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).
ABOUT THE ALLAN H. SELIG AWARD FOR PHILANTHROPIC EXCELLENCE
The Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, formerly known as the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence, was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs, with the Boston Red Sox organization as the inaugural recipient for their "Red Sox Scholars" program, which creates educational opportunities for inner-city youth. The Chicago White Sox won the award in 2011 for its "White Sox Volunteer Corps," a unique initiative designed to activate the fan base with White Sox players, executives and staff in helping give back to the greater Chicago community through service. The Toronto Blue Jays won the award in 2012 for the "Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy," a series of initiatives that support young people by encouraging physical activity through baseball while also providing programs that offer important resources and help develop essential life skills. The Detroit Tigers organization was the 2013 recipient for its "Detroit Tigers Anti-Bullying" program, a free, Michigan-wide educational program designed to help students and teachers manage the issue of bullying in schools. The Seattle Mariners organization was the 2014 recipient for its Refuse To Abuse®" Domestic Violence Prevention Program, a state-wide educational initiative, in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to promote healthy relationships and take a public stand against domestic violence. In 2015, the San Francisco Giants were recognized for their Junior Giants program, a free, noncompetitive initiative for youth, ages 5-18, that focuses on character development and baseball instruction.