Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley is not only trying to win a World Series championship, he's also pitching to help the Animal Rescue League of Berks County and its 60th anniversary Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Billingsley is a resident of Berks County.
Billingsley is donating $1000 to the ARL for each game he wins this season and another $100 for each batter he strikes out. To date, he has raised $7,200 towards the Diamond Jubilee fundraiser, according to the ARL.
"There wasn't a single day of my life that we didn't have a furry family member, and they were just that, members of our family," said Billingsley in a statement. "Hopefully, with my continued support, the Animal Rescue League will be able to help many more of our furry friends."
He will also appear at the Animal Rescue League's Annual Gala on November 9, 2012, at the Reading Crowne Plaza.
Fans can meet Billingsley by matching the pitcher's donations.
A $100 pledge gets you an invitation to a meet-and-greet on November 7 at the shelter; a $1000 pledge or greater gives you two tickets to join Billingsley at the gala on November 9.
"Chad and (his wife) Tiffany are two of the best people I have met in all of my years in animal rescue. They are true animal lovers and I am thrilled to have them as major supporters of the Animal Rescue League," said ARL board president Barrie Pease in a statement.
Contact Ashley Mikulsky, Director of Development at the ARL, for more information at 610.373.8830 ext. 117 or amikulsky(at)berksarl(dot)org. Online pledges may be made at www.berksarl.org