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Released: 4/2/2009 

Ben Franklin Bridge April Lighting

Delaware River Port Authority CEO, John J. Matheussen, has announced the Ben Franklin Bridge in April will have special lighting to promote the Gift of Life Donor Program, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Earth Day, observe Easter Sunday and support the Flyers in their quest for the Stanley Cup.

For most of April the bridge will have green lighting for National Donate Life Month sponsored by the Gift of Life Donor Program.  The Gift of Life Donor Program helps 13 area transplant centers where heart, kidney, lung, live and pancreas transplants are performed.  In 2008 gifts given by 428 generous organ donors allowed the Gift or Life Donor Program to coordinate a total of 1,152 life-saving transplants. 

On April 7 the bridge will have orange lighting as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals kicks off Animal Cruelty Prevention Month.

On April 12 the bridge will have purple lighting to observe Easter Sunday.

On April 22 the green bridge lighting will be in observance of Earth Day.

On April 26 the bridge will be lit in purple for the "March for Babies" which takes place on the Ben Franklin Bridge that morning. The March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation. The money raised through "March for Babies" will support lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start. For further information on the March, please visit their website at

The bridge will have orange and white lighting when the Flyers play home games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs which begin in mid-April.

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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