Detroit Tigers All-Star first basemen Miguel Cabrera hosted the 6th Annual Keeping Kids in the Game, presented by Lear Corporation, the Detroit Tigers Foundation's signature summer fund-raising event. The event featured exclusive ballpark and field access including self-guided tours of the home clubhouse, dugout photo station and private fireworks show. In addition, while guests and patrons enjoyed strolling dinner, drinks, auction and cigars in the Tiger Club, over 150 patients and family members from Children's Hospital of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital were invited to a special night under the stars in the Tiger Den at Comerica Park, enjoying a Radio Disney Show, clowns, family dinner and Ferris Wheel rides courtesy of the Detroit Tigers Foundation and Detroit Tigers players. Raising nearly $250,000 in 2014, proceeds from the event support children's health and youth baseball through the 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.View Photo Gallery »
The holidays are a special time for the Detroit Tigers family, and we enjoy sharing our holiday cheer with others. Each year, the Tigers and Delaware North Company - SportService treat a group of underprivileged children to a holiday feast at the Tiger Club and special evening of gifts and surprises.
This year, the Tigers hosted 50 children and teens from Black Family Development and the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange. Black Family Development serves families in need and the MARC supports children living in foster care, working to find permanent homes for foster children and teens.
After dinner at the Tiger Club, the families were surprised with a special trip to Fairlane Town Center, where each child received a gift card to be spent during a shopping spree! Families were paired with a member of the Detroit Tigers front office staff and a few lucky families had the opportunity to shop with Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter and his wife, Katrina, FSD Broadcaster Shannon Hogan, Broadcaster Rod Allen, Tigers pitching coach, Jeff Jones and his wife, Paula and Tigers mascot, PAWS.
Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, is proud to launch Kinsler's Kids during the 2014 season. Through the program, the Kinsler family invites 20 guests from local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of children to attend a Tigers baseball game. The Kinsler's Kids program provides families the opportunity to enjoy a special evening of Tigers baseball at Comerica Park. The special evening includes tickets to the Kinsler Family's luxury suite, Kinsler's Kids t-shirts, ballpark fare catering and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler.
The Kinsler's Kids program hosts children and families on select dates throughout the season. The children and families are selected from The Children's Center and Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello is helping Team Joseph raise money to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Rick has grown close with Marissa and Jeff Penrod, the founders of Team Joseph and their son, Joseph, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 5 years old. Duchenne is a degenerative muscle disease that mostly strikes boys ages 2 - 5 years old. While other boys are growing stronger and gaining independence, boys with Duchenne are losing muscle function and mobility. At this time there is no treatment and no cure that stops the progression of this disease. In fact, it is rare for an individual diagnosed with Duchenne to live past age 25.
Porcello supports Team Joseph throughout the year and raises money for Team Joseph through his Autographs for a Cause program.
In 2012, Team Joseph and Porcello launched "Strike Out Duchenne", an on-line donation program through Crowdrise.com for which Porcello matches incoming donations with high donors receiving autographed items and the opportunity to join Porcello in a check presentation to Team Joseph at Comerica Park. Porcello challenged Team Joseph supporters to raise $20,000 this year which he would match. The donation program was a success raising more than $44,000! Since its inception, the program has generated more than $85,000 to fight Duchenne.
For 33 years, Gleaners Food Bank has fed the hungry in southeast Michigan. With the growing number of children and families in need of food, the Detroit Tigers saw the need to help. This year's Thanksgiving Community Giving Program brought more than 30 volunteers from the Tigers front office. With the efforts of everyone involved, the Tigers Staff was able to package 60,513 pounds of food in 2,786 boxes that will be distributed to local charities for children and families in need. This was truly a great representation of enhancing lives!
Comerica Bank created the Grand Slam Grant in 2011 to help public high schools in Michigan create, expand or improve a baseball or softball program. Past winners of this grant include Kalamazoo Central High School, Lincoln High School, Detroit Renaissance High School, Cass Technical High School and Holland High Schools. The recipients of the 2014 Comerica Bank Grand Slam Grant included Robichaud High School and Mona Shores High School and each received $10,000 to support their baseball and softball programs. The high schools plan to use the funding towards renovations for their baseball and softball facilities which are also utilized by local youth ball clubs. Students from both schools' baseball and softball programs were honored in a special on-field pregame ceremony featuring Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis.
On April 24th, Phil Coke shared his message about anti-bullying among children to fellow panelists including Joe Torre at a hearing for the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in Detroit. Coke spoke about his own struggles of being bullied as a child and the importance of bullying prevention. The task force is part of the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative, which aims to prevent and reduce children's exposure to violence.
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 remembered the legend, the team honor all who have been touched by ALS, the disease that came to be named after the baseball great.
MLB and the Detroit Tigers are proud to partner with many ALS organizations for this initiative, including ALS Association, Michigan Chapter, ALS of Michigan, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Greater Detroit District (MDA), ALS TDI and Project ALS.
Representatives from the ALS Association Michigan Chapter, ALS of Michigan and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Greater Detroit District were recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park. The pregame ceremony also pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's momentous speech. On-field personnel wore a commemorative patch on their jerseys to recognize the anniversary.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, partnered with Channel 955 (WKQI-FM) and Mojo in the Morning's Time Team Detroit for a service project at Christ Child House in Detroit. Christ Child House provides care to boys who suffer from developmental, emotional and behavioral impairments as a result of abuse and neglect.
With Tigers mascot PAWS, over 50 volunteers helped refurbish the baseball field at the facility, refresh the grounds with new landscaping, flowers, paint and more. In addition to the service project, the Detroit Tigers Foundation donated youth baseball equipment including gloves, baseballs, bats, helmets and catcher's gear to Christ Child House along with tickets for the boys to enjoy a Tigers baseball game this season.