NEW BRITAIN – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and the New Britain Bees are teaming up in May to offer free baseball to people displaced by last fall’s devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico.
At the Bees game on Saturday, May 19, hundreds of displaced students and their families are invited to watch the game against the York Revolution for free. Further, the Bees have pledged to donate 50 percent of ticket sales for May’s “Community Caring Night” to the CFGNB’s Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund.
“This is a magnanimous gesture on the part of the Bees and their ownership group to make a tangible impact by assisting so many victims of Hurricane Maria both here and in Puerto Rico,” said CFGNB President David Obedzinski. “We can’t thank the Bees enough for their support of this important fund and look forward to a great turnout on May 19.”
Students from Puerto Rico who are enrolled in the school district after temporarily relocating here following the storm, along with members of their families, will have the opportunity to receive free admission and food/drink vouchers for the game. The Bees will work directly with the district to distribute tickets to families.
“Giving back to our community is a cornerstone of our philosophy,” said Bees’ owner Vic Picone. “We are privileged to have this unique opportunity not only to support this cause, but to treat those whose lives have been turned upside down by this storm to a great night of family fun at the ballpark.”
In addition to the students and families being treated to the game, the Community Foundation and Bees plan to salute corporate and community partners who have supported the fund in on-field ceremonies before and during the game. The Community Foundation will host an invitation-only pre-game picnic for major donors and community partners, and the Bees’ will host a pre-game autograph session for all fans.
The CFGNB and the American Savings Foundation, with leadership by State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, D-New Britain, Mayor Erin Stewart and Marlo Greponne of HRA of New Britain, collaborated in late September to establish the fund in the wake of the storm. The fund aims to serve as a central and local charitable hub for those in New Britain and surrounding communities who wish to support, through charitable donations, the more than 3.4 million Puerto Rican citizens ravaged by Hurricane Maria.
More than $42,000 has been raised thus far. Some 30 percent of the fund is being reserved specifically for local agencies and organizations helping displaced residents of Puerto Rico. The other 70 percent will go directly to Puerto Rico to assist with the rebuilding process on the island. The grant application process for local agencies opened in February.
To make the evening possible, the Bees are partnering with Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc., a world-wide leader in customized metals for the medical, industrial, electronics, automotive and aerospace industries among others, and Beacon Prescriptions of New Britain, New Britain’s premier pharmacy providing efficient, caring, professional, cost-efficient and high quality service.
Community of Caring Night will be at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at New Britain Stadium. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.nbbees.com , or by calling the Bees at 860-826-BEES (2337).
To make a donation in support of the fund, visit www.cfgnb.org/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-relief-fund .