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Philadelphia Union & Philadelphia Union Foundation Launch "FIGHT FOR SMALL BUSINESS” Campaign

May 26, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

CHESTER, PA (May 26, 2020) - Philadelphia Union and the Philadelphia Union Foundation today announced Fight for Small Business, the second phase of the "FIGHT FOR PHILLY" campaign, which will inject thousands of dollars of financial resources from the Union into Chester-based businesses working hard to remain open and accessible to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Partnering with CityTeam of Chester, the Union will feed hundreds of people a day for three weeks using food and beverages procured from a collection of local, Chester eateries.

In working with Mayor Kirkland, Councilman William Morgan, and the City of Chester, the following businesses have been identified and will be providing meals over the next three weeks:

Cheryl's Southern Style

Mouth Watering Food for the Soul

Unos Pizzeria & Grill

Red Brick Café

Just Pizza

TM Café

Humdiggidy's (Market Place food court)

Aunt B's Country Kitchen (Market Place food court)

Big Var's Water Ice B-Roll Footage: *first delivery was made Monday, May 25 by Cheryl's to CityTeam of Chester.

"While our community is in a daily fight in the face of this pandemic, we have been touched by the togetherness and resilience we have seen from people across our region. We're proud to work with the City of Chester to do our part and give back to our neighborhood businesses," said Tim McDermott, Philadelphia Union President. "Chester's small businesses and their hardworking owners are the backbone of this city. As a club deeply rooted in its community, we will continue to fight for one another."

"As COVID-19 continues to affect all of us, partnerships that look to immediately uplift our community is of the utmost importance," said Councilman William Morgan. "The Philadelphia Union continues to demonstrate its value as a community-based partner, and this administration is confident that this new initiative will yield some relief for our residents and small business owners alike."

First launched in late April, the "FIGHT FOR PHILLY" initiative has donated nearly 20,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to frontline workers at Philadelphia-area hospitals, fire departments, postal service, and animal shelters and thousands of meals to have gone to frontline workers and the food insecure communities in Chester, PA. The Union also hosted a blood drive at Subaru Park in partnership with the American Red Cross to collect donations.

In addition, the "FIGHT FOR PHILLY" t-shirt fundraiser have sold thousands of shirts which will support additional community-focused efforts in the coming weeks. For fans interested in getting involved in the relief effort, "FIGHT FOR PHILLY" t-shirts are available to purchase, and all net proceeds will go toward the platform's charitable efforts.

"FIGHT FOR PHILLY" also encompasses some of the Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia Union Foundation's prior and ongoing initiatives which includes a previously announced Game Day Employee Assistance Fund that supports part-time Subaru Park staff, partnering with Spectra to donate stadium food to a local food bank, and lighting Subaru Park blue as a part of the local "Philly Shines Blue" and national "Light It Blue" campaigns to show appreciation for healthcare workers.

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