INDIANAPOLIS - After eight specialty jersey auctions during the 2017 season, the Indianapolis Indians have donated $48,953.18 to six local nonprofit organizations. The Tribe wore specialty jerseys for eight games this season, with custom designs ranging from super heroes like Superman and Batman to patriotic uniforms for Memorial Day and Independence Day.
"We have our fans to thank for this strong show of support to our local nonprofit partners," said Randy Lewandowski, Indians president and general manager. "We've been raising money for nonprofit organizations through specialty jersey auctions since 2010, and now you start to see jerseys from previous games around the ballpark every night. We're thrilled to offer this opportunity to fans while supporting such noble causes."
Eight times this season, the Indians wore specialty jerseys customized to the theme of that day's game. Each game-worn jersey was auctioned off during the games, with proceeds benefitting local nonprofits partnered with each game.
Beneficiaries this season were Community Health Network Foundation (May 13 - Guardians of the Galaxy), Indiana National Guard Relief Fund (May 20 - Camouflage and July 4 - Stars & Stripes), Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana (June 3 - Superman and August 12 - Batman), Make-a-Wish Foundation (June 10 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Riley Children's Foundation (July 1 - Captain America) and Shepherd Community Center (July 29 - Thor).
"These games allow our sponsors to highlight and raise money for their favorite local nonprofit organizations," said Joel Zawacki, Indians assistant general manager for corporate sales and marketing. "This season we paired the jersey auctions with special character meet-and-greets and giveaways like bobbleheads and super hero capes. We'll keep looking for unique promotions for our fans while finding new ways to give back to the community."
The Tribe's final home game of the regular season is Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, August 27. The Indians and Pepsi say thank you to fans by offering the chance to win TVs, Beats headphones, Indians jerseys, t-shirts and more. All fans who enter the Victory Field gates for that day's game are entered to win prizes.
If the Tribe hold on to the IL West Division lead, playoff baseball comes back to Indy on Friday, September 8. The Indians would host Game 3 of their first round playoff series at 7:15 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the Victory Field gates get an Indians playoff t-shirt, and fans are invited to stick around after the game for a fireworks display overlooking the downtown skyline.
Plus, all playoff games will be Dollar Menu days at Victory Field concession stands, with hot dogs, peanuts, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn available for just $1 each. If necessary, the Tribe would host Games 4 and 5 on Saturday, September 9 at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, September 10 at 1:35 p.m., respectively.
For tickets to Sunday's home regular season finale, visit IndyIndians.com or the Victory Field Box Office. Playoff tickets are on sale for season ticket holders and will go on sale to the general public once the Tribe clinch a postseason berth.
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