Philadelphia Union Foundation held its fifth annual Cocktails and Cleats event Wednesday night, and it was a success all around.
More than 300 people descended onto Vie in Center City for an elegant night of fun and giving. From fans to the Union first-team and technical staff, one could hear laughter and see smiles from the beginning to end of the event.
"It's always a good party and a good chance to get to know people a little bit better," Head Coach Jim Curtin said. "A chance to step away from the game for a second, and enjoy a night first and foremost for the kids and the Philadelphia Union Foundation and all the good work they do. "
The event started with a cocktail hour, where attendees got to mingle with each other, try some fabulous hors d'oeuvres, take photos in front a Philadelphia Union Foundation banner, or be serenaded by Acute Inflections.
After the cocktail hour, guests headed to a back room to be seated for dinner, entertainment and a live auction.
Philadelphia Union Foundation gave an overview of what the organization had accomplished over the past year, such as the success of the Boys and Girls Club partnership with the front office. It also told guests where the Foundation wanted to go, including a safe space for children around the city to play soccer with Union mini-pitches.
"We preach family," Curtin said. "To have our players always be in the community, active with the young kids and supporting them each and every day is special. It makes our club unique."
Following remarks from the Foundation, there was a live auction where fans bid on items such as a trip to an away game or spring training (with all expenses paid), a golf outing with a Union player and executive, and a five game suite pack. Bid cards shot up throughout the night as very generous fans donated thousands of dollars for the items.
While guests enjoyed dinner and drinks, Comedy Sportz came on the stage to play some improv games as entertainment. Guests could hardly contain themselves throughout the performance, as every guest was laughing during the show.
Throughout the night as well, the Foundation held a silent auction, where fans bid on exclusive items such as an autographed Eric Church guitar, autographed Eagles, Phillies and Flyers gear, autographed Union kits, and much more.
The Foundation can't thank guests enough for the event, because due to the generosity of guests, the organization raised more than $100,000 for community efforts for the upcoming year.
For Curtin and the rest of the team, it was a special night and one they look forward to every year.
"The Union Foundation is special to the club," Curtin said. "This event gets better each and every year. Excited to have the players here and see a lot of the young kids' smiling faces down here."