Phillies Raise $656,500 at Phillies Phestival in Fight to Strikeout ALS

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The Phillies continued the fight to strikeout ALS, raising $656,500 at the annual Phillies Phestival Thursday.

The money raised will go to funding research, patient care and health services for those with the disease in the Greater Philadelphia area.

The Phillies have donated more than $17 million to fight the disease in the area since the event started in 1984.

"Tonight's Phillies Phestival was about making a difference for those suffering from ALS," said Phillies Chairman David Montgomery. "We are extremely thankful to the countless fans and sponsors, as well as players, day of game employees and front office staff, who continuously show tremendous support for this cause."

Thousands of fans flooded the stadium to get autographs and pictures with members of the team, participate in various auctions around Citizens Bank Park, throw in the bullpen and even pose with the World Series trophy.

"This year marks the 40th anniversary of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and nobody has been by our side more during these four decades than the Philadelphia Phillies," said Chapter President Ellyn Phillips. "Just like ALS care, the Phillies Phestival is a total team effort with everybody doing their part. ALS families throughout the region and beyond are forever grateful to the Phillies organization for always going the extra mile to strike out ALS."

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