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Released: 12/30/2011 

Ben Franklin 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 the New Year and Martin Luther King Day

On January 1 and 2 the bridge will have the colors of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple as a symbol of hope in the New Year of 2011.

On January 14 the bridge will have yellow lighting to bring attention to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  The annual “Yellow Tie” Gala which raises money for the foundation will be held in Philadelphia that evening. 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 $45 million.

On January 16 the bridge will have the patriotic red, white and blue lighting to celebrate Martin Luther King Day along with the volunteer efforts associated with the holiday.

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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