LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's hometown team has reached a milestone, giving $1 million in charitable donations to the community.
The Gwinnett Braves, who began playing baseball here in the fall of 2009 as a Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, announced the funds, which have gone to schools, churches, youth leagues and other non-profit groups.
"I'm proud of the fact that our organization has given back to the community through creative and successful programs," said Gwinnett Braves' general manager North Johnson. "Many of our relationships with these non-profits have developed over time into lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships that we look forward to continuing."
The $1 million in contributions includes in-stadium fundraisers like jersey auctions and spirit nights as well as in-kind donations to community events and auctions hosted by nonprofit groups. Popular donated items include tickets, autographed G-Braves memorabilia and VIP outings available only at Coolray Field, a press release said.
The team also has given monetary donations as part of a grant program through the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Recipients of the monthly $1,000 grants include the Latin American Association, Dream House, The Cody Fund, ACTION, SPECTRUM, Foster Children's Foundation, Junior League of Gwinnett and Fulton counties, Music Time Learning Center, Hugs for Soldiers, Athens-Clarke Literacy Council, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Walton Animal Guild, Mother's Choice Learning Center, The Next Stop Foundation, Gwinnett Senior Golden Games, Collins Hill High School PTSA and North Gwinnett Arts Association.
In partnership with elementary and middle schools, the Gwinnett Braves have donated 40,000 ticket vouchers to reward students for their hard work and dedication, a program called Chopper's All-Stars. The goal is to promote the importance and value of education, and rewards students for academic achievement, good citizenship and other merits.
For more information on the organization's community outreach programs, contact the Community Relations and Media Relations departments at 678-277-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves games including, the "Atlanta Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars Game" on April 3, are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call 678-277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.