G-Braves, charities team up for fundraisers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Regardless of the outcome of Saturday's game against the Charlotte Knights, it is going to be a good day for the Gwinnett Braves and local organizations.

The team announced Wednesday that it will donate more than $150,000 to local nonprofits, the fruit of fundraisers held during the team's inaugural season. The organizations will be honored at Saturday's games.

Volunteers from outreach programs and booster clubs teamed up with food and beverage provider ARAMARK, earning more than $142,000 by staffing concession stands. Volunteers earned a percentage of the concessions sales for their organizations.

Through 50/50 raffles, the following groups will receive more than $7,000:

· 233rd Seabee Battalion

· Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends

· American Diabetes Association

· Autism Speaks

· Beta Sigma Phi

· Caminar Latino

· Children's Miracle Network

· Children's Restoration Network

· Family Promise of Gwinnett

· Foster Children's Foundation

· Gwinnett Ballet Theater

· Gwinnett Choral Guild

· Gwinnett County Special Olympics

· Gwinnett Humane Society

· Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity

· Happy Tails

· Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

· Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

· March of Dimes

· Metro Atlanta YMCA

· Operation Homefront

· The Hope Clinic

· Toys for Tots

In addition to money raised, G-Braves coaches and players will all chip in to have a portable bocce court built for Gwinnett County Special Olympics.

Team officials said more money will be donated during the offseason.

General Manager Bruce Baldwin said the G-Braves have been "wholeheartedly welcomed" into Gwinnett's close-knit community.

"It is only right that we give back to the people that not only brought us here, but also to the people that continue to make Gwinnett County our home," he said.