OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Dodgers and Kimray, Inc. have partnered this season to create a new program called Kimray Kids to benefit foster care and family service organizations in the Oklahoma City area.
Three Kimray Kids Nights will take place during the OKC Dodgers' season, starting Saturday, allowing foster care and family service organizations to bring children and families out for a night of fun and baseball at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
"We are pleased with the opportunity to partner with Kimray to feature these wonderful organizations and the families they serve," said Michael Byrnes, OKC Dodgers President/General Manager. "Kimray is a great community partner and the opportunity to match their passion for these organizations with the experience and atmosphere the Dodgers provide, makes for a unique experience for these families."
The first Kimray Kids Night of the season will take place during Saturday's 7:05 p.m. Dodgers game against the Las Vegas 51s and will feature participants selected by Sunbeam Family Services. Individuals from Lilyfield will participate in the Saturday, July 7 Kimray Kids Night and individuals from FaithWorks of the Inner City will participate in the Saturday, Aug. 18 Kimray Kids Night.
Each night's participating Kimray Kids group members will receive a T-shirt and voucher for a meal at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. They will enjoy a complete, behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, followed with a private meet-and-greet with an OKC Dodgers player, including a Q&A session, photos and autographs. Participants will then enjoy that night's game from a designated Kimray Kids section in the ballpark.
During Kimray Kids Nights, the OKC Dodgers Team Store and all concession stands will have an optional "Add A Dollar" feature, allowing fans to donate to that night's featured organization. The OKC Dodgers will then match up to $500 in donations.
Kimray, Inc. is a world-class manufacturer of control equipment used extensively in oil and gas production around the world with the mission of "making a difference in the lives of those we serve."
"We are so excited to partner and support local organizations that are making a difference in the lives of so many who need an advocate and loving care!" said Shad Glass, Executive Vice President of Kimray, Inc. "One of Kimray's core values is to 'strengthen the family,' and organizations like Sunbeam Family Services, Lilyfield, and FaithWorks of the Inner City are doing just that. Investing in tomorrow's future gives hope for today and hope for things to come. When you support Kimray Kids Night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, you are helping to make a difference in the lives of children and families across this great state."
Sunbeam Family Services seeks to meet the growing needs of central Oklahoma's most vulnerable citizens, providing help, hope and the opportunity to succeed to people of all ages. They offer real solutions, aiming to strengthen individuals, families and communities through a continuum of programs: early childhood, foster care, counseling and senior services.
"Sunbeam Family Services is absolutely honored to be a recipient of the Kimray Kids program," said Erin Engelke, Chief External Relations Officer for Sunbeam Family Services. "The money raised through this wonderful event will help hundreds of children and their families across Oklahoma City from our Foster Care, Early Childhood and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs."
Lilyfield is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that has been providing adoption and foster care plan-based services to Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas since 2000 and in Tulsa since 2014. Lilyfield focuses on five program areas: adoption; foster care; specialized counseling for those impacted by adoption and foster care; independent living services for former foster youth; and a prevention program that serves children and families at-risk of involvement with the foster care system.
"Lilyfield is proud and excited to be a part of Kimray Kids," said Robert Elliot, Director of Development for Lilyfield. "We are so grateful to Kimray and the OKC Dodgers for this wonderful opportunity that honors the very special families that we serve."
Many children and families from underserved areas of Oklahoma City never have the opportunity to take advantage of resources within reach of their neighborhoods. This is true for families in the Shidler-Wheeler community of southeast OKC assisted by FaithWorks. Through the Kimray Kids program, families can attend an Oklahoma City Dodgers game, and visit the ballpark located within walking distance of their community.
"FaithWorks is so excited to be a part of creating a new experience for our children and their families," said Sally Goin, Executive Director of FaithWorks. "We love providing opportunities for families to come together to enjoy what our city has to offer. Unfortunately, sometimes those opportunities have a 'price' that is out of reach for families. FaithWorks is grateful to Kimray for a kids' night for some very special kids and their families."
The Dodgers open a seven-game homestand today with a three-game series against the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The series continues at 7:05 p.m. on a $2 Thursday featuring $2 Pepsi products, bottled water and select beer. Fireworks are slated to follow Friday's 7:05 p.m. matchup against Salt Lake, presented by Oklahoma Blood Institute.
The Dodgers open a four-game home series against the Las Vegas 51s at 7:05 p.m. Saturday on Marvel Super Hero Night. Fans who come out to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark can meet Iron Man and Thor during the game.
Sunday's 6:05 p.m. game falls on a Chaparral Energy Family Sunday, featuring pregame player autographs, a mascot meet-and-greet, face painters, inflatables and postgame kids run the bases. Five hundred OERB Player of the Month posters, featuring May winner Joe Broussard, will be available to children ages 12 and under as they exit the ballpark Sunday.
The series against Las Vegas continues at 7:05 p.m. Monday and wraps up with an 11:05 a.m. game Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on a Summer Field Trip Day. Camps and day cares are encouraged to come out Tuesday for a summer field trip. An OKC Dodgers game ticket, hat and sack lunch are included for the price of $13 per person for groups of 10 or more.
Tickets are available through the OKC Dodgers ticket office located on South Mickey Mantle Drive, by phone at (405) 218-2182, or by visiting okcdodgers.com.
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