There were miles of young smiles and pounds of flying green fur at the Comcast Center on Thursday, when the Phillie Phanatic dropped in to see "The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2011" and spread plenty of his good cheer around the building.
The first stop for the Philadelphia Phillies No. 1 phan was a surprise visit to more than 45 school children from Philadelphia's Fairhill Elementary School. The "Littles" from Fairhill were enjoying lunch with their Comcast mentors as part of the "Beyond School Walls" workplace mentoring program Comcast sponsors with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Beyond School Walls program pairs "Littles" with "Bigs" from Comcast's headquarters in Philadelphia and from 11 other Comcast offices throughout the country.
"We always look forward to the couple days each month that our 'Littles' come marching through the Comcast Center to visit their 'Bigs,'" said Charisse Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation. "Beyond School Walls" allows us to show our kids what we do at work and have some fun at the same time. We're happy to have the Phillie Phanatic help make their visit memorable."
The Phillie Phanatic followed up the surprise visit with a trip to the Comcast Center lobby, where he joined the "Littles" for "The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2011," which is fast becoming a must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia. It's hard to steal the show from magical scenes like the sleigh ride through a snow-covered Pennsylvania countryside or Pennsylvania Ballet performing "The Nutcracker" on the world's largest 4mm LED display.
But, as always, the Phillie Phanatic gave it his best shot.