Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the first pitch for a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park on June 24th as part of a charity night for the Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA). Students in special education from Saint Lucy Day School performed the National Anthem before the game began.
This is the second year CCA has partnered with the Philadelphia Phillies for a “Catholic Charities Night at the Ballpark.” According to the Catholic Philly, more than 500 tickets were purchased this year, with a portion of each ticket sale going directly to the appeal.
Stella Maris Parish Church located near the Park provided parking for $10. Father DiOrio, pastor of Stella Maris, and EMG Investments made additional donations of $2 for each car parked in the lot on game night.
According to the Diocese of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Catholic Charities Appeal feeds, clothes, shelters, and educates more than 200,000 people across the Philadelphia region, regardless of their faith, every year. Care is provided for the homeless, the elderly, disadvantaged youth and the developmentally delayed through more than 80 highly effective social service programs that build up the dignity of those served.