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2016 COMMUNITY BENEFIT REPORT

2015 COMMUNITY BENEFIT REPORT

Community service is part of our DNA at Rochester Community Baseball. No one exemplifies this more than our President, CEO and COO, Naomi Silver. Her devotion to Rochester has made the city's franchise among the most revered, respected, and longest continuously operating franchises in all of baseball.
 
Naomi believes in actively engaging in worthy causes that enhance the quality of life for individuals in our community. This dedication was recognized in April when she received the Woerner Kollmorgen award for community service. In addition to longstanding involvement in numerous other organizations, Naomi agreed to serve on the Mayor's Advisory Council - Rochester 4.0 this year. Naomi also served as honorary chair for the Shepherd Home Golf Tournament, sent a foursome from our organization and donated raffle prizes. The home offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to those needing hospice care.
 
Red Wings pitcher Logan Darnell inspired many of his teammates to participate in community service this season. Logan's mother suffers from Alzheimer's and he wanted to help raise awareness and money for the local Alzheimer's chapter. He sponsored a specialty jersey night and the game-worn signed jerseys were auctioned off during the game with proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer's Association. He also partnered with Next Door by Wegmans and QES Solutions in hosting an event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Red Wings team members served as celebrity bartenders, posed for photos, and even auctioned off dates with players! Net proceeds topped out at $6500. Players also took part in Swing with the Red Wings golf tournament on their day off and our organization donated raffle prizes. This raised almost $7000 for the Alzheimer's Association. As a result of his commitment to service, Logan received the Twins Harmon Killebrew Award and the Red Wings Most Civic Minded Player for the third time.
 
Building relationships is one of our core values. Under the leadership of General Manager Dan Mason, the front office staff takes part in community focused initiatives throughout the entire season. One highlight of 2016 was a Make-A-Wish reveal at Frontier Field. Aiden threw a ceremonial first pitch and then his wish was announced…a trip to the MLB All Star game! It was a special moment.
 
Another highlight was a homecoming for a local military family. Master Sergeant Jesse Bonacci returning from a six month tour, was welcomed home at Frontier Field much to the surprise of his family. They took part in a Fan Feud game which culminated in the touching reunion.  
 
In response to the Orlando tragedy in June 2016, a mosaic created by Art Force 5 was displayed at Frontier Field. This allowed people in our area to pay tribute in a meaningful way.
  
The Red Wings officially established an alcohol free and allergy aware family seating section on July 31. According to research done by Dr. Shahzad Mustafa of Rochester Regional Health, Frontier Field has become the first stadium in the country to have seating for families suffering from food and nut allergies. 
 
It is impossible to fully measure the positive impact that Rochester Community Baseball has on our local community. Whether giving of time, talents or resources, the Red Wings have a reputation of lending a hand to civic concerns and needs. We are an important part of the Greater Rochester area which makes our community a great place to live, work and raise a family.