Fri, Apr 30th 2010, 09:27
Fresh off a cross-country flight from San Francisco, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and his wife, Jennifer, hosted their third-annual All-Star Animals Casino Night to benefit the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The gala, held at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Thursday night, drew approximately 450 guests, including about a dozen of Utley’s teammates, each of whom were more than happy to spend part of their off-day supporting Utley and his cause.
“Anytime any one of us puts something like this together, we’re always there for each other,” Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.
Rollins, who has attended all three of the All-Star Casino Night events, took one look inside the main party hall and was amazed at how big the event has become. The Utleys established their charity, Utley All-Star Animals, in 2008 to bring awareness to animal cruelty and to educate the community about the proper treatment of animals. Since its inception, they’ve raised over $450,000 for the Pennsylvania SPCA.
They’re hoping to double that amount after Thursday night’s event.
“It’s been an enormous amount of work,” Utley said. “My wife has had the majority of that on her shoulders since I’ve been playing, but she’s been doing stuff for the past six months to get this organized. She’s had help from a few key people. And so far, it turned out pretty nice.”
The event was casino-themed, with attendees in formal wear, a red carpet, gambling entertainment, cocktail waiters and live and silent auctions. It was MC’d by local television personalities Michael Barkann and Susan Barnett.
Kristine Rajczyk | on 18/5/10
I am watching the game tonight and I went to web cite to find out what animal projects Chase Utley was involved in and to get more onformation.
Lisa Bien | on 17/5/10
Please email any updates about the charity.
Mrs. Carol J. Rodriguez | on 6/5/10
The event was absolutely fabulous! What a great and wonderful event for such a caring & kind cause! Thank you Chase & Jennifer for having me, my youngest daughter Ary & my son-in-law Gabe Perez! We had a fantastic time! God bless you and you both Rock and Jack is one handsome boy!
Christine Haraburda | on 3/5/10
I deeply admire and appreciate the Utleys’ dedication to helping animals and preventing animal cruelty. May Utley All-Star Animals continue to grow and thrive, and here’s to another outstanding season for the Phillies!
Lori Limper | on 30/4/10
I wish I had known about this event in advance. Was this by invitation only? I have been involved with animal rescue organizations and have “rescued” , spayed or neutered, and found homes for more than 20 strays on my own in recent years. (They seem to know how to find me!) I would have loved to participate or contribute to the event.
For those unable to attend the event, have you considered an online auction of items similar to those auctioned at the event last night?