Philadelphia Union Foundation raised over $250,000 to grow soccer programs in Chester schools and support additional programming tonight at the first annual Legends of Soccer Benefit at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The event celebrated the impact of those that have gone above and beyond, both on and off the field, to make a substantial difference in Philadelphia. The honorees included two-time FIFA World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carli Lloyd, as well as Mayor Jim Kenney, the Mayor of Philadelphia since 2016, and Fred Penny, President of Bimbo Bakeries USA. All three individuals have shown how soccer can be a driving force for good.
The event also saw fundraising for the Philadelphia Union Foundation’s community initiatives which include developing and maintaining Chester High School’s soccer program, mini-pitch build projects across the city, and continuing to provide under-served communities with access to soccer and related youth programming.
"The Philadelphia Union Foundation is building safe spaces to play soccer in Philadelphia, strengthening youth programming, using soccer as a magnet to unite diverse communities and growing the beautiful game in Chester, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley,” said Paul Howard, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Union Foundation. “This event is a catalyst for us to showcase how soccer is making a difference in our great city and give us a chance to highlight those individuals who are leading the charge, along with an evening of outstanding entertainment."
The evening itself included VIP cocktail reception, an exquisite three-course dinner, live and silent auctions with stunning prizes, and other on-the-night surprises. Guests were joined by Philadelphia Union players like Alejandro Bedoya, Jack McGlynn, and Quinn Sullivan, as well as other notable influencers and community members.