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Rawhide owners aid community relief

Tipper, the Visalia Rawhide mascot, helps deliver groceries to those in need in Tulare County, California. (Visalia Rawhide)
April 15, 2020

VISALIA, California -- The Sigal family, owners of the Visalia Rawhide, have committed more than $30,000 to Central Valley non-profits to immediately assist those in need during the current national emergency. The Rawhide staff and the Central Valley Community Foundation have been key in researching and advising where funds should

VISALIA, California -- The Sigal family, owners of the Visalia Rawhide, have committed more than $30,000 to Central Valley non-profits to immediately assist those in need during the current national emergency. The Rawhide staff and the Central Valley Community Foundation have been key in researching and advising where funds should be allocated.
Joe Ross, director of community partnerships for the Rawhide, would have been leading cheers and interviewing fans at a Rawhide game this week. Instead, he has been reaching out to community members to learn how the Rawhide can help.
"I am glad to be able to be part of the Rawhide's generous efforts," he said.

"We have been touched by our staff's deep concern for our neighbors and our community's willingness to chip in wherever they can." said Sam Sigal, vice president of First Pitch Entertainment, LLC, owners of the Rawhide. "We are grateful to these non-profit organizations for the vital work they are doing on the frontlines today and for their continued leadership in ensuring a strong and healthy tomorrow."
Organizations receiving grants include:
Central Valley Community Foundation, Emergency Response Fund
Central Valley Health Foundation/ Adventist Health
Family Health Care Network
Food Link of Tulare County
Kaweah Delta Hospital
Kings Community Action Organization
Neighborhood Industries Take Care Fund
Sierra View Hospital
Tulare Hospital
Valley Children's Hospital
Visalia Emergency Aid Council
Visalia Rescue Mission
In addition to financial assistance, the Rawhide has partnered with Neighborhood Industries' Take Care Grocery Relief Program. The Rawhide staff are volunteering to distribute Neighborhood Industries' grocery boxes throughout Tulare County from a Satellite Distribution Center set up at Rawhide Ballpark.
If you or someone you know is in need of an emergency grocery box, please visit https://bitwiseindustries.com/takecare-request/.
Want to help? For only $20 you can help provide a family in need with a week's supply of groceries. If you would like to support the Take Care Program, please consider making a monetary donation at www.neighborhoodindustries.org.
For more information on COVID-19 in Tulare County, please visit tchhsa.org.