Brian Sims Douses Himself in Cold Water for Charity

Earlier this summer my Facebook feed was drenched with videos from folks in my hometown, Lancaster, Kentucky, taking part in a “cold water challenge.” The concept is that you pour ice cold water on yourself for charity, and challenge others to do the same. If they don’t accept, they have to fork over big money for the initiator’s charity of choice.

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Eagles’ Connor Barwin, Kurt Vile Team Up to “Make the World Better”

make the world better philadelphiaEagles Linebacker Connor Barwin’s “Make the World Better” charity project is hosting a concert to raise money for much-needed improvements to Ralph Brooks Park in South Philadelphia. The park was constructed in honor of Ralph Brooks Jr., who, when he was 7 years old in 1988, had his spinal cord severed when he was struck by a bullet in a gang-related incident. While the park was named in his memory, the violence in the area has continued, leaving the park in dilapidating condition. The purpose of the effort is to give kids a safe place to play and have fun.

The concert will be on Friday June, 20th, and will feature local groups Kurt Vile and the Violators and the Districts, and Houston’s The Tontons. All money raised will be used to improve the park, which involves adding a new, state-of-the-art basketball court, safe and well-lit play areas, a large community garden and a mural by local artist Steve Powers.

VIP/Meet and Greet tickets are available, giving you the chance to hang with Barwin and his Eagles teammates LeSean McCoy, DeMeco Ryans, Jason Kelce, Brent Celek, Trent Cole and more. There will also be raffles for Eagles memorabilia, and some of Kurt Vile’s personal pedals and keyboards. Union Transfer has agreed to offer their venue for the concert free of charge and will be donating all bar proceeds from the night. Connor Brown has promised to match the funds raised from the show, doubling the total amount raised. It’s a night not to be missed. Get your tickets here.


Federal Donuts Teams Up To Launch a Kickstarter

rooster soup co.If you needed one more reason to love Federal Donuts, here it is: Federal Donuts is collaborating with Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a non-profit, to launch a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will fund Rooster Soup Company, a gourmet soup restaurant where 100% of the profits will go to the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. BSM has been providing social services and meals (over 60,000  a year to be exact) to those in need in Philadelphia. Bill Golderer, founder and convening minister of BSM, spoke on the team up saying, “when unlikely collaborators like Broad Street Ministry and Federal Donuts join forces – new possibilities emerge. Getting in the game together leads us past helplessness, and allows us to envision radical new solutions.”

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Bradley Cooper Joins Board of Camp for Seriously Ill Children

After spending a summer volunteering as a camp counselor for Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a program for seriously ill children, in 2006, Bradley Cooper has decided to devote even more time to the organization by joining its board. More from Variety, which, side note, is full of Philly celeb news today:

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Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey Team Up for Concert to Benefit CHOP

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Heads up: Wynnewood, PA rock goddess Joan Jett is teaming with The Who’s Roger Daltrey to put on a show that benefits the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Teen Cancer America (TCA.) Money raised from the event will help create a new space to house support programming for adolescent and young adult patients in CHOP’s Cancer Center. A word from Daltrey, founder of TCA, from a press release sent out this morning:

I am so delighted that we are partnering with CHOP to improve the lives of teenagers living with this terrible disease. Joan and I are looking forward to our collaboration to deliver an outstanding evening of music while raising much needed funds to grow CHOP’s programming for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

The show will take place on July 28th at the Kimmel Center. Tickets will be available starting June 6th at 10 a.m. For more go here.

The Trestle Inn Presents Kitten Week

kitten-with-a-whipAll week the Trestle Inn is presenting Kitten Week, a series of events and cocktails to support PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society). One dollar of all Kitten with a Whip (Old Forester Bourbon, Licor 43, Prosecco and Angostura bitters) cocktails will be donated to PAWS. Tonight, Old Forester Bourbon is featured during the Trestle’s complimentary tasting and of course the cocktail will be available for order as well.

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PHOTOS: Spiffed-Up Guests Played Blingo to Cure Duchenne

Over the weekend, Cure Duchenne hosted a fundraiser, Blingo to Cure Duchenne, the Hyatt at Penns Landing. The event generated approximately $173,000 that will go toward finding a cure for a rare muscle-wasting disease that affects 1 in 3,500 boys. Guests — including Ed Rendell — showed up in snazzy attire to enjoy hors d’Oeuvres, an open bar, music, and, of course, bingo with a blinged-out twist. Photographer Mike Hirata shares some shots of the evening below.

Shake Shack’s Shake Sale Kicks Off

Photo by Matt Gari

Photo by Matt Gari

For the month of May, Shake Shack customers who donate $2 or more to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign will receive a card for a complimentary shake (valued at $5) on their next visit.

This is the third year of Shake Shack’s Great American Shake Sale and in 2012, raised $135,742 for No Kid Hungry. Last year raised $285,862 and this year the goal is $300,000.

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To Do: Sufferfest at Inner Drive Studio This Sunday


Photo via Inner Drive Studio

Photo via Inner Drive Studio

This might just be the workout of all workouts: This Sunday, Newtown Square’s Inner Drive Studio is hosting A Worthy Quest Through Sufferfest — an all-day indoor cycling marathon, where participants will pedal to the beat of 10 hour-long interactive biking videos, taking them through various terrain, like steep mountain climbs and downhill rides.

It’s sounds…hard, right? I mean, they don’t call it Sufferfest for nothin’. But all that suffering is for a good cause: Proceeds from the event will go toward the Tony Snow & Betty Jo Caregiver Support Fund, a charity supporting those affected by colon cancer.

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