'Tis the season for giving. Phillies Charities, Inc., the Philadelphia Phillies' charitable arm, joined in the holiday spirit on Thursday evening, honoring its 2023 community heroes at their Holiday Giving Party at Citizens Bank Park.
This year, Phillies Charities is providing $2.1 million in grants to deserving community heroes and various community organizations and non-profits. Per the team's press release on MLB.com, Phillies Charities recognizes "... extraordinary area charities who are going above and beyond to provide vital resources to those in need."
This year, the charity group announced and honored 37 charitable organizations spread throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, including from areas around the Phillies' minor league affiliates in Clearwater, Reading, and Lehigh Valley. Community heroes were awarded grants of $35,000.
The other organizations and non-profits that received grants include ALS United Mid-Atlantic, Bethesda Project, Clearwater for Youth, Police Athletic League, Richie Ashburn-Harry Kalas Foundation, Strawberry Mansion Learning Center and the Tug McGraw Foundation.
"We are honored to award $2.1 million in grants to outstanding organizations who provide much-needed services to our community, thanks to the support of our fans, players and their wives/significant others, front office employees and sponsors," said Phillies Charities, Inc. President John Weber via MLB.com. "We tip our caps to all of our grant recipients for going above and beyond in helping those who need it most."
The community heroes will be honored at Citizens Bank Park before the Phillies' April 15 game against the Colorado Rockies. From Camp No Worries to Latin Fusion Baseball, you can see the complete list of all 37 community heroes and find links to more information about each recipient.