Philadelphia Phillies named recipient of the 2016 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence

More than $17 million raised in 32-year partnership with ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Major League Baseball and Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. have named the Philadelphia Phillies as the 2016 recipient of the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, which was announced today at the MLB Owners Meetings.

The Phillies are being recognized for their organization-wide commitment to supporting the fight against ALS through the "Phillies Phestival," an annual autograph and auction party which this year alone raised more than $700,000 to provide much-needed patient care and services for ALS patients in the Philadelphia area. Since 1984, when the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter became the team's primary charity, the Phillies have raised more than $17 million for the fight against ALS - the devastating, always-fatal, progressive neuromuscular disorder.

As part of their recognition, the Phillies will receive a $10,000 grant from Major League Baseball Charities to continue their philanthropic efforts.

Commissioner Manfred said: "I congratulate ownership, David Montgomery and the entire Phillies organization for their decades-long commitment to fighting ALS. As the sport of Lou Gehrig, Baseball is proud to support efforts against this terrible disease, particularly in recent years alongside courageous patients and advocates like Pete Frates and Pat Quinn in the 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.' The Phillies commitment to their local ALS Association is a great example of how our game can make a difference."

"To receive this prestigious award is indeed an honor, and one that we dedicate to the patients and families who live with or have succumbed to this awful disease," said David Montgomery, Phillies Chairman. "The Phillies family is committed to putting an end to ALS. I would like to thank our players, Phillies wives, coaching and front office staff, day of game employees, ownership, sponsors - and especially our fans - who have joined us, and continue to join us, in the fight to end Lou Gehrig's Disease."

"The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter is proud and honored that the Philadelphia Phillies are the recipient of the 2016 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence," said Ellyn Phillips, President, ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter. "The Chapter has greatly benefited from the Phillies dedication, compassion, generosity and year-round efforts in the fight against ALS."

In 2016, thousands of fans attended the Phillies Phestival at Citizens Bank Park, which featured 20 autograph stations (players, coaching staff, broadcasters and alumni), a photo booth with the Phillie Phanatic, a silent auction and grab bags featuring autographed items and other entertainment. The event also featured a private player meet and greet for ALS patients and their families.

The entire Phillies organization was on hand to volunteer at the annual fundraising event, including the 25-man roster and the Phillies wives, coaching staff, alumni, broadcasters, owners and ballpark partners (Aramark and Spectra), as well as 750 employees (150 front office and 600 day of game).