The Irish Pub Children’s Foundation (IPCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to improving the lives of children in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area. We do this in three ways: by supporting first responders and their families who are killed or severely injured in the line of duty, by improving relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve and by encouraging our children through education and recreation.
Founded by the owners of the Irish Pub, the IPCF was created in 2007 to better allocate and manage the funds raised from the Irish Pub's signature event, The Irish Pub Tour de Shore. Established in 1988, The Irish Pub Tour de Shore is a 65-mile bicycle ride from the Irish Pub in Philadelphia to the Irish Pub in Atlantic City. The bike ride started as part of the Ugly Bartender Contest - a national MS Society initiative - with 20 cyclists the first year and has grown to 2,500 riders, raising $1.1 million in 2017. This ride has become a summer staple in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey community.
Throughout the first 20 years of the Irish Pub Tour de Shore, money raised went to a variety of worthy causes in the community. In 2007, after several Philadelphia Police Officers were killed in the line of duty, the organization made a change in the focus of its funding by putting a greater emphasis on supporting families of our fallen officers. Today, the IPCF focuses on supporting first responders in need and educational initiatives in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area.
In addition to the Tour de Shore, the IPCF hosts two other main events. The Gathering of Heroes is a celebrity guest bartending event at the Irish Pub to raise money for the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Founation and Families Behind the Badge which brings together widows and families of our fallen officers and raises money for the FOP Survivors Fund.
Since 2015, the IPCF has also spearheaded an original citywide initiative called the “Police Youth Alliance”. Aimed at bridging the gap between police officers and children in disadvantages neighborhoods, the Police Youth Alliance is a collaboration with local schools to create programs taught by police officers in their corresponding districts, such as chess, step, reading, drumline and carpentry.
To maximize the support given to our first responders, the IPCF provides an immediate grant of $5,000 directly to the families of first responders severely injured or killed in the line of duty. The IPCF then works closely with other organizations that exist to continuously support these families such as: Philadelphia Police Survivors Fund, South Jersey FOP Lodge 56, Montgomery County Heroes Fund and Bucks County Hero Scholarship Fund.
It is the IPCF’s honor to give back to the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey community and support the children of our fallen heroes. To date, the IPCF has raised over $7 million for the children in our community. Every year, 80% of all proceeds go directly to their programs.
Irish Pub Children’s Foundation | 2007 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215-568-5603
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