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Released: 12/30/2008 

Ben Franklin Bridge January Bridge Lighting


Delaware River Port Authority CEO, John J. Matheussen, has announced the Ben Franklin Bridge in January will have special lighting to promote Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation as well as celebrating New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day and the Presidential Inaugural.

On January 1 the bridge will have the colors of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for hope in the New Year of 2009.

On January 16 & 17 the bridge will have yellow lighting to bring attention to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The foundation is named for Alexandra “Alex” Scott who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four. She announced a simple idea, set up a lemonade stand to help doctors find a cure for kids with cancer. When she died peacefully at the age of 8, she had raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research. To date, the foundation has raised over $25 million.

On January 19 & 20 the bridge will have the patriotic red, white and blue lighting. January 19 will celebrate Martin Luther King Day and January 20 will mark the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, and PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.


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