Chasers Earn Ballpark Digest's Charity Award

Community work honored by publication with "2016 Charity Award"

By Andrew Green / Omaha Storm Chasers | October 31, 2016 10:21 AM

The Omaha Storm Chasers have been announced as the recipient of Ballpark Digest's "2016 Charity Award" for the organization's work in the community throughout the 2016 season. The Storm Chasers were also a finalist for the award in 2015. 

"Our organization is truly humbled to receive this award," said Storm Chasers President and General Manger Martie Cordaro. "While we give back to our community because we believe we have a responsibility to do so, it is still rewarding to be honored. I personally thank Ballpark Digest for recognizing our staff as industry leaders in giving back."

The Storm Chasers organization, through its charitable arm Chasers Charities, set an all-time record in charitable giving in 2016, the fourth consecutive year the club has achieved that feat. In total, the organization donated $768,695 to local charities, an increase of $82,558 compared in 2015.

Among the highlights of the organization's 2016 charitable work included providing a platform for 74 non-profit organizations at Werner Park as the "Community Organization of the Night". Over $20,000 was raised through the McDonald's and Huber Chevrolet Hurl the Pearl promotion for the Ronald McDonald House, in addition to over $23,000 donated to local charities, including Let's Go Miles, Nebraska Organ Recovery and Methodist Hospital Foundation through four Game-Worn Jersey Auctions.

In total, the organization also combined for over 420 mascot and player appearances in the Omaha Metro community. The Storm Chasers front office also joined forces to record 932 hours of community service in 2016.

A full overview of the Storm Chasers' 2016 Community Relations efforts can be found online at www.omahastormchasers.com/community.

The Omaha Storm Chasers are the Triple-A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Storm Chasers play at Werner Park in Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. For more information please visit omahastormchasers.com and follow us on Twitter @omastormchasers and at facebook.com/omahastormchasers.

The Storm Chasers return to Werner Park for Opening Night 2017 on Tuesday April 11, 2017.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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