NYPL Charitable Foundation
The New York Penn League Charitable Foundation
The support of the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, benefits the cities of NYPL clubs in many ways. A strong sense of community through baseball has revived many areas in the Northeast U.S. Since 2003, the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation has donated countless service hours and millions of donation dollars to the communities that support each of the league's clubs. Both the time and money given to the community organizations is always well received. In 2011, the NYPL Charitable Foundation donated over $1.6 million to non-profits, charities, and the needy. The communities have responded to the efforts of the clubs by supporting their home team and establishing a sense of community around the game of baseball.
The 2012 NYPL Annual awards recognize teams and individuals that show exceptional effort to create the best baseball atmosphere for fans and communities. The Hudson Valley Renegades won the Vincent McNamara Outstanding Club Award - awarded to the club for extensive community and fan involvement. The Brooklyn Cyclones also won the Leo Pinckney Promotional Award - given to the club for the best overall promotions and giveaways. Brooklyn Cyclones' Director of New Business Development, Gary Perone, won the Hon. Robert F. Julian Community & Baseball Service Award for his range of volunteer work around the Brooklyn and New York City areas. The Robert Stedler Executive of the Year award was given to Jason Dambach, General Manager of the State College Spikes. The JoAnn Weber Female Executive/Staff Member of the Year Award was won by Mahoning Valley's Assistant General Manager, Debbie Primmer. Other awards included the Sam Nader Executive/Staff Member of the Year Award, won by Matt Callahan of Tri-City, and the Groundskeeper of the Year Award, won by Ryan Woodly of Staten Island.
After moving to Norwich, CT in 2010, the Connecticut Tigers set single-season records for both attendance and community contributions in 2011. The Tigers expanded their community programs to benefit groups such as the Special Olympics, Norwich Public Schools, and the American Cancer Society. The financial contribution to these groups more than doubled between 2010 and 2011. The Tigers' staff hopes to continue extending the baseball community in Norwich.
In addition to new and innovative community programs, recurring programs are staples of NYPL teams and communities. Events sponsored by league clubs like the Williamsport Crosscutters' Hot Stove League Dinner & Auction, and the Brooklyn Cyclones' S.T.R.I.K.E. program establish support on an annual basis. Many teams have established reading programs, and youth baseball clinics to encourage youth to both read and stay active.
More than 850 organizations benefited from charitable work of NYPL clubs in 2011. The sum community donation of $1,613,716 is the highest values since the Charitable Foundation was founded in 2003. The Charitable Foundation's motto: "The Power of Baseball and The Power of Caring", serves as a reminder of how the game of baseball can make a difference to the fans, friends, and communities of each home team.