The Philadelphia Soul, Greater Media's Philadelphia-based radio stations (including WMGK 102.9 FM, WMMR 93.3 FM, WBEN 95.7 FM, WPEN 950 AM, WPEN-FM 97.5 FM) and the Philadelphia Children's Alliance announce a unique partnership that will unite them in engaging Soul fans and radio station listeners in an historic effort to bring healing and justice to child victims of sexual abuse. On Monday, January 30th, they will launch the STAND UP Radio Rally - a one day awareness campaign created in response to recent and troubling headlines related to the sexual abuse of children.
"With recent headlines dominated by very public reports of child sexual abuse, we were inspired by the positive work of the Philadelphia Children's Alliance on behalf of children in our city who are victims. Our organizations are joining together to ask people to stand up and take a pledge to report abuse," said ESPN Monday Night Football broadcaster and Soul co-majority owner, Ron Jaworski, "And, that is the first step toward healing and justice for these children."
In an Op-Ed piece written by Philadelphia Children's Alliance Executive Director Chris Kirchner in November 2011, readers were asked to take this pledge, "If I see, hear, suspect, or in any way become aware that a child is being abused, I will not keep silent. I will have the courage to help that child break free of the silence, secrecy and shame that should never define a child's life." That pledge inspired the Philadelphia Soul to introduce the partnership with Greater Media on behalf of PCA.
"It is our goal to not only raise a significant amount of money for the Philadelphia Children's Alliance on Monday, but to also create a heightened sense of awareness of this important issue and provide direction for our listeners on how to take a stand against child sexual abuse," said Paul Blake, Greater Media Philadelphia's Vice President of Sales.
"We feel incredibly supported and excited by this opportunity, most especially for the children and families whose lives will be strengthened and improved because of our partnership with Philadelphia Soul, Greater Media and the 2.6 million listeners who are going to learn about this issue in a whole new way," said Jan Hatchard, Director of Development for the Philadelphia Children's Alliance. "We are proud to partner with these two outstanding organizations and grateful that they are stepping up and standing up in such a positive, and impactful way."
On Monday, January 30, Greater Media Philadelphia radio stations will promote the efforts of the Soul and the Children's Alliance to inspire the community to participate in support of this cause. They will be joined in their efforts by celebrities and public figures including: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; ESPN Monday Night Football broadcaster and Soul owner Ron Jaworski; Philadelphia Eagles' Head Coach Andy Reid; Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis; former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale; Philadelphia Eagles' Chad Hall; Philadelphia Eagles' Jon Dorenbos and his wife Julie Dorenbos; Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah; Pennsylvania Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick; District Attorney Seth Williams; DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose; myPHL17/Channel 10 anchor Steve Highsmith; ESPN's Chris Mortensen; The Roots' Kamal Gray; and stand-up comedian Todd Glass.
Tickets for the Philadelphia Soul's home opener are set to go on sale on January 30. Through this partnership, the Soul will donate $15 from every $28 ticket sold to the Philadelphia Children's Alliance. Starting Monday morning, you will be able to go to the websites of the Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Greater Media or Philadelphia Children's Alliance to learn more on how you can support the cause.