Bridging the gap

From left to right: Jordan Hill, Garry Gilliam, Corey Dupree and Dezwaan Dubois. Photo by Leon Laing.

In order to market themselves, The Bridge held three events this week.

On Dec. 17, The Bridge held a mixer in Philadelphia. Then on Dec. 19, the organization held a press conference at the former Bishop McDevitt school. Later that evening, The Bridge and Chris “Handles” Franklin held a holiday party at the Edgemont Fire Hall.

NFL offensive tackle and Harrisburg native Garry Gilliam founded The Bridge and is the organization’s CEO. The Bridge aims to acquire 5 to 30 acres in Harrisburg for sustainable eco-village campuses that will produce fresh food, clean water and renewable energy. The organization plans to break ground in 2020.

During the press conference, Gilliam said the philanthropy by a late rapper helped to fuel his vision for The Bridge.

“Nipsey Hussle passed away March 31st. And I caught wind of his story and what he was doing. It really inspired me …,” Gilliam explained.

The Bridge also consists of Jordan Hill, chief community officer; Corey Dupree, chief operations officer; and Dezwaan Dubois, chief information officer. Both Gilliam and Hill played football for Penn State and the Seattle Seahawks.

To volunteer, email The Bridge at

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