March 2011

Spring Training Day at the Franklin Institute

A crowd of Phillies fans gathered at the Franklin Institute this past weekend to enjoy Phillies Spring Training Day. Families showed up to enjoy the festivities and have a fun, educational day at the museum. This year, the event was even more special with the ribbon cutting ceremony for new sports memorabilia in The Sports Challenge exhibit.

The Phanatic kicked off the event with the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Hopefully, the Phanatic’s special touch will help heal Utley’s hurt knee!
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The kids played an intense round of musical chairs to win a free pair of Phillies tickets.
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Dan Baker asked Phillies trivia to all the kids for a chance to win bobbleheads, backpacks, and other fun Phillies gear.

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 To top off the event, we got to explore Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop exhibit. We couldn’t take any pictures to show you, but it’s definitely worth heading into the city to check out!

Wordless Wednesday: Memories of Bright House Field from Ballgirl 2010 Spring Training trip

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Design Challenge Finalists Announced


Thursday, March 3, 2011


Local Fashion Designers Selected for Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Uniform Design Challenge

Finalists to showcase ballgirl uniform designs at Macy’s Runway Show on March 31


The Phillies Ballgirls are about to get a new uniform – thanks to 14 local designers vying to be the next MVP of fashion.


After a week-long judging process, Macy’s and the Phillies have selected 14 finalists to take part in the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Uniform Design Challenge. Each of the finalists will create a new Phillies Ballgirl uniform, be assigned a Phillies Ballgirls as a model, and showcase the finalist’s vision during a live runway show at Macy’s Center City on Thursday, March 31. The winning uniform design, chosen during the runway show by a panel of judges, will be worn by the Phillies Ballgirls at select off-field community appearances during the 2011 season.


The competing designers have a variety of professional backgrounds, from designing accessories to swimwear to children’s clothing.


“We are so pleased with the pool of applicants for the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge,” said Melissa Ludwig, Macy’s District Vice President. “Philadelphians have a lot of talent and the finalists selected are all outstanding designers who understand the need for fashion and functionality. They are no doubt the perfect candidates to develop a uniform to represent the Phillies Ballgirls, as well as the Phillies and Macy’s brands.”


“The submissions we received for the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge were just fantastic,” said Michele DeVicaris, Manager, Phillies Ballgirls. “Each of the designers selected has a keen eye for what’s fresh and fashionable, and we can’t wait to join our fans in seeing these creations come to life during the live runway fashion show at Macy’s on March 31.”


More information regarding the live runway show at Macy’s will be available soon at


Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge Finalists

Karen Bloomfield – Lansdale, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Lilly Pulitzer assistant fashion designer; NBC 10 “Runway Challenge” finalist

Jeanne Douglass – Sinking Spring, Pa.

Cornell University – BS, Fiber Science & Apparel Design; Philadelphia University, Masters – Fashion Apparel

Gymnastics apparel designer for GK-Elite Sportswear

Rachel Marie Godwin – Media, Pa.

Attended The International Academy of Design & Technology – Fashion Design

Owner, designer of Rachel Marie Specialty Apparel Designs; Received “Best of Show – Most Marketable Collection” Swimwear

Michele Gresh – Forth Washington, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Co-founder, designer of Modern Unity; Finalist in 2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Elizabeth LaBrasca – Manayunk, Pa.

Attending Philadelphia University

Visual display & merchandising intern for Anthropologie

Rachel Lichtenwalner – Macungie, Pa.

Attending Marist College 

BS Fashion Design

Design selected to be in Marist College
Silver Needle Fashion Show

Pamela Martin – Riverton, NJ

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Former runner-up for NBC “Runway Challenge”


Jaime Melfi – Haddonfield, NJ

Attended Appalachian State University – Apparel & Textiles

Accessory designer, has own label; Art specialist with Gloucester County YMCA

Jessica Mintz – Basking Ridge, NJ

Junior at Drexel University –

BS, Fashion Design

Fashion reporter for The Triangle, Drexel University; Offered design internship at Nanette Lepore

Jessica Hume Morris – Langhorne, Pa.

Attended Pratt Institute –

BFA, Fashion Design

Interned for Christian Siriano; Worked for indie designer Zoe Twitt; Working on own design label

Kelsey Pushkarewicz – Newark, De.

Junior at University of Delaware –

BS, Apparel Design

Former design intern for QVC & Fran Caselli

Aleksandra Svetlichnaya – Upper Holland, Pa.

Attended Art Institute of Philadelphia – BS, Fashion Design

Owner, designer of SVET by Aleksandra; former intern for Michael Kors; 2009 Costumer designer/director on Spike TV’s “Playbook” & Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Katie Todorow – Quakertown, Pa.

Attending Drexel University – BA, Fashion Design

Intern for Deborah Marquit Couture Lingerie

Huy Tran – Philadelphia, Pa.

Attended The Fashion Institute of Technology

Associate designer for Notations



The Phillies Ballgirls are ambassadors for the Phillies both on and off the field. They represent educated, athletic and energetic women who serve as role models in professional sports for young girls. During each game the Ballgirls sit on the first and third baselines to field foul balls and give them to lucky young Phillies fans. They also run softball clinics, attend charity events, play in charity softball games and captain the Phillies Red Goes Green Team.  Phillies Ballgirls are an integral part of the Phillies organization and have been featured on many TV and radio programs including SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on ESPN.



Annual Softball Clinic Highlights

“Buy me some peanuts and Apple Jacks…” Who wouldn’t have smiled at this new rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame that was sung by a young girl at our softball clinic last Sunday at Flanigan Center] in Newtown Square? This event is a ballgirl tradition that we always look forward to because we get to spend an afternoon hanging out with some pretty cool 6-12 year olds. The girls arrive decked out in their Phillies gear and ready for a fun day of softball.


bgintros.JPGWe split up into stations and allowed each group of girls to spend 20 minutes at each spot. All the groups got to pick their own team names, and I knew it would be an exciting day when my first group called themselves the Chunky Funky Hunky Monkeys.  After we stretched out, the girls put their softball skills to the test.


bridgettestretching.JPGBecca, Jamie, Samantha, and I were working on infielding skills.

Thumbnail image for samanthafielding.JPGWe played a game that the goal was to throw grounders past the other team to eliminate their players. As you can see, Becca gave it her all, but the nine year olds won out and made us proud!

beccaplays game.JPGKatelyn, a slugger herself, taught the basics of hitting and showed the girls how to “squish a bug” when up at bat.

katelyn teaches hitting.JPGPatti and Bridgette seemed to be enjoying themselves while running the outfielding station.

pattiandbridgette.JPGBrittany and Sammy made sure the girls knew how to catch a pop up with both hands.

britandsammy.JPGAt the end of the clinic, all of the girls got to take home their own whammy hands, and we quizzed them with some Phillies trivia. I was especially impressed by the girls who knew how many games the Phillies play in a season. You could tell they really knew their stuff. With such great softball skills and a lot of love for the Phillies, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few rising ballgirls come from this group. Just a few more years, and we’ll be looking for them on the sidelines!

 If you are interested in having the Phillies Ballgirls host a clinic for your softball team, please contact Michele DeVicaris at

Go Phils!