in 2011, Jen and Chase created The Utley Foundation. The Utley Foundation was established to bring awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty. Their mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering. To find out more about the Foundation, it’s events, and the work in the community that Jen and Chase are doing, please visit TheUtleyFoundation.com
Chase and Jenn started their signature charity event, Utley’s All-Star Animals, in 2008 as way to raise money for the Pennsylvania SPCA and help bring awareness to the issue of cruelty to animals. The annual event brings together between 400-500 people, including many of Chase’s Phillies teammates, and has raised well over half a million dollars for the PSPCA. The casino themed party features live and silent auctions, animal themed artwork, and seized dog-fighting equipment to show people the torture that the animals endure. Chase and Jenn have been thrilled with the support from their friends and the community in helping to grow Utley’s All-Star Animals into the great event it has become, and they look forward to continuing to help raise money and awareness for the PSPCA. For details on the 2011 event, please visit TheUtleyFoundation.com
Chase and Jen Utley are strong supporters of the Pennslyvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They participated in the “Save a Pet at the Park” event hosted by the Phillies Wives before a sold out ballgame against the New York mets. The event featured animals for adoption, raffles, as well as a silent auction. The event raised $33,000, with all the proceeds going to benefit the PSPCA. Chase and Jen were also featured guests on Comcast’s Pet Adoption on Demand to raise awareness about the PSPCA. Pictures from the event can be found in the “Chase in the Community” photo galley.
Over the past few years Chase Utley has been one of the most community minded athletes in sports. His dedication to numerous charities and causes led to him being awarded the 2006 Phillies Community Service Award. The award recognizes the player who best exemplifies baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team. Chase was presented with the award and honored with $12,500 from the Phillies and MLB to donate to the charity of his choice. Some of the charities and events that Chase has been recently involved in include:
During every Phillies home game, young patients and their families are given the opportunity to forget about their problems and enjoy a rare outing at a ballgame due to the Chase’s Champs program.
Through this program, Utley annually purchases full season tickets for local area patients from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital.
Phillies RBI and Rookie Leagues
Since 2006, Chase has served as the chairman for the Phillies RBI and Rookie Leagues. The Rookie League, which serves children 12 and under, and the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program, which is designed for players over 12, both serve to provide an opportunity to play organized baseball for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Through his association with these programs Chase has helped thousands of boys and girls share in the game he loves.