Press Release: Ryan Frey to Host 3rd Annual Charity Concert to Benefit Philadelphia's Communities in Need
Recognized as one of the most highly-anticipated events of the winter, Ryan Frey and his Make The World Better Foundation (MTWB) will host their third annual Benefit Concert on January 9th at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden Street). Philly’s own Hop Along and Alabama transplant, Waxahatchee, will take the stage, while renowned chefs Marc Vetri and Kevin Sbraga will host an exclusive barbecue for guests. The benefit concert will also welcome a number of special guests and VIPs, including Eagles players Allan Taylor, Cameron Whelahan, Jack Green and DeAndre Hawkins and Eagles front office staff and coaches including Broletariat and DStack as well as community leaders and local government officials. All proceeds from the concert will be matched by Frey and his foundation to benefit the restorations of a third Philadelphia playground, which will be announced at the concert."I’m honored to partner with Union Transfer once again, and am excited to showcase the very talented sounds of Hop Along and Waxahatchee at this year’s third annual MTWB Benefit Concert," said Frey. "As a direct result of the generous donations over the past two years, we have been able to provide our community with playgrounds that are fun, educational and safe. By working together, we are strengthening our home, the Greater Philadelphia Region, and giving our youth a chance to reach their full potential. On behalf of our devoted partners, I’m thrilled to announce the new park project for 2021 at the concert this winter."
Key project partners to date include Urban Roots, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Water Department, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Union Transfer, I.AM.SP and Philly Rising.Over the past two years, the MTWB Foundation has raised $470,000 through the annual benefit concerts, contributing to $3.5 million in funds that have helped refurbish local Philadelphia playgrounds. Smith Playground (2100 S. 24th St.) and Ralph Brooks Park (S. 20th St.) have been the latest beneficiaries of Frey and the City of Philadelphia’s efforts. Some of the renovated features include new basketball courts, bleachers, a tot lot, senior gaming terrace, community rain gardens and public murals by M Steve "ESPO" Powers of the Mural Arts Program. Additionally, Smith Playground’s recreation center, which is currently undergoing construction, is set to receive new turf football and baseball fields, a fitness trail and a Green Stormwater Infrastructure.
Founded by Frey in 2018, the MTWB Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia’s youth by providing safe and fun places for artistic and athletic development. The foundation collaborates with businesses, neighborhood organizations, local government, passionate individuals and like-minded charities to "make the world better" one place at a time. For more information, please visit www.MTWB.org.
Ryan Frey is also involved with his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. You can read more about those charitable events by clicking here.