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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies family and fans will team up for the 34th year to help fight and defeat Lou Gehrig's disease — ALS, a devastating, fatal, progressive neuromuscular disease with no known cause or cure.

Each year, the Phillies Phestival attracts thousands of fans and is a fun-filled autograph and auction party for all ages. Many Phillies employees volunteer their time to ensure the event’s success.

The Phillies have raised nearly $17.7 million, including $656,500 at last year's rain-or-shine event, since adopting ALS as their primary charity in 1984. Raised funds are used to provide much-needed patient care and services for the The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, as it celebrates its 41st year in 2018.

A $30 per person package includes an admission ticket and ALS program book, along with two pre-selected autograph booth tickets. Exact Phillies players and/or coaches at each autograph booth are not revealed until the two-hour event gets underway at 4 p.m.

New to the 2018 Phestival is the 1993 Phillies Autograph Booth, honoring the 25th anniversary of the 1993 National League Championship season. The booth is available for an additional $30 purchase, and is tentatively scheduled to include Mickey Morandini, Kevin Stocker, John Kruk, Larry Andersen, Tommy Greene and Larry Bowa.

Admission-only tickets for adults ($15) and children ($5) are also available, along with $20 grab bags and $5 "Every Roll's a Winner" chances to win signed memorabilia, past giveaways, game tickets and more.

A silent auction will be open from 4-6:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.phillies.com/philliesphestival, or call the ticket office at (215) 463-1000.

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