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Zero Degrees of Separation

BY MICHAEL GARDEN (www.michael.searchphillylistings.com)
 
Back in August, I had the pleasure of co-leading a tour of the proposed Rail Park site for Kevin Bacon, his sister Hilda and some of their friends along with Nancy Goldenberg of the Center City District. It was beautiful day with the wild flora in full form and sunlit urban vistas. Kevin and company were really excited by the site and inspired by the possibilities that the Rail Park offers.
 

Kevin Bacon on the tour of the Rail Park

Kevin Bacon on the tour of the Rail Park

 
The Bacon family’s interest in the project is particularly special as there are two generations of legacy that inform the project today. First, there is the legacy of their father, Edmund Bacon, who was head of our city’s Planning Commission in the 1950’s and 60’s is credited with changing the face of Philadelphia for the 20th Century. Secondly, Kevin Bacon is known for being one of the earliest supporters of the High Line in NY and he has seen that project develop from ideas and visions to the positive impacts the project has had on NYC over the last several years. The Rail Park, as proposed, has the capacity to have a transformative effect on the way residents and visitors experience Philadelphia. Friends of the Rail Park and the Center City District are delighted that the Bacon family sees that potential and has offered to lend their support to the project.
 
Since that day, Hilda Bacon, who has worked in development and event planning with several area arts and culture organizations, including the Kimmel Center, has been giving much of her time to help FRP and CCD create a series of awareness and fundraising events. We are thrilled to have her expertise and connectivity in the mix and equally excited to have her brothers, Michael and Kevin, bring their band to Philadelphia for our fundraiser at Union Transfer next Thursday, February 4th.
 
The evening will begin with a 6-8PM VIP Cocktail Party offering hors d’oeuvres, open bar, DJ Jersey Dan and a great networking crowd of Rail Park sponsors and supporters. At 8PM the performances begin starting with the emcee for the evening, Pierre Robert, followed by a solo acoustic performance by rising star Rob Grote of the Districts, and then the headliners: The Bacon Brothers.
 
The support around this event has been enormous, from the assistance of corporate sponsors such as Univest, to foundation funding from Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust, to small business and private sponsorship from Victor Keen and Jeanne Ruddy to FRP’s own law firm, the Chesire Law Group, as well as the hundreds of people who have bought advance tickets.
 
Equally important are the in-kind sponsors who are devoting their time, talents, goods and services to make the event special, including 13th Street Kitchens (Cafe Lift, Prohibition and Bufad), Yuengling (a free beer for each 21+), the Logan Hotel and our incredibly generous hosts: The Union Transfer.
 
The AFTER PARTY will be hosted by our friends at Brick and Mortar. Each ticket holder will receive a free drink at BAM after the concert.
 
The VIP event is nearly sold out, so get your tickets while you can. There are still General Admission tickets available too. Come out and join us for what will be an enjoyable evening and show your support for the Rail Park! VIP event is from 6-8pm. General admission doors open at 7:15 with a close to 8pm show time.
 
For either VIP or General Admission, tickets are available on the Union Transfer site:
http://www.utphilly.com/event/1047137-bacon-brothers-philadelphia/
 
For more information on the event and Friend of the Rail Park:
http://www.therailpark.org/
Brick and Mortar
13th Street Kitchens
 
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Rob Grote from The Districts to perform a solo set to open the night.

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