members are proud supporters and participants of the fundraising efforts  throughout the year.  



(slogan used at his pharmacy)

 -Joe Ferko


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