In 2017, we raised $142,118 with in-stadium charity fundraisers
Community is our middle name! When Rochester Community Baseball was founded in 1957, over eight thousand community members came together to keep professional baseball in Rochester and thus began a strong connection between the Red Wings and our local community. As a result, the Rochester Red Wings have continually developed partnerships with numerous socially concerned groups and organizations in the area, lending support in a variety of formats such as programs, promotions, awareness events, charitable contributions, appearances, volunteer service and more.
In 2017, we raised $142,118 with in-stadium charity fundraisers. We hosted programs, promotions, walks, marathons and events that generated another $1.5 million for worthy causes. Additionally, combined in-kind and monetary contributions made by the Red Wings totaled $75,981. Our mascot made 108 charity appearances valued at $8100 and the Silver family has awarded seasonal employee scholarships for more than 20 years.
As club operators, we take our civic responsibility very seriously and it has inspired our players as well. Over the past few years, we have seen a growth in player involvement.
Examples of new initiatives by players in 2017 are the Wings of Hope event, the Sinker Slider Citra event, and the Defending Hope event.
The United Way of Greater Rochester chose to celebrate their "Fuel the Fund" campaign during a Red Wings game on June 22 with game-worn, player-signed jerseys being auctioned. At that event, the United Way unveiled the total of contribution commitments made by the entire community during the course of its annual campaign.
The Red Wings have been a leading partner in both the Press-Radio Club's annual charity dinner and Challenger World Series Baseball. Our staff devotes significant time serving on various not-for-profit boards and programs.
The Red Wings were honored to be nominated for the John Henry Moss Service Award by Minor League Baseball this year. It is a great privilege to be able to give back to the community that makes our success as a ballclub possible!
COMMUNITY BENEFIT REPORTS:
During the last few offseasons, the Wings Front Office has picked a morning to head over to the Open Door Mission on Main Street and make lunches for the homeless.
The last couple of years the Wings staff has spent a few days around the holidays volunteering at Hillside's Special Santa Headquarters.
Our staff each donated money towards cancer research as part of Wilmot's Wear Jeans to Work initiative.