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In Honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. Recognizes 2017 Community Heroes

Dozens of organizations to be honored on Monday, December 18 for helping those in need; awarded more than $1.2 million in Phillies Charities, Inc. grants to ensure that community efforts continue

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities are getting some much-deserved recognition.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. is saluting dozens of local charities and organizations who are making an impact in the Phillies' major league and minor league communities. All of these community heroes (listed below) will be honored for their charitable efforts on Monday, December 18, at the Phillies Charities, Inc. Holiday Giving Party at Citizens Bank Park. This special event will also recognize those who were selected to receive a 2017 Phillies Charities, Inc. grant, distributed so that their community efforts could continue.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities are getting some much-deserved recognition.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. is saluting dozens of local charities and organizations who are making an impact in the Phillies' major league and minor league communities. All of these community heroes (listed below) will be honored for their charitable efforts on Monday, December 18, at the Phillies Charities, Inc. Holiday Giving Party at Citizens Bank Park. This special event will also recognize those who were selected to receive a 2017 Phillies Charities, Inc. grant, distributed so that their community efforts could continue.

"There are many charities selflessly working to better the lives of others in our communities," said John Weber, President, Phillies Charities, Inc. "Through the support of our fans, Phillies Charities is able to support the efforts of these charitable organizations providing vital services throughout the region."

In the past year, more than $1.2 million was awarded by Phillies Charities, Inc. to charitable organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and in areas near the Phillies minor league affiliates. 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 www.phillies.com/community.

2017 Phillies Charities, Inc. Honorees & Grant Recipients

Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation

Voorhees, NJ

Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation (ARVF) creates activities, programs and events that enhance the quality of life for hospitalized teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. ARVF provides Teen Kits and Bandana Pillows to approximately 2,000 hospitalized teens per year, while also funding Teen Lounges, enhancements and activities for hospitalized, critically ill teens. For additional information, visit www.victoriousfoundation.org.

 

The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Area

Philadelphia, PA

The ALS Association is leading the fight to treat and cure amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. For more information, visit www.alsphiladelphia.org.

 

American Heart Association

Philadelphia, PA

The American Heart Association is committed to fighting heart disease throughout Pennsylvania by advocating for key issues, improving the quality of care for heart patients, reaching at-risk populations through cause initiatives and online tools and investing in heart research that has led to breakthroughs. For more information, visit www.heart.org.

 

Angel 34

Nazareth, PA

Angel 34 brings hope and healing to the children and families of those affected by childhood cancer by finding a cure and advancing treatment options for childhood cancer. Angel 34 provides financial assistance to families to cover medical costs, provide pet therapy, research and ICEE machines to children's hospitals. For more information, visit www.angel34.org.

 

The Attic Youth Center

Philadelphia, PA

The Attic creates opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. The Attic is Philadelphia's only independent LGBTQ youth center. For more information, go to www.atticyouthcenter.org.

 

Bethesda Project

Philadelphia, PA

Bethesda Project operates 14 sites throughout Center City Philadelphia for individual adults experiencing homelessness. These sites range from emergency shelter to supportive housing to independent living spaces, including Our Brother's Place. For more information, visit www.bethesdaproject.org.

 

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is a 10-year academic enrichment program that builds a path from middle school to college graduation for low-income students from Philadelphia's public schools. Breakthrough also inspires talented high school and college students to become educators and engaged citizens by giving them teaching responsibilities in its programs. For more information, visit www.breakthroughphilly.org.

 

Broad Street Ministry

Philadelphia, PA

Broad Street Ministry is a broad-minded Christian community that cherishes creativity, fosters and nurtures artistic expression, extends inclusive hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement. For more information, visit www.broadstreetministry.org.

 

CADEkids

Philadelphia, PA

CADEkids delivers evidence-based prevention programs at elementary and middle schools located in our region's most underserved neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.cadekids.org.

 

The CAPA Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

The CAPA Foundation preserves and protects Philadelphia's premier arts high school, The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). The CAPA Foundation was created as a response to a $1.1 million cut in the school's operating budget as a result of the School District of Philadelphia budget crisis. The CAPA Foundation intends to lead capital campaigns to ensure a modern, functioning theater, technology upgrades throughout the classrooms and library to better serve the students and connect the school to the Avenue of the Arts. For more information, visit www.capa-foundation.org.

 

Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Inc.

Camden, NJ

The Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Inc. provides nutritious meals for impoverished residents of Camden. Additionally, the organization hosts a Culinary Arts Training Program and a Baking Arts Training Program. Both programs include classroom instruction in culinary/baking arts, plus ServSafe certification training, life skills, financial literacy and interviewing skills training. The organization also provides dental care services including cleanings, fillings, extractions and dentures to low-income residents of Camden, Pennsauken and Gloucester City, NJ who have no dental insurance and are unable to afford the cost. For more information, visit www.cathedralkitchen.org.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Philadelphia, PA

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphia is to deliver personalized, integrated, child-centered advocacy for abused and neglected children in foster care through a diverse community of trained volunteers. For additional information, visit www.casaphiladelphia.org.

 

Children's Home of Reading (CHOR)

Reading, PA

The Children's Home of Reading (CHOR) provides a treatment-oriented residential environment for children and teenagers, educational programs for kids with emotional and behavioral issues and community-based services for children and families. For additional information, visit www.choreading.org.

 

Dawn's Place

Philadelphia, PA

Dawn's Place pro-actively supports women affected by commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and its abuse by providing services to women, raising awareness through education, and generating prevention, public policy reform and community collaborations. Dawn's Place works to improve the lives of women trapped by, or at risk for CSE, by providing housing, trauma recovery services, vocational training and other services. For more information, visit www.ahomefordawn.org.

 

The Drueding Center

Philadelphia, PA

The Drueding Center serves the most vulnerable homeless families in Philadelphia and support the long-term success of formerly homeless families. The Drueding Center works with 30 resident families at a time, who stay for up to two years, ensuring that they have the skills and resources necessary to live independently and reach their individual measure of success. For more information, visit www.druedcenter.org.

 

Face To Face

Philadelphia, PA

At Face to Face, struggling families, individuals and the homeless are welcomed. Face to Face offers a dining room, a nurse managed health center, a legal center, a social services center and children's summer camps and after school programs. Face to Face serves 2,500 induividuals annually and has been a stable presence in Germantown for over 20 years. For additional information, visit www.facetofacegermantown.org.

 

HEADstrong Foundation

Holmes, PA 

The HEADstrong Foundation carries on the legacy and vision of founder, Nicholas "Head" Colleluori through advocating, fundraising and supporting those affected by blood cancer and those working toward eliminating the disease. For more information, visit www.headstrong.org.

 

Hopeworks 'N Camden

Camden, NJ

Hopeworks 'N Camden uses education, technology and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future and develop their D.R.E.A.M.S. (Dynamic Realizable Efforts to Attain and Maintain Success). For more information, visit www.hopeworks.org.

 

Impact Charity Services, Inc.

Mt. Laurel, NJ

Impact Charity Services, Inc. funds vocational training education for underserved youth, primarily youth aging out of the juvenile social service system. For more information, visit www.impactcharityservices.org.

 

Lunch with Lynch

Wildwood, NJ

Lunch with Lynch helps facilitate learning experiences for low-income elementary school students in Wildwood and its surrounding communities. The organization serves disadvantaged children through reading programs, meal opportunities and toy drives. For more information, visit www.lunchwithlynch.com.

 

Mastery Charter Schools Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

Mastery Charter Schools Foundation supports a nonprofit network of public charter schools serving families in Philadelphia and Camden. Mastery is unique in that most of these schools are turnarounds of previously struggling public schools. For more information, visit www.masterycharter.org.

 

The Montgomery County Foundation (for Lucy Belle's Rainbow)

Philadelphia, PA

Funds for Lucy Belle's Rainbow are managed by The Montgomery County Foundation. Lucy Belle's Rainbow focuses on facilitating and promoting therapeutic activities for children living with cancer by providing art supplies and art therapy support to children undergoing treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.lucybellesrainbow.org.

 

The Moyer Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

The Moyer Foundation provides comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Their innovative resources and programs address the critical needs of children experiencing powerful, overwhelming and often confusing emotions associated with the death of someone close to them or substance abuse in their family. For more information, visit www.moyerfoundation.org.

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association Greater Philadelphia (MDA)

Philadelphia, PA

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals - and the families who love them - from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. For more information, visit www.mda.org.

 

Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE

Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is one of the safest children's hospitals in the country, with some of the best doctors, nurses and pediatric specialty care available. Nemours provides services to restore and improve the health of children through care and programs not readily available, with one high standard of quality and distinction, regardless of the recipient's financial status. For additional information, visit www.nemours.org.

 

Northwest Victim Services

Philadelphia, PA 

Northwest Victim Services is the first grassroots nonprofit agency created and dedicated to serving victims and witnesses to crime in the 5th, 14th, 35th and 39th Police Districts. Since 1981, its reputation for compassionate, effective service has spread throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond. For more information, visit www.northwestvictimservices.org.

 

The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA)

Philadelphia, PA 

The PSPCA rescues animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitates them medically and behaviorally and places them with new, loving families. For more information, visit www.pspca.org.

 

Philabundance

Philadelphia, PA 

Philabundance provides food to approximately 90,000 people per week - of which 30 percent are children and 15 percent are senior citizens - through a network of nearly 350 member agencies including food cupboards, shelters, emergency kitchens and more. For more information, visit www.philabundance.org.

 

Philadelphia Futures

Philadelphia, PA 

Philadelphia Futures provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. For more information, visit www.philadelphiafutures.org.

 

Philadelphia READS

Philadelphia, PA 

Philadelphia READS is "raising a city of readers" through quality out of school time programs focused to get children and youth to read on or above grade level by grade 4. For additional information, visit www.philareads.org.

 

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia aspires to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime, promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes. Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer sports and other programs to youth in 17 centers in some of the city's highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. The Phillies have adopted "Ford PAL Center." For more information, visit www.phillypal.org.

 

The Richie Ashburn-Harry Kalas Foundation

Blue Bell, PA

The Richie Ashburn-Harry Kalas Baseball Foundation gives children in the city and suburbs of Philadelphia the opportunity to learn the art of baseball by offering free camps throughout the area. For more information, visit www.ashburnkalasfoundation.org.

 

Safe Harbor of Chester County

West Chester, PA

Safe Harbor of Chester County provides housing, food and access to support services in a structured environment for homeless single men and women in Chester County. For additional information, visit www.safeharborofgwc.org.

 

Senior Dog Haven & Hospice

Wilmington, DE

Senior Dog Haven & Hospice rescues and re-homes senior dogs (age 7 and older) and offers hospice care to rescued senior dogs. The goal is to be there for the older dogs who have been abandoned at a time in their life when their need for comfort, companionship and care is at its highest. For more information, visit www.seniordoghaven.org.

 

Silver Springs - Martin Luther School

Philadelphia, PA 

Silver Springs - Martin Luther School provides a range of services to assist children who are struggling with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties and provides support for their families. Activities include equine therapy, art, dance, music classes, dinners out and a running program. For more information, visit www.silver-springs.org.

 

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Freehold, NJ

The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs. For more information, visit www.sptsusa.org.

 

SPIN Inc.

Philadelphia, PA 

SPIN Inc. provides the highest quality, people-first services and support for children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities so that each may achieve and enjoy a life of possibilities. SPIN is also a leading provider of inclusive, early childhood education and childcare for children of all abilities. For additional information, visit www.spininc.org.

 

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

Philadelphia, PA 

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is the third-oldest rescue mission in the country and serves the homeless through two locations in Philadelphia: a meal service program serving three meals a day to anyone in need and men's shelter in Center City and a transitional home for women in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.sundaybreakfast.org.

 

Tabor Community Partners (TCP)

Philadelphia, PA 

Tabor has developed a wide range of community-based, child welfare services. Through the transition from a residentially-based to a community-based agency, Tabor has developed a comprehensive range of services for children who come from a background of abuse and neglect and youth who are preparing to "age out" of the child welfare system and onto independent adulthood. Services include in-home familial support services, foster care, adoption, adolescent services, life skill training and mentoring. For additional information, visit www.tabor.org.

 

Tug McGraw Foundation

Yountville, CA

The Tug McGraw Foundation provides resources and hands-on support, fosters understanding, promotes awareness, and stimulates research and scientific collaboration to improve quality of life for people with brain-related trauma and tumors. For more information, visit www.tugmcgraw.org.

 

West Chester Area Senior Center

West Chester, PA

West Chester Area Senior Center provides valuable services for seniors aged 60 and older in the greater West Chester area. One of these services is the "Grand Friends" program, done in partnership with Chester County Family Academy, a charter school serving 110 low-income children in kindergarten through second grade. This program takes place throughout the school year with seniors and students joining together twice weekly to enjoy spending time together while participating in educational, social, creative and fun activities focusing on reading and literacy, art and history, music education, science, health and safety and nutrition education. For more information, visit www.wcseniors.org.

 

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC)

Philadelphia, PA

The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) promotes childhood literacy by engaging volunteers in Philadelphia public schools through re-opening and staffing libraries, academic mentoring and after-school enrichment. For more information, visit www.wepac.org.

 
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