STOCKTON, Calif.- Through the organization's non-profit sector, the Anchor Fund, the Ports gave $32,464 in monetary donations and nearly $240,000 of in-kind donations to local non-profits within the San Joaquin community in 2017. Through various fundraisers held at Banner Island Ballpark, the Ports were able to raise almost $11,000 with the help of generous fans.
The revenue-leading event was the eleventh annual Pink Night, in which $5,493 benefited Dignity Health St. Joseph's Medical Center. Additional fundraisers included Root Beer Float Day and Youth Baseball Camps presented by Amy L. Scriven, DDS., and Anchor Fund Weekend.
The Ports also had over 50,000 individuals participate in community programs such as Silver Sluggers presented by SCAN Health Plan, Amy L. Scriven, DDS. Kids' Club, Baseball by the Books courtesy of Smack Pie Pizza, and the Summer Reading Program in partnership with San Joaquin County Libraries. Additionally, the Ports teamed up with Valley First Credit Union for this year's Community Corner. Valley First donated 625 tickets to the Anchor Fund, and the Ports matched that donation for tickets to be distributed in the community.
Through these outreach programs, the Ports were able to provide people of all ages with donated or discounted tickets.
New to the 2017 season, the Ports partnered with Sutter Gould Medical Foundation to create a program called "Community Person of the Month," in which select members of the local community were recognized in a monthly pre-game ceremony and a $500 donation was made to a non-profit organization of each recipient's choice.
Finally, the Ports' mascot, members of the front office, and Ports players were out in the community approximately 180 days out of the 2017 calendar year for events such as Little League Opening Ceremonies, school and library visits, grassroots events, and more.
"We are proud of the impact the Ports Community Department has made in the city of Stockton and beyond, in conjunction with the many people and organizations in our market," said President Pat Filippone. "Over the 10 years since we've established the Anchor Fund, the Ports have remained committed to supporting the community and we look forward to growing upon this season's success in the upcoming year.
The Stockton Ports' Anchor Fund was established in early 2007 and has helped support many community projects, with a primary focus on youth centers and youth sports. The charitable fund reflects and reaffirms the Ports' commitment to strengthening the community using baseball and entertainment as a backdrop, with 457 non-profit organizations receiving donations in 2017.
To view the Community Relations Report and receive ticket information on the 2018 season, please visit www.stocktonports.com.
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