The Sons of Ben are just as passionate about giving back to the community as we are in supporting the Philadelphia Union. We are proud to be part of the Chester community, and to support organizations that serve the Delaware Valley. We seek to make an impact in causes that are important to the Sons of Ben and our members, and to help promote soccer in the Delaware Valley. Since our founding over 10 years ago, philanthropy has been a core part of our identity and we are gratified to be able to carry on this legacy.
Please reach out to our Philanthropy Director, Krystal Kane, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at SoB_krystal, if you are interested in supporting our charitable initiatives or if you have any suggestions for new charitable events or causes.
Signature Philanthropic Events:
The ‘Stache Bash is our first fundraiser of the season, held at our home opener tailgate. Through ticket sales and raffles, we build on the excitement of the season home opener to raise money for a great cause.
This event supports the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania’s Unified Soccer program, which gives an opportunity for athletes without intellectual disabilities to play on a soccer team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. This is a great program that leads to lasting friendships both on and off the field for participants, and helps Special Olympics athletes get more involved in their community.
For more information about the Unified Soccer program, please see here: http://www.specialolympicspa.org/special-programs/initiatives/unified-sports
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!
Help Kick Hunger
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.
Coats for Chester
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!
School Supply Drive
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
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.
Help Kick Hunger
Help Kick Hunger (HKH) is our largest fundraising event of the year. Through a silent auction, raffles,
ticket sales, and a 50/50 drawing, we are able to raise thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds
of food each year to support the Bernardine Center and their critically-needed programs. In past
years, we’ve auctioned off signed Philadelphia Union gear, as well as cool memorabilia from Talen
For more information about the Bernardine Center, please see here: http://bernardinecenter.org/bc/ .
The 2018 date for Help Kick Hunger will be available soon!
The 2014 Stache Bash was a huge success and benefitted the Jessie Miele Fund and St. Baldrick’s. It’s our annual home opener tailgate fundraiser. Through the tailgate proceeds, raffles, Stache Bash shirt from Bark Tees, and donations in general, we raised over $3,800! St. Baldrick’s and Fado had a head shaving event in Philadelphia the day following Stache Bash where we had several members represent for Team Sons of Ben – including the Union’s own Zach MacMath! And if you were lucky enough to see it, Jeffrey Mitchell was featured on Fox 29’s morning show, having his head shaved for the cause. We want to thank the other members of Team SoB – Steven Dreibelbis, Scott McVeigh, Fran Ehly, Dante S, Erick Jusino and Kevin Leech. Collectively, Team SoB raised $6,178 for St. Baldrick’s – which was the second highest fundraising total by any group in Philadelphia!
River Cup 2014
The River Cup is the annual soccer match at PPL between the Union Front Office and the Sons of Ben. All proceeds from this charity match benefit the Philadelphia Union Foundation. Proceeds come from ticket sales, donations, shirts and scarf sales. Money is also donated from every goal scored throughout the match. Sons of Ben FC were victorious in 2013, and will do all they can to retain the trophy in 2014.
Tickets for Troops & Tailgate
The Sons of Ben collected donations for Tickets for Troops in an effort to provide a game ticket to the Saturday, July 12th game v Colorado. Donations were matched by the Philadelphia Union. Additionally all proceeds from the tailgate were donated to Keystone Wounded Warriors Project of PA who serves to assist those who gave their all. To learn more about Keystone Wounded Warriors and their efforts in the community visit: www.keystonewarriors.com
Blake is a 9 year old union fan whose family’s house was destroyed in a fire. A member got word of it and let us know that he lost a team signed Union jersey in the fire and was upset about it. We were asked if we could get him a signed jersey to replace the lost one. After brainstorming with the Sons of Ben Board, we decided we could do something a bit more special as well. Thanks to the Union and Mark Evans, we were able to get Blake a new jersey signed by the team and invited the Groff family to a Union match, where the Union donated the tickets and VIP parking pass. We invited the family to our tailgate where we presented Blake with his new signed jersey and some other surprises. We had a personalized jersey made for Blake. Blake’s dad helped us find out his shirt size and the number he wears for his youth soccer team, and we had his name printed on the back. Blake’s face lit up when he saw the jersey, but we weren’t done yet. We then informed him that he was the newest member of the Sons of Ben family, and welcomed him with his very own SoB membership card, pin, decal and 2014 scarf. Blake and his sister were invited to come to the capo stand around the 90th minute so they could meet a few Union players. A handful of players were nice enough to stop by and shake hands with Blake and his sister, including Zach Pfeffer, Ray Gaddis, Le Toux, Leo Fernandes and a couple others.
Unified Soccer & Special Olympics
The Sons of Ben have partnered with Special Olympics to support and help sponsor Unified Soccer. Unified Soccer is a program that unites students from Philadelphia area high schools and athletes from Special Olympics onto the same soccer team. We were told that they are always looking for “fans” to come and cheer on the teams, volunteers to help with some set up and other tables (food, drinks, etc.), people with enough knowledge of the game to referee, and for groups to donate and sponsor (food, financial backing, etc.). After some more discussion we knew that with our members and friends, we could definitely be a big help for these games and decided to begin what we hope to be a long lasting partnership. While it was short notice about the championship games on May 30 at Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia, we agreed to donate the water ice for the day and to become a financial sponsor. CLICK HERE to see a little more about the event from May 30th. If you would like to get involved, please be on the lookout for more information in the future.
It was also announced that the winner of the days championship will be going down to play another Unified Soccer championship team at RFK Stadium following the Philadelphia Union at DC United match on September 27th and everyone making the trip will be able to stay and cheer on the teams.
Elks Lodge Annual Mother’s Day Parade through Chester
The Sons of Ben have met with the leaders of the Elks Lodge of Chester and have discussed the possibilities of getting involved, volunteering, marching and sponsoring parts of the annual march. Next year we hope to have our own float and group to march, but for this year the SoBs have donated to help make the march a success for all those involved.
Yards Brewing Company SoB Beer
Yards Brewing Company has made the Sons of Ben Beer and has decided in honor of this occasion, they have given us $1,000 to give to a charity of our choosing. We came up with a few options and allowed our members to vote, and the William Trippley Foundation was the winning charity. In celebration of the launch of the SoB Beer, Yards gave a check for $1,000 to the William Trippley Foundation.
The Sons of Ben would like to express our sincerest appreciation for every company, group and individual who has donated and supported any or all of our charitable efforts and events:
Philadelphia Union - Bark Tees - Yards Brewing Company – Mark Jenksinson – Fogo De Chao - Lucky Strike - Facenda Whitaker Lanes – Barcade –Media FC – Ray Gaddis – Jack McInerney – Antoine Hoppenot – Zac MacMath – Chris Konopka – Aaron Wheeler – Danny Cruz – Sheanon Williams – American Outlaws – Fado’s – Brotherly Game – Chrissy Sakers – Brauhaus Schmitz – Earl Gardner – MLS – AO Philly – Laspada’s of Aston – Le Meridien – Longwood Gardens – Margaret Kuo’s – Matt Cord & WMMR – Stoney’s Pub – Villa Di Roma Restaurant – Flyers – Phillies – Eagles – Providence ENT – Nick Russo – Lindsey Rhoades – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Yangming – Cabot – Concord Pet Foods & Supplies – Pet Valu – VIP Pet Care – Field House – CR Shenanigans - and many more!
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