The Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari was founded by the great Eddie Andelman in 1989. It began as a simple bus tour for two hundred people seeking the best hot dog in New England. Eddie, known as “The Godfather of Sports Talk Radio”, grew the Safari bigger and bigger until it became one of the top family friendly events of the year, while raising millions of dollars for the Joey Fund and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
President George Bush II once recorded a message for a live television broadcast, calling Eddie a great American for his charity work, and he was recently given a lifetime achievement award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Grand marshals and visitors to the Safari have included Governor Mitt Romney, Senator Scott Brown, and many other politicians. Mo Vaughn, Doug Flutie, Theo Epstein, and a massive roster of athletes have all been participants.
At the urging of Joe O’Donnell (founder of the Joey Fund) and Eddie, Phantom Gourmet and Eddie’s sons the Andelman brothers have taken over the planning and promotion of the event. Dave (now serving as Chief Hot Dog), Mike, and Dan receive no compensation of any kind, not even a check for their expenses, because they are dedicated to eradicating this disease.
This year, with encouragement from Joe, Eddie, Mayor Tom Menino, and the Lyons Group, the event moves to Lansdowne Street next to Fenway Park Saturday May 19 noon to 4PM. We’ll take over the entire street plus all the world famous venues. Tickets, including food and activities, are $15 in advance, $20 at the event. Kids aged 10 and under are free.
Cystic Fibrosis affects over 30,000 children and adults in this country. To make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please call 1-800-966-0444 or mail your donation to;
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
220 North Main Street, Suite 104
Natick, MA 01760