Salisbury, Md. - In conjunction with Perdue and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Delmarva Shorebirds are excited to announce that every time a Shorebirds pitcher strikes out a batter this season, $20 will go towards the "Strike Out Hunger" campaign. Already, $1,040 has been raised to help end hunger locally.
The "Strike Out Hunger" campaign was developed in conjunction with Perdue and the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be contested on June 21 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The campaign is focused on raising food donations and funds, and encouraging volunteer efforts to benefit the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Eastern Shore Branch of the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia.
Perdue and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore will each donate $10 towards the initiative every time a Shorebirds pitcher strikes out a batter at Perdue Stadium and when the Shorebirds are on the road.
Shorebirds pitchers have fanned 52 batters so far this season (through April 12). Therefore, $1,040 has already been raised to help end hunger locally.
All the money raised will be distributed to the three local food banks attached to the 2011 South Atlantic League "Strike Out Hunger" All-Star Game.
"I'm very grateful to have two wonderful organizations step up to the plate like," said Shorebirds general manager Chris Bitters. "There is potential to raise a significant amount of money this season because of Perdue and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore."
"The 2011 Strike Out Hunger All-Star Game has provided us with a large stage to bring the problem of hunger to the forefront," said Andrea Williams, vice-president and controller, Perdue Foods and co-chair of the Strike Out Hunger Campaign. "The food banks and the Shorebirds have stepped up and embraced this campaign - now we're hoping the community will join us in our efforts. Together, we can 'Strike Out Hunger on Delmarva.'"
For more information about how you can get involved in the "Strike Out Hunger" campaign, call the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.
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