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On the heels of the most successful home stand of the season that included several come from behind walk-off wins, the Phillies held their annual Phillies Phestival at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies Phestival brought together the entire Phillies Family— players, wives, broadcasters, ballgirls, employees and of course the Phanatic to welcome over 7,000 fans to the park for photos, autographs, silent auctions, meet and greets, and more.  The event benefited ALS  (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the devastating neuromuscular condition for which there is no known cause or cure. The entire Phillies roster was represented as were Phillies legends like Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski.  During the two hour event the players were stationed at various locales within Citizens Bank Park and fans were able to take a few minutes to get an autograph, a photo and meet their favorite Phils.  Private meet and greets were held for patients with ALS. (Phillies Phestival 2012 photos below.)

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The highlight of the event took place in the Phillies media room.  The same room that the players take press conferences and answer the tough questions, gave way to a very special meet and greet with patients battling ALS.  The Phillies players and coaches graciously talked, posed for photos and signed autographs for the patients.  Players are the object of admiration to so many, but for this portion of the evening, the roles were reversed, and the players admired the courage of those that battle ALS.

The 2012 event rose a grand total of $858,340.  Since 1984, the Phillies have raised over $12.7 million for The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s patient services and research. In 2011, more than 6,000 fans turned out at the ballpark to help raise a total of $893,033 to help strike out ALS.

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By: Tony Romeo / PHL17
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