GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars have announced a community outreach partnership for the 2015 season in which four organizations will receive a portion of the in-game 50/50 raffle proceeds through Ozzie's Outreach Foundation, the Cougars' charitable arm. Those four organizations are Project Backpack (April/May), DuPage Pads (June), Northern Illinois Food Bank (July) and Family Shelter Service (August/September). Also, the Cougars through their partnership with Acres Group, have announced that the Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will be the recipient of the charitable proceeds from this season's "Pitch In For Charity" promotion in which fans, following select games, purchase and throw numbered tennis balls onto a target in order to win a prize.
Project Backpack (project-backpack.org) is a community-based initiative led by Elgin Community College that benefits local students who are in need of necessary school supplies.
DuPage Pads (dupagepads.org) has the solution to end homelessness with housing coupled with support services and employment which leads to improved health and economic sustainability.
Northern Illinois Food Bank (solvehungertoday.org) works with 800 community food pantries and feeding programs across 13 counties to solve hunger in northern Illinois by providing nutritious food to more than 71,000 people at risk of hunger each week. Volunteers can assist at one of their three centers including their west suburban location in Geneva.
Family Shelter Service (familyshelterservice.org), founded in 1976 and located in nearby Wheaton, transforms lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.
Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers (recovergateway.org) have provided the answers that individuals and their families need about drug and alcohol treatment. The organization has several treatment centers throughout Illinois, including nearby Aurora.
"Since the franchise's inaugural season in 1991 and continuing through our upcoming 25th anniversary season, the Cougars' organization has strived to be the best possible neighbor by giving back to the community in many ways," said Cougars Vice President/General Manager Curtis Haug.
"Through these types of initiatives, fans can see how deep our commitment is as an organization towards helping others in need," said Cougars owner Dr. Bob Froehlich.
Added Cougars owner Cheryl Froehlich: "We are reminded more than ever when these milestone seasons occur, that the Cougars organization is aware of how much support that has been shown to us over the years and how critically important it is to give back."
For more information on the Kane County Cougars and the organization's upcoming 25th anniversary season which begins on April 9, fans can visit kccougars.com. Fans are also encouraged to 'like' the Cougars on Facebook while following the team via Twitter and Instagram at kccougars.
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