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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

Summer 2019 Issue

Colorado Rockies Charity Night

The first annual Colorado Rockies Charity Night is tomorrow, Thursday, June 27! This inaugural event is a partnership with AT&T SportsNet and the entire game against the Dodgers will be dedicated to raising money for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation and this year's featured charity, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver.

There will be 1,600 custom backpacks available for purchase, each filled with exclusive merchandise and autographed baseballs. The $250 Home Run Package contains 10+ total items, and the $750 Grand Slam Package contains the same items plus an autographed, authentic Rockies home jersey of the player of the purchaser's choice.

Charity Night Backpacks will be available for purchase at Coors Field, by calling (303) ROCKIES and online at Rockies.com/RCN, so be ready this Thursday because they're sure to go fast!

Rockies 50/50 Raffle

The Colorado Rockies and Metro State University's 50/50 Raffle is off and running in 2019, providing fans with the opportunity to win large cash jackpots while donating to the Colorado Rockies Foundation at the same time.

Along with the standard in-stadium raffle, the Rockies and MSU recently launched mobile sales for the 50/50 Raffle, as well as an "Aggregate Raffle" for even bigger winnings. The Aggregate Raffle begins on the first away game in a series, running live through the first home game back at Coors Field, so the prize money gets even bigger. Fans or staff may purchase tickets on the Ballpark app under the 50/50 icon or at Rockies5050.com

Participants must be 18 years old or older to play and be physically present in the state of Colorado. Winning tickets will be posted at advance.msudenver.edu/5050 and Rockies5050.com. So play the Rockies 50/50 Raffle today!

Player Outreach and Initiatives

Throughout the season, Rockies players are always looking for ways to make an impact in the community, at the ballpark and off-site. Here are some of the highlights of their community work since Opening Day:

  • The 2019 Colorado Rockies Youth Baseball Camp took place at Coors Field on June 13 and 14. Camp proceeds benefit the Colorado Rockies Foundation and participants enjoy a world-class camp experience on the field, utilizing the Rockies facilities and getting instruction from the Rockies Major League coaching staff and former players.
  • Ian Desmond will be hosting End NF groups at home games and on the road throughout the course of the season. On June 1, Ian donated $35,000 to this cause, based on his May RBI and runs-scored totals.
  • May 31-June 2 marked this year's PLAY BALL Weekend, which has become a staple for the Rockies and the Major League Baseball. The main event of the weekend was Photo Day, when fans got to take photos with Rockies players, alumni and coaches on the field, but the weekend also included other special opportunities, such as pregame meet-and-greets, lineup card deliveries, unique social media content and more, all designed to foster a love of the game in Colorado youth.
  • The Rockies' athletic training staff, with the help of pitchers Jairo Díaz and Harrison Musgrave, hosted their annual PBATS Play Clinic on May 25. The mission is to educate area youth about the importance of leading a healthy and active, drug-free lifestyle.
  • On May 11, a group of Rockies visited Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., to provide a special opportunity for military families. Upon arrival at the base, the Rockies players and staff put on a clinic for kids, which included pitching, hitting, fielding and conditioning drills. The kids got to learn from and interact with Yency Almonte, DJ Johnson and Tony Wolters, and the day concluded with photos and autographs.

Rockies Wives Give Back

Rockies wives, fiancées and girlfriend had a busy few months making a difference in the community:

  • On opening weekend of Spring Training, over 25 Children's Hospital Colorado cancer patients, along with their caregivers, arrived in Scottsdale, Ariz. for a special weekend. This year's trip was funded and arranged by Rockies wives, fiancées and girlfriends. The group arrived at Salt River Fields and received personalized jerseys, then were able to hang out and chat with Rockies players. During the meet-and-greet, stories were told, photos were taken, autographs were signed and laughs were shared.
  • April 20 marked prom season in Colorado. Rockies wives, fiancées and girlfriends hosted a group of 30 young women at Coors Field to help them prepare for the big day with dresses, hair and makeup.
  • Rockies wives volunteered and organized a summer kickoff event at the Food Bank of the Rockies on May 28, distributing food to families in need for the second year in a row. Jake McGee, Harrison Musgrave and Bryan Shaw made appearances as well.
  • May 31 and June 1 marked the annual Wives Grab Bags event. Each year player's wives put together gift bags that contain a mystery autographed baseball. The funds raised go toward the Spring Training trip for pediatric cancer patients.

Rockies Front Office Projects

The Rockies front office never stops volunteering in the local Denver community. Here are various community outreach efforts over the past few months:

  • June 27 was the Colorado Rockies Summer Blood Drive, when staff has the opportunity to give blood to help ensure needs can be met every day for both routine and emergency situations.
  • Volunteers from the Rockies front office staff helped seniors stay cool by delivering fans to over 115 seniors in Denver on June 6 for the Cool Down Colorado initiative.
  • On May 16, front office employees helped spread new dirt, gardened and painted around the Boys & Girls Club Owen Branch as part of the annual clean-up of Andres Galarraga Field.
  • Every year after Rockies Opening Day, front office members along with staff from the Denver Rescue Mission spend Saturday morning cleaning up the ballpark neighborhood.