Phillies Phestival for ALS set for Thursday

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are hosting their biggest event of the year on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

Their annual Phillies Phestival benefits The ALS Association. The Phillies have raised $16 million for patient services and research in the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information and a preview of silent auction items, please visit phillies.com/philliesphestival.

Event highlights include: 

Private meet and greet with ALS patients and players.

• Player autograph sessions and the chance to throw in the bullpen.

• Photo booth session with the Phillie Phanatic (sold out).

• Silent auction featuring dozens of items from around the world of sports.

Fans unable to attend are invited to contribute to the cause by making a donation at phillies.com/philliesphestival.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.