"WE LIVE HERE...WE PLAY HERE"... The Harrisburg Senators use these words to describe how important the local community is to our organization. We are very proud of our involvement in our surrounding communities and continue to strive to contribute to the growth, enjoyment and education of our fans and their families through our participation in local events and our outreach programs.
In our 30 seasons here in Harrisburg, the Senators have been able to participate in hundreds of activities in our community. Each year we strive to do more to enhance our community with involvement in educational programs, recreational business networking and fund raising. Our players, front office staff and our mascot Rascal. We have visited countless schools, youth sporting events, charitable functions and various other events in Central Pennsylvania, sharing their vision of 'why it's important to be a good neighbor'.
2015 Community Impact
In collaboration with the Mark L. Butler Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Senators instituted a program called "Butler's Bunch" to offer local youth opportunities to attend baseball games as a reward for positive behavior and good choices.
Walks for Warriors:
The Senators and Gazebo Room Dressing and Marinade partnered to raise funds for the Harrisburg Chapter of Disabled American Veterans through a program called Walks for Warriors. Each time a Harrisburg Senator batter drew a home-field base-on-balls during the 2015 season, Gazebo Room pledged to donate $10 to DAV.
Doubles for Trees:
The Senators and the Pennsylvanian Department of Conservation and Natural Resources partnered together to raise awareness for state forestry programs through a program called Doubles for Trees. Each time a Harrisburg Senator batter hit a home-field two-base hit during the 2015 season, DCNR pledged to plant two trees in the state.
Sorta-Formal, Kinda Fancy… Semi Serious Dinner:
The Harrisburg Senators held their first Sorta-Formal, Kinda Fancy… Semi Serious Dinner at the ballpark, benefiting the Children Miracle Network. Guests were able to enjoy a top shelf dinner and drinks in a luxurious set up over looking left field. The unique event gave 120 guests a fine dining experience at the ballpark. Encouraged to dress for the occasion, ladies wore derby hats, sundresses and flip flops and guys wore sport coats, shorts and flips flops.
Community Aid (50/50 Raffle ):
For a second season, the Senators partnered with Community Aid, a local 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that serves local schools and other local non-profit charitable organizations in need. The fifty-fifty raffle was actively promoted during every Senators home game with the "50-50 Pool" updating in real time and appearing on the video board throughout the game.
Military Appreciation Night:
On June 13th, 2015 the Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group presented Military Appreciation Night at FNB Field. As part of our appreciation, the Senators gave away a Military Card Set that featured local heroes from all branches of the Military. The card set was given away to the first 1,000 fans in attendance and featured former and current military service members. Fans had the opportunity to nominate their friends and family too be part of the card set. A majority of the veterans featured in the card set were part of a pre-game recognition ceremony and took part in an autograph session held during the game.
Paint the Park Pink Night:
For FNB Field's annual Paint the Park Pink Night, the team wore specialty jerseys that featured the names of women who have bravely battled cancer. The Harrisburg community was invited to nominate individuals that fought or are fighting breast cancer to be featured on the specialty jersey worn by the team. A pre-game on-field ceremony recognizing these individuals, their families, and support system was capped by these individuals creating a "Pink Ribbon" on the field. Through the jersey auction, special jersey pre-sale, special pink t-shirt sales, and ticket fundraisers for this event, the Senators were able to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
Hot Stove Dinner:
On January 26th,2015 the Senators held our 5th Annual Hot Stove. Guests include former Senators players Michael Taylor and Josh Johnson, Nationals front office members Doug Harris and Mark Scialabba, local TV personalities Jason Bristol and Gregg Mace, and local author Andy Linker. The fulfilled evening include a Q and A session the Michael Taylor and Josh Johnson, a raffle and a silent auction.
UCP Auction (UCP):
The Senators continued their partnership with the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania and held their 28th annual Sports Memorabilia Auction. In addition to direct donations of memorabilia for the auction, the entire Senators front office staff volunteered their time to assist in all aspects of this charitable event. Senator's players also visited the event for an autograph signing. Together we have helped raise over one million dollars for UCP since 1987
Rascal, the Racing Monkeys presented by Faulkner Honda, and our players made over 230 appearances in the community this season. We were able to work closely with the Nationals in getting the players out more over the summer months. Players made visits to local charity walks, baseball camps and schools. Rascal can be found all over the Harrisburg area providing quality entertainment in the community all year long!
Speakers Bureau (Local clubs, organizations and schools.):
Senators Front Office members provide insight into the sports industry and the history of the Senators at service clubs, civic organizations and other local groups.
The impact of the Harrisburg Senators fundraising program can be seen throughout the Central PA area. Countless school choruses and bands, neighborhood associations, youth sports organizations, churches and youth groups were able to utilize the Senators fundraising program to benefit their organization. By selling group tickets, the Senators Fundraising Program was able to help countless organization raise money over the course of the 2015 season.
Hit the Books:
Our "Hit the Books" Reading Program gives thousands of Elementary, Middle & High School children an outlet to not only learn, but to have fun and enjoy a game-night with us at FNB Field. In 2015, the Senators sent out over 24,000 bookmarks and had 96 schools participate. All kids who participated in the "Hit the Books" Program were able to join the pregame recognition parade on the field. The underlying aspect of the "Hit the Books" Program, besides providing fun for all, is to help educate our young people by providing a positive incentive for them to read and do well in school.
Summer Reading Program:
Our Summer Reading Program gives thousands of Elementary, Middle & High School children an incentive to keep learning and reading over the summer months. In 2015, the Senators sent out over 15,000 bookmarks and had 4 county library systems participate. All kids who participated in the Summer Reading Program were able to join the pregame recognition parade on the field.
The Senators donate tickets, memorabilia and merchandise to as many organizations as possible throughout the year. The Senators are happy to help non-profit organizations raise money in the local community. In 2015 the Senators donated over $55,000 worth of merchandise and ticket to various organizations.
Specialty Jersey Auctions:
The Senators players wore 5 specially designed jerseys throughout the season that are auctioned off after the game to benefit local community organizations. The 2015 team wore a Mayflies Jersey, Lego Jersey, Star Wars Jersey, Ugly Sweater Jersey and our Annual Pink Night Jersey.
Community Relations Coordinator
P.O. Box 15757
Harrisburg, PA 17105
(717) 231-4444 ext. 122