SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – The Bradenton Marauders are partnering with Goodwill Manasota and Miller High Life to honor veterans during the June 11 Marauders vs. Tampa Yankees game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton (1611 9th Street W.). Gates open at 5:30pm; the first pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm.
The night will feature a pre-game parachute demonstration by the Para-Commandos, and a mass swear-in of new recruits by the United States Army. Festivities during the game will include special honors and attention for area veterans. Numerous local organizations that serve veterans have been invited to have booths during the game, to share information about their work to assist this country’s returning heroes. Approximately 80 veterans and family members served through Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program will be invited to enjoy special treatment in the LaPensee Plumbing, Pools & Air Deck area of the grounds.
Additionally, the Marauders will release its inaugural Military Heroes baseball card set – these will be given away to the first 1,000 fans in attendance at this game. Earlier this year, the Marauders solicited nominations from the community for active military, retired military and those who served but have since passed away, representing each branch of the military. Twenty submissions were selected for the 2016 card set including three Goodwill Ambassadors, all of whom are veterans of the Army: Florida State Representative Greg Steube, Linda Gould and Benjamin Knisely.
“Last year our Veterans Services Program helped more than 350 veterans to reintegrate back into their families, communities and jobs. Veterans who are returning home from deployment face many challenges and we are committed to helping however we can,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “We thank the Bradenton Marauders for helping to provide a day at the ballpark for our returning servicemen and women.”
Since its inception three years ago, Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program has served 1,266 veterans, connecting them with necessary social services, providing free employment services, offering emotional and physical support, emergency financial assistance, holiday meals and gifts for veterans and their families, free yoga classes, and entertainment options that program participants might not otherwise have been able to enjoy.
“We are thrilled to partner with Goodwill Manasota to raise awareness of the organization’s work with veterans through the ticket give-away and special day at McKechnie Field on June 11,” said Marauders general manager, Rachelle Madrigal. “The Marauders are grateful to be a part of such a philanthropic and caring community and feel privileged to show our support through programs like this.”
Tickets, which are $6-$10, may be purchased in person at the Box Office at McKechnie Field, are available online through the Marauders’ website, or by calling (877) 893-2827.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.