Written by The Business Journal Staff
Much of the donations made were in-kind, with $107,530 worth of tickets given to charities and nonprofits the Grizzlies worked with for special nights at the ballpark. Groups that benefited from the tickets include the California Department of Veteran Affairs, Central California Autism Center, Central California Blood Center, CASA and AMOR.
In monetary donations and ticket fundraising, the Grizzlies facilitated $99,411 in funds raised. Notable monetary donations included more than $5,000 to the American Cancer Society, and $2,000 to the Edison High School baseball program’s Deondre “Day Day” Howard Memorial Fund. By moving nearly 14,000 tickets as a fundraising effort, area Little Leagues raised $70,400 for their leagues and teams.
Additional funds were raised through the generosity of fans during game-worn jersey auctions. A total of $10,250 was raised during nine different jersey auctions. Organizations that benefitted include Central Valley Honor Flight, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Make-A-Wish Central California, MD Anderson, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ronald McDonald Charities of the Central Valley, Special Olympics Northern California, and Susan G. Komen Central Valley.
“Of course our players and coaching staff do everything they can to win on the field, but being a championship organization for our community is even more important,” Grizzlies General Manager Derek Franks said in a statement. “The most satisfying part of our work is helping out these groups which make our community whole. I applaud the generosity of our fans in helping us reach this impressive valuation of charitable giving. We’re always focused on being a good corporate citizen in Fresno and throughout the Central Valley.”