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Miles4MJ Charity Tailgate in pictures

The Union may not have won last Saturday, but the Union family did.

Before the game against Portland, Philadelphia Union supporters gathered for a charity tailgate in support of Miles4MJ.

Kristina Whalen, mother of young MJ Whalen, said after the event, “The Sheanon Williams/Miles 4 MJ Charity Tailgate was the perfect example of what a group of people can do when they all work together. The Illegitmates, the Corner Creeps, Tammany Saints, the Bridge Crew, the Bearfight Brigade, the Sons of Ben, Barktees, friends and family—all joined together to raise awareness and money for a cure for neurofibromatosis. We had handcrafted pins and raffles. Kildares provided the food. The Beta Phase and Jamison entertained us. Sheanon Williams, Gabe Farfan, Mike Farfan, Amobi Okugo and Coach Nowak all came to meet fans and sign autographs. MJ loved leading the Sons of Ben march into the stadium. We had Bearfights but the real fight was for MJ and all those living with NF. I speak on behalf of all them and their families by saying that we can not thank you enough for your support.”

Photo by Earl GardnerKildare’s provided the delicious food.

Photo by Earl GardnerThe Beta Phase provided the first set of music for the day.

Photo by Earl GardnerVolunteers get the tailgaters signed in.

Photo by Earl Gardner1994 World Cup mascot Striker stopped by the party.

Photo by Earl GardnerThe calm before the chaos.

Photo by Earl GardnerThe world’s largest Bearfight!

Photo by Earl GardnerBolton regains his championship.

Photo by Earl GardnerThe crowd hanging in the shade.

Photo by Earl GardnerSheanon Williams signs some autographs for fans.

Photo by Earl GardnerAmobi Okugo hooks the fans up.

Photo by Earl GardnerThis picture sums up how good of a time everyone had.

Photo by Earl GardnerMJ presents Peter Nowak with a T-Shirt from the event.

Photo by Earl GardnerMJ & Peter Nowak.

Photo by Earl GardnerJamison brought their Irish flavor to the stage.

Photo by Earl GardnerTimbers Army representing at the tailgate.

Photo by Earl GardnerSheanon Williams sharing some laughs with the fans.

Photo by Earl GardnerBearfight Brigade mascot Punchy the Bear shows the ladies of the Timbers Army a good time.

Photo by Earl GardnerRetired Bearfighter Justin Lee readies the Bearfight Relay Race.

Photo by Earl GardnerThe Corner Creeps win the sudden death battle for the 1st Annual Bearfight Relay Race.

Photo by Earl GardnerThe Creeps celebrate their victory.

Photo by Earl GardnerJeffrey & Benjamin Franklin Mitchell of the Illegitimates enjoy the success of their charity tailgate.

Photo by Earl GardnerOne of the many cool items raffled of for charity.

For additional photos of the match, please check out Earl Gardner’s Flickr page.

If you weren’t able to attend the tailgate you can still show your support by purchasing an event t-shirt from Bark Tees. There are two designs to choose from and all proceeds go toward NF research.

For information on how to purchase the Minister of Defense shirt, click here. For the Unite shirt, which is a two-sided design, click here.

For more information about NF there is this from YouTube about the disease and this about those who are afflicted. For more on the Children’s Tumor Foundation, click here.


  1. Great pictures; great event; not enough food/condiments: bad publicity for Kildare’s. Get a better caterer next year!

  2. It wasn’t perfect, but alot of money was raised for a good cause.. good on Kildare’s for stepping up to do such an event. I hope more people get involved in the future.

  3. There is only one minister of defense and Williams is definitely not him.

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