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Show Me the Money: Philly Fundraiser Hits a Home Run

The Utleys help drive animal cruelty out of the park

The Utleys help drive animal cruelty out of the park

A May 29 charity event organized by Philadelphia Phillies star Chase Utley and his wife, Jennifer, raised money for the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Etana Fund, an anti-cruelty initiative named after a pit/boxer mix who was involved in a cruelty case in 2007. PENNSYLVANIA SPCA
May 29 was a night off for the Philadelphia Phillies, but not for all-star second baseman Chase Utley and his wife, Jennifer. The Utleys were busy hosting a charity fundraiser to benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA).

The Utleys held an invitation-only casino night dubbed Utley All-Star Animals at the F.U.E.L. gallery in Philadelphia. The event raised $200,000 for the Etana Fund, which supports cruelty investigations that lead to the arrest of animal abusers, says PSPCA events coordinator Nick Chapman.

“With the launch of our new 24-7 cruelty reporting hotline, we are receiving more calls than ever before, and we are adding cruelty agents across the state,” says Chapman. “This additional funding is critical in investigating these calls.” PSPCA agents, he adds, have been sworn in by the City of Philadelphia and now have the power to make arrests.

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