Making an Impact: Tonight's Phillies Phestival Raises $656,500 to #StrikeOutALS

It's all about making a difference for ALS patients in the Delaware Valley.

A total of $656,500 was raised at this evening's Phillies Phestival, the annual autograph and auction party to help strike out ALS - the devastating, always-fatal, progressive neuromuscular disorder.

Thousands of fans attended the charity event at Citizens Bank Park, with monies raised to provide much-needed research, patient care and services for ALS patients in the Greater Philadelphia area. Since the Phillies adopted ALS as their primary charity in 1984, nearly $17.7 million has been raised for the fight against the disease.

"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."

Contributing to the cause were the Grand Slam Sponsor Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP and All-Star Sponsor CSN Philly. In addition, Home Run Sponsors included: Hatfield Quality Meats, Ron Krancer in Memory of Anne Krancer, Mitsubishi Tanabe, Richard and Barbara Schiffrin and UFCW Local 1776.

"Tonight's Phillies Phestival was about making a difference for those suffering from ALS," said David Montgomery, Phillies Chairman. "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."

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter. The Phillies support the ALS cause at the Phillies Phestival and at special events during the year. Learn more about this 40-year milestone, including the impact of the Phillies, at www.alsphiladelphia.org/40years.