Rapids and NNY Community Foundation Partnership Benefits Local Organizations
Watertown, NY - A partnership between the Watertown Rapids and the Northern New York Community Foundation (NNYCF) proved successful in raising money for local non-profits and groups. In addition to raising money, organizations had the ability to create awareness, promote their group, and have a great experience at Rapids games this summer.
A total of 12 different organizations participated in the first year of this initiative. These organizations included:
-Watertown - American Little League
-Sackets Harbor Chamber of Commerce & Sackets Harbor Central School
-Indian River Pop Warner Football & Cheer
-Habitat for Humanity
-Mental Health Association
-Jefferson Historical Society
-Volunteer Transportation Center
-Children’s Miracle Network
-Joel Davis Legacy Foundation
-Victims Assistance Center
-CASA - The Resolution Center of Jefferson & Lewis Counties
These groups had the opportunity to sell fundraising tickets for a scheduled Rapids game, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting their organization. Along with tickets, these groups sold 50/50 tickets at the game, as well as set up a booth near the main entrance of the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds to interact with fans.
Additional experiences for groups included throwing out the first pitch, joining the Rapids on field for high-fives and the National Anthem, participating in on-field contests, and singing the National Anthem. The Rapids and Joel Davis Legacy Foundation also partnered in selling Rapids First Responder T-shirts with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Legacy Foundation.
“It was a pleasure working with all these amazing groups this season” Rapids General Manager Brandon Noble said. “We were able to extend our community outreach even further and offer an exciting experience at our games along with fundraising.”
The NNYCF are now two-year supporters of the Rapids and were excited to partner for this new program in 2019. “We have chosen to be charter supporters of community baseball through the Watertown Rapids recognizing the unique way the experience embodies civic pride and participation. We value opportunities to bring together various segments of our region and provide quality time for families, friends and neighbors” said Rande Richardson, Executive Director of the NNYCF. “This season allowed the Northern New York Community Foundation to grow its partnership with the Rapids to a new level by connecting community baseball with community organizations. Our collaboration created a more structured way for nonprofit organizations and community groups to be part of the Rapids experience while also increasing awareness of their work and mission.”
The Rapids look forward to building this program going into the 2020 season and always strive to make an impact in the community. If your group or organization is interested in learning more about the Northern New York Community Foundation & Watertown Rapids fundraising program, please reach out to Brandon Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rapids are currently seeking host families for the 2020 season. Please follow the link for more information, https://www.watertown-rapids.com/host-family.