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Shaun Kreider

River Cup 2014: Union staff, Sons of Ben prep for annual charity showdown Saturday, Sept. 6

An idea that was hatched four years ago has turned into an incredible annual event.

The fourth annual River Cup will be held Sept. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at PPL Park featuring the Philadelphia Union front office and technical staff against the Union supporters group, the Sons of Ben. The Sons of Ben took home a 3-1 victory last year.

All proceeds from the River Cup will benefit the Philadelphia Union foundation. Last year’s match raised more than $35,000 for the foundation, which supports programming in Chester and the Greater Philadelphia Region.

“We are about tradition at Philadelphia Union and The Philadelphia Union Foundation,” said Rick Jacobs, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Union Foundation.  “That’s why we are so excited to continue the tradition of our River Cup, now in our fourth year. There’s no better way to raise money for our Foundation Building Blocks than partnering with Sons of Ben, the most committed and loyal supporters group in all of MLS.”

River Cup tickets include the ability to watch the Union battle Toronto FC on the PPL Park video board.

When the match is complete, guests will also be invited to stay and participate in the inaugural “Delaware River Craft Brewfest” that will be held on Toyota Plaza. 

"The Sons of Ben are again excited to participate in the River Cup with the Philadelphia Union Foundation,” said Sons of Ben President Kenny Hanson.  “We are just as equally excited to be a part of raising money for such a great cause, the Philadelphia Union Foundation."

Combination River Cup and Brewfest tickets, as well as individual River Cup tickets, are available for purchase via PhiladelphiaUnion.com  or at the PPL Park box office. 

The Delaware River Craft Brewfest includes live music and entertainment, gourmet food options and a variety of vendors, including over 100 breweries. The event will feature a sampling of the best crafts, imports and ciders from the United States and around the world. Samples of limited-release beers such as Goose Island Bourbon County and Scratch Series from Troegs will also be available.  Breweries on site include Victory, Troegs, Anchor, Rogue, Full Sail, Evolution, Starr Hill, Long Trail, Goose Island, Old Dominion, Lancaster and Magic Hat.

Tickets starting at $35 are available through PhiladelphiaUnion.com , by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the PPL Park box office. Designated Driver Tickets are available at $10. All ticket purchasers must be 21 or older to attend and must present a valid photo ID at the gate. Ticket purchasers during the first week of the on-sale will receive a free commemorative limited edition beer glass.

VIP Session tickets will open the festival from 2:00–3:00 p.m. with a special firkin tapping, VIP Parking, and the ability to talk to brewers and taste exclusive beers that will not be served in the general session. General Session will run from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Both VIP and general session tickets will include a souvenir tasting glass.

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