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12 May 2009

Today's a Good Day

Not only did I see Danny F'in Bonaduce(!!!) while down in Old City picking up a DVD of the Sunday segment about my unsolved hit-and-run (aside: whoever hit 6-year-old Zion Faust-Nelson in West Oak Lane on Mother's Day and fled is more of a putrid, hell-bound coward than the driver in my case; may Zion recover as quickly as I did), but good news arrived via email about Friday night's Magee Rehab Night of Champions.
I'll let Magee spokesman Kerry O'Connor take it from here:
It was a great night. Interesting tidbits:
La Salle University coach John Giannini had the winning bid on tickets to the Colbert Report. He got them for his wife for Mother’s Day.
Howard Eskin, at the last minute, offered to play golf at the Philadelphia Cricket Club with the person who won the outing, boosting the winning bid to $500.

For Immediate Release
May 12, 2009
Contact: Kerry O’Connor

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Night of Champions a Huge Success

On Friday, May 8, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital held it’s 9th Annual Night of Champions fundraiser at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Hall in South Philly.
Although the event featured VIPs including Vince “Invincible” Papale, Andy Reid, Jon Runyan, Howard Eskin, Adam Taliaferro, Fran Dunphy, John Giannini, Mike Mamula, Scott Palmer, Joe Conklin, Raheem Brock and Pa Senator Christine Tartaglione, the most exciting part of the evening was the amount of money raised for Magee’s wheelchair sports teams…
…well over $172,000.
“It’s hard to believe, but even though we’re in tight economic times, we raised more money this year than we did last year,” said Magee’s Assistant Vice President of Development Mark Chilutti. “We keep hearing that people are giving less, doing less. I’m glad that we seem to be an exception right now.”
The Night of Champions event included dinner, raffle prizes and live and silent auctions. Once again, WIP Radio host Howard Eskin served as the auctioneer, cajoling those in attendance to bid on items such as a Phillies cap signed by the 2008 World Series Phillies ($850) and a B.B. King autographed guitar ($1850).
All funds benefit Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Programs, which support athletic programs that help former Magee patients and individuals with disabilities in the community improve the quality of their lives through physical activity. Programs include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, and soccer. Magee’s wheelchair sports programs have involved more than 450 athletes over the past 20 years.
To learn more about Magee or the wheelchair sports programs, visit


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