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Gary Barbera and His Barberacares Programs Talk with Loraine Ballard Morrill as They Talk Local Barbera Bear, Phillie Phanatic Mascot and More

Listen to iHeart Media Philadelphia’s Loraine Ballard Morrill, the award-winning Director of News & Community Affairs interview with Gary Barbera BarberaCares Programs as they catch up on local news such as the Phillie Phanatic, the Barbera Bear, BarberaCares Don’t Text and Drive Distracted Driving Awareness Programs and of course, Carson Wentz’s Wheels With a Cause.


Philadelphia, PA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/10/2020 --BarberaCares' update interview on Insight airs Sunday, March 8, 2020 WDAS 105.3 6am, Power 99 at 7am, and on What's Going On Q102, Radio 104.5, The Breeze 106.1 at 7 am.

Philly's Famous Barbera Bear has teamed up with The Phillie Phanatic to bring Miles of Smiles to countless children in our Philadelphia communities. Mascots bring the excitement, the fun, and bring miles of smiles to the faces of children and adults who may just need that little pick me up. Mascots such as the Phillie Phanatic and the Barbera Bear touch so many lives behind the spotlight. Their engagement within the community is a formidable bond.

2nd and 15th Northeast Philadelphia Police Departments Children's Holiday Party teamed up with Gary Barbera and his BarberaCares Program at Protestant House in Northeast Philadelphia. BarberaCares joined the 2nd and 15th Police District to bring the holiday spirit of community involvement to the area.

Mascots 4 a Cure

The Barbera Bear and the Phillie Phanatic ran and cheered on the participants of the Mascots for a Cure Mini-Marathon at Citizens Bank Park. It was Mascot Mayhem as 6 ABC reported.

The festive Philly Mascot Mini Marathon 5K (3.1-mile) run with Mascot Mayhem took place on the grounds that used to be Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park. It was a celebration of fitness and dedication to curing childhood cancer. Mascots who pursued the finish line included the BarberaCares Bear, The Phillie Phanatic, Phang, Sir Braveheart, Raccoon from Raccoon Sports, Trojan Man from Pottstown High School, all running the Mascots 4 a Cure Marathon to benefit families whose children are battling cancer.

Everybody including our costumed crusaders had a great time and made great time. To learn more about the mission of Mascots 4 a Cure see their website

Watch our Barbera Bear and the Phillie Phanatic Go:

33rd Annual Widener Memorial School Day Event

Gary Barbera and his BarberaCares program was once again honored to be invited to the 33rd Annual Widener Day Event. During the month of May, the 35th police district, The Fire Department, SEPTA community businesses, family, students, teachers, aides, advocates and community services have gotten together to celebrate the unity and positivity of Widener Memorial School located on West Olney Avenue while entertaining the students.

BarberaCares always looks forward to bringing their special fun vehicles such as the Prowler to the special students of Widener Memorial School. The Barbera Bear and the Phillie Phanatic made a welcomed appearance for picture taking with the students and a fun dance off with the Pep Squad from Girls Catholic High School and with the students.

The Barbera Bear is also the face of the Barbera Cares Programs for Distracted Driving.

BarberaCares Don't Text and Drive Slow Down Phone Down started decades ago when
Gary Barbera was asked to provide the Barbera Dodge Neon Drinking and Driving Simulator Vehicle to local high schools during prom season such as Gary's alma mater Archbishop Ryan. Students drove a vehicle that was specially equipped to simulate the slowed responses that alcohol consumption impairs driving and thought processes. Gary Barbera says, "Awareness is the key. Drinking and Driving has decreased, unfortunately Distracted Driving is on the rise."

The BarberaCares Awareness continued as Gary Barbera became the inaugural partner of Governor Edward G. Rendell's Adopt-A-Highway Program in 2002. Been partnering ever since.

BarberaCares and the Barbera Bear continue to bring the Don't Text and Drive Awareness to the City of Brotherly Love with countless displays including the BarberaCares Solar Powered Recycling Kiosks strategically located throughout Philadelphia to Green Up, Clean-up, and to serve the public with the Don't Text and Drive Public Service Announcement.

For information about the State of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Laws concerning Distracted Driving check out their website.

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About Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard and his BarberaCares Programs
Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard proudly celebrates their 30th anniversary since swinging open the doors showcasing Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep and CPOV vehicles collaborating with it's own Philadelphia's Credit Connection- On-Site Instant Auto Credit. Over 1000 Vehicles including 300 Jeeps Cheap at one location. Barbera's on the Boulevard is recognized by FCA as Philadelphia's #1 volume dealer in both new and pre-owned vehicles for decades. Getting their start as a Dodge dealer has propelled them to be the #1 Dodge Dealer in 6 states, PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, and WV since the start while receiving Chrysler's highest accolade J D Power certification.

The Barbera Culture, rooted in the belief that Business Comes Where it is Invited and Stays where it is Well Treated. The Barbera organization hires hospitality and trains talent instilling within every single employee the philosophy of guest hospitality, consistent service, and gratefulness for the client's most precious gift of their valuable time. Their proudest moments are when they are welcoming back families who have purchased 9-10 cars and who send their friends and family. The biggest compliment is the wonderful thoughtful gift of a referral of family and friends.

The Barbera family credits their parents with instilling the Barbera Culture of Hospitality, Family Values and Work Ethic. Their mother Rita Barbera, known to all as "Lovely Rita" was kind, socially conscious, and valued family and hardwork. Their father, Eugene Barbera planted the automotive seed through his business, Palm Auto, a carwash, gas station, auto repair and body shop center located in Fishtown before it bloomed into the sprawling area it is today. The Barbera Family would work for their father as children inspired by their father's work ethic and client satisfaction standards. Their dad said, "Hard work never hurt anyone but Aggravation sure will kill you."

Honored to be recognized with the prestigious Family Owned Business award for dual accolades; Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard for positively impacting their communities economically and BarberaCares for Community Service Excellence. On the heels of this crowning achievement Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard is recognized alongside industry icons 6ABC, QVC, and Comcast NBCUniversal for Corporate Philanthropy as the region's most charitable givers.

BarberaCares principles of Support, Enhance, and Inspire lead the way in community service including broadcasting their Don't Text and Drive Campaign- Keep the Boulevard Safe message to everyone, especially the young. Proud to be the inaugural partner of Governor Edward G. Rendell's Adopt-A-Highway state wide clean up initiative from the ground up, 1000's of Turkey and Winter Coat hand deliveries to underserved sections of the city such as Strawberry Mansion, massively leading the way in Solar Recycling Cans around the city. Support of Philadelphia's finest including P.A.L, honoring Veterans for their service and sacrifice. Of course 1000's of individuals, children, families, youth groups, churches and synagogues have been added to the list of those being assisted by BarberaCares over the 3 decades.

Their Philly famous mascot – the Barbera Bear can be seen lending a paw and entertaining during parades and community clean-ups. Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard is also known for where the Stars buy their Cars! It all began with Jim McMahon and Doug Pederson as a young Quarterback in the 90's with many, many stars in between and after. Now it's Coach Doug Pederson and he's been driving Barbera for decades! Now it's your turn. I would be remiss if I didn't ask you.... Is Barbera the Best... Boy I Guess!