By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some of the Phillies, including catcher Carlos Ruiz, will take off their spikes and lace on some bowling shoes tonight during an event for Philadelphia Futures.READ MORE: Family Holds Balloon Release For 'Gentle Soul' 17-Year-Old Nasir Muhammad, Gunned Down In Front Of Mom's Home
“Philadelphia Futures works with low-income, first-generation-to-college students, in an effort to prepare them to be ready to enter and succeed in college,” explains Executive Director Joan Mazzotti.
Mazzotti says Ruiz will host the fundraiser at the new South Bowl:
“We met with ‘Chooch’ about a week ago to talk about the event, and he assured me that all his friends are coming.”READ MORE: More Than 800 Baby Turtles Safe In Stockton University's Care Thanks To Quick Thinking, Little Innovation
Mazzotti says more than 500 people are expected at the sold-out event:
“Guests will have an opportunity to enter into tournaments playing with the Phillies and other team captains. We will also have a red carpet entrance and a number of activities within the venue.”
Tonight’s event is expected to raise $175,000 for college guidance and academic enrichment programs.MORE NEWS: 'Mom-And-Pop Bakeries Are Dying': Homemade Goodies By Roz May Have To Close Due To Worker Shortage
Philadelphia Futures has helped more than 1,000 students, over its 25 year history.