(January 18) - The Philadelphia Flyers Wives named Hollywood movie star and former Philadelphia-resident Sylvester Stallone as Honorary Chair of the 30th anniversary Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival, coming to Wachovia Center on Sunday, February 25. Stallone is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first "Rocky" Movie.
"This provides us with the perfect one-two punch," said Comcast-Spectacor Foundation Senior Vice President Mary Ann Saleski. "Sylvester Stallone is an icon who will always be associated with the great City of Philadelphia and we think this is a wonderful partnership that will help us in our efforts to give back to the community in a significant way.
"When we realized that we were both celebrating our 30th anniversaries this year, we couldn't think of a better person to help us elevate the Carnival to new and exciting heights."
As Honorary Chair, Stallone will help the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation generate additional awareness for the Carnival, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation, as well as assist the company in obtaining unique items for the Carnival's auction.
Please note he will not be in attendance.
Stallone has established world recognition as an actor, writer, producer and director since he played the title role in his own screenplay of "rocky" which won the Academy Award in l976 for Best Picture. Born in New York City, Stallone attended school in suburban Philadelphia where he first started acting. He then spent two years instructing at the American College of Switzerland in Geneva. Returning to the US, he enrolled as a drama major at the University of Miami and also began to write. Stallone left college before graduation to pursue an acting career in New York. By 1973, Stallone had auditioned for almost every casting agent in town, but found little success. During this period, he turned more and more to writing, churning our numerous screen players while waiting for his acting break. The opportunity first came in l974 when he was cast as one of the leads in "The Lords of Flatbush." He also received his first writing credit for "additional dialogue" on this film.
Stallone did not gain world-wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976), the film awarded the 1976 Academy Award for Best Picture. On March 24, 1976, Stallone saw the Ali-Chuck Wepner fight which inspired the foundation idea of Rocky. That night Stallone went home, and in three days he had written the script for Rocky. After that, he tried to sell the script with the intention of playing the lead role Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler in particular liked the script, and planned on courting a star like Burt Reynolds or James Caan for the lead role. The final result was an unqualified success; Rocky was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in all, including two for Stallone himself for Best Actor and for Best Original Screenplay. In addition to winning Best Picture, Rocky won for Best Director and Best Film Editing. Rocky cost about $1.1 million to make, and grossed about $225 million worldwide. The movie has made the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art a Philadelphia tourist attraction.
Tickets to attend the 30th anniversary Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival are $17 (adults) and $12 (children under 12) and now on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX.com, 1-800-298-4200, select Acme Markets and at the Wachovia Complex box office. A limited number of early admission tickets (admittance from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) are available at $37.
As the largest fundraising event of the year for the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation, fans can bid on items through an on-line auction. Fans can also purchase Flyers duffle bags, containing autographed Flyers apparel and other surprises. In addition to the games and activities at the Carnival, fans can purchase a chance to win a 2007 Mercedes-Benz.
Through money raised at the Flyers Wives Fight For Lives Carnival and through charitable efforts throughout the year, the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation provides donations, random gifts of kindness and player appearances to numerous non-profit groups, organizations and individuals to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia Region. To date, the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to various charities.
The Comcast-Spectacor Foundation is the charitable arm of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor. The particular focus of the Foundation has been on providing positive educational and recreational resources and activities for the region's youngsters and on raising funds for medical research and other important healthcare activities.