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The Phillies and PAL Knock it Out of the Park…for the 37th year

PAL kid Anayah, who threw out the evening's first pitch, was escorted to the mound by the Phanatic.

PAL kid Anayah, who threw out the evening’s first pitch, was escorted to the mound by the Phanatic.

It was a particularly balmy August evening at the ballpark.  Thousands of fans filled the stands, each excited to watch the Phillies take on the Dodgers, and to see a former fixture on the diamond – Jimmy Rollins – up to his old tricks with his new, blue team.

Two hundred of those fans: sparkly-eyed PAL kids with smiles from ear to ear, many of whom were about to witness their first professional baseball game in a MLB stadium.   For our PAL MVPs – kids who go the extra mile and make it a priority to actively attend and participate in their center’s activities – this is an extra-special treat.  Away from their neighborhoods, far from the dangerous streets they encounter each day, and nothing to worry about other than their proximity to, and ability to catch, the next home-run ball that tears through the night sky and crashes into the stands. This is a night when they’re the stars, when they’re the center of attention, and when, for a couple of hours, they get to just be kids.

PAL extends its thanks to The Phillies and Ron Krancer, and our co-sponsors, The H. Chase Lenfest Foundation, NECA Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter/IBEW Local Union 98, Sugarhouse Casino, and Tasty Baking Company, who helped raise over $35,000 for PAL’s youth development programming.  Special thanks to all of our media partners, who made the night even more fun prior to the game with our annual Media All-Stars Softball Game.  Congrats to Team Radio/Web for putting a licking on Team TV/Newspaper.  Until next year…

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