Connor Barwin 3rd Annual Charity Concert at Union Transfer
Ya know I was at my BFF’s Christie Honigman Mandia’s wedding last Friday and I couldn’t make a handful of events in Philly over the weekend as I mentioned earlier this week. Here’s another gigantic, superstar charity event that is putting smiles on Philadelphian’s. Thanks to Connor Barwin, and the photog for this write up. “All photos by SSM Photography, Copyright 2016 all rights reserved” – Stacey@ssmphotography.com
For the third year in a row, Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl linebacker Connor Barwin and his Make The World Better (mtwb) Foundation hosted a benefit concert at Union Transfer. All proceeds from the concert on Friday, June 3rd were matched by Barwin through mtwb for a total of $200,000. The funds will be donated directly to the foundation’s next major park renovation project, announced at the concert, the revitalization of Waterloo Playground (2501 Waterloo Street) in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia. To date, mtwb Foundation has raised over $685,000 for park renovations in the City of Philadelphia.
“I want to thank Union Transfer for hosting us for a third year in a row. We could not have a better partner in putting on these concerts,” said Barwin. “I also want to thank our all-Philly lineup of musicians Amos Lee, Waxahatchee, and Hop Along, as well as so many of my teammates for coming out. Opportunities in athletics and the arts should be available to every child, and it was inspiring to see both musicians and athletes come together in support of this vision. The concert is always very exciting to me because it represents the start of a new project – this year Waterloo Playground.”
The sold-out concert featured a special surprise performance by acclaimed Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee and Philadelphia-based musicians Hop Along and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield. Joining Barwin in the crowd of 1,300 were Eagles teammates Jason Kelce, Jordan Matthews, Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Malcolm Jenkins, Jon Dorenbos, Trey Burton, Nelson Agholar, Cody Parkey, Beau Allen, Taylor Hart, Chris Maragos, Marcus Smith, Chase Daniels, Josh Huff, and Harold Carmichael. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, his wife Tina Lai, and new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson were also on hand to show their support. Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Union Transfer owner Sean Agnew relaxed with guests and dined at a pre-show barbecue reception which featured an array of grilled appetizers donated and cooked by James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Vetri of Philadelphia’s Vetri Family restaurants alongside special guest chef Kevin Sbraga.
According to Claire Laver, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Projects for mtwb and Urban Roots, “The revitalization of Waterloo Playground will begin with a community engagement process to identify key priorities for renovations, building off of the Community Design Collaborative’s Play Space Design Competition that featured this site as a case study last year. The playground currently features a pool, recreation center, play space, and two basketball courts.”
The mtwb Foundation, founded by Barwin in 2013, is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia’s youth by providing safe and fun places for artistic and athletic development.
Check out the review of the concert by Chris Sikich HERE
The foundation’s previous two benefit concerts raised more than $485,000 for major renovations at Ralph Brooks Park and Smith Playground, both located in South Philly. Renovations at Waterloo Playground in the West Kensington section of the city will begin in Summer 2017, with pre-construction planning and design phases kicking off this summer. For more information on the mtwb Foundation, please visit www.mtwb.org.