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4th Annual Andy Chan Holiday Block Party Raises Record Amount for Families of Philadelphia Highway Patrolman Andy Chan and Fallen Temple Police Officer Sgt. Christopher Fitzgerald

Updated: Jan 2

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The 4th Annual Andy Chan Holiday Block Party was held on Friday, December 15th on Second Street in Old City, Philadelphia. Participating locations included The Plough & the Stars, Sassafras, Brownie’s Irish Pub, Nick’s Bar & Grill, Bootlegger’s, and Rotten Ralph’s.

The annual holiday fundraiser going on its 4th year was spearheaded by the Families Behind the Badge Children’s Foundation and members of the law-enforcement community to raise money for the family of Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Andy Chan, who was severely injured in the line of duty in January of 2019 and continues to face significant health challenges. Since Andy's accident he has remained incapacitated and is in and out of the hospital/rehab and requires 24-hour care. Andy has a wife, Teng Chan, and two small children.

This year, the block party also directed a portion of the proceeds to the family of Temple University Police Sergeant Christopher Fitzgerald, who was killed in the line of duty in February of 2023 and left behind a wife and four children, countless friends, and family members.

The friends and family members of Andy Chan, including his wife Teng Chan, as well as the family of Sergeant Christopher Fitzgerald were in attendance - in addition to hundreds of attendees and supporters.

“What started out as a small law-enforcement Christmas Party 16 years ago has now grown into a holiday extravaganza that raises money to support the families of our law-enforcement community,” said Mark O’Connor, Executive Director of the Families Behind the Back Children’s Foundation. “We are proud to announce that we raised over $70,000 for these amazing families, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, supporters, and attendees.”

In addition to the traditional holiday cheer, the block party also included raffle prizes, a DJ, food trucks, and special guests including Avalon String Band, and Philadelphia legends such as Ben Franklin, Rocky Balboa, prominent members of the law-enforcement community, Philadelphia sports stars, and of course, Santa.

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