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Mission Statement

"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'.

 

2016 Community Impact

Community Aid (50/50 Raffle ): For a 3rd 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.


Hit the Books: Our "Hit the Books" Reading Program gives thousands of Elementary and Middle School children an outlet to not only learn, but to have fun and enjoy a game-night with us at FNB Field. In 2016, the Senators sent out over 27,000 bookmarks. All kids who participated in the "Hit the Books" Program were provided 2 tickets to a baseball game and were able to join a 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.

Hot Stove Dinner: On February 6
th, 2016 the Senators held there 6th Annual Hot Stove Dinner. Guests included 2015 Senators player Isaac Ballou, Nationals front office members Doug Harris and Mark Scialabba, local TV personalities Jason Bristol and Gregg Mace, and local author Andy Linker. The fun fulfilled evening included a raffle and a silent auction which raised over $4,700 for the Children's Miracle Network.

Butler's Bunch: In collaboration with the Mark L. Butler Foundation, the Harrisburg Senators brought the "Butler's Bunch" program to the ballpark for a second season. The program gave 7 youth focused organizations (Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, the Neighborhood Center, Hope and Handball, AGAPE BCM Peace, Hope Station and the Police Athletic League) the opportunity to attend baseball games as a reward for positive behavior and good choices. The day at the ballpark included a complimentary ticket, dinner voucher and custom t-shirt. The program brought almost 1,000 youth to the ballpark during the 2016 season.

Sorta-Formal, Kinda Fancy… Semi Serious Dinner: The Harrisburg Senators held their second Sorta-Formal, Kinda Fancy… Semi Serious Dinner at the ballpark, benefiting Lighten Up Harrisburg. 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.

Speakers Bureau: Senators Front Office members Terry Byrom, Kevin Kulp, Randy Whitaker and Jon Boles provide insight into the sports industry and the history of the Senators at service clubs, civic organizations and other local groups.

Summer Reading Program: Our Summer Reading Program gives thousands of Elementary and Middle School children an incentive to keep learning and reading over the summer months. Over 14,000 bookmarks were distributed during the 2016 season, each bookmark provide the recipient with 1 ticket to a baseball game. All kids who participated in the Summer Reading Program were able to join a pregame recognition parade on the field.


Fundraisers: 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 local organization raise money over the course of the 2016.

UCP Auction (UCP): The Senators continued their partnership with the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania and held their 29th 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.

Specialty Jersey Auctions: Senators Jersey Auctions continue to be a great vehicle to raise money for local organizations. This season, the Senators team wore 6 specialty jerseys that were auctioned off to benefit 7 local charities. Through the specialty jersey program, the Senators supported the Children's Miracle Network, American Cancer-Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer, Special Olympics Area M, The Prostate Cancer Coalition, Harrisburg Humane Society, Susquehanna Service Dogs, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Mascot Appearances: Rascal, the Racing Monkeys, and our players made over 230 appearances in the community this season. Rascal can be found all over the Harrisburg area providing quality entertainment in the community all year long!

Community Organization of the Game: The Senators teamed up with Community Aid to offer 70 non-profits the opportunity to be featured at one of our home games at no cost to the organization. The community organization is given a first pitch, information table and a pre-game interview on-field interview.

Sertoma Fantasy Baseball Camp: The Senators continued the tradition of attending a local baseball camp for deaf and hearing impaired children called Sertoma Baseball Camp. Several Harrisburg Senators Baseball Players attended the camp to facilitate a morning of fun for the camp attendees. The players answered questions, helped play a game of baseball, signed autographs and took photos for the participants. The campers then attended a game later that evening and were the Field of Dreams Team.

Donations: 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.