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Citadel Country Spirit USA Concert Raises $100k for CHOP!

Citadel hosted their 2nd annual country music festival in late August 2018. The weekend included live performances from country music greats like: Alabama, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and more.

This is no ordinary music festival; Citadel committed to donating a portion of the ticket sales, and match it! $50,000 was raised through ticket sales and another $50,000 was matched and donated directly from Citadel.

The beneficiary of this tremendous event is Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

CMN Hospitals partners with hospitals across the country to help raise funds for children and families treated at local children’s hospitals. Through CMN Hospitals’ Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) program, 100% of these funds were donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; which is a top 3 ranked children’s hospital in the United States (according to US News and World Reports).

The check was presented to CHOP by Jeff March, Citadel’s President and CEO, who said a few words about why Citadel chose CHOP as the concert’s beneficiary.

“Citadel is proud to be a supportive partner for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as our two organizations share a local community,” said Jeff March, president and CEO, Citadel. “We are excited about the future of this partnership and all the ways Citadel can continue to support CHOP through various events in 2019 and beyond.”

Citadel’s board member Joe Glace, who has volunteered at CHOP three times a week for over three years and is now a CHOP ambassador, also spoke during the ceremony.

“As a member of Citadel’s board and as an ambassador at CHOP, it brings me joy to see these two organizations partner,” said Joe Glace, Citadel board member. “It is defining for Citadel—as it has served the Greater Philadelphia community for over 80 years—to continue to support CHOP, which is such an important institution for Citadel’s members and local families.”

While a portion of all Citadel Country Spirit USA ticket sales were donated to CHOP, concert attendees also donated during the three-day country music festival. To encourage people to give, Citadel ran a sweepstakes that gave anyone who donated to CHOP the chance to win a guitar signed by Citadel Country Spirit USA performers. Grayson Savery, a former CHOP patient, also got onstage alongside his mom to remind the crowd how donations impact the lives of real children, and real breakthroughs, every day.

Citadel will continue to raise money for CHOP through various efforts throughout 2019, including through a presenting-level sponsorship for CHOP’s annual Parkway Run & Walk in September.

“We are very thankful for Citadel’s commitment to sponsoring our annual Parkway Run & Walk in 2019,” said Stephen Hunger, MD, Chief of the Division of Oncology and Director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at CHOP. “The Parkway Run embodies everything we are about: moving forward with unity and a commitment to advancing medicine, and finding a cure for childhood cancer. Citadel’s community involvement and philanthropy helps to fuel tomorrow’s breakthrough therapies. Without it, none of these advances would be possible; we are very grateful, and we look forward to a continuing partnership.”

To learn more about CMN Hospitals and Credit Unions for Kids, click here.

To learn more about how Citadel raises money for CHOP, visit