In August, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hosted the 8th annual Keeping Kids in the Game presented by Lear Corporation, the Detroit Tigers Foundation's signature fundraising event to support children's health and youth baseball. The event benefitted Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and the Miguel Cabrera Foundation, a charity established by Rosangel and Miguel Cabrera. During the sold out event, guests had exclusive ballpark and field access including self-guided tours of the home clubhouse, a dugout photo station and a private fireworks show. Guests also enjoyed live entertainment, extraordinary auction items, a strolling dinner, drinks, and cigars.
As a result, over $250,000 was raised to support children's health and youth baseball!
Additionally, over 200 patients and family members from Children's Hospital of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital enjoyed a special night at Comerica Park that included meeting and greeting Tigers players. The patients and their families enjoyed dinner at the Brushfire Grill and the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel before touring the home clubhouse and visiting the field!
The Detroit Tigers Foundation thanks the following partners for supporting this annual event:
Each holiday season the Detroit Tigers host their Annual Holiday Giving Party to create memorable holiday experiences for 50 local youth. Tigers' personalities including former Pitching Coach Jeff Jones, FOX Sports Detroit Broadcaster Rod Allen and Tigers Broadcaster Dan Dickerson joined in on the fun with teenagers from local organizations who were treated to a holiday dinner and a surprise shopping spree at Oakland Mall.
Through the generosity of Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez and his wife Ana, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, is proud to continue Sanchez's Little Smiles. Through the program, the Sanchez family invites 19 guests to attend a Tigers game throughout the season. The evening includes tickets for the Sanchez family suite, Sanchez's Little Smiles t-shirts, ballpark fare catering, an autographed photo of Anibal, and the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field.
Participating families were selected in partnership with local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of families faced with the challenges of caring for children with health concerns and other adversities. The charity partners include Children's Hospital of Michigan, Variety - the Children's Charity, COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) and the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.
Major League Baseball and the Tigers partnered with Komen Race for the Cure to go to bat against breast cancer. The goal of this campaign was to increase breast cancer awareness and promote early detection while also raising funds to support research.
The Tigers donated 1,500 tickets to breast cancer survivors, volunteers and their families from the Detroit Race for the Cure and the Karmanos Cancer Institute to attend the game when the Tigers took on the Texas Rangers. Nearly 500 breast cancer survivors were invited on the field and recognized prior to the National Anthem.
The Tigers also hosted the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl, Penny Russell from New Boston, MI, as selected through an online contest at tigers.com to recognize inspirational MLB fans that have been affected by breast cancer. Penny was honored with a first pitch, assisted by Tigers pitcher Kyle Ryan.
Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, is proud to continue Kinsler's Kids. Through the program, the Kinsler family hosts 60 guests in partnership with The Birthday Party Project who brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. The special evening includes Kinsler's Kids t-shirts, ballpark fare catering, face paint and cupcakes in a luxury party suite.
In July, Tigers infielder Jose Iglesias joined Belle Tire to surprise the Lincoln Park Rails youth baseball team at their practice in Detroit. Iglesias joined coaches to reinforce the understanding of the fundamental skills of the game including position work and conditioning.
Later that day, the Tigers hosted the Lincoln Park Rails at Comerica Park. The Tigers provided complimentary tickets, along with the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and meet Tigers players and coaches.
This past year the Detroit Tigers front office staff continued their volunteering to help feed others during the Thanksgiving season. Past volunteering partnerships have included Forgotten Harvest, Gleaner's food Bank, and Focus Hope. Through these organizations Tigers staff have been able to help thousands of children, families, and senior citizens annually throughout the Metro Detroit area by helping to ease food insecurity.
The Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball have partnered with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) organizations nationwide to raise awareness about the disease. The initiative remembers the great Lou Gehrig who inspired so many with his outstanding on-field achievements and unparalleled strength of body, mind and character. As Baseball remembers the legend, the team honors all who have been touched by ALS, the disease that came to be named after the baseball great.v
MLB and the Detroit Tigers partnered with ALS Association- Michigan Chapter, ALS of Michigan, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Greater Detroit District (MDA), ALS TDI and Project ALS for this initiative. Representatives from these organizations were recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park.
To recognize April as Autism Awareness Month, the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball partnered with Jack's Place for Autism, a foundation started by Tigers broadcaster Jim Price and his wife Lisa. Jack's Place for Autism was recognized during a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park, in an effort to help raise awareness of individuals impacted by autism spectrum disorder. The pregame ceremony included Tigers catcher James McCann, Jim and Lisa Price, and representatives from Jack's Place for Autism.
In partnership with Major League Baseball and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the Detroit Tigers brought attention to the prevention of skin cancer through MLB's Play Sun Smart Campaign. The Tigers held a pregame ceremony featuring Tigers Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand, a skin cancer survivor, and Dr. Laurie Kohen of the American Academy of Dermatology to celebrate the partnership with MLB and encourage fans to practice sun safe behavior. Additionally, AAD Representatives shared information about sun-safe behavior at an awareness table on the concourse.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of llitch Charities, awarded a $40,000 grant to the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at the former Lipke Recreation Center to help renovate a baseball field named after Judge Damon J. Keith, a childhood mentor of 1968 World Series Champion, Willie Horton. The Tigers Foundation grant, in addition to money awarded by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), helped renovate the playing surface, drainage, irrigation, backstop, dugouts and fencing, and provided maintenance equipment. In attendance for the field dedication ceremony were the Honorable Judge Keith, Willie Horton, Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation Jordan Field, S.A.Y. Detroit Play Founder Mitch Albom, VP of Corporate Communications of Ilitch Holdings Doug Kuiper, and City of Detroit Group Executive-Neighborhoods Charles Beckham.
Earlier this season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities and official charity of the Detroit Tigers, made its largest single gift in the history of 11 years of operation. The grant will support PAL's new multi-sports youth complex and headquarters at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. The gift of $300,000 to Detroit PAL was presented during an on-field, pre-game ceremony to support PAL's Kids at the Corner Campaign, by Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings & Charman of Ilitch Charities Christopher Ilitch, to President and CEO of Detroit PAL Tim Richey, and Detroit PAL Youth of the Year Arianna McMiller.