Sons of Ben

The Sons of Ben is a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania based non-profit, membership organization.

The Sons of Ben, founded in January 2007, exists to support and develop the Delaware Valley soccer community. Through active, grassroots support, the Sons of Ben helped establish the momentum leading to the creation of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. In forging a relationship with Chester City, Delaware County and Pennsylvania State political leaders along with Major League Soccer, the vocal support of the group directly influenced the decision to award Philadelphia with an MLS franchise.

The Sons of Ben have provided a social outlet for soccer supporters to share common interests and be part of a larger community of sports fans in the 4th largest American media market. The organization has grown to include over 5,000 members throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and around the world. The Sons of Ben have also grown to oversee the Delaware Valley Infantry, a US Soccer supporters group based in Philadelphia region, and the Daughters of Betsy, a Philadelphia Independence (WPS) supporters group.
Charitable and philanthropic efforts have been central to the Sons of Ben since its founding, as evidenced by annual initiatives supporting the Bernardine Center in Chester, PA through its Help Kick Hunger campaign and ongoing efforts to support various other organizations close to the Delaware Valley soccer community.

The coming months will start a new chapter in the organizations noteworthy story with many historical events marking the arrival of the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Independence and the Sons of Ben into the national spotlight.

SoB Announce 2010 Help Kick Hunger / Year End Party

Here it is! We've been planning this for a little while now and FINALLY can make the big announcement:

After an amazing year of soccer we felt it would be appropriate to not only bring the membership together for one big final party but also to showcase the caring and generosity of those that have already invested so much into making 2010 such a great success! Over the last three years we've raised over $7,000 and 1,500 pounds of food for HKH.  This year, we'd LOVE to surpass the three year total with this event.  With your attendance at the party, commitments from business, the community, and donations we believe this will be easily achievable but we need your help.  Talk to your companies, youth organizations, clubs, etc. and help us raise awareness and increase our donation so that we can help those in need.  Download the HKH flyer and hand it out! Besides supporting the Blue and Gold, this is what we're all about!

Also, in conjunction with the HKH/Party we are partnering with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame (www.sepasoccerhall.com) to collect coats at the event for their "Coats for Chester" campaign.  If you have old or extra coats cluttering your closets PLEASE bring them with you to the party!!

So here are the details for  the 2010 Help Kick Hunger Campaign and Year End Party:

Date:  Saturday, December 4th

Location: McFadden's @ The Ballpark

Time:  7:30pm - whenever

Cost: $35 (online) or $40 at the door ($20 of every entry fee will be donated to the HKH Campaign)

Details:  Appearances by Philadelphia Union players & staff (TBD), DJ & Live Music by Galaxy 13, 50/50 Raffles, Special Guests & Presentations, Open Buffet, Drink Specials, Giveaways, HKH T-Shirts from Bark Tees and much more... Secure you ticket to the event or make a donation online at TicketLeap. This is a 21+ Event.

Help Kick Hunger / Year End Party Tickets

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