MIAMI MARLINS TO DONATE OVER 1,000 THANKSGIVING MEALS TO FAMILIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA

WHAT: The Marlins will host a celebratory Thanksgiving Meal Distribution at Marlins Park.The Miami Marlins will be donating over 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout South Florida. Event sponsors include Farm Share, Goya, Badia, and Pepsi. Receiving families were chosen by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Abriendo Puertas, Sagrada Familia, Curley’s House of Style, and Marlins Ayudan Partner Schools. Each family will be receiving a turkey, fixings and desserts for their Thanksgiving meal. The families were chosen based on financial need.

 WHO: Miami Marlins, Marlins Foundation, Farm Share, Goya, Badia, Pepsi, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Abriendo Puertas, Sagrada Familia, Curley’s House of Style, and Marlins Ayudan Partner Schools.

 WHEN:  Friday, November 16, 2012

 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.

 WHERE: Marlins Park

West Plaza

501 Marlins Way

Miami, FL 33125

MARLINS AYUDAN TOGETHER WITH SHARON ROBINSON, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE JACKIE ROBINSON, TO LEAD ‘DAY OF SERVICE AND PHILANTHROPY’ AT MIAMI EDISON MIDDLE SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, OCT. 18

Miami Marlins inaugural season highlighted by $1.2 MILLION in Philanthropic giving

 

Miami, FL – The Miami Marlins’ first year at Marlins Park is underlined by a strong commitment to corporate and social responsibility in South Florida. In 2012, the Marlins have donated over $1.2 MILLION in philanthropy and over 5,000 community service hours.  On Thursday, October 18, from 8 A.M. TO 2 P.M., the Marlins will donate yet another lump sum of $80,000 to education-related initiatives. The big checks will be presented during the ‘Marlins Day of Service and Philanthropy’ at Miami Edison Middle School (6101 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127) where Marlins Executives and nearly 200 Marlins front-office staff,  together with Sharon Robinson, daughter of the late Jackie Robinson (first African-American to play in Major League Baseball) representatives of Miami Dade County Public Schools, City Year Miami and Teach for America will come together to give the school a total make-over, donate books and spend time reading with the students. Miami Edison Middle School serves a disadvantaged student body with 96% receiving a free/reduced lunch. Media is advised to arrive no later than 10 A.M. for the check presentations.

 

Media is welcome to cover. A detailed schedule of events is noted below.

 

Schedule of Events for October 18th, 2012 at Miami Edison Middle School

 

8:00AM               Marlins Staff Departs Marlins Park

8:30AM               Marlins Staff Arrives at Miami Edison Middle School to Greet Students Upon Arrival

9:10AM               Marlins Ayudan Staff in Classrooms…Morning Announcements

9:20AM               One on One Reading

10:15AM             Marlins Education Fund Check Presentations (Courtyard)

10:30AM             Refurbishment, Beautification, Painting and Field Day Activities (all over campus)

12:30PM             Marlins Ayudan Staff Lunch (Media Center)

1:00PM               Marlins Ayudan Staff Assembly – Final Rollout of MASPP (auditorium)

2:00PM               Marlins Ayudan Staff Departs school

LOGAN MORRISON NAMED MARLINS NOMINEE FOR THE 2012 ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD PRESENTED BY CHEVROLET

Beginning today, Fans Can Vote for the National Award Recipient on MLB.com/ClementeAward and Register for a Chance to Win a Trip to the 2012 World Series

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Logan Morrison was named the Miami Marlins 2012 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Today marks the eleventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Logan Morrison is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The Award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. 

Logan Morrison gives his time to support the Marlins Foundation (MF) with fundraising efforts as well as fulfilling the mission of the Club and Foundation.  The mission of the Marlins Foundation is to promote educational, athletic, health, social and community service programs with a particular focus on South Florida.  Since Logan’s MLB debut with the Club in 2010, he has played in the annual Marlins Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament, attended The Annual Awards Dinner, The Fish ‘N Chips Casino Party, as well as the Marlins Fantasy Auction.  Logan also actively participates in the Club’s annual Caravan week, spending time at local events throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.  He participated in events during Caravan for the Community this past February, which raised $100,000 for the Marlins Foundation. Logan also raises money for the American Lung Association and to date he has raised over $300,000. These funds were generated primarily thorough the Lomo’s Camp for a Cure, which is a two-day baseball camp he hosts prior to Spring Training, as well as a texting campaign he promotes via twitter.

He participates in Marlins@School Week where he visits a classroom every year. This year he took part in a Family Feud event at Miami Central High School as part of his visit. Logan is a tremendous supporter of Military Mondays/Soldier for a Day and invites the honored service men and women to meet and greet activities pregame, even catching a first pitch occasionally. Logan is very active in not only raising money for cancer awareness but also participates in the MLB Honorary Bat Girl program, hosting the winner during batting practice and introducing the honoree to other Marlins players, culminating in catching the first pitch. He is also a team representative for the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Keep Dad in the Game Home Run Challenge.  LoMo’s MVP’s is a program that he started in partnership with a young boy (Connor Goodman) who unexpectedly lost his father to a heart attack. After spending time with Logan, Connor suggested to him that they start a program for kids who have lost a parent, and Logan thought it was a great idea.  Once per month, he invites a family out that has recently lost a parent and Logan spends time with them prior to the game.  Logan will spend time with the kids playing catch, talking about some of the difficulties of losing a parent, and spending quality time together. The families then share dinner with Connor and his mom, Debbie.

In another attempt to help the youth of South Florida deal with difficult challenges, Logan led the charge in the clubhouse to participate in the Bald, Brave, Beautiful Project. While hosting children from the Miami Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, Logan invited his teammates, front office, and fans to come out to Marlins Park and shave their heads in support of these young children who are going through chemotherapy.  Over 70 staff and players shaved their heads, while an additional 150 fans joined the effort.

     “I want to thank the Marlins for nominating me for such a prestigious award.  Although the efforts are still ongoing, we feel that we have made great strides in the fight against lung cancer.  None of the strides could have been possible without the help and support of my teammates and my family,” said Logan Morrison. “I want to give a special thank you to my mom, Diane Morrison, who is my strength when I am weak.  Last but not least to the man who I feel is always in the stands watching, Tom Morrison, my father.  Thank you for always pushing me, teaching me to always want more for myself, teaching me how to achieve my goals, and teaching me the golden rule.  I love you and rest in peace.”

 

The distinguished list of past national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971 Willie Mays+ 1982 Ken Singleton 1993 Barry Larkin+ 2004 Edgar Martinez
1972 Brooks Robinson+ 1983 Cecil Cooper  1994 Dave Winfield+ 2005 John Smoltz
1973 Al Kaline+ 1984 Ron Guidry 1995 Ozzie Smith+ 2006 Carlos Delgado
1974 Willie Stargell+ 1985 Don Baylor 1996 Kirby Puckett+ 2007 Craig Biggio
1975 Lou Brock+ 1986 Garry Maddox 1997 Eric Davis 2008 Albert Pujols
1976 Pete Rose 1987 Rick Sutcliffe 1998 Sammy Sosa 2009 Derek Jeter
1977 Rod Carew+ 1988 Dale Murphy 1999 Tony Gwynn+ 2010 Tim Wakefield
1978 Greg Luzinski 1989 Gary Carter+ 2000 Al Leiter 2011 David Ortiz
1979 Andre Thornton 1990 Dave Stewart 2001 Curt Schilling    
1980 Phil Niekro+ 1991 Harold Reynolds 2002 Jim Thome    
1981 Steve Garvey 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr.+ 2003 Jamie Moyer    

 

+ Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Beginning today, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting MLB.com/ClementeAward to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 14th, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.

All Clubs playing at home today will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while each visiting Club will honor their nominees before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards.

 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DAY

Nickelodeon is teaming up with the Miami Marlins to bring the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Marlins Park on September 2 when the Marlins take on the New York Mets. The promotions will support Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG-animated series set to premiere on September 29 at 11 a.m. on Nickelodeon.

It will be fun for the entire family when Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo take over Marlins Park with special events, photo-ops, giveaways, and more.  The schedule for the day includes:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet-and-greet fans on West Plaza and   distribute kids giveaways
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles participate in Snapshot Sunday photo-op with fans on Promenade Level
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the field to throw the first pitch
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hangout with Billy The Marlin for the t-shirt toss and an on-field skit
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take on the four Marlins Sea Creatures in the Great Sea Race
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cheer on the kids as they round the bases for the post-game Diamond Dash

Nickelodeon and the Marlins are offering a $25 special, including a ticket to the game and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt, the proceeds of which will go to the Wounded Warriors Foundation. The TMNT special is available at www.marlins.com/tmnt. A two-night stay package at Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando Florida will be awarded to a military family at the game on behalf of Nickelodeon and the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

 

ADOPT O MANIA

1st ever Miami Marlins Adopt-O-Mania event, hosted by the Miami Marlins, Marlins Ayudan Team: The Voice led by Claude Delorme, and Miami-Dade Animal Services on Sunday, September 2nd 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMat theWest Plaza @ Marlins Park. Raising animal awareness in the local community by providing free Spay/Neutering, free pet adoptions, and $25 on-site vaccinations

The Marlins Ayudan Team: The Voice led by Claude Delorme will be donating $1000 check presentation during the event.

*For more information, please visit:

www.marlins.com/animals

*Animals will NOT be allowed inside the ballpark

JACOB BRAFMAN TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH ON SEPTEMBER 1

Jacob Brafman, 10-year-old boy from Parkland, will throw out the first pitch. Jacob had a tumor removed from his spine and had two major surgeries. Ten months after his second surgery, he is now able to walk. Jacob will be accompanied by his mother and father.

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN ATTEND GAME ON AUGUST 28

Special needs children and their families will have the opportunity to attend a Miami Marlins game. For many of them it will be the first time they step foot in a sports venue.  Through the Ballpark Buddies program, the Miami Marlins have graciously provided 50 complementary tickets for children, parents, siblings, physicians and medical staff to experience a Marlins baseball game.

MARLINS AYUDAN TAKES OVER SOUTH FLORIDA THIS SUMMER

Marlins will engage in dozens of community events throughout South Florida, August events noted below

The Miami Marlins are teaming up with dozens of South Florida organizations through the Marlins Ayudan program. The Marlins’ aim is to impact the South Florida community and cause a positive ripple effect.   

Marlins Ayudan is a community inspired and innovative front office volunteer program meant to enhance the team’s presence in South Florida while giving employees an opportunity to give back to their communities. Every month, Marlins players, executives and front office staff put on their Ayudante (helper) hat, and engage in hands-on community improvement events. The program has been active since 2010 with tremendous success and has engaged in hundreds of charitable endeavors since its inception.

On Tuesday, August 21st, Claude Delorme’s group will be making a visit to Shake-A-Leg Miami. The two groups will enjoy a day on the water and take part in either a sailing, boating or kayaking adventure. The teams will also spend some time at Shake-A-Leg’s eco-island. The event will take place from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Shake-A-Leg Miami – 2620 South Bayshore Drive  Miami, FL 33133.

Also on Wednesday, August 22nd, Marlins Ayudan team “Designated Helpers” led by VP of Ballpark Operations Steve Eithier will be making a visit to Shake-A-Leg Miami. Joining the Ayudan team will be a group from the VA Hospital. The two groups will  enjoy a day on the water and take part in either a sailing, boating or kayaking adventure. The teams will also spend some time at Shake-A-Leg’s eco-island. The event will take place from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Shake-A-Leg Miami – 2620 South Bayshore Drive  Miami, FL 33133.

On Monday, August 27th, Marlins Ayudan team “Pulse” led by SVP of Marketing and Special Events Sean Flynn will be making a visit to Shake-A-Leg Miami. The two groups will  enjoy a day on the water and take part in either a sailing, boating or kayaking adventure. The teams will also spend some time at Shake-A-Leg’s eco-island. The event will take place from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Shake-A-Leg Miami – 2620 South Bayshore Drive  Miami, FL 33133.

On Tuesday, August 28th, Marlins Ayudan team “Kings of Green” led by VP of Facilities Jeff King will be making a visit to Shake-A-Leg Miami. The two groups will  enjoy a day on the water and take part in either a sailing, boating or kayaking adventure. The teams will also spend some time at Shake-A-Leg’s eco-island. The event will take place from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Shake-A-Leg Miami – 2620 South Bayshore Drive  Miami, FL 33133.

 

KIWANIS OF LITTLE HAVANA FOUNDATION AND THE MIAMI MARLINS ANNOUNCE ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ PROGRAM

Thousands of School Supplies will be distributed to Elementary School Students

 Project kick off:  THURSDAY, August 16 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Marlins Ballpark

The Back to School Caravan that begins the first day of the new school year will distribute thousands of school supplies to low income students giving them a boost from the very start.   Each student will receive a backpack containing 4 pencils, 4 notebooks, 3 folders, safety scissors, glue stick, crayons, ruler, color markers, composition book and filler paper.

The effort will be launched on THURSDAY, August 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. from Marlins Ballpark (501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL, West Plaza), where children from the Little Havana area, San Juan Bosco Learning Center and the Institute for Child & Family Health will receive backpacks replete with school supplies.   

The following is the schedule of the Back to School Caravan where Kiwanis together with the Marlins team, Billy the Marlin, students and teachers will be present:

Monday, August 20 – 9:30 AM

Citrus Grove Elementary – 2121 N.W. 5 Street

Tuesday, August 21

9:00 AM – Comstock Elementary – 2420 N.W. 18 Avenue

11:00 AM – Auburndale Elementary (special children) – 3255 S.W. 6 Street

1:00 PM – Orchard Villa Elementary – 5720 N.W. 13 Avenue

Wednesday, August 22

9:00 AM – Thena Crowder – 757 N.W. 66 Street

10:00 AM – St. Mary’s Cathedral – 7485 N.W. 2 Avenue

11:30 AM – Olinda Elementary – 5536 N.W. 21 Avenue

Since 1991, the Kiwanis of Little Havana has been distributing school supplies to students.  “the Back to School program is a main project of our organization and we remain steadfast to the mission of nurturing future leaders and productive citizens through education; leading the way to a brighter tomorrow” states Eugenio Hernandez, Chairman of the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. 

“We enjoy welcoming the students to the new school year making sure they attend school well prepared and motivated to learn” adds Henry Jimenez, President of the club. 

“The Marlins are proud to continue this special Back to School tradition,” said Alfredo Mesa, Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation. “This is a special tradition that will continue to grow at Marlins Park.”

 

About the Kiwanis of Little Havana:

The Kiwanis of Little Havana and the Foundation is a 501 c 3 organization conducting projects and programs that greatly impact the youth of South Florida; programs that are educational, athletic and recreational in nature and begin at infancy and through college graduation.

 About the Marlins Community Foundation:

 The Marlins Foundation supports the charity partners of the Miami Marlins through philanthropy and service. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of our youth through education, the arts and baseball, with a special focus on children with special needs. The funds raised by the Foundation provide unique experiences for kids in our schools, parks and on the water. The Foundation community partnerships and outreach efforts demonstrate the Marlins’ leadership in corporate responsibility and civic engagement.

MIAMI MARLINS FOUNDATION INVITES MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE SUMMER PROGRAM STUDENTS TO EXPERIENCE SPECIAL ON FIELD TOUCH TOUR AT MARLINS BALLPARK

On Wednesday, August 15th Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired summer program students, ages 13 to 18, will have the opportunity to take part in an exciting hands-on tour of Marlins Ballpark and learn about the traditions of America’s national pastime. With the help of Marlins Foundation staff, Miami Lighthouse summer camp students will be using other senses like touch and smell to learn about the new Ballpark located just blocks from the Miami Lighthouse facility. After the tour summer program students will be able to experience the sounds and smells of the Ballpark as the Miami Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

 The students will be exposed to a multisensory experience by having a special touch tour on the Marlins Ballpark field and dugout. Every student, whether blind or visually impaired, will be able to see the new Ballpark through physical interaction.  Thirty Miami Lighthouse students will experience this Ballpark tour that will be not only educational, but it will also reinforce Miami Lighthouse’s teachings—it’s possible to see without sight™. Media is invited to observe as these inquisitive students experience baseball at Marlins Ballpark. 

 WHEN:          Wednesday, August 15, 2012

                        10:00 a.m. – Arrival & Welcome

                        10:15 a.m. – Hands-on tour of Marlins Ballpark

                        12:40 a.m. – Game time

 Media is advised to arrive by 9:45 a.m.

 WHERE:        Marlins Ballpark 

                             501 Marlins Way

                             Miami FL  33125

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