According to a press release, Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin's benefit concert at Union Transfer last week was a huge success. Barwin raised a total of $85,000, and that sum was matched by his Make The World Better (MTWB) Foundation to bring the grand total up to $170,000. All proceeds will be going towards the Ralph Brooks revitalization project. The park is located at 20th and Tasker in South Philadelphia.
The concert featured a number of bands including Philadelphia's own, Kurt Vile and The Violators, with additional performances by The Tontons and The Districts. Prior to the show, fans were able to hang out with various Eagles players (Demeco Ryans, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Kelce, Mark Sanchez, Todd Herremans, Travis Long, Marcus Smith, Riley Cooper), politicians (State Representative Jordan Harris, Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson) and the musicians themselves.
Barwin was really excited about the event's success. "We greatly surpassed our initial goals, and I am humbled by all of the support we received tonight," said Barwin. "We proved that this community can do special things when we all work together. It’s remarkable to think that an entertaining night like this will ultimately help to restore one of our city’s most beloved parks."
It's always really cool to see players like Barwin giving back to the city and making a positive impact on the community. Big credit to the musicians and everyone else involved as well. Don't forget to check out our BGN Radio interview (via James Seltzer) with Barwin from last week where he talks about the show and the upcoming Eagles season. Click here to listen or use the audio player below: