Wrap Up: Season-long charity donations

The ValleyCats 2011 season ended on a bittersweet note as they were swept in a doubleheader by the Lowell Spinners, leaving the ‘Cats with slim hopes for a playoff berth.

However, the ValleyCats set a single-season attendance record for the eighth straight season drawing 156,279 fans to “The Joe”, up from 155,315 in 2010.

Also, throughout the 2011 season, the ValleyCats partnered with numerous organizations for unique season-long promotions to help local charities.

Below is a recap of the donations made:

BlueShield K’s for Kids Program:

The Tri-City ValleyCats are proud to have teamed up with BlueShield of Northeastern New York to strike out bullying with the K’s for Kids program. For each strikeout ValleyCats pitchers have recorded at home, BlueShield donated 10 dollars to the Capital District YMCA to help fund the Y’s Reach Out For Youth Scholarship program, which provides access to Y programs and services for children in need in the Capital Region.

On the field during the last regular season home game,  BlueShield made a donation of $3,110 to the Capital District YMCA.

From left: Tri-City ValleyCats Mascot Southpaw; Jackie McDonough, VP of Financial Development, Capital District YMCA; Brian O'Grady, VP, BlueShield of Northeastern New York; Dave Brown, President/CEO, Capital District YMCA

Dunkin’ Donuts Double Plays:

Following the 2011 season, Dunkin’ Donuts donated 100 pounds of coffee to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The donation – the equivalent of more than 5,000 cups of coffee – was fueled by a season-long partnership between the reigning New York Penn League champions and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Dunkin’ Donuts pledged to donate one pound of coffee to the Regional Food Bank for every double play turned at home in 2011 by the ValleyCats. Led by a cast of infielders, the ValleyCats averaged nearly a double play per game while generating 30 pounds of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for the food bank during the regular season.

Dunkin’ Donuts and its Capital Region franchisees tripled the donation to bring the final total to 100 pounds of fresh brewed Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Ivo Garcia (front right) waves to the crowd as Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Samaniuk-Hayes (front left) holds up a pound of coffee after DunkinDonuts donated 100 pounds of coffee to the food bank at the Tri-City ValleyCats final regular season home game on Monday, August 29 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The donation was a culmination of the season-long “double plays for coffeeinitiative. DunkinDonuts pledged to donate one pound of coffee for every double play turned by the ValleyCats during a home game. ValleyCats General Manager Rick Murphy (back right) and food bank volunteer Jennifer Hinterberger-Taylor (back left) also took part in the donation ceremony.

JCB Pass the Plate Promotion:

In 2011, the Tri-City ValleyCats, JCB Specialties and the Regional Food Bank partnerned once again for the “Pass the Plate” promotion in which JCB Specialties would donate $20 for every run the ValleyCats scored at home during the season.

The ValleyCats scored 196 runs at home in 2011, and JCB Specialties donated a total of $3,920 to the Regional Food Bank.

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