The Vermont Lake Monsters take an active role for the State of Vermont throughout the entire year. The Lake Monsters participate in as many community programs as possible to enhance the local area while encouraging other individuals and companies to do the same. The Monsters strive to build and maintain strong community relationships by contributing their time and efforts.
Community Programs and Promotions
50/50 Raffle: At every game, a local non-profit organization would run the 50/50 raffle at our games. Some of our participating charities are local school organizations, the Epilepsy Foundation, JSC Upward Bound, KidSafe, Kids On The Block and Ronald McDonald House.
Fundraising Opportunities: This program allows local organizations to raise money by selling Lake Monsters tickets. The organization would receive 50% of the revenue of their ticket sales. The Lake Monsters donate about $2,600 to these organizations each year through this program.
"Hit the Books": "Hit the Books" is a summer reading program that we run every year which encourages children in grades K-8 to read. The information goes out to all Vermont schools, local libraries, and Price Chopper grocery stores throughout the state. Any child in the grade range who read four books at their reading level and submitted their form received a voucher good to any regular season game. Around 1,000 students each year have participated in this program!
"Home Runs for Charity": Every time a Lake Monster player hits a home run at Centennial Field, TD Bank donates $100 to Special Olympics Vermont. Since the program began in 1998, the Lake Monsters have hit 191 home runs at Centennial Field and TD Bank has donated $19,100.
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"Jersey off their Backs" Auction: During the last home game of the season, the Vermont Lake Monsters hold an auction for the green batting practice jerseys that the players are wearing for that game. The winners are announced on field post game and the player gives their jersey away.
Mascot Community Appearances: Champ is very popular in Vermont and is frequently asked to attend various community events throughout the year. Champ attended charity walks, little league opening days, festivals, kid's days, libraries, etc. Champ makes hundreds of hours of community appearances each year!
Outstanding Student Program: The Vermont Lake Monsters ask every school in Vermont to nominate 2 children per grade as outstanding students. This could be for academics, attendance, attitude, athletics, etc. The nominated students were then sent a voucher good for any Lake Monsters home game. There were also two nights designated as "Outstanding Student Nights" were the students were invited onto the field to say their name, age, school, and to get a certificate from Champ.
Player Appearances: The Vermont Lake Monsters' players are big celebrities in the local community and make many appearances throughout the summer. One of the biggest appearances is the visit to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for children who are living with or have survived cancer. The entire team and coaching staff takes a bus to the camp and spends the morning playing with the kids and then join them for lunch. The kids say this is their favorite event at camp and talk about it for the rest of the week. They also visited numerous libraries, baseball clinics, festivals, and grand openings. Lake Monster players and coaches donate around 150 hours of their time to the community.
Pretty in Pink Night: Pretty in Pink Night is a breast cancer awareness night where the players wear pink jerseys, pink mini bat pom-poms and pink carnations were handed out, and pink paper ribbons were sold. The jerseys were also put on sale after the game with all proceeds going to the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund.
"Share The Experience": This program allows tickets to be purchased and donated to local schools and youth charitable organizations. In 2008, Green Mountain Concert Services, Inc. and an anonymous donor purchased and donated over $5,750 to local youth.
LLL Youth Work Crew: The Lake Monsters collaborate with Linking Learning to Life, Burlington High School, and Champlain Valley Union High School to form a program for young men with learning disabilities or generational poverty issues. It is a six-week summer program in which they would be part of the Lake Monsters field staff for two days a week. They would help with various projects at Centennial Field such as painting and other various maintenance projects. They received Lake Monsters t-shirts, tickets to games, and were given lunch on the days that they worked. They would also have classroom sessions on topics such as budgeting, conflict resolution, and diversity awareness to help them develop life, social, and job skills.