On March 8, 2015 Team SoB, captained by Jeffrey and Benjamin Mitchell, once again joined the fight against childhood cancer as they took part in the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s head shaving event at Fado in Center City. Team SoB consisted of the Mitchells, Big Kevin Leech, Ryan Bross, Dante S, John Echevarria, Ross Kleitsch, and top fundraiser Caroline Suitch. Special thank you to all our team mebers, and to Molly at Fado for allowing us to have a table to raffle off signed and donated items to raise more for this great cause. The Sons of Ben team raised collectively over $10,000…more than doubling their original goal of $5,000!
It is with great pride in the generosity of the Sons of Ben, Philadelphia Union Front Office staff & Players, family, friends and guests that we announce this year's totals from Help Kick Hunger:
512.8 lbs of food
Bill & Ami would like to thank all who attended and contributed to this year's totals in food and financial donations both online and in person.
A special mention to some of our contributors: Jim's Steaks (South Street), BarkTees, Yards, Media FC, Steven Starr (Starr Restaurants), our host & contributor Brauhaus Schmitz, Dogfish Brewery & Inn, Neshaminy Creek Brewery, The Greeks Next Door, Fado, KC's Alley, Iron Abbey, American Outlaws- Philadelphia Chapter, the Philadelphia Union, Nick Sakewicz, Jim Curtin, Sheanon Williams, Danny Cruz, Sebastian LeToux, Union player's experiences, Philadelphia Philles, Eagles, 76ers & Flyers. Cory Marie Frederick and so many more who helped by donating hand crafted baskets, spirits, time and effort to make this happen.
Huge thanks to our Emcee Katie Fehlinger!
Thank you to our founding leadership Tommy Ro, Corey Furlan, Brad Youtz, Mike Naoti & Chris Hapka who have continued to support the traditions they set in motion.
To our volunteers Jess Gusler, Jon Foden, Amy Barnes & the students at Sun Valley HS!
Photographer & contributor- Earl Gardner - You can view photos from the event HERE.
All proceeds from Help Kick Hunger go directly to The Bernardine Center of Chester, PA.
The Sons of Ben will be collecting coats on behalf of the South Eastern PA Hall of Fame’s “Coats for Chester” that will benefit Bernardine Center, City Team Chester, St. Katherine’s Church. We will have collection bins at our tailgates on October 11 and October 18.
If you would like to set up a coat collection at your work, school or community, please let us know how we can help!
On August 9th and 24th the Sons of Ben and Philadelphia Union collected school supplies to help City Team and Chester-Upland School District. The Union had a collection bin set up on the Toyota Plaza at PPL Park, while the SoBs collected in front of their tailgating area. After both collections were complete, it was clear that the Sons of Ben had collected significantly more than the Union’s drop off spot, proving once again how great our members are…but all fun competition aside, it was a successful event where the local children were the real winners. As an added incentive, anyone who donated was entered in to win an on field autograph session after a match (donated by the Union), and anyone who donated at the SoB tailgate was entered in to win a team signed custom skate deck (donated by the SoBs). We also want to thank all the vendors and shop owners who set up collection bins at their stores for their customers to donate: A Touch of Ireland; Bark Tees; Conshohocken Café; Eagle National Bank; Fado Irish Pub; Red Sparrow Tattoo; Saldutti Car Corner; Trenton Tire Wholesale. Through all collective efforts, we filled 15 30 gallon totes, which would equal out to about 2,000 school bags filled with supplies!
Pints Fur Pets is an all-ages event that benefits two local animal shelters, ACCT Philadelphia and the Providence Animal Center in Media, PA. Philadelphia Union players serve as guest bartenders for the event, where we also have food and drink specials, raffles, door prizes, and more!
For more information about ACCT Philadelphia, please see here: http://www.acctphilly.org/ . For more information about the Providence Animal Center, please see here: http://www.providenceac.org/
Pints Fur Pets 2018 will be held on Sunday, August 19th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Field House.