Phillies' Sandberg, Buchanan salute Community Heroes

Local non-profits, which received nearly $2 million in Phillies Charities, Inc. grants throughout the year, recognized for tireless efforts during Phillies Season of Giving

Local charities and organizations that have been making an impact in the community were recently selected to receive a Phillies Charities, Inc. grant, as well as recognized for their tireless efforts at a Phillies Charities Holiday Giving Party held this past Monday, December 15 in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.

"There are so many community heroes that provide invaluable services to individuals and families in times of need," said Lyn Montgomery, President, Phillies Charities, Inc. "It is our hope that the Phillies' Charities grants awarded will continue to aid the efforts of these outstanding organizations in giving back to the community."

Nearly $2 million in grants have been awarded throughout the year. Grant recipients at the Holiday Giving Party were given the Phillies red carpet treatment by Phanta Claus. Among those in attendance were Manager Ryne Sandberg, Phillies Charities, Inc. Board Member Margaret Sandberg, pitcher David Buchanan and his sister, Sarah Buchanan, who have traveled to Rwanda in past offseasons in support of the Kula Project, one of the many charities honored that evening. The event was also co-emceed by Phillies Broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Gregg Murphy, alongside Director of Public Affairs Scott Palmer.

Phillies Charities, Inc. serves as the fundraising arm of the Phillies organization and awards grants to a variety of charitable organizations each year. For more information on Phillies Charities, Inc. please visit



2014 Grant Recipients Include:

ACHIEVEability                                                               Philadelphia, PA

Aid for Friends                                                               Philadelphia, PA

Aiden's Heart Foundation                                                Downingtown, PA

Assistance in Healthcare, Inc.                                          Philadelphia, PA

Bethel Chapel Church                                                     Philadelphia, PA

Center for Resolutions                                                    Media, PA

ChildWay Pediatric Services                                            Lansdale, PA

Friars Society                                                                 West Chester, PA

Kaleidoscope Therapeutic Riding Program                        Tabernacle, NJ

Katie at the Bat                                                              Narberth, PA

Kennedy Health Foundation                                             Voorhees, NJ

Kula Project                                                                    

Learning to Lead                                                            Malvern, PA

Marlton Sports Unity Program                                          Marlton, NJ

Musicopia                                                                      Philadelphia, PA

PACT for Animals                                                           Gladwyne, PA

Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory                                   Philadelphia, PA

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, Inc.               Gladwyne, PA

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley                Allentown, PA

SHARE Food Program                                                     Philadelphia, PA

SquashSmarts                                                                Philadelphia, PA

Steppingstone Scholars                                                   Philadelphia, PA

The East Park Leadership and Conservation Center           Philadelphia, PA

Twilight Wish                                                                 Doylestown, PA