We are only a few days away from our Philadelphia Union home opener, and of course, Stache Bash to Help Kick Hunger. So far, everyone has made Stache Bash a success beyond anything that any of us could have imagined. We have already raised over $2000 for HKH through the tee shirt sales. The gentlemen at http://www.barktees.com/ have been put to the test with us and have been awesome.
Additionally, we have had an excellent response for the raffle. It seems that every day, we have another company or private person set up to offer us raffle items. We are very excited, and very overwhelmed. We have also had several questions about the raffle, and it became clear to me that I needed to do one more post leading up to Saturday that was raffle related.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 per ticket, $20 for 25 tickets. Each item will have a bucket next to it to put the ticket(s) in. For example, if you want to 'bid' on the Phillies tickets, there will be a Phillies ticket bucket to put your ticket(s) in. When we draw the raffle, we will draw from that bucket. The tickets are purchased cash only. I know that this sounds like an obvious thing, but I have had some folks ask me if they can purchase tickets via debit card. We will be drawing raffle tickets throughout the tailgate, saving the bigger items (Flyers tickets, Phillies tickets, signed Stache Bash shirt, etc) later in the tailgate.
Here is a (hopefully) finalized list of raffle items.
$1 per ticket, $20 for 25 tickets
Beneath The Skin Tattoo, Pottstown, PA- $60 gift card.
Barnabys- $50 gift card
Iron Hill Brewery,-$25 gift card
McFaddens, $25 gift card
AMC Theaters, 2 movies tickets plus $25 gift card
Currie Hair, Skin, Nails- Spa Package
Philadelphia Flyers- Villie Leino autographed puck
LiveBreatheFutbol- 2 LBF tee shirts
Beard Care Gift Set from Blue Beard Orginals (www.bluebeardsoriginal.com)
MLS Rumors- 1 Philadelphia Union tee shirt
Jeff Webber- Custom etched ‘Stache Bash beverage glasses
Andrew Sherlock- a raffle to win a pair of Sherlock designed custom slip on shoes.
Stache Bash tee shirt signed by the 2011 Philadelphia Union
2 Flyers tickets- first playoff game of the 2011 season, suite level, standing room, plus
$25 gift card for McFaddens
Philadelphia Phillies, 2 tickets April 7 vs. The Mets (3:00pm) plus $25 gift card for
2 Phillies tickets for 6/16 (1:05pm game) vs. Florida Marlins plus $25 gift card for McFaddens
Signed player pictures from Earl Gardner
$50 gift certificate from 333 Belrose Restaurant in Radnor, PA
Stache Bash Banner signed up the 2011 Philadelphia Union team.
Bark Tees tee shirt package
I believe this is all the items, although there could be a surprise or two come Saturday.
Other exciting news- There will be a piece during the ABC Pregame show Saturday about the Bernardine Center, Sons of Ben, Help Kick Hunger, and Stache Bash. There may be cameras from channel 6 around the tailgate from time to time on Saturday. Let's make sure we are there in great numbers and vocal. Let Philadelphia and MLS see that that the greatest fans in MLS are not in Seattle, but right here in Philadelphia. Spread the word to anyone you know coming to the match to come by our tailgate.
Our home opener is almost here. We have raised a lot of money for The Bernardine Center in Chester. This has been not about myself, Scott, or anyone else involved, but about the Sons of Ben, the Philadelphia Union players and FO, and the Philadelphia Union fans, who have stepped up, spread the word, and made this a success. I am proud to be a part of the Philadelphia soccer family. A special thanks to Uncle Gordon, Spike Eskin, and Danny Bonaduce from WYSP for helping get the word out, Judah Levine from the Philadelphia Union for the excellent piece on the Union web page, and Union players Kyle Nakazawa and Jordan Harvey for being so vocal about this via Twitter.