During the 2014 season, the Tigers Wives will be participating in many volunteer ventures along with their usual charitable contributions. The Tigers Wives hope to reinforce the team's commitment to the greater Detroit community and encourage Tigers fans to step up to the plate and volunteer in their community.
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On 4th of July weekend, the Tigers Wives partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch charities, to raise money to support youth baseball and a special event the Tigers Wives are hosting at The Children's Center in Detroit. The Tigers Wives sold "grab bags" of autographed photos or baseballs - some grab bags had a special surprise, like 18 tickets to Torii Hunter's luxury suite at Comerica Park! Throughout the holiday weekend, the Mystery Grab Bag Sale raised more than $16,000 for the Detroit Tigers Foundation!
The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Trucks make various stops throughout the city of Detroit, in the areas that demonstrate the most need. At each stop, the trucks provide food to the hungry and homeless. The Truck runs every day to serve those in need in Detroit. 12 Tigers Wives joined Salvation Army staff to prepare and serve meals from the Bed & Bread Trucks as they toured the city on their daily routes.
The Detroit Wine Organization and Team Joseph presented "In Vino Speranza," a charity wine tasting event at Lingenfelter Car Collection in Brighton. Featuring more than 150 unique cars, it is one of the largest private car collections in the nation.
Proceeds from the event benefitted Team Joseph, a charitable organization whose mission is to fund cutting edge research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello has been an advocate for Team Joseph since meeting Joseph Penrod in 2011.
Given the Tigers game schedule, Porcello is not able to participate in the event. However, he was excited to have the support of many Tigers Wives, who also had a chance to meet and chat with the organization's adorable namesake, Joseph!
The Greening of Detroit has served as a leader of neighborhood green space development for over two decades, creating sustainable, clean and green environments in Detroit's neighborhoods to benefit those who live, work, and have businesses in Detroit. The Green of Detroit inspires sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, food, education, training, and job opportunities.
While Detroit was originally designed with tree-lined streets, the city has lost almost 500,000 trees on public and private property since the 1950s. The restoration of a tree canopy along Detroit's streets and in parks, school yards and open spaces is the key objective of The Greening of Detroit. The organization works to achieve this goal through the combined efforts of the City of Detroit and community members.
The Tigers Wives joined The Greening of Detroit for a morning of planting trees on the east side of Detroit.
The Tigers Wives along with the Detroit Tigers front office staff and family and friends created a walking/running team to participate in the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure 5K walk/run at Chene Park to raise awareness and funds to support the Komen Detroit. After participating in the walk/run, the Tigers Wives and the Detroit Tigers Race for the Cure Team presented the Tigers Wives "Rookie of the Year Award" to the largest new team at the Race for the Cure. The winning team received complimentary tickets to an upcoming Tigers game!
The Tigers Wives (and a few dauguters!) joined Channel 955's Time Team Detroit and Shannon from the Mojo in the Morning show to spend the morning volunteering with the Miracle League of Michigan. The Miracle League is an organized youth baseball league serving children with physical and cognitive challenges. To ensure success for each of its players, the Miracle League uses the "buddy" system - pairing each player with an able bodied friend to assist them on and off the field during a two inning game. Tigers Wives and other volunteers serve as "buddies" for the Miracle League, helping each child enjoy their experience on the ball field. Smiles could be seen on each child's face as they all crossed home plate that morning!
Tigers Wives volunteered at the Kovan Golf Outing to benefit Variety, the Children's Charity. The funds raised at the golf outing support Variety's many programs to simply help children, no matter the need. Tigers Wives were found on the green and at the luncheon, selling raffle tickets for a variety of prizes.
The Tigers Wives partnered with The Salvation Army to help make a difference in the community. In May, the Tigers Wives joined volunteers on The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Truck to help distribute food at various stops throughout the city of Detroit. Christy Downs, wife of Tigers pitcher Darin Downs, Carrie Kelly, wife of Tigers outfielder Don Kelly, Erica May, fiancé of Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, and Molly Peralta, wife of Tigers infielder Jhonny Peralta assisted The Salvation Army in their efforts to serve over 5,000 meals a day for the hungry and homeless in the community.
Later in the season, Katrina Hunter, wife of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, Carrie Kelly, Abi Tuiasosopo, wife of Tigers outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo and Jonna Williams, girlfriend of Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson, attended a summer party at the Salvation Army's Denby Center for Children and Families. The Tigers Wives played games with the children and met with residents before having the opportunity to meet Spongebob Squarepants and Tigers mascot PAWS.
Each year, the Tigers Wives and FOX Sports Detroit host the Annual "Favorite Things" Broadcast Auction to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The auction features unique items hand-selected by Tigers Wives including memorabilia and items that reflect their famous husbands' favorite things such as gift cards to their favorite stores or restaurants, CDs, DVDs and favorite snacks. The auction also includes items to reflect the favorite things of the FOX Sports Detroit personalities and Tigers mascot PAWS. Along with bids, the first 50 individuals to call into the auction hotline and donate $50 or more were given a Tigers and FOX Sports Detroit Autograph prize pack to thank them for their support. Overall the 2013 auction raised over $12,000 for the Detroit Tigers Foundation.