For the second year in a row, Connor Barwin's benefit concert was a big success.
This year, Barwin, along with his Make The World Better Foundation, raised a total of $300,000 towards revitalizing Smith Playground in South Philadelphia. The concert raised $150,000 and Barwin matched that figure with his own money to bring it up to the grand total. Last year, Barwin's concert raised a total of $170,000 towards the Ralph Brooks park revitalization project.
The concert was held at Union Transfer and featured The Suffers, Parquet Courts, Marian Hall, and Mac DeMarco. Some of Barwin's Eagles teammates were in attendance, including: Byron Maxwell, Riley Cooper, DeMeco Ryans, Jason Kelce, Jon Dorenbos, Beau Allen, Vinny Curry, and Travis Long.
Shamus Clancy attended Barwin's concert and wrote about the experience for us here at Bleeding Green Nation.
"Good music. Good beer. Good people. The lead singer of The Suffers summarized the atmosphere of the Union Transfer perfectly at the beginning of the band's set, saying, "There's two things people love in Philadelphia: sports and music." Barwin is using his connection in both worlds to impact South Philly with MTWB.
I spoke to Barwin two weeks ago at Eagles' OTAs about the concert and where the the money being raised, as all proceeds from tickets and drinks at UT went towards MTWB, goes to. I told him that as a native South Philadelphian, I loved the whole project and the work that he has continued to do for my surrounding neighborhood since joining the Birds two offseasons ago."