Raffle winners of player-signed “42” jerseys take part in special Cardinals’ pre-game ceremony on May 29, 2015
ST. LOUIS, MO (June 2, 2015) — To mark the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier (April 15, 1947), the St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run and Anheuser-Busch teamed up for the eighth straight year to supportThe Jackie Robinson Foundation and Cardinals Care, raising $35,000 for the two foundations. This year’s donation brings the total philanthropic support from the St. Louis partners’ Jackie Robinson Day benefit raffle to $435,000. Each year during Jackie Robinson Day, the annual tribute to a pivotal moment in baseball and civil rights’ history, all Major League Baseball players and coaches wear Jackie Robinson’s iconic uniform number, “42.” Cardinals players autographed their game-worn jerseys, which were then raffled off through On the Run stores in the region. Proceeds from the raffle benefit local Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipients and Cardinals Care.
“We are grateful to the Cardinals, On the Run, and Anheuser-Busch for their generous support of the Foundation,” said Della Britton-Baeza, President and CEO of the Foundation. “It means a lot to us that, for the past eight years, funds raised by these partners on Jackie Robinson Day have helped us provide financial assistance, leadership and job training and critical mentorship for minority students in higher education.”
“Anheuser-Busch is thankful for our continued partnership with On the Run and the St. Louis Cardinals to support The Jackie Robinson Foundation and Cardinals Care,” said Julio Suárez, Senior Director of Community Affairs at Anheuser-Busch. “By working together, we honor the life of Jackie Robinson and invest in the education and development of tomorrow’s leaders.” The winners of the raffle were presented the jerseys in a special on-field ceremony prior to the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers game on May 29.
The raffle program was made possible by a partnership between Wallis Companies, the Regional Franchise Developer for On the Run, the St. Louis Cardinals, Anheuser-Busch and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson to perpetuate the memory of her husband, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), a public, non-profit organization, administers one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development programs for minority students. In addition to financial assistance, JRF offers a comprehensive set of support services including year-round mentoring, job placement, career guidance, leadership training and practical life skills. JRF’s celebrated four-year program results in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for African American college students. The 1,450 JRF alumni are proven leaders in their communities and across a broad range of professional fields — true ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy. Historically, JRF has provided over $65 million in grants and direct program support to students who have attended over 225 different colleges and universities across the country. The Foundation is engaged currently in building the Jackie Robinson Museum to inspire and to educate visitors of all generations about Jackie Robinson’s courageous achievements both on and off the field.
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About Cardinals Care
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 2015 marks the 12th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.