Yesterday, the Braves Ticket Sales team visited the Atlanta Community Food Bank for their annual department-wide community service project. They helped sort and pack over 21,000 pounds of food which will provide over 16,000 meals to those in need throughout Braves Country.
This is just one of the many ways that our staff is committed to making a difference in our community. For more information about the Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit http://www.acfb.org.
Happy National Volunteer Week from the Atlanta Braves! We are committed to making a difference in Braves Country and encourage you to go out and volunteer in your community! Enjoy the below photos of some of your favorite Braves players of yesterday and today along with our Braves front office staff giving back. #BravesGive
On Wednesday, April 6th, we hosted our final Leadoff Luncheon at Turner Field in the 755 Club. This exclusive event acts as one of the many fundraisers for the Atlanta Braves Foundation and allows fans and sponsors a chance to have lunch with a Braves player or coach from the Opening Day roster.
Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz welcomed everyone to the event, and Braves broadcasters Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, Jim Powell, and Don Sutton all facilitated round table discussions between the Braves newbies and veterans. New to the Braves, Tyler Flowers, Gordon Beckham, and Ender Inciarte sat on the Braves “Newbies” round table while Braves veteran players such as Freddie Freeman, Jason Grilli, Kelly Johnson and Jeff Franceour talked about their role in the clubhouse with the younger prospects on the Braves Veterans round table. This portion of the program gave all participants an inside look on what to expect out of their team this season. Participants also got to hear from Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart and Manager Fredi Gonzalez.
The luncheon included a silent auction for participants to place bids on unique Atlanta Braves autographed memorabilia.
Overall, this was a very successful fundraiser for the Braves Foundation and a great way to kick off the 2016 Braves baseball season!
This school year, we partnered with Everybody Wins! Atlanta, a nonprofit on a mission to improve children’s literacy and develop the reading skills of students in low-income elementary schools. We joined their “Power Lunch” mentoring program at Brumby Elementary School, where we go into the school once a week to read to a child during their lunch hour. Braves staff has had a great time building long-lasting relationships with their mentees, and look forward to watching them build their reading skills throughout the year!
Last week, Braves staff members volunteered at the AG Rhodes Senior Health and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta as part of a special St. Patrick’s Day Braves Care event. We played BINGO! with the residents, enjoyed St. Patty’s themed refreshments, and even sang karaoke.
After four rounds of BINGO!, we served “Shamrock Juice” (lime sherbet and Sprite) and four-leaf clover cookies to all of the residents. Each senior proudly wore their new Braves cap and green glow stick necklace/bracelet to get them in the St. Patty’s Day spirit. To close out the event, Braves staff took over the mic to sing a crowd favorite, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” for the group. What a fun way to spend our St. Patrick’s Day out in the community!
Do you know a brave person who has beaten or is fighting breast cancer?
Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves are looking for our 2016 Honorary Bat Girl. On Mother’s Day, we will honor one (1) Braves fan who has or is currently courageously battling breast cancer. The Honorary Bat Girl program raises awareness and funds while celebrating our heroic fans.
TODAY through April 14, submit a story about how you or someone you know is “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” and why they deserve to be the 2016 Atlanta Braves’ Honorary Bat Girl. Once you have submitted a story, encourage family and friends to vote!
One (1) Honorary Bat Girl will be selected and invited to Turner Field for a VIP experience on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, for the Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 1:35 p.m. game.
The winner will receive four (4) game tickets, a Louisville Slugger pink engraved bat and a commemorative jersey.
To learn more, submit a story, and to vote, visit: http://www.honorarybatgirl.com.
As part of our commitment to honoring local military families, we hosted the 5th Annual Holiday Military Bowling Bash on Saturday, December 5th. More than 20 families from local military bases joined Braves coaches and alumni players for an afternoon of bowling, food, awesome raffle prizes and fun at Midtown Bowl.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, pitching coach Roger McDowell, first base coach Terry Pendleton, bullpen catcher Alan Butts along with Braves alumni Marty Perez, Jim Nash, and Johnny Estrada came out to spend some quality time with the military families, sign autographs, and spread holiday cheer.
Everyone received raffle tickets upon entry for the chance to win exciting prizes including Braves branded golf bags, autographed items and tickets to the upcoming season.
This event was a success thanks to the Braves front office staff and the Braves 400 Club members who volunteered their Saturday morning and helped distribute various prizes that were awarded throughout the afternoon.
This is one of the most rewarding events that we do each year because it allows us to thank the military service men and women, and their families for their dedication to our country. A special thanks goes out to Midtown Bowl for hosting us and providing lunch for everyone as well as to our Braves fans for the continued support of the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Braves Foundation, and the support of our military.
Happy HoliBRAVES from our Braves family to yours!
Braves staff served lunch to 100 men at the Shepherd’s Inn homeless shelter at the Atlanta Mission in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Shepherd’s Inn serves around 450 men every day, providing them hot meals, counseling, and a comfortable place to sleep.
Spending quality time with these men was an amazing way to kick off the season of giving! For more information about the Atlanta Mission and the Shepherd’s Inn, please visit http://www.atlantamission.org.
The Atlanta Braves Foundation operates as the nonprofit charitable arm of the Atlanta Braves and is committed to giving back to the community. Since 1994, the Braves Foundation has supported various Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations and has contributed more than $6 million in monetary and in-kind donations to the Braves Country community.
We are able to raise these funds through various fundraisers throughout the season such as the 50/50 Raffle, our annual Foundation Weekend memorabilia sale, in-game and special event silent auctions, online auctions, the Atlanta Braves Foundation Golf Tournament, and the Annual Leadoff Luncheon. Braves fans, players and sponsors play a huge role in helping us make a difference in our community by supporting all of these initiatives.
At the beginning of each Braves season, we invite non-profit organizations to apply for our annual grants program to receive funding to assist in their outreach efforts. The applicants must be youth-serving organizations that support education, recreation, and health initiatives. The process is very competitive, as there are so many great organizations in the area that are in desperate need of funding.
During the last week of the season and throughout the year, the Braves Foundation awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 48 deserving organizations. This funding will support initiatives including after-school programs, health and wellness initiatives, anti-bullying campaigns, athletic programs just to name a few. Listed below are our 2015 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients.
- Alive Ministries – Will use funds to purchase food and toiletries for local children and families in need.
- Anti-Defamation League – Will support the “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying initiative in schools.
- Arthritis Foundation- Sustain and expand the Juvenile Arthritis programs and services.
- Atlanta Ronald McDonald House – Provide a comfortable “home away from home” for families traveling to Atlanta to receive medical attention for their children.
- Attachment & Trauma Network – Support an interactive Therapeutic Parenting Skills Building Weekend for parents of traumatized and attachment disordered children.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta – Will support initiatives for bigs and littles including college mentoring and healthy living workshops.
- Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta – Will integrate healthy living values into an edible landscape community garden at Anderson Boys and Girls Club.
- Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation – Hosts a free baseball clinic for more than 200 disadvantaged children.
- Bright Futures Atlanta – Integrate technology into the After School and Summer programs.
- Camp Kudzu – Will support the diabetes management overnight summer education program.
- Camp Sunshine – Will enrich the lives of Georgia’s children with cancer and their families through year-round support programs.
- Center for Pan Asian Community Services – Help disadvantaged Hispanic youth receive a high school diploma or GED and obtain meaningful work.
- Center for the Visually Impaired – Support programming specific to health and fitness education in the STARS After School Enrichment Program and STARS Summer Enrichment Camp for visually impaired students.
- Center for Working Families – Support the development of family enrichment and healthy relationship workshops.
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Will purchase 600 bike helmets to distribute during bike safety week.
- Christian Aid Mission Partnership – Will provide new shoes and backpacks filled with school supplies for disadvantaged youth.
- Cobb Alcohol Task Force – Facilitate a program in Marietta city schools focusing on social issues.
- Cobb Community Foundation – Provides diapers to families in need.
- Cobb County Public School Educational Foundation – Focuses on college readiness by providing tutoring for SAT and ACT exams.
- Cobb Health Future Foundation – Educates youth on media, physical activity and nutrition.
- Cool Girls, Inc. – Funds the Cool Fitness Program which supports the after school program, summer fitness initiative and Saturday field trips.
- CURE Childhood Cancer – Provides family meals at Aflac Cancer Center.
- East Lake Foundation – Fund educational materials for RISE after school program at Drew Charter School.
- Georgia Avenue Community Ministry – Will feed low-income families.
- Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation – Will fund programming which provides memorable vacations for families dealing with cancer.
- Just Us Girls – Increases educational support for girls including SAT and ACT prep and etiquette classes.
- E.A.D. – Supports the organization’s year-round baseball and life skills development program.
- La Amistad, Inc. – Provides flash cards and books for students to utilize during the school year and summer.
- Latin American Association – Will support the health and wellness component of the Latino Youth Leadership Academy.
- Lekotek of Georgia – Will provide children with limited mobility, access into the world of play using only eye movement.
- Lutheran Services of Georgia – Will support the week-long day camp experiences for refugee children impacted by trauma.
- Marietta Police Athletic League – Will fund the PAL EXCEL program designed to tackle the problems of childhood obesity and access to sports and recreation for low income families.
- Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School Athletic Boosters – will provide an indoor retractable batting cage system, a baseball L-screen, and batting tees for baseball and softball athletes.
- MUST Ministries – Will provide toys and essential winter items and school supplies during the holiday season for youth and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties.
- Piedmont Healthcare – Will support a low income family nutrition education program.
- Rally Foundation – the Family Emergency Fund will offers financial relief to families that have a child actively undergoing cancer treatment.
- Reach Out and Read – Children’s books will be provided in pediatric waiting rooms to encourage literacy.
- Reconnecting Families – will supply furniture, clothing, camps for children, and other basic household needs for disadvantaged families.
- Ser Familia – will fund the Strengthening Families program which focuses on parenting skills, children`s life skills and family skills.
- Special Olympics Georgia – Will help offset costs for youth to attend the Special Olympic Georgia State games.
- The Center for Children and Young Adults – Will provide dining tables and chairs for a youth shelter.
- The US Fund for UNICEF – will support the UNICEF Kid Power by engaging kids in the U.S. to help kids around the world by getting active and ultimately providing food for malnourished children.
- Tomorrow’s Champions – will provide opportunities for girls and to learn the fundamentals of softball and life skills.
- True Colors Theatre Company- will provide free in-school theatre arts workshops for high school students.
- Villages at Carver YMCA – Will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.
- YWCA of NW Georgia – funds will support summer programming for the children in YWCA’s domestic violence shelter and transitional housing.
- Youth Empowering Through Leading, Learning, and Serving – the grant will cover the YELLS Community Action Cafe, Afterschool Program, and Summer Programs for youth.
- YWCA of Greater Atlanta – the funds will provide new materials for the Early Learning Academy.
As you can see, these organizations offer wonderful programs that will benefit a lot deserving young Braves fans. We are proud to be a part of making an impact in the lives of so many people. Congratulations to all of our 2015 Braves Foundation Grantees!
Each season, we celebrate the lives of breast cancer survivors during the annual Braves Breast Cancer Awareness Day presented by WellStar Cancer Network and Kroger.
This year, for the first time, we were able to host this celebration of survivorship during October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Despite the unfortunate weather forecast, more than 200 fearless survivors helped us paint the park pink on Saturday, October 3.
In an effort to make a huge impact and raise more awareness than ever at Turner Field, we included all of Braves Country in the fight against Breast Cancer. When fans started arriving to the game on Saturday, they received exclusive, one-of-kind pink tomahawks, presented by WellStar, an “I Go Pink for…” placard for fans to insert the names of loved one affected by breast cancer, and a pink ribbon from GSU’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Fans also had the opportunity to sign and take photos in front of the “Braves Country Goes Pink for…” pink wall located in Monument Grove.
Our survivors started arriving Saturday afternoon in the sprinkling rain to check-in and receive their tickets and pink Breast Cancer Awareness Day shirt. To generate additional awareness, various breast cancer organizations including WellStar Cancer Network, American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer, I Will Survive, Inc., Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, and Zeta Tau Alpha were stationed in Monument Grove distributing information to Braves fans about screenings, early detection, and support groups.
Once checked-in, all survivors along with their family and friends entered the gates and made their way to the Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration reception. where they had the chance to fellowship with one another.
At the reception, survivors heard encouraging words from our guest speaker and host Lauren Hudson. Lauren is an Emmy award-winning reporter, motivational speaker, and a breast cancer survivor. Lauren used her consistently inspiring and uplifting attitude to encourage the survivors, and even led everyone in a special version of Take Me out to the Ballgame! Georgia State Representative Dee Dawkins-Haigler, who is also recent breast cancer survivor, gave a very inspirational speech about her journey and the importance of keeping a positive attitude during treatment. Crystal Mantooth from Making Strides spoke on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s efforts to raise money for breast cancer research at their upcoming Making Strides Walk.
We were honored to round out the program at the reception with a special announcement of our Diamond of Hope winners for this season. This special award honors survivors who have engaged in the fight against breast cancer or assisted other survivors through their difficult struggle. We selected 5 incredible survivors from different parts of Braves Country who were nominated by friends and family. The winners were: Michelle Hedman of Pensacola, FL, Rhonda Williams of McDonough, GA, Loretta Billingsley of Doraville, GA, Felicia Mahone of Union City, GA, and our very own Braves front office staff, retiree Brenda Hendricks, of Atlanta, GA. These five lovely ladies all received beautiful diamond-shaped awards presented by Braves outfielders Cameron Maybin and Nick Markakis, who have both been affected by breast cancer in their immediate families.
Once the reception came to a close, it was time for the most exciting part of the day, the survivor’s “Walk in the Park” and on field balloon release! All decked out in pink and with pink balloons in-hand, the survivors marched down the baselines led by the Braves wives including, Gabriella Perez, Chelsea Freeman, Bri Pugh, Lisa Castro, Keri Detwiler, and Camille Winkler. The survivors lined the base paths while the Zeta members created a ribbon around the pitcher’s mound, as a symbol of hope that a cure will be found and to remind the fans the importance of early detection. On the count of three, everyone released the pink balloons into the air. Fans “chopped out cancer” with their pink tomahawks as survivors hugged one another, cheered each other on and remembered those angels smiling down on us. This ceremony ended just in time for the grounds crew to rush the field with the tarp and just like that… the rain came falling down!
Although, we would have loved sunshine and clear skies for this special day, all survivors had a wonderful time and were able to attend a double header the next day! We are so grateful and thank you to all who made this possible Kroger, WellStar Cancer Network, American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Braves Players and Wives, our volunteers from the USO, Georgia State University, Fort Benning and friends and family who sacrificed their Saturday night for a wonderful cause!