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Coors supports Wildland Firefighters

MillerCoors presented $251,600 to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation at Safeco Field.

MillerCoors presented $251,600 to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation.

Coors Banquet, the official beer of Safeco Field, stepped up to the plate with a generous donation to the Western Wildlands Firefighters Foundation. On field for the presentation were Dan and Barbara Lyon, the parents of Daniel Lyon, the U.S Forest Service firefighter who was critically burned last month near Twisp.

Coors donated $251,600 to the Foundation, which supports firefighters and the families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty. Coors contributed 25-cents from the sale of every case of Coors Banquet sold in the West during July and August. The fundraiser is part of Coors’ “Protect Our West” program.

Mr. Lyon then strode to the mound where he threw a strike to Sean O’Malley for the honorary first pitch.

Daniel Lyon remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, where he is being treated for burns over 60-percent of his body.

A gofundme page has been created to help with Lyon’s medical expenses.

Dan Lyon, father of badly burned U.S. Forest Service firefighter Daniel Lyon, threw out an honorary first pitch before the game. It was a strike.

Dan Lyon, father of badly burned U.S. Forest Service firefighter Daniel Lyon, threw out an honorary first pitch before the game. It was a strike.

Get Well Tour at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital

Rob Rasmussen, Joe Beimel, The Mariner Moose and Vidal Nuño visited Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma today.

Rob Rasmussen, Joe Beimel, The Mariner Moose and Vidal Nuño visited Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma today.

Pitchers Joe Beimel, Vidal Nuño and Rob Rasmussen, along with the Mariner Moose, spent some time at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma spreading Get Well wishes to patients.

The visit was part of the Holland America Line Get Well Tour of area hospitals. Patients receive autographs, photos, a Holland America gift bag, and a chance to meet one of their baseball heroes.

The trio spent time with patients and their siblings in the activity area and then visited a handful of patients in their rooms.

In addition to Mary Bridge, Holland America Line Get Well Tour stops have included Seattle Children’s, the Seattle Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Kadlec Medical Center in the Tri-Cities and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

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Get Well Tour at Seattle Children’s

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Hisashi Iwakuma, Seth Smith and the Mariner Moose spent some time at Seattle Children’s Hospital spreading Get Well wishes to patients.

The visit was part of the Holland America Line Get Well Tour of area hospitals. Patients receive autographs, photos, a Holland America gift bag, and a chance to meet one of their baseball heroes.

The trio spent time with patients and their siblings in the activity area and then visited a handful of patients in their rooms including the cardiac intensive care unit. Kuma and Smith even donned hospital gowns, gloves and face masks so they could stop by to visit with one patient with a compromised immune system.

Making Wishes Come True

Randy Martin and his family chatting with Felix Hernandez.

Randy Martin and his family chatting with Felix Hernandez.

An eastern Washington teen fulfilled his wish this week when he got to meet his hero Felix Hernandez at Safeco Field.

Make-A-Wish brought Randy Martin, who is from Medical Lake, to the ballpark to meet with Felix before The Mariners took on the Kansas City Royals. Martin, who is 17-years old, has Battens disease, an inherited condition that causes neurological impairment including blindness, seizures and loss of motor skills.

During his visit, Felix introduced Martin to teammates Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist, who all spent some time hanging out with Martin and his parents Dawn and Tom in the Mariners dugout.

 


Mariners Education Day

The entire Seattle Mariners team went to school on Thursday to help students achieve their dreams.

Groups of players visited four Seattle area elementary schools and presented the Mariners Moose D.R.E.A.M. Team assemblies.

Students at Thorndyke Elementary in Tukwila may have set a record for loudest cheers when Felix Hernandez, Nelson Cruz, J.A. Happ, Logan Morrison, Mark Lowe and Austin Jackson walked in.

The program started with pitcher Mark Lowe talking about how important it is to stay drug-free. Lowe told the kids that he had to stop being friends with some people because they got involved with drugs. “I had a dream to play baseball, and I would not be here today if I had gotten involved with drugs,” Lowe said.

J.A Happ advised the students to respect their teachers, coaches, friends and families, and most of all, themselves by exercising, eating nutritious foods and being the best that they can be.

Of all the letters of the word D.R.E.A.M., Outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz told the kids that of the most important one may be “E” for education. He urged kids to stay in school, listen to their teachers and do their homework because a good education would help them to become the person they want to be.

Austin Jackson was up next with the letter “A”, for attitude. Jackson told the kids that there are a lot of things in life they cannot control, but one thing they can control is their own attitude. When you have a positive attitude, he said, it makes everything you do better.

Logan Morrison rounded out the program with the letter “M” for motivation. He told them that motivation is the way for them to meet the goals they set for themselves. And if the goal seems too hard to reach, Morrison gave the kids some advice about breaking a long-term goal into attainable short-term goals. For example, Morrison said his long-term goal is to hit .300, so he has broken it down into short-term goals. Right now, he’s batting .245, next he wants to hit .250, then .255, until he gets to his goal of .300.

Felix Hernandez then issued a challenge to all the students to read two books every week during the summer. He then gave the school library two copies of the book “The Rise of King Felix,” an illustrated book about Felix’s journey from his childhood in Venezuela to become one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Mariners Care Golf Tournament to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

For several Mariners players and coaches, Monday’s off day was spent helping raise money for charity. The team hosted the 30th Annual Mariners Care Golf Tournament to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Since 1986 the tournament has raised approximately $5.3 million for cystic fibrosis research. A silent auction and dinner will follow today’s 18-hole tournament.

Here are some photos of the event:

Felix Makes Wishes Come True

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Back in 2013, a four year old girl from Anchorage, Alaska, told Make-A-Wish that she wanted to meet Felix Hernandez more than anything.

Sophia Robinson was being treated for a life-threatening heart condition, and at her young age she had already undergone several medical procedures, including open heart surgery.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington, Sophia, her parents and sister, made the trip to Seattle and spent a day with Felix at Safeco Field, hanging out in the clubhouse, eating corndogs in the players’ private dining room, and playing in the dirt.

It was a perfect summer day, and the connection between Sophia and Felix was immediate and long-lasting. Since then, the two text each other regularly and Felix has flown the family from Alaska to Seattle to renew their friendship.

Last week, at the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington Wish Night Gala & Auction, Felix and Sophia’s friendship was highlighted in a video. The gala, by the way, raised $1.6 million to help grant wishes to children in Washington and Alaska throughout 2014.

Seager vs. Cancer

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Mariners All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager is involved in a unique online pledge campaign to benefit pediatric cancer research. He’s working with Vs. Cancer. People can go online and pledge an amount for every hit Kyle gets this season.

Join Seager as he steps up to the plate vs. childhood cancer this spring! By pledging a donation towards every hit that he records during the 2015 season, you can help the Seagers support the Vs. Cancer Foundation.

The Seagers are matching the first 100 people to pledge, doubling the effort to help kids beat cancer in Seattle and across the country!

You can learn more about the Seager’s quest to help cure childhood cancer by visiting Seagervscancer.org.

Annual Toys For Kids Shopping Spree

Dozens of shopping carts at Bellevue’s Toys R Us piled high with gifts for Toys For Kids.

Dozens of shopping carts at Bellevue’s Toys R Us piled high with gifts for Toys For Kids.

Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and a crew of volunteers for two dozen non-profits got to play Santa Claus for needy kids in the Puget Sound area at the annual Toys For Kids holiday shopping spree.

Carts were piled high with Legos, stuffed animals and all-things “Frozen” at the Bellevue Toys R Us. Each item will be wrapped and presented to a child who otherwise might not have a very happy holiday. This is all thanks to the efforts of Rizzs, former Mariners outfielder Dave Henderson, volunteers from the Mariners RBI Club and generous donors.

Toys For Kids was founded by Rizzs and Henderson, and a handful of Hendu’s teammates back in 1995. They raised a few thousand dollars and bought toys for around 500 children. Since then, the program has grown and this year, they raised $245,000 and will buy gifts for 8,000 kids.

The first of several distribution events is this weekend in conjunction with Harborview Medical Center. There are 22 organizations participating in the Toys For Kids program this year including Country Doctor, First Place, Atlantic Street Center, Broadview Women’s Shelter, YWCA Seattle Emergency Housing, Seattle Children’s Home and Ronald McDonald House.

If you’d like to learn more about Toys For Kids, volunteer or donate, log onto Rick’sToysForKids.org.

RBI Club members Bob Simeone and Steve Smith shop for Toys For Kids gifts.

RBI Club members Bob Simeone and Steve Smith shop for Toys For Kids gifts.

 

Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence

Mariners President Kevin Mather and Chair Emeritus John Ellis accept the CAPE Award from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Mariners President Kevin Mather and Chair Emeritus John Ellis accept the CAPE Award from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Refuse To Abuse®, the Mariners long-standing domestic violence prevention program, was recognized today by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig with the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

The award was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs. In singling out the Mariners and Refuse To Abuse, the Commissioner said, “I am very proud of the Seattle Mariners and Mariners Care for taking a leading role in educating fans and other members of their community on the importance of respectful relationships. This is a vital societal issue that impacts the lives of individuals and families in harrowing ways. Having communicated with many experts, we continue to work diligently toward a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity of domestic violence and how to best serve the interests of victims and their families. The efforts of the Mariners, who encourage fans to take a public stance against domestic violence, are exemplary. I thank the Mariners and all of our Clubs for their year-round efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

Refuse To Abuse is a statewide educational program in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It takes its name from the Refuse to Lose mantra of Mariners fans after the 1995 season. The program was launched in 1997 to promote healthy relationships and take a public stand against domestic violence.

Refuse To Abuse features Mariners players as role models, educating the community about available help and promoting respectful relationships to children and teenagers. Refuse To Abuse includes television, radio and print ads that deliver messages of respect and communicate that there is no excuse for domestic violence. The Mariners also sponsor a 5K run/walk at Safeco Field that raises money for WSCADV’s violence prevention efforts.

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