COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Columbia Fireflies announced today that, in partnership with BUSH'S® Beans, they will provide a donation to The Miracle League of Columbia as part of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports generosity and philanthropy.
This past season, Dash Winningham was named the BUSH'S Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Columbia, South Carolina, after going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI in a 3-3, rain-shortened tie. As an extension of this award, BUSH'S and the Fireflies will provide a $1,000 donation to The Miracle League of Columbia.
"The City of Columbia's Miracle League Field is an amazing project for our community, providing individuals with special needs to participate in baseball in a fully-accessible, safe environment," said Columbia Fireflies President John Katz. "The field was built as a partnership between the City of Columbia, Richland County and the Ray Tanner Foundation - a non-profit founded by South Carolina Athletic Director, Ray Tanner, and his wife, Karen.
"On behalf of the Columbia Fireflies, South Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP Dash Winningham and the children of The Miracle League of Columbia, we'd like to thank BUSH's Beans for making this donation to help further the mission and the good work being done in our community for very special people."
BUSH'S Beans sponsored 11 All-Star Game MVP awards throughout Minor League Baseball this summer. BUSH'S is making a donation to a local charitable organization chosen by each MVP Award winner's home club.
"One of the things that attracted BUSH'S to Minor League Baseball is how the clubs and their local communities support each other," said Mike Morris, Senior Brand Manager at Bush Brothers & Company. "We are proud to recognize the contributions of each BUSH'S MVP Award winner by giving back to his team's local charity."
Minor League Baseball unveiled a multi-year, strategic partnership with BUSH'S Beans last December, making it the "Official Beans of Minor League Baseball," and a "Preferred Partner" of a number of MiLB teams, beginning in 2017. Bush Brothers & Company is the recognized brand leader in beans. The partnership was activated across a range of touch-points this year, including in-ballpark celebrations such as National Baked Bean Month in July and the integration of a variety of BUSH'S Beans products in teams' concessions.
About the Columbia Fireflies
The Columbia Fireflies are the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Winners of Ballpark Digest's Best New Branding and Logo Award in 2016, the Fireflies play games across the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, including against in-state rivals in Charleston and Greenville. The team partnered with the city of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct Spirit Communications Park, a multi-use outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the center of the BullStreet development. The Columbia Fireflies are owned by Hardball Capital, owners of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. For more information, visit ColumbiaFireflies.com, or follow the Fireflies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball® clubs through their farm systems. Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2017, Minor League Baseball attracted 41.8 million fans to its ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information, visit www.MiLB.com.
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About BUSH'S® Beans
BUSH'S® is all about friends & family, and a certain Secret Family Recipe. When you enjoy our beans (doesn't matter if they're baked beans, chili beans, black beans, pinto beans…well, you get the picture), you can trust that they're the very best. Because we wouldn't serve your family anything less. Since we got our start more than 100 years ago in Chestnut Hill, Tenn., BUSH'S® has always maintained that quality is the best policy. We pursue excellence and exceptional taste in our beans, sauces and everything we do. That's why, from mouthwatering Baked Beans & Chili Beans to satisfying bean recipes, you're cooking up the best with BUSH'S BEST®. For more information, visit www.bushbeans.com.
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