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Citi ThankYou HR program donates $138,000

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The Mets and the Citi ThankYou Home Runs for Communities Program hosted a luncheon Tuesday, where Citi donated $138,000 to four tri-state area community partners.

The program, in its first year, donated $2,000 for each home run hit at home by the Mets this season, plus an initial donation of $20,000 -- totaling $138,000. City Harvest, United Neighborhood Houses, USO of Metro New York and YMCA of Greater New York befitted from the donation.

The Mets and the Citi ThankYou Home Runs for Communities Program hosted a luncheon Tuesday, where Citi donated $138,000 to four tri-state area community partners.

The program, in its first year, donated $2,000 for each home run hit at home by the Mets this season, plus an initial donation of $20,000 -- totaling $138,000. City Harvest, United Neighborhood Houses, USO of Metro New York and YMCA of Greater New York befitted from the donation.

"The community is the reason why we're able to be where we are," said Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, who served as the program's ambassador this season. "To be able to help them out, especially in times like this when the holidays are starting to roll around, is a positive thing to do."

Granderson attended the luncheon and thanked each community partner for its work.

"He has been a great spokesperson for Citi and the program," said Edward Skyler, Citi Global Public Affairs executive vice president. "He's a professional himself. He's a person who walks the walk, talks the talk. … All the way around, he's an outstanding ambassador and great guy to work with."

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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