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.
Felix Hernandez has been nominated by the Seattle Mariners for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s tribute to the Hall of Famer who died in 1972 delivering relief supplies to earth quake victims.
Felix is noted for his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Alaska and Washington. Ove the years, he has helped fulfill the wishes of dozens of children and he helps with fundraising efforts.
Felix is also one of the faces of the Mariners unique anti-domestic violence campaign know as Refuse To Abuse®. Along with Michael Saunders and Lloyd McClendon, Felix appears in in television, radio and print public service announcements that emphasize the message of “choose respect” and prevent violence in intimate relationships. The campaign is part of the Mariners 18-year partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
This spring, Felix partnered with Grammy Award-winning Seattle recording artist Macklemore on the #Change the Game anti-bullying campaign that asks students to “be kind, stay positive and support each other,” and to sign an anti-bullying pledge.
Felix is a dog lover and lends his support to the Humane Society of Seattle/King County, a non-profit animal welfare organization. He participated in a public service campaign and has supported fundraising events that assist the variety of Humane Society programs including adoptions, veterinary services, dog training.
Felix is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual Award. Tomorrow marks the 13th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees.
The Mariners have produced three Clemente Award winners: Harold Reynolds in 1991, Jamie Moyer in 2003 and Edgar Martinez in 2004.
Beginning tomorrow, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Log onto ChevyBaseball.com to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Sunday, October 6, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2014 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.
The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel which includes Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig; MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred; MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of Roberto Clemente, Vera Clemente; and representatives from Chevrolet, MLB Network, MLB.com, ESPN, FOX Sports and TBS, among others.
The Mariners invite you to join the family of baseball in Standing Up 2 Cancer tonight and watch their telethon on MLB Network at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET.
There will be a special video tribute tonight during the telecast and a moment honoring the Commissioner and Club owners for their unprecedented support of this very important cause.
PACCAR and Kenworth employees will be outside the gates of the ballpark collecting donations of children’s books and cash to support Page Ahead, a literacy organization whose mission is to provide new books and develop reading activities that empower at-risk youth.
PACCAR has partnered with Page Ahead since 2007. PACCAR is also a Mariners corporate partner, and makes a donation to Page Ahead for every Mariners run batted in. This season, the donation will total some $600,000.
The truck, which features the Mariners compass rose logo on the cab, is equipped with a 500-horsepower PACCAR MX-13 engine which provides both power and fuel efficiency.
PACCAR, which is headquartered in Bellevue, is a world-leader in design, manufacture and customer support of premium light, medium and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.
A group of kids from the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club got a rare treat on Tuesday – the chance to play on the grass at Safeco Field with members of the Seattle Mariners.
The kids were invited to take part in the annual PLAY campaign designed to help kids establish healthy exercise and eating habits early in life.
PLAY stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. It’s a national public awareness campaign sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the Taylor Hooton Foundation and MLB Charities.
Mariners players Charlie Furbush, Brad Miller, Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino were joined by members of the Mariners training staff to deliver a message about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as making good decisions about things such as performance enhancing drugs.
Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush, who was assisting with his second PLAY event, admitted to the kids that he was a “big fan of video games” when he was their age. Growing up in Maine, he said, there wasn’t much else to do in the winter. But when the weather was nice, he and his friends would “ride our bikes, go for a walk, climb trees, play sports, just get outside as much as we could.”
The kids also got some good advice about steroids and performance enhancing drugs from Damien Martinez of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Hooton was a high school baseball player in Texas who took steroids to get bigger and stronger. Martinez explained to the kids that one of the many side effects of the illegal drugs is depression. Hooton, he said, committed suicide at the age of 17.
Martinez held the kids attention as he talked about the many ways steroids are bad for their growing bodies, causing everything from acne to heart attacks. The kids giggled then grew serious as he related how the human body can convert testosterone to estrogen, causing boys to start “developing female parts,” and causing their “male parts to shrink.”
Martinez told the kids that not only is taking performance enhancing drugs cheating, it’s very dangerous, “and in Taylor Hooton’s case, it was fatal.”
After the presentations, the players were joined on field by three members of the Mariners training staff, Rick Griffin, Rob Nodine and Matt Thoth, who led the kids through a series of exercises – stretches and warmups, sprints and agility drills.
The kids got to burn off some energy, got autographs from the players and signed a pledge to stay healthy, active and drug-free. They also got a healthy lunch, courtesy of Mariners corporate partner SUBWAY.
Some 1,300 runners and walkers turned out at Safeco Field over the weekend for the Third Annual Refuse to Abuse 5K. The event raised $107,000 to benefit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
This unique event is the only 5K that uses Safeco Field as its course. Participants wound their way around every level of the ballpark with a final lap around the warning track on the field.
The 5K builds on the 18-year partnership between the Mariners and the Coalition that resulted in the groundbreaking Refuse To Abuse® violence prevention campaign which helps raise awareness and gives community members a way to get involved in preventing domestic violence.
Mariner pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Brandon Maurer spent part of their day on Thursday visiting kids at Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital as part of the Holland America Line Get Well Tour.
The kids got the chance to meet Kuma and Maurer – and the Mariner Moose – get photos and autographs, and a Get Well Tour duffle bag, baseball and Moose doll, all courtesy of Holland America Line.
The annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament was held Thursday at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Tournament co-hosts Dustin Ackley and Charlie Furbush (Justin Smoak, also a tournament co-host, was in El Paso on rehab with the Tacoma Rainiers) were joined on the links by teammates, manager Lloyd McClendon, General Manager Jack Zduriencik and a host of golfers to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Final numbers are still being tallied, but the tournament and auction of sports memorabilia raised over $200,000 to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. Since 1986 the tournament has raised over $5.2 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In addition to his duties as a co-chair, Charlie Furbush brought his “A” game. He was the winner of the “celebrity longest drive” and Dominic Leone’s foursome, along with Kyle Hall, Sam Kajani and Jerry Heuett won 3rd place.
Here are some pictures from the event:
Several thousand students in elementary schools in the greater Seattle area got a break from reading and math on Tuesday so they could get some life lessons from Seattle Mariners players.
It was the 17th Annual Mariners Education Day where the entire team and broadcasters split up into five groups and fan out to area schools to urge the kids to become members of the Mariner Moose D.R.E.A.M. Team.
D.R.E.A.M. Team stresses the importance of the D.R.E.A.M. principles: Drug-free, Respect, Education, Attitude and Motivation.
At each school, the players talked about how they worked hard and were able to achieve their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers. But they also urged the kids to aim for their own goals of becoming teachers, doctors, engineers or anything they want to be.
The students were also urged to keep learning even during the summer. At Burien’s Hilltop Elementary School, star pitcher Felix Hernandez challenged students to read at least two books each week.
The schools visited for this year’s Education Day assemblies were South Shore PK-8 in South Seattle, Hazel Valley Elementary and Hilltop Elementary in Burien, Cascade View in Tukwila and Sunny Hills Elementary in Sammamish.
Donna Person-Smith, a 46-year old Graham, Pierce County woman, has been named the Seattle Mariners 2014 Honorary Bat Girl.
Person-Smith, a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer three years ago. She was faithful about getting mammograms, but Person-Smith says her cancer was not detected until she had breast reduction surgery and a tissue sample sent for testing came back positive. Her doctors told her that her tumor was so deep it may not have been detected until it had grown larger. But with early detection, Person-Smith says her prognosis is excellent.
The married mom of three kids will be honored on Sunday, May 11, Mother’s Day, when the Mariners take on the Kansas City Royals. Person-Smith will get a pink-themed personalized Mariners jersey, a special pink Louisville Slugger, and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
Person-Smith, whose mother is also a breast cancer survivor, credits early detection and the great care she received from her doctors at Virginia Mason with saving her life. “Cancer isn’t a death sentence. You can recover, you can move on and have a healthy life,” said Person-Smith.
During Sunday’s game, the Mariners and Royals players will wear symbolic pink ribbons on their uniforms along with pink wristbands. Dugout lineup cards will be pink-themed and the baseballs used during the game will have pink stitches. Pink Louisville Slugger bats used during the game will be auctioned off exclusively on MLB.comto benefit the fight against breast cancer.