05/24/2010 11:15 PM ET
Phillies Phestival raises $801,615 to help strike out ALS
Over $11.8 million raised since 1984
The Phillies went to bat tonight all for a good cause.
Over 6,800 fans -- the most in Phillies Phestival history -- turned out at the ballpark to help raise a grand total of $801,615 to help strike out ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Since the Phillies adopted ALS as their primary charity in 1984, they have raised over $11.8 million for the fight against the disease, an always-fatal progressive neuromuscular disorder. This year marks the 21st Phillies Phestival and the 26th anniversary of the partnership between the ALS Association and the Phillies.
A set of six World Series baseballs signed by the 1950, 1980, 1983, 1993, 2008 and 2009 teams received the top bid of $4,100 in the live auction, followed by a bid of $3,900 for a Phillies suite for 30 with a World Series trophy visit.
Contributing to the cause was Grand Slam Sponsor Barroway Topaz Kessler Meltzer & Check LLP. Once again, All-Star Sponsor Comcast SportsNet was at the ballpark for live shots during Daily News Live, and the following Ballpark Partners contributed a portion of their proceeds to the night's grand total: ARAMARK, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, Tony Luke's, Planet Hoagie, Campo's Deli, Seasons Pizza and McNally's Schmitter.
The 2010 Phillies squad and coaching staff, as well as the broadcast crew, the players' and coaches' wives, and the Phillies front office were on hand to lend their support. Over 30 ALS patients and their families were also at the ballpark to enjoy the festivities.
In addition to autograph stations, there were three photo booths featuring Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and manager Charlie Manuel. Fans could also participate in games like Every Roll's a Winner and the Wheel of Phun, or purchase Grab Bags filled with a variety of memorabilia.
The live auction raised $66,950, and the silent auction raised $37,690. Thirty-five items were up for bid in the live auction, while 140 items were available in the silent auction. The Honorary Bat Boy/Girl Experience, including a game ticket, received the top silent auction bid of $2,000, followed by a bid of $1,200 for a Chase Utley autographed 2009 St. Patrick's Day jersey.
The money raised is used by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association for research and patient services.
Top Live Auction Items
1. Set of World Series balls autographed by the '50, '80, '83, '93, '08 and '09 teams: $4,100
2. Suite for 30 with World Series trophy visit: $3,900
3. Autographed, game-used alternate Halladay home jersey, from May 1, 2010, game: $3,800
4. 2009 World Series game-used autographed base: $3,600
5. 2009 Phillies framed National League champions celebration autographed photo: $3,500