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Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, make contributions to Goodyear organizations

Post Date:06/13/2014 5:36 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

June 12, 2014

 Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer           

Office:  623-882-7053;

The two Major League Baseball teams that call Goodyear their spring training home have stepped up to the plate to help the local community. 

Representatives from the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians presented checks to five organizations during the Goodyear City Council meeting on Monday, June 9 – providing nearly $78,094 overall to the groups who are known for helping others. Both teams call Goodyear Ballpark home during the spring training season which runs about four weeks beginning in late February every year. The Indians and Red arrived in Goodyear in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and since have donated nearly $300,000 to community groups.
The proceeds were raised during charitable events throughout the 2014 spring training season and presented by Mike Saverino, manager of Arizona operations for the Cincinnati Reds and Ryan Lantz, manager of Arizona Operations for the Cleveland Indians. Representatives from all five organizations were in attendance to receive their checks and expressed their gratitude for the funds from the teams which made a commitment to give back to the community when they joined Arizona’s Cactus League.
“We’d like to take the time to recognize some locally-based, well-deserving, non-profit charities that we have partnered with throughout the year and provide them with some contributions that we hope will be impactful in supporting their mission,” Lantz said prior to the checks being presented. “When the city of Goodyear committed to building that beautiful ballpark, we made a commitment to support and give back to the community.”
The Reds and Indians Golf Outing was able to donate $33,927 to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America HOPE (Help, Optimism, Peace and Encouragement) Team while the Indians Charity Game provided $12,717 to Homeless Youth Connection and the Reds Charity Game donated $12,717 to the New Life Center, a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce received $11,940 from the inaugural Fan Fest at Goodyear Ballpark on March 23, and the Southwest Valley YMCA received $6,792 made possible by the Indians and Reds Round Up for Charity.




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