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Philadelphia Phillies Manager, Charlie Manuel, was officially awarded Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award November 15 at their 24th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner, held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Manuels charitable endeavors include combating homelessness by supporting the Bethesda Project and Covenant House, taking the lead on various PhilliesҒ projects regarding ALS, visiting wounded veterans at the Coatesville, PA Veterans Hospital and taking the time on several occasions to talk baseball with patients at Magee.

Those in attendance were given the opportunity to meet Manuel, as well as Phillies players Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, and Kyle Kendrick, and get their picture taken with the Phillies' World Series Trophy!

And although the Phanatic made an appearance--and was up to his usual hijinks--the biggest crowd pleaser was seeing Jimmy Rollins come up on stage with his fellow players to actually present Manuel with the award.

The dinner raised over $175,000 for the Charlie Manuel Healing Garden on Magee's rooftop, which already hosts a greenhouse for horticultural therapy, a patient resource center, and a city street-scape where patients practice mobility.

Statistics show that healing gardens can help shorten the length of hospital stays, reduce the amount of pain medications needed and improve the mental well-being of patients and their families.

This is the second time in the twenty-four year history of Magee's Humanitarian Award that the honor has been bestowed on a Phillie. Tim McCarver, former Philadelphia Phillies catcher and legendary broadcaster, was the first person ever to receive the award back in 1988.

"I can't think of a more appropriate human being than Charlie Manuel to receive a humanitarian award," said McCarver when asked to comment on Manuel receiving the honor they both now share. "He (Manuel) is one of the finest human beings I ever met."

And McCarver thinks Magee is an organization worthy of deciding a humanitarian.

"I've been associated with Magee a long, long time," said McCarver who was once on Magee's board. "They do tremendous work on every level. Philadelphia is fortunate to have a rehabilitation hospital like Magee."

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