In the club’s second year in operation, the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball received an outpour of community support during its record-setting 2013 season. In turn, the Skeeters players and front office staff actively sought opportunities to give back and continue to establish fundraising avenues for local charities, organizations and non-profits.
Skeeters Winter Fest – Benefitting Child Advocates of Fort Bend
On Sunday, December 8, the Sugar Land Skeeters will begin their offseason charitable initiatives by hosting Skeeters Winter Fest from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Constellation Field. All children 12 and under, as well as Skeeters season ticket holders, gain FREE entry to the event. General admission cost is just $5, with a portion of every ticket purchased benefitting Child Advocates of Fort Bend, supporting abused and neglected children in the Fort Bend area.
Along with one of the best craft and trade shows in Greater Houston, Winter Fest will hold holiday activities and excitement for the entire family including cookie decorating, live reindeer, a snow hill on the field, a Christmas tree farm sponsored by Gray Lodge No. 329 and a visit from Santa Claus provided by MemberSource Credit Union.
All patrons in attendance will also have the opportunity to enter to win one of six new bicycles, with proceeds benefitting the Skeeters’ own Deacon’s Dugout Foundation. The Deacon’s Dugout Foundation provides 16 deserving children per game the opportunity to create their own baseball memory at Constellation Field.
“We have accomplished a lot over the first two years but we really look to expand on these fundraising events, partnerships and programs,” said Senior Director of Community Development Kyle Dawson. “We have a great platform to help raise funds and create awareness for organizations. While we always want to bring people to the ballpark, it’s equally as important to us to be a reliable community partner outside of Constellation Field in order to support these causes.”
Skeeters raised more than $180,000 for Charity in 2013
In 2013, the Sugar Land Skeeters’ organization, fans and Constellation Field participated in numerous charitable causes, including:
· Six jersey auctions for organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Candlelighters – Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, Hope for Three and the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, totaling more than $42,000 in donations.
· Mini Plan Fundraising Program contributed nearly $9,000 to local Little Leagues.
· Pass the Boot, an in-game fundraiser for non-profit organizations such as Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity, Operation Lone Star and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, helped raise more than $8,000.
· Additional fundraising, including a Dodgeball Tournament benefitting the Fort Bend Women’s Center and Houston Women’s Center, ticket sales and auction items totaled nearly $10,500.
Collectively, the Sugar Land Skeeters accomplished a charitable fundraising goal of over $180,000 during the 2013 season, surpassing the club’s 2012 mark by over $30,000. Since its inaugural season in the Atlantic League, the Skeeters have donated and helped raise more than $300,000 for local charitable causes.
For more information about the Sugar Land Skeeters, Winter Fest or other community programs, visit the team’s website at www.SugarLandSkeeters.com or contact the Skeeters main office at 281.240.4487.