Moosic, Pa. - One of the signature pieces of community outreach for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) a season ago is back and better than ever. The Community Organization of the Game program, presented by DePietro Pharmacy, is looking for NEPA community groups that wish to spread their word to the masses during the 2014 season.
"DePietro's Pharmacy is locally owned and invested in the health of our community," said owner Thomas DiPietro. "We are proud to stay involved in our community. Last year, we donated over $8,000 to local fundraisers and organizations. This year we are proud to be able to sponsor the Community Organization of the Game. Our commitment to our community clearly aligns with the RailRiders' vision. There are many people who need assistance in our community. Community organizations are often underfunded, so they generally have a small budget for promotions and advertising. The RailRiders' commitment gives organizations a unique opportunity to educate the public on their services. It also benefits the community, as many people don't know what kind of help is out there."
A total of 72 non-profit groups, one for each home game, will receive a tip of the cap and more throughout the 2014 campaign. The groups chosen will own a prime spot on the front porch of NEPA. In addition to receiving four free field reserve seats, the group will also have a concourse table allowing them to pass out information on their organization and cause. Beyond that personal face-to-face time, each group will be have a live pre-game interview on the field that will be shown to all in attendance on PNC Field's state-of-the-art video board. The message will be further disseminated with a live in-game interview on the RailRiders' radio broadcast.
The Community Organization of the Game receives other perks like a ceremonial first pitch, their logo getting some time to shine on the video board and most of all, the chance to interact with the very folks they touch with their efforts.
"We are honored to highlight the great organizations that benefit our community," said team president/GM Rob Crain. "These people and their organizations do so much. If we can help get their message out in any way, we are humbly glad to do so."
Community organizations that are interested in participating are invited to contact the team's community relations manager Rachel Mark through e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 570-969-2255, ext. 3140.
The RailRiders' 2014 season begins on Thursday, April 3 when the club kicks off a seven-game road trip at Syracuse against the Chiefs (Washington Nationals).The home slate commences a week later on Thursday, April 10 when the Chiefs visit PNC Field for a four-game series and homestand. For season ticket information or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
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