The first Flyers Wives Carnival was held February 1, 1977. Later that year, one of the Flyers’ own, Barry Ashbee, died of leukemia. With his death came a truly heartfelt focus to the Carnival. Over three decades after the Flyers Wives Carnival began, the event is one of the oldest and most successful one-day charity events hosted by a professional sports franchise.
Through the Carnival and other fundraising events, Comcast-Spectacor Charities, which encompasses Flyers Charities and Global Spectrum Charities, has contributed $25 million to Philadelphia-area organizations, including the original charity, the Barry Ashbee Research Laboratories at Hahnemann University Hospital.