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August 3, 2012

Contact: Shaun Rachau, City of Goodyear
Office: 623-882-7059 or

Indians & Reds Donate Spring Training Charity-Game Revenue Of $30,732 To Arizona In Action & Homeless Youth Connection Charities
Goodyear Ballpark Charity Game Donation
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The City of Goodyear announced today that the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds presented checks for $15,366 each to Goodyear-based charities Arizona In ACTION and Homeless Youth Connection from funds collected at the teams’ Spring Training exhibition charity game that occurred on March 5, 2012 at Goodyear Ballpark.

The checks totaling $30,732 were presented to Arizona In ACTION’s Executive Director Jen Barber and Homeless Youth Connection’s Chairman & Founder Larry Cervarich this morning at Goodyear Ballpark. The collective funds were raised from concession, merchandise, parking and ticket revenue at the March 5 game.

“The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds continue to be great community partners through their local charitable efforts,” said Nathan Torres, Goodyear’s Interim Parks & Recreation Director and General Manager of Goodyear Ballpark. “This is one small example of how both organizations continue to support many programs within our community.”

Arizona In ACTION promotes, educates and motivates people of all ages in the West Valley to live healthier lifestyles by collaborating with local schools, businesses, government and citizens.

“The Cincinnati Reds are committed to working with our local community,” said Mike Saverino, Arizona Operations Manager for the Reds. “We are proud to support, and associate with, such outstanding organizations as Arizona In ACTION and Homeless Youth Connection, both of which provide such valuable services to help improve lives locally and across the West Valley. We are pleased to partner with the Cleveland Indians and City of Goodyear in the charity game each year.”

Homeless Youth Connection was founded to bring awareness to the community about the growing number of homeless teens. During each school year, Homeless Youth Connection is able to assist more than 350 students with school supplies, clothing, food vouchers and hygiene items while also placing some of them in homes.

“The Cleveland Indians are proud to support an organization such as Homeless Youth Connection that is making a difference here in the local community and built upon guiding principles of integrity, excellence and commitment to improving the quality of life for homeless youth in the West Valley,” said Ryan Lantz, Arizona Operations Manager for the Indians.

After a competitive Cactus League schedule this past spring at Goodyear Ballpark, the Reds and Indians are both in the middle of Major League Baseball’s pennant stretch during the final two months of the season. The Reds have the best record in MLB with a 64-41 mark and the Indians are 6.5 games out of the American League Wild Card.  


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