California Masons Present $47,042 Donation to Angels NIKE RBI League, Surpassing $2MM Donated Since 2009
Donation Milestone Is One of Four Donations to MLB Community Foundations Across California, Totaling Over $286K Donated This Season Alone
California Masons Present $47,042 Donation to Angels NIKE RBI League
ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Building on six years of partnership, the Masons of California, in affiliation with the Angels NIKE RBI League, are proud to announce that they have raised $47,042 this season for youth development programs through their signature Masons4Mitts baseball mitt drive, marking a total of $2 million donated through MLB community foundations since Masons4Mitts was established in 2009. Since 2018, with this check, the Masons of California donations have provided over 9,000 mitts to boys and girls from underserved areas in Southern California through the Angels NIKE RBI League, and more than 100,000 mitts to players across the state.
Each year, Masons4Mitts teams up with the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres to purchase real, leather baseball mitts that are given, free of charge, to young ballplayers in junior leagues across California. Through youth baseball, Masons4Mitts and its partners provide children with a safe place to play while they develop key collaboration skills, learn about health and nutrition, build productive study habits and more.
In recognition of this important milestone, the Masons of California and the Angels NIKE RBI League hosted a special pregame celebration in advance of yesterday’s Angels-Rangers game. Following the pregame ceremony, the Masons of California presented a check to the Angels NIKE RBI League on the field. Among those in attendance at this special event were:
Randy Brill, Grand Master of the Masons of California
Art Salazar, Senior Grand Warden of the Masons of California
Robert Eagle Spirit, Deputy Grand Master, Prince Hall Masons of California
Mike Thibodeaux, Board Chairman, California Masonic Foundation
Doug Ismail, President, California Masonic Foundation
James Segerstrom and Jonathan Dilley, Captains of the North County Bees
Todd Rolph, Vice-President, Angels NIKE RBI League
Masons4Mitts is one of several ways the California Masons support youth education and development. Other philanthropic endeavors include: the Investment in Success scholarship program for high school seniors who demonstrate extraordinary potential despite difficult circumstances; their partnership with Raising A Reader to bring literacy programs to under-resourced elementary schools; and their partnership with the San Diego Padres through the Johnny Ritchey Scholarship program to support first-generation, underserved high school seniors.
About the Masons of California
Freemasonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization, guided by the enduring belief that everyone has the responsibility to make the world a better place. For 300 years, Freemasonry has enhanced and strengthened the character of its members by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, and the search for truth—within themselves and the larger world. Through Freemasonry, we make true friends, improve ourselves, and make a positive impact on our communities. The Masons of California have more than 40,000 members and more than 330 lodges located throughout the state. The California Masonic Foundation is committed to making a profound difference in our local community, and touches the lives of thousands of Californians each year. Learn more at freemason.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Since 2009, Masons4Mitts has been the signature public fundraising campaign of the Masons of California. Working with community fund partners at the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, and San Diego Padres, Masons4Mitts allows members of the fraternity to donate funds to purchase and deliver high-quality, leather baseball mitts to young ballplayers throughout the state—many of whom do not have access to such equipment otherwise. Through Masons4Mitts, young players are provided with a safe place to learn and play the game, develop collaboration skills, learn about health and nutrition, build productive study habits, and more. Masons4Mitts has raised more than $2 million for youth baseball programs since 2009 and is the largest single sponsor to many of its MLB partners’ community funds. Learn more at masons4mitts.org.
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