Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson is making the rounds to promote “Holiday Heroes at Home,” a reimagined version of the annual December extravaganza conducted by the Wender Weis Foundation for Children.
This year’s fundraiser, scheduled for Dec. 8 at 5 pm, features a predictable variation from the usual festivities. Instead of convening at Oracle Park for fun and games, guests will welcome the party into their homes in virtual fashion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I got to do it last year and it was one of the best events I’ve ever been a part of,” Dickerson said last week on KNBR-AM 680, the Giants’ flagship radio station. Dickerson called the benefit an “unbelievable experience” that will retain its magic in virtual form. Providing help to underserved Bay Area children, Dickerson said, “would bring a huge smile to their faces.”
Former Giants Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence are also scheduled to appear. Pence will present Sandoval with the Inspiration Award in recognition for his numerous altruistic deeds during his time with the ballclub. In addition, Stephen Revetria of Giants Enterprises will receive the Community Philanthropy Award.
Virtual guests will receive a Wonder Box filled with holiday goodies, arts and craft projects for the entire family, and surprise elements delivered directly to their front door prior to the event. Guests also will be eligible to take part in an online auction featuring jewelry and sports memorabilia. Also available for purchase: “Be-A-Hero Boxes” for underserved children that contain the same treats as the wonder boxes -- as well as essential items such as non-perishable food, toiletries and gift cards.
Proceeds from Holiday Heroes at Home will benefit several nonprofits, including Edgewood Center for Families and Children, Family House, Junior Giants, Play Marin, Project Glimmer, Raphael House and There With Care.
In its 26th year of operation, Wender Weis has donated $4.5 million to beneficiaries in the community.