After Philadelphia radio host Josh Innes got a hold of the inhumane Greg Hardy pictures on Friday, he knew he had a responsibility to take action and make a difference.
94WIP’s The Josh Innes Show started a GoFundMe page for the Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in Dallas with the three-day goal of $3,000. As of 6 pm EST on Monday, they have raised $30,885 from 852 people (the page is still open, so you can donate here).
According to Bianca Jackson, the director of funds and community development for Genesis, the money raised will be able the help out 200 women and children that come to Genesis immediately, as she stated on the show on Monday.
Innes stated on air that he was fed up with the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas sports radio for simply brushing the visceral images to the side, and decided to take some real, tangible action. Along with show member and former NFL defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, Innes contributed $500 of his own money to help kick start the campaign.
Innes vented early Monday morning on 94WIP’s The Angelo Cataldi Show about the lack of attention from Dallas natives.
“The idea came to mind when I heard these Dallas stations saying nothing like the cowards they are,” Innes said, via CBS Philly. “They said absolutely nothing about [the photos of Hardy’s former girlfriend].”
The Josh Innes Show producer Spike Eskin stated in an email to Sportsnaut that the spontaneous decision to throw together this campaign was a no-brainer.
“We saw the Greg Hardy pictures last week, and we decided to turn it into something positive,” Eskin wrote. “We know how passionate Eagles fans are, and we wanted to focus that passion on helping people in need. We reached out to the Genesis Women’s Shelter, thought they were a worthy cause, and decided to launch the campaign.”
The Philadelphia Eagles took on the Cowboys on Sunday night on national TV, and Eskin knew they had a prime opportunity to and a duty to step up and make a difference. This wasn’t about winning or losing a football game, but rather about treating all human beings with the respect they deserve.
“The reaction has been unbelievable, and we’re proud that Eagles fans, and Philadelphia fans, who often get a bum rap, were able to give a helping hand to our friends in Dallas,” Eskin said.
The fundraising campaign was set to close at 2 pm EST on Monday, but they are keeping the page open for anyone that is interested in contributing.