Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners nonprofit foundation, and its corporate partners, helped provide $1,492,825 in 2019 for a variety of charitable programs throughout the Northwest. Since 1991, when Mariners Care was established, the nonprofit has helped raise over $28 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs.
“The Seattle Mariners have long been leaders in giving back to the community. It is a responsibility that we all take very seriously. I’m proud to continue the tradition that has helped this organization make such a positive and lasting impact on our community,” said John Stanton, Mariners Chairman and Managing Partner.
In 2019, the Mariners made a substantial commitment to our community’s response to the homelessness crisis. Through a $3 million founding grant, the Mariners helped establish Home Base, an eviction prevention program in partnership with United Way of King County and King County Bar Association. During its first six months, Home Base provided legal assistance to 1,069 households and financial assistance to help 405 households avoid eviction. The goal is for Home Base to help prevent up to 4,000 evictions each year, the leading cause of homelessness.
The Mariners also continued efforts to make baseball and softball accessible to kids of all means in our community through On BASE (Baseball And Softball Everywhere). Through On BASE, the Mariners make grants to defray registration fees, provide uniforms and equipment and offer training opportunities for coaches and young athletes.
During 2019, Mariners Care and the Mariners corporate partners supported over 1,500 local organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Seattle Children’s, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, Junior Achievement of Washington, Northwest Harvest, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally, every Mariners player participated in and supported various community programs and causes.
Mariners Care 2019 Highlights
Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction
Rich Rizzs and the Seattle Mariners RBI Club held the 18th annual dinner and auction to benefit several Puget Sound area charities serving disadvantaged children and families. The event raised over $425,000.
Refuse To Abuse® 5k Run/Walk at T-Mobile Park
The 8th Annual Refuse To Abuse 5k Run/Walk, held on July 21 at T-Mobile Park, raised $225,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Refuse To Abuse® campaign.
Cystic Fibrosis Mariners Care Golf Tournament
Over $205,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 34th annual golf tournament and auction held on May 15 at Broadmoor Golf Club.
Mariners Care Silent Auctions
Held on Saturday home game at T-Mobile Park, silent auctions of autographed and game-used memorabilia raised $124,912 for Mariners Care in 2019. Since 2000, the Mariners Care Silent Auctions have raised over $1.87 million.
Peoria Diamond Club Annual Spring Training Charity Game
The annual Spring Training Charity Game between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres raised $100,000 for local charities in Peoria, AZ, home of the Seattle Mariners Spring Training complex.
Mariners Care Charity Night
ROOT SPORTS and the Mariners teamed up to host the 9th annual online tele-auction during the June 4 telecast to raise funds for Mariners Care. The total for this year was $77,850.
PACCAR RBI for Literacy
For every Mariners RBI during the 2019 season, PACCAR made a donation to the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. This year, the program raised $75,000.
Seattle Mariners “Groundskeeper for a Day” Fundraising Program
This season, $41,125 was raised for Pacific Northwest charities through the “Groundskeeper for a Day” experiences offered at various auctions.
Mariners Care Speed Pitch
Located on the Main Level in Center Field, all proceeds from the interactive fan game are donated to Mariners Care. The season ending total is $43,711.
For every save made by a Mariners pitcher, Boeing Employees Credit Union donated $1,000 to Junior Achievement of Washington. The 2019 program resulted in a donation of $34,000.
Alaska Airlines Home Runs for Education
For every home run hit by a Mariners player, Alaska Airlines donated airline miles to the United Negro College Fund Seattle serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. In 2019, 1,000,000 miles, valued at $27,500, were donated to help worthy students succeed in education.
Holland America Line K’s for Kids
For every strikeout recorded by a Mariners pitcher, Holland America Line made a donation to the Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund. The 2019 program raised $25,000.
Mariners Wives Favorite Things Auction
A silent auction of baskets filled with the favorite things of Mariners players raised $24,412 to benefit Mariners Care, the team’s nonprofit foundation.
For every double hit by a Mariners player, Hempler's donated $50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2019, the program raised $12,700.
Mariners Wives Mystery Bag Fundraiser
Selling mystery bags of baseballs autographed by members of the 2019 team raise $12,600 for Mariners Care.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive
On July 7, 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 $12,000.
Mariners Care Garage Sales
Mariners Care Garage Sales held at two home games this season, featuring memorabilia from current and past seasons, raised $9,163 for Mariners Care.
Seattle Mariners Online Auctions
Online auctions, hosted by MLB Auctions on Mariners.com, featuring memorabilia and Seattle Mariners experiences, raised $7,300 for Mariners Care in 2019.
Moneytree Wins for Mariners Care
For every Mariners win, Moneytree made a donation to Mariners Care. The 2019 program totaled $7,000.
Legends & Legacy Brunch
On September 15, Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson hosted the inaugural Legends & Legacy brunch at T-Mobile Park to support Mariners Care and On BASE programs. The event raised $4,000.
Northwest Ford Peanut Butter Drive
On April 30, Northwest Ford and the Mariners held a peanut butter drive at T-Mobile Park to benefit Northwest Harvest. Mariners fans contributed 796 pounds of peanut butter plus cash donations valued at $3,877.
Page Ahead Book Drive Presented by PACCAR
On August 27, Mariners Care and PACCAR hosted a book drive at T-Mobile Park to benefit the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. Participating Mariners fans donated 1,000 books, valued at $3,000.
Fight Hunger Presented by 97.3 KIRO FM and Mariners Care
The annual food drive collected $2,000 in cash donations, providing 6,810 meals to families in need through Northwest Harvest.