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.
After meeting a family stricken by ALS and participating in the annual ALS Association banquet in 2014, Asche wanted to do more to raise funds and awareness for ALS research and to support the ALS Association.
He and wife Angie designed a Together We Fight T-shirt which can be purchased at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park or at phillies.com for $24.99. Net proceeds benefit the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
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 is committed to helping individuals and families by providing food donations and supporting hunger initiatives. Bibleway International, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, based in Brunswick, Georgia that was established in 1988 by Domonic's mother, Pastor Rosemary Woods. The organization provides food and clothing while offering counseling to those in need, including the homeless, veterans, single parents, children and others facing economic hardship. On October 17, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park, Brown, along with his family, personally distributed approximately 6,000 pounds of food to hundreds of Delaware Valley residents in need. The donation was made possible by a generous contribution of foods by ShopRite of Cherry Hill, Mt. Laurel, & Marlton - Owned & Operated by Ravitz Family Markets.
During the offseason, Brown stays active in Bibleway International's regular food donation programs and fundraising events held in the Brunswick, Georgia area.
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.
One of the most active members of the Phillies minor league system, David Buchanan is committed to volunteer service locally and globally, through his primary charity, Kula Project.
The nonprofit was launched by his sister, Sarah Buchan with a goal to build up communities in the developing world, by working with the family farm.
Kula Project is active in Rwanda, developing relationships with farmers on Ruli Mountain. The staff works to help scale coffee production, introduce food-crop planting systems, provide families with healthy foods and teach local farmers how to train their peers.
Buchanan has traveled to Rwanda in past off seasons to participate in the effort by meeting farmers, staff and participants of the program. He will make his next trip to Rwanda in October 2015.
For outstanding charitable contribution of his time and community service, in 2014 Buchanan was honored with the Phillies Minor League Community Service Award.
Jeff Francoeur supports the Alzheimer's Association by raising awareness and participating in fundraising efforts. He recently hosted a group of families with the Alzheimer's Association of the Delaware Valley at a Phillies game, providing game tickets, meeting with each family during batting practice and signing autographs.
Veteran pitcher Aaron Harang has a tremendous appreciation for the military. Each Saturday during the season, he hosts a charitable ticket program known as Aaron's Aces, which provides game tickets and the opportunity to watch batting practice on the field for active military, veterans, and their families. Harang personally plans the elements of this program to honor and thank servicemen and women as well as their family members. He began the program when he played for the Cincinnati Reds more than eight years ago.
Groups including the West Chester University Veterans Center, Operation Homefront PA, NJ, DE and Warrior Weekend Program and Wounded Warrior Project have enjoyed outings at Citizens Bank Park as part of Aaron's Aces. Before each game, Harang welcomes his groups personally during batting practice and provides signed keepsake T-shirts and concessions.
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.
For the past five years, Carlos Ruiz has hosted the 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.
Each year, Ruiz has been joined by Phillies Chairman David Montgomery, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., and most of his teammates for this effort.
In 2015, the event raised more than $175,000.
Since the partnership with Philadelphia Futures began 15 years ago, the Phillies and Ruiz have helped raise nearly $2 million to support students across Philadelphia.
Williams has been active for years in his efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer by participating in fundraising efforts and donating to The American Cancer Society. Since 2011, he has worn a custom-made pink glove in honor of his mother, Deborah, who passed away from the disease in 2001. In an effort to raise awareness for other cancers, he has had a variety of colorful gloves custom made to use on his game day starts. These include a green glove to bring awareness to liver cancer, a light blue glove for prostate cancer, a purple glove for pancreatic and a gold glove for childhood cancers. On many game days, Williams can be found meeting with children and families touched by cancer, sometimes, provide one of his gloves as a keepsake.
Each year, the Phillies recognize an Honorary Bat Girl on Mother's Appreciation Day. On May 10, Storti received this honor after being selected as the Phillies' winner for Major League Baseball's 2015 Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognized baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. Williams surprised Storti by presenting her with one of his game-used pink gloves.