LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets & 2013 Pacific Southern Division Champions, will open an eight-game homestand on Friday, July 25 against the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.
The 51s organization will team up with volunteers from the Venetian Hotel and Casino to present a donation drive for The Shade Tree. The Shade Tree's Mission Statement: To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.
"The Shade Tree is blessed to have such caring and compassionate partners as the Las Vegas 51s and the Sands Corporation," Erica Thompson, The Shade Tree Director of Fundraising & Major Gifts, said. "Guiding women and children on a path to self-sufficiency can be difficult at times. We know though that by combining our resources with the generosity of community leaders like the 51s and the Sands Corporation, together we can provide help, healing and hope to those in need."
"The 51s recognize the importance to be a Community Partner and to team together with Las Vegas Sands to provide donated items from our great fans for such an outstanding organization like The Shade Tree," 51s President/COO Don Logan added.
Fans are encouraged to bring donated items to "The Shade Tree Booth" located inside Cashman Field and fans will receive two free 51s hats for their generous donation.
The donated items requested by The Shade Tree include: women's underwear (sizes 6-10), feminine hygiene products (tampons, sanitary pads, panty liners), bath towels, wash cloths, bed sheets, mattress covers, women's shorts (sizes 5-22), hats, trash bags, bottled water, plus sized women's clothing, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, diapers (all sizes), boy's underwear (sizes 14-16), girl's underwear (sizes 14-16), toilet tissue, paper towels, socks (for adults & children).
"Part of the mission of Sands Cares is to aid the causes that are most important to our team members in the Las Vegas community," Stephanie MacDonald, Property Chair, Sands Cares Las Vegas, said. "The Venetian/The Palazzo and Sands Expo team recognized The Shade Tree as an organization that leads the way in providing support to the underserved women, children and pets in the city.
"We are proud to partner with them as they celebrate their 25th anniversary and encourage Las Vegas 51s fans to assist in our efforts by bringing a donation to the stadium on Friday night."
Las Vegas will host the Bees in a four-game series through Monday, July 28. The 51s will then host the El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, in a four-game series from Tuesday-Friday, July 29 -August 1.
Season tickets, mini-plan packages (10 & 10-Game You Pick'em, 20, 33-game plans) and group ticket packages are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.
Official licensed 51s team merchandise is available on the "Team Shop" section of the website.
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