The Phillies players take pride in their on-field accomplishments but they are equally as proud of the positive work that they are doing to give back to the community. Each year individual players take part in special meet and greets both at Citizens Bank Park and in the community.
Many players host their own ticketing program that allows them to meet with deserving organizations. Others have their own foundations to support causes close to their hearts.
We invite you to learn about what the Phillies players are doing to give back to the community that gives so much to them.
Chad and Tiffany Billingsley began their relationship with the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in late 2011.
After making item donations directly to the shelter, the relationship grew when the Billingsley's saw a need for the addition of play yards to the ARL grounds and personally donated $8,500 in January 2012 for construction of two fenced play areas where shelter dogs could run and play off leash. At this time, the Billingsley's also donated more than $1200 of Kuranda cat beds, which doubled the space in the cat cages by adding a "second level" for the cats to enjoy.
Recognizing the need for additional funds and exposure for the open admission shelter that cares for more than 200 animals at any given time, the Billingsley's pledged to donate $100 for every strike out that Chad threw during his season with the LA Dodgers and $1000 for every win. Through this campaign, the Billingsleys donated $22,800 in 2012 and $25,000 in 2013.
The Billingsley's were excited to partner with the ARL again in 2014, but due to an injury that kept Chad off the field, the campaign had to change and so Chad & Tiffany challenged the ARL to increase their adoptions. The reward for doing so would be a $25 donation for every animal adopted. The ARL created unique and fun adoption promotions to increase the amount of animals that found forever homes and at the end of the campaign, Chad and Tiffany donated $27,000.
This season, the Billingsley's continue their support by matching donations by Phillies fans to the shelter. Chad & Tiffany personally donate $25 for every animal adopted during the baseball season. In addition to monetary donations, Chad & Tiffany have been extremely generous in donating items for raffles and auctions at ARL events.
Chad and Tiffany have attended every annual Gala since they first partnered with the ARL. This year's gala benefitting the Animal Rescue League of Berks County takes place on November 7, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing, PA. Chad and Tiffany will participate in a VIP Meet & Greet prior to the event. Contact the shelter at 610-373-8830 for more information.
To date, Chad and Tiffany Billingsley have donated $91,415 to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in funds and thousands more in auction, raffle and wish list items. Their continued loyalty and generosity to the ARL has had significant impact on the number of animals that are able to be cared for, and the quality of care those animals receive while in the ARL's care.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is the largest open admission shelter in Berks County accepting more than 8,000 animals annually. The shelter runs at maximum capacity throughout the year, providing adoption programs, spay/neuter clinics, community outreach, education, animal welfare investigation, and more.
Domonic Brown focuses on living a healthy life and feels that it is important to share that information with the next generation of baseball players. He has taken part in the Phillies PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) Clinic to discuss his exercise routine and what he eats to stay healthy.
He has also taken part in the Phillies Phitness educational program which shares with students in grades K-12 the importance of making smart food choices at an early age.
In 2014, Ryan and his wife Krystle founded The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation which is dedicated to improving the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development. The Foundation's goal is to engage students in the essential area of literacy thus leading them on a path to a brighter future.
Calling all Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary students! The Phillies and The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation invite you to the ultimate Back-to-School Read-Along event taking place at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, October 3.
Join Ryan and Krystle Howard, along with members of the Phillies, as they make their children's book series "Little Rhino" come alive during a pre-game read-along event.
For more information, visit phillies.com/readalong.
In 2014, Vare-Washington Elementary School in South Philadelphia was selected as the recipient school of the very first "Big Piece" grant.
In 2014, the Howards hosted their second Stand Up for Literacy event, which acted as a fundraiser for the next Big Piece Foundation grant.
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Ryan was the 2011 Phillies Community Service Award winner and the local Roberto Clemente Jr. Award recipient.
Ryan received an Honorary Badge from the Philadelphia Police Athletic League during "PAL Night at the Phillies" in August 2008, recognizing his community service.
Cliff Lee each season hosts Lee's VIPs to bring deserving children and patients from local organizations to a game. Lee provides tickets, T-shirts and food concessions.
Lee made a $1 million donation, in honor of their son Jaxon, to Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) to fund an endowed chair in pediatric hematology/oncology. Jaxon battled cancer (acute myeloid leukemia -AML) at ACH as an infant.
In 2012, Carlos Ruiz introduced his Chooch's Chicos ticket program. Through this program Ruiz invites children from local Latino organizations to Phillies games and provides t-shirts and concessions. Groups benefiting include ACLAMO Family Centers, Concilio Summer Youthworks, National Stop The Violence Alliance, Inc. and Congreso De Latinos. Carlos also meets individually with the children and teens during batting practice.
Following the game on Thursday, April 23, Carlos Ruiz hosted the 15th annual "Get in the Game" bowling tournament benefiting Philadelphia Futures, an organization that provides the city's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.
Joining Ruiz were Phillies Chairman David Montgomery, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Manager Ryne Sandberg and 18 of Ruiz's teammates and coaches. The event raised more than $175,000.
Since the partnership with Philadelphia Futures began 15 years ago, the Phillies have helped raise nearly $2 million to support students across Philadelphia. For more information, visit philadelphiafutures.org or @PhillyFutures.
The Utley Foundation was established by Chase and his wife Jen, to bring awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty. The Foundation's mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering.
In 2011, The Utley Foundation, the Pennsylvania SPCA and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program began a tradition of inviting students to help design murals that incorporate the theme of preventing animal abuse.
On May 30, 2013 Chase Utley and his wife Jennifer were joined by students at Universal Vare Charter Middle School to announce the creation of a third mural in their series, "Be Kind to Animals." The murals are created in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Utleys collaborated with artist David Gunn for a mural located on the Care Recreation Facility at 2600 Morris Street in Philadelphia.
On September 27, 2012, the Utleys dedicated their second annual "Be Kind to Animals" themed mural, presented by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Utley Foundation. The mural, which promotes the proper care and treatment of animals, is located at McVeigh Recreation Center in Philadelphia.
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In 2011 the invited students of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School to participate in poster, essay, and photo contests that asked children to express feelings and personal stories about animals. Winners from each contest had their image incorporated into the "kindness to animals" themed mural which was designed by artist Willis Humphrey and unveiled on June 7, 2011 on a wall at 22nd and Dauphin Streets.
Utley, as part of his Chase's Champs program, annually spends over $23,000 to purchase season tickets to benefit patients from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
Since 2006 Chase has served as the chairman of the Phillies Jr. RBI/RBI Leagues which provide at risk children with the opportunity to play both baseball and softball. Chase has met with participants to give baseball tips, answer questions and help hand out gloves to those without one. Chase also has joined forces with Jr. RBI sponsor Citizens Bank to encourage fans to donate new and gently used gloves at the Citizens Bank Park kiosk in Ashburn Alley during every home game to benefit Jr. RBI participants.
Chase has also helped grant the wishes of several children suffering from serious illness, by meeting them through the through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Chase also supports Philadelphia Futures, a mentoring program for inner-city students and generously donates his time during the baseball season to participate in various events to raise funds for Phillies Charities, Inc.