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07/26/2012 9:07 PM EST

Thousands rally to raise hope for ALS patients at Phillies Phestival

Tonight’s event raises $858,340 ... Over $13.5 million raised since 1984

Nearly 7,000 fans came out to Citizens Bank Park to help raise a grand total of $858,340 to help strike out ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  Since the Phillies adopted ALS as their primary charity in 1984, they have raised over $13.5 million for the fight against the disease, an always-fatal, progressive neuromuscular disorder. This year marks the 23rd Phillies Phestival and the 28th anniversary of the partnership between the ALS Association, the Phillies and Phillies Charities. 

“The fan support for patients who suffer from ALS has been tremendous over the years and today was no exception,” said Phillies President David Montgomery.  “This year’s Phillies Phestival helped to raise monies that will make a significant difference in providing much-needed patient care and services in the Greater Philadelphia area.”

Contributing to the cause was Grand Slam Sponsor Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP and All-Star Sponsor Comcast SportsNet. In addition, the following ballpark partners contributed a portion of their proceeds to the night’s grand total: ARAMARK, Campo’s Deli, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Coca-Cola, McNally’s Schmitter, Planet Hoagie, Season’s Pizza, Tony Luke's and Turkey Hill Dairy.

The 2012 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.  ALS patients and their families were also at the ballpark to enjoy the festivities and take part in a private meet and greet with the players.

In addition to 21 autograph stations, there were four photo booths featuring Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and Vance Worley, as well as Phillies legends Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski.  There were also plenty of games and entertainment, including a Ballgirl Dunk Tank, Every Roll’s A Winner and Grab Bags filled with a variety of memorabilia. 

The live auction raised $49,850, and the silent auction raised $45,620. Twenty-five items were up for bid in the live auction, while 120 items were available in the silent auction. 

Top Live Auction Items

  1. Dream Scene: Phillies limited-edition print featuring Alexander, Ennis, Schmidt, Howard, etc. – $7,500
  2. Championship Team Baseballs (6): 1950, 1980, 1983, 1993, 2008, 2009 – $4,200
  3. Baseball’s Elite: 500 Home Run, 3,000 Hits, 300 Wins & 3,000 Strikeouts Baseball Set (4) – $3,000   
  4. Trip for Two: AAA Mid-Atlantic/Holland America 2013 Phillies Phantastic Voyage Cruise – $3,000
  5. Babe Ruth: Framed photograph with cut signature display – $2,600

Top Silent Auction Items

  1. Autographed Carlos Ruiz 2011 Game-Used Home Jersey – $1,200
  2. Opportunity to be Honorary Phillies Batboy/Girl – $950
  3. Autographed Ryan Howard Game-Used Mother’s Day Pink Bat – $800
  4. Autographed Carlos Ruiz 2012 Game-Used St. Patrick’s Day Jersey – $800
  5. Autographed Ryan Howard Game-Used Bat – $800
  6. Autographed Ryan Howard Game-Used Cleats – $800

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