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Released: 9/28/2009 

Ben Franklin Bridge October Bridge Lighting

Delaware River Port Authority CEO, John J. Matheussen, has announced the Ben Franklin Bridge in October will have special lighting to promote Breast Cancer Awareness, the annual MS 150 Bike ride to the Shore, a special police observance, commissioning activities for a ship at Penn’s Landing, the 35th anniversary of the Gift of Life Donor program in Philadelphia, and to celebrate Columbus Day and Halloween.

On October 1, 5-7, 11, 13-22 and 25-30, the bridge will have pink lighting in support of the LIGHTS FOR THE CURE campaign which turns the Philadelphia skyline pink to raise awareness about breast cancer. This local campaign is sponsored by CBS 3 (KYW-TV), and the Philadelphia affiliate of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 

On October 2 and 8-10, the bridge will be arrayed in red, white and blue for commissioning activities for the USS Wayne E. Meyer at Penn’s Landing. This rare and historic event is expected to attract 8,000 people. Information on the destroyer can be found at www.navyleaguephilly.org. 

On October 3-4 the bridge will have orange lighting marking the Annual MS150 Bike Ride to the Shore which takes place that weekend. The event begins and ends at PATCO’s Woodcrest Station in Cherry Hill. 

The bridge will feature green lighting on October 18th honoring the 35th anniversary of the Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia.

On October 23-24, the bridge will feature red lighting to mark “Red Ribbon Week”. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration commemorates this time every year to remember the murder of Special Agent Enrique (Kiki) S. Camarena who was killed in the line of duty. 

On Columbus Day, October 12, the bridge will have the traditional patriotic lighting of red, white and blue. 

On the last day of the Month, October 31, the bridge will have orange lighting to mark the celebration of Halloween. 

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, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal. The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.


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