06/13/2011 10:13 PM ET
Phillies Phestival raises all-time record to help strike out ALS
Tonight's event raises $893,033 ...Over $12.7 million raised since 1984
Records were broken tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
Over 6,800 fans - the most in Phillies Phestival history - turned out at the ballpark to help raise a grand total of $893,033 to help strike out ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Since the Phillies adopted ALS as their primary charity in 1984, they have raised over $12.7 million for the fight against the disease, an always-fatal, progressive neuromuscular disorder. This year marks the 22nd Phillies Phestival and the 27th anniversary of the partnership between the ALS Association, the Phillies and Phillies Charities, Inc.
"Once again our fans have shown tremendous support for the Phillies, but more importantly for the many patients who suffer from this devastating disease," said David Montgomery, President, The Phillies. "The Phillies Phestival is truly a team effort, and thanks to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ALS, we know that the monies raised during tonight's event will go a long way in providing the much-needed patient care and services."
Contributing to the cause was Grand Slam Sponsor Kessler Topaz 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 Dairy, Coca-Cola, Tony Luke's, Planet Hoagie, Campo's Deli, Chickies & Pete's and McNally's Schmitter.
The 2011 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 23 autograph stations, there were three photo booths featuring Roy Halladay, Carlos Ruiz, and manager Charlie Manuel. Fans could also participate in games like Every Roll's A Winner, play the Citizens Bank Park Games of Baseball or purchase Grab Bags filled with a variety of memorabilia.
The live auction raised $47,750, and the silent auction raised $52,562. Twenty-five items were up for bid in the live auction while 115 items were available in the silent auction. The autographed Ryan Howard game-used helmet received the top silent auction bid of $3,000, followed by a tying bid of $1,500 for a Ryan Howard autographed game-used St. Patty's Day Jersey and $1,500 for an autographed 2011 Phillies baseball.
A game-used baseball from Roy Halladay's 2010 NLDS No Hitter (signed by both Halladay and Carlos Ruiz) received the top bid of $4,700 in the live auction, followed by a bid of $4,300 for a 2010 Roy Halladay Game-Used Home Jersey.
Top Live Auction Items
1. Halladay/Ruiz Game-Used Ball (2010 NLDS No Hitter) - $4,700
2. Roy Halladay 2010 Game-Used Home Jersey - $4,300
3. 1934 Yankees Baseball (including Gehrig/Gomez) - $4,000
4. Phillies Cruise Trip for Two - 2012 Phantastic Voyage - $2,900
5. 2008 Phillies Framed World Series Champions Team Photo - $2,400