The crack of the bat is sorely missing from Arizona spring’s, but the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is bringing relief in another way. On March 23, the Foundation announced the donation of $550,000 to Arizona-based nonprofit organizations that will assist in helping those most vulnerable during the current national emergency.
“Over the past 10 days, we have watched the heroic efforts of so many Arizonans who are helping those in need—from medical professionals to local food banks and child-care operations that have opened their doors to those working long hours to keep our community running,” said Ken Kendrick, D-backs managing general partner, at the time of the donation. “We are so grateful to be a part of such a special place and to be in the position to give back at a time like this.”
One week after the March 23 announcement, the Foundation announced the donation of an additional $500,000 to immediately assist in helping those most vulnerable, bringing the franchise’s current total to more than $1 million.
“We are fortunate to not only be in a position to continue to give back, but to be in touch regularly with those in the medical field who can help distribute these funds in a meaningful way,” said Derrick Hall, D-backs president and CEO. “Whether it is personal protective equipment, critical resources to support health-care personnel or technology to provide virtual visits for those currently receiving care, we believe this money can make an immediate impact.”
The Foundation’s initial donation of $550,000 was spread among numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on emergency food supply and distribution as well as support for children of working health-care professionals. The second donation will address that growing need in addition to benefiting those in the medical/health-care fields.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and team will continue to monitor the situation in the event additional assistance can be made available if necessary.
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