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Trenton Thunder Charities

With the inception of the Trenton Thunder in 1994 came a commitment from the organization to be a part of the community in which it was established. The Thunder have lived up to this commitment with Trenton Thunder Charities, which at the conclusion of the 2018 season had donated over $7.1 million worth of goods, services and monetary donations, through a variety of community programs. 

Through the "Gift of Baseball" program that was unveiled in December 2005, a total of 9,587 tickets have been donated. In 2018, the Thunder donated 990 tickets to underprivileged youth in the Trenton community. The Thunder teamed with the various local organizations for this program, for each season ticket, half season ticket, Mini Ticket Package or Pic-A-Plan purchased during the holiday shopping season, the Thunder donated tickets back. Each of the families who received tickets were invited out to games in April!

Each season the Thunder teams up with corporations to provide tickets to deserving non-profit groups as part of the Tickets For Kids program. Through the generous efforts of PSE&G, EKS Associates, Pro Computer Service and other small and large companies, kids from non-profit groups attended Thunder home games this year. This program allows children to enjoy all the fun surrounding a professional baseball game when they might not ordinarily be able to do so. Since the 1996 season, over 67,000 children have enjoyed Thunder baseball because of this program. For more information, please contact Jon Bodnar at (609) 394-3300 x104 or email jbdonar@trentonthunder.com

Through the Community Grant Program, the Thunder are proud to support organizations that enhance the educational opportunities and quality of life for children as well as programs that support the betterment of the local community in general. For more information, please click here!

The Trenton Thunder Charities Treasure Hunt sent participants on excursions throughout Mercer, Burlington and Bucks Counties for the first time in 2012. In 2018, over 70 participants spent an afternoon traveling the region hunting for items on their Treasure Lists and enjoyed a ballgame at ARM & HAMMER Park. Over $4,000 was raised to help fund the Community Grant Program. For more information, please contact Casey Borish at (609) 394-3300 x112 or email cborish@trentonthunder.com

The Super 50/50 allows non-profit organizations to sell raffle tickets at all Thunder home games as well as raise awareness for their cause. Half of the money raised goes to the non-profit organization, and the remaining half goes to a lucky fan. Since the program started in 1998, Super 50/50 groups have raised $1,281,928 for area non-profit organizations. For more information, please contact the Thunder Group Sales Department at (609) 394-3300 x105 or email ticketoffice@trentonthunder.com

The Thunder are happy to support non-profit charitable organizations in the greater Trenton area with a donation for fundraisers such as raffles and auctions. Please complete this form to submit your request. For more information, please contact Lauren Cox at (609) 394-3300 x100 or email lcox@trentonthunder.com

For the third year, the Thunder's Cloudman's Hometown Hero of the Game continued. The program was implemented to honor military members, past and present, first responders and other deserving individuals in the Thunder's local community. The Thunder honored a different Hometown Hero at every Thunder game this season. For more information, please contact Lauren Cox at (609) 394-3300 x100 or email lcox@trentonthunder.com or click here!

 

Our larger than life superhero, Cloudman, is bringing his "Everyday Heroes" program to school assemblies! Students will meet Cloudman and learn about his high moral character initiatives and how no matter if you are big or small, anyone can be an everyday hero! For more information, please contact Casey Borish at (609) 394-3300 x112 or email cborish@trentonthunder.com

HOPE Week is a week-long initiative started by our parent organization, the New York Yankees, designed to reach out to remarkable people who are worthy of recognition for their inspiring actions and support of their communities. The 2018 HOPE Week honorees included Miracle League of Mercer County, Thea's Star of Hope, the Just Fight Foundation, RWJ University Hospital- Hamilton, and Isles Youth Institute! 

The Thunder continued the F.I.E.L.D. (Focused Initiative for Enhanced Learning and Development) Program in 2018. The F.I.E.L.D. Program's mission is help renovate and revitalize our local community's little league fields. Last April, the Thunder, with the help of the Mercer County Improvement Authority, Isles, and Rue Insurance renovated North Trenton's two fields and the park in the City of Trenton. For more information, please contact Jon Bodnar at (609) 394-3300 x104 or email jbdonar@trentonthunder.com

The Thunder reinforce the importance of reading though a fun interactive assembly featuring Boomer, the lovable Thunderbird mascot. A Thunder front office employee will read Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer and Fine Feathered Friends by Dr. Seuss while Boomer acts out the stories. Each March since 2005, members of the Thunder front office visit schools in the greater Trenton area to participate in the National Education Association's Read Across America program. The Thunder staff members serve as "guest readers" and read books to classrooms of elementary school children. The National Education Association's Read Across America program is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or around Dr. Seuss's birthday. For more information, please contact Casey Borish at (609) 394-3300 x112 or email cborish@trentonthunder.com

The Thunder partnership with NorthStar Vets is aimed at raising awareness for homeless dogs through the "Dog of the Day" program. Each game, starting in the 2007 season, a different adoptable or service dog is known as the "Dog of the Day". The dogs are taken to the field at ARM & HAMMER Park where they are shown on the video screen and introduced to the crowd along with information about the dog's shelter. For more information, please contact Lauren Cox at (609) 394-3300 x100 or email lcox@trentonthunder.com  or click here!

The Thunder hosted the first ever "Good Deed Game" in August 2010. Good Deed Day is an event where fans make donations to a group of community non-profits before the game to receive Thunder prizes. In 2018, The Thunder once again had over 750 fans participate by making at least one donation to the five drives held outside the stadium. The annual event features a school supplies drive to support the United Way of Greater Mercer County, a non-perishable food drive to benefit the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, a clothing drive for the Rescue Mission of Trenton, a toiletries drive to support HomeFront, and a pet supplies drive to benefit Pet Rescue of Mercer. For more information, please contact Casey Borish at (609) 394-3300 x112 or email cborish@trentonthunder.com

 

Team up with the Thunder for a fun, educational-based program designed to help students learn and excel in school! For more information, please contact Casey Borish at (609) 394-3300 x112 or email cborish@trentonthunder.com  or click here!

 

For General Inquiries please contact Jon Bodnar or Casey Borish.