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Baseball Charity Offers $10,000 To A Local Non-Profit

Minor League Baseball

A national charitable group is making a $10,000 donation to a local non-profit and you get to help decide which one gets the windfall. 

Minor League Charities, a national cooperative effort of all minor league baseball teams across the country, is donating the money through the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.  Jonathon Griffith, Executive Vice President of the team said they decided to leave the choice of which non-profit gets the finds to the team's fans.

Griffith said Minor League Charities responded quickly to the situation to April's flooods, calling the team the night the storms hits the area. First, they wanted to make sure the team's players and employees were alright. Later, they decided to make the contribution to a local non-profit that is helping in flood relief.

The Blue Wahoos have seven more home games in the month of June beginning on the 19th.  During those games fans will be asked to vote on which non-profit they feel deserve the funds. There will not be a list of non-profits, instead you can write in any charity of your choice. Jonathon Griffith says this was done so they wouldn't leave any choices out making all non-profits eligible for the funds. The votes will be taken at the fan assistance booth located behind the home plate area of the ballpark. The winning non-profit will be awarded the $10,000 during the Blue Wahoos game on the Fourth of July.

This isn't the first time this year that Minor League Charities has donated to a community in the Southern League. They recently helped out in Jackson, Mississippi when bad weather hit close to Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves.

Bob Barrett has been a radio broadcaster since the mid 1970s and has worked at stations from northern New York to south Florida and, oddly, has been able to make a living that way. He began work in public radio in 2001. Over the years he has produced nationally syndicated programs such as The Environment Show and The Health Show for Northeast Public Radio's National Productions.