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Recap: All-Star Animals Casino Night In Philadelphia To Benefit The Utley Foundation

Chase and Jennifer Utley on the Red Carpet. (Photo Credit: Derron Upchurch)

Chase and Jennifer Utley on the Red Carpet. (Photo Credit: Derron Upchurch Jr.)

On Wednesday night, May 16, 2013, the Electric Factory in Philadelphia was the place to be as The Utley Foundation celebrated the Sixth Annual Utley Foundation All-Star Animals Casino Night. This time, the beneficiary of the invite-only event was the Pennsylvania SPCA‘s Etana Fund. Sponsors of the evening included J & J Snack Foods Corp, who provided the dessert station, and the Shreiber Animal Foundation Enterprise.

Ryan Howard and Krystal Campell

Ryan Howard and Krystal Campell (Photo Credit: Derron Upchurch Jr.)

 Jimmy and Johari Rollins and Ryan Howard were among the stars that circulated the room enjoying drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and tables. Adoptable pups circulated the room and posed for pictures, while sporting “Adopt Me” bandanas around their necks.

Chase and Jennifer Utley spoke excitedly about their dog, Jack, and two cats, Sebastian and Sugar. Jenn shared that all of their pets are adopted, which means the two practice what they preach by supporting the cause their organization strives to help.

Jimmy and Johari Rollins (Photo credit: Derron Upchurch)

Jimmy and Johari Rollins (Photo Credit: Derron Upchurch Jr.)

Not only were famous Phillies in attendance, but local celebrities as well. The beautiful Kacie McDonnell from Fox 29 arrived on the red carpet with Phillies player Jonathan Pettibone.

The night didn’t end with drinks, food, and gambling. Lucky casino winners received prizes like a hotel stay at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Philadelphia and a shopping spree at the popular local jeweler, Bernie Robbins.

The Etana Fund to Stop Cruelty Against Animals of the PSPCA helps fund cruelty investigations and prevention programs, conducted by the organization. Since the Utley Foundation’s first Casino Night in 2008, they have raised over a million dollars to support the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Program. Approximately two thousand animals were rescued from abusive situations last year; the money raised enables the organization to make a positive impact on the animals’ lives.

Fox 29 Traffic Reporter Kacie McDonnell and Phillies player Jonathan Pettibone

Fox 29 Traffic Reporter Kacie McDonnell and Phillies player Jonathan Pettibone (Photo Credit: Derron Upchurch Jr.)

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