Chase and Jennifer Utley: Helping Out Animals
Chase Utley, the five-time All-Star second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, is “teaming up with PETA to urge people to always adopt from animal shelters and never patronize pet stores or breeders.”
Utley and his wife Jennifer also run The Utley Foundation:
The flagship event of the Utley Foundation, Utley All Star Animals Casino Night is an annual event created by Jennifer and Chase Utley. All funds raised from the evening benefit the Etana Fund at the Pennsylvania SPCA, which helps to support and care for the many victims of animal cruelty, neglect and abuse. Each year hundreds of people spend the evening playing casino games, bidding on amazing silent and live auction items, and enjoying delicious cocktails and food. 2011 marks the fourth year that Jen and Chase have put on this event and to date the casino nights have raised close to 1 million dollars. Utley All Star Animals is always looking for new sponsors to join them in the fight against animal cruelty.
Furthermore, Jen and the Phillies Wives have started “Save a Pet at the Park,” an annual event where:
the Pennsylvania SPCA brings cats and dogs to the game to be adopted by Phillies fans. … Fans holding tickets to the game are encouraged to bring donation items to the PSPCA. The 2010 event also included the sale of a calendar featuring the players with their dogs. … Over the past 4 years, the event has raised over $170,000 for the PSPCA.
And finally, the Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park has been named the “most vegetarian-friendly ballpark by PETA” for the last four years. So there you go.