Major League Baseball will donate more than $1 million combined to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, two organizations helping victims of Hurricane Sandy, as part of All-Star Weekend.
On top of its donation, MLB and the two organizations will help raise funds during the All-Star 5K & Fun Run, presented by Nike, and the MLB All-Star Charity Concert, both benefiting Sandy Relief.
Both events are on July 13.
"Our events on Saturday of All-Star Week will provide fans with unique ways to be a part of the Midsummer Classic while raising funds for those who are still affected by the storm," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a release. "With the great work that Robin Hood and the Mayor's Fund have already accomplished in helping Sandy victims, these groups are well prepared to support those in the tri-state area who are still in need. As a social institution with important social responsibilities, it is our privilege to utilize the platform that the All-Star Game affords to raise money and awareness."
Robin Hood has raised and granted more than $70 million to more than 400 organizations in the tri-state area since Sandy struck in October. A large share of MLB's contribution will center around Robin Hood's relief efforts throughout the tri-state area.
"Although it's been nine months since Sandy devastated our community, much work remains to be done," Robin Hood executive director David Saltzman said in a statement. "Major League Baseball's generous support of the Robin Hood Relief Fund will make a huge difference to our neighbors as they continue to rebuild and recover and we are so grateful for their support."
The Mayor's Fund has raised nearly $600 million in support of Sandy victims. Contributions from the Mayor's Fund helped support emergency needs in the aftermath of the storm. The fund is now committed to longer-term efforts, such as mold treatment in homes and legal services and a network of housing counselors for residents.
"The Robin Hood Relief Fund and the Mayor's Fund have both dedicated infinite efforts to the communities impacted by Sandy," New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg said in a release. "We are thrilled to aid their efforts through the All-Star 5K & Fun Run with our supportive and devoted local New York City running community."
The All-Star 5K & Fun Run will feature a number of special guests, including Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, former manager Tony La Russa and former Mets John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Ed Charles, Ed Kranepool, Barry Lyons and Art Shamsky. Ten mascots, inducing Mr. Met, also will be in attendance.
Charles, Kranepool and Shamsky have a "Miracle Mets" fundraising team, while Franco created "Team Franco" to participate in the run. Fans can register to be a part of those fundraising teams or participate in the run on their own at AllStarGame.com/Run.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth.