Mariners Care Raises $1 Million for NW Charities
The slogan for the Mariners non-profit foundation Mariners Care is “a side of Mariners Baseball you don’t always see.” And it’s true. The foundation and our corporate partners are involved in fundraising efforts each year, some more visible than others, with all the proceeds going to support primarily youth-oriented community service programs across the Northwest.
This year, the total for all Mariners Care activities was over $1 million. When you add that to the efforts since 2000, Mariners care has generated over $15.8 million to help a variety of charitable programs, everything from Seattle Children’s Hospital to the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
We also owe you, the fans, many thanks, because you helped make it happen with your bids on silent auctions of memorabilia at Saturday home games, your entry fees to play at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament and your donations of new and used baseball and softball equipment to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
In 2014, the Mariners Care activities also include the All-Star Celebrity Softball Classic that raised over $1 million to benefit services for homeless youth in King County. The game was staged by United Way of King County and the Seattle Mariners, with teams captained by Mariners Hall of Famers Dan Wilson and Jay Buhner.
Mariners Chair and CEO Howard Lincoln has set the bar high for the organization to make a positive and lasting impact on our community. For the last three years, the Mariners Front Office has reached 100% participation in the United Way giving campaign, and every Mariners player participates in and supports various community programs and causes from hospital visits to speaking with elementary school kids.
“It’s a side of Mariners Baseball you don’t always see.”
2014 Mariners Care Highlights
All-Star Celebrity Softball Classic for Homeless Youth
On June 21, the Mariners and United Way held a celebrity softball game at Safeco Field to benefit homeless youth in King County. Mariners Hall of Famers Dan Wilson and Jay Buhner served as team captains. The second annual event raised $1,000,000.
Cystic Fibrosis Mariners Care Golf Tournament
Over $200,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 29th annual golf tournament and auction held on June 26 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.
Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction
Rick Rizzs, Dave Henderson, and the Seattle Mariners RBI Club held the 13th annual dinner and auction to benefit Puget Sound area charities serving disadvantaged children and families. The event raised over $200,000.
Refuse To Abuse 5k Run/Walk at Safeco Field
The third annual Refuse To Abuse® 5k Run/Walk, held on July 19 at Safeco Field, raised $107,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Refuse To Abuse® campaign.
Mariners Care Silent Auctions
Held each Saturday home game at Safeco Field, silent auctions of autographed and game-used memorabilia raised $82,591 for Mariners Care. Since the Silent Auctions started in 2000, they have now brought in a total of $1.27 million for Mariners Care.
PACCAR RBI for Literacy
For every Mariners RBI during the 2014 season, PACCAR made a donation to the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. The 2014 program raised $75,000.
Sharebuilder Saves for Kids
For every save recorded by a Mariners pitcher in 2014, Sharebuilder donated $1,000 to Seattle Children’s. The Mariners had 51 saves for a total donation of $51,000.
Seattle Mariners “Groundskeeper for a Day” Fundraising Program
This season, $43,918 was raised for Pacific Northwest charities through the “Groundskeeper for a Day” donations offered at various auctions.
ROOT SPORTS – Mariners TeleAuction
ROOT SPORTS and the Mariners teamed up to host an on-line TeleAuction during the June 24 telecast to raise funds for Mariners Care. The fifth year event raised $40,000.
Charity Auction Ticket Donations
In 2014, the Mariners contributed $39,730 in tickets for charity fundraisers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Alaska Airlines Home Runs for Wishes
Alaska Airlines donated 10,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for every Mariners home run and 40,000 miles for every Mariners grand slam to Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington. In 2014, 1,000,000 miles, valued at $27,400, were donated to Make-A-Wish.
Holland America Line K’s for Kids
For every Mariners strikeout recorded by a Mariners pitcher, Holland America Line made a donation to the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund. The 2014 program raised $25,000.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive
On July 28, Mariners fans and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The equipment and cash donations totaled $16,000.
Mariners Wives Mystery Bag Fundraiser
Selling mystery bags of baseballs autographed by Mariners players and manager raised $16,000 for Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation.
Mariners Wives Favorite Things Auction
A silent auction of baskets filled with the favorite things of Mariners players raised $16,000 to benefit
Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation.
Mariners Care Speed Pitch
Located on the Main Concourse in Center Field, all proceeds from the interactive fan game are donated to the Mariners Care Foundation. The season ending total is $12,150.
Mariners Hall of Fame Luncheon
The 2014 Mariners Hall of Fame Luncheon honoring Lou Piniella, held on August 8, raised over $11,000 for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center through a silent auction and table centerpiece sales.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund Field Maintenance Clinic
The Mariners Grounds Crew and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to present a Field Maintenance Clinic where a $10,000 grant was presented to the City of Darrington to help with the renovation of their baseball field.
Jackie Robinson Scholarship
Mariners Care, The Evergreen State College, and Seattle Central Community College teamed up for the thirteenth annual Jackie Robinson Scholarship Night. Three scholarships were awarded for a total of $8,148.
Mariners Care Garage Sales
Mariners Care Garage Sales held at FanFest and two select 2014 home games, which featured memorabilia from current and past seasons, raised $7,786 for Mariners Care.
The Martinez Foundation Silent Auction
On June 13, the Mariners hosted a silent auction at Safeco Field to benefit The Martinez Foundation which provides underserved populations with educational opportunities. The auction raised $6,340.
Fight Hunger Presented by News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM and Mariners Care
This annual food drive collected $6,300 in cash donations and 200 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest.
Coors Banquet Double Plays for the Wildland Firefighters Foundation
Coors Banquet donated $100 for every double play turned by the Mariners in July and August to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation. The program raised $4,200 to support firefighters and their families.
Mariner Moose Auction Donations
More than $600 has been raised this season for Pacific Northwest charities through Mariner Moose party donations offered at various auctions.