ORIOLES HOST ADDITIONAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY
The Orioles and OriolesREACH conducted a three-day, four-city caravan around Maryland that included appearances by Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette, Manager Buck Showalter and several Orioles players. On January 16, Orioles pitchers Steve Johnson and Kevin Gausman and the Oriole Bird appeared at the William Talley Recreation Center in Frederick, home of the Class-A Frederick Keys. They met with children from the Police Athletic League and the Frederick Boys and Girls Club, signed autographs and played games with the children. On January 17, Orioles pitchers and former Bowie Baysox stars Zach Britton and Chris Tillman along with the Oriole Bird appeared at the Westfield Annapolis Mall to sign autographs, pose for photos with children and take part in a question and answer sessions with fans in the JC Penney Concourse. A raffle to benefit the Bowie Health Center took place as part of the event. That same day, Showalter served as the keynote speaker at the Ironbirds' Hot Stove Dinner at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Orioles pitcher Jim Johnson joined Showalter at the event.
On January 18, Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy, former Oriole and current Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson, Strength and Conditioning coach Joe Hogarty and the Oriole Bird appeared at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary and Middle School in Baltimore for a Healthy Living Assembly. The group worked with more than 50 kids to teach exercises and healthy dietary habits as well as signing autographs and posing for photos. Each child received two tickets to Orioles FanFest in addition to other promotional items. The children ranged from third through eighth grade and were part of the Commodore Collegiates, students selected each month by teachers and staff for outstanding contributions to the school community and academic environment.
An offseason Birdland tradition returned in January as 2013 Orioles FanFest, presented by Visit Sarasota County, welcomed a record of more than 18,000 fans to the Baltimore Convention Center. Baseball fans young and old enjoyed a daylong celebration of all things Orioles including current and former player autograph stations; interactive Q&A sessions with coaches, front office executives, players, and media members; baseball clinics for kids; interactive games; and memorabilia sales. FanFest raised more than $113,000 for the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation, bringing the total raised since 2011 to more than $300,000.
The Orioles and OriolesREACH partnered with the Casey Cares Foundation to host the fourth annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 3. Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, served as race ambassadors. The 3.1 mile run/walk began and ended at Oriole Park. Nick Markakis presented the top overall male and female runners with medals in a pregame ceremony at the Orioles game that night vs. the Seattle Mariners. All proceeds from the 5K, nearly $70,000, benefitted the Casey Cares Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit that provides personalized, uplifting and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their family members throughout six states.
The Casey Cares Foundation held a special event where critically ill children and their families met Orioles players on August 20 and learned how to play baseball. Extra Innings, a state-of-the-art indoor baseball facility on Rossville Boulevard in Baltimore, donated their space for the event, which featured Orioles pitchers Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland. This Caring Connections party is one of six programs of the Casey Cares Foundation, a charity that provides uplifting and ongoing programs with a special touch for critically ill children and their families. The Caring Connections Program encourages families to meet, share and support each other while taking part in themed group parties.
The Orioles and Manager Buck Showalter and his wife Angela partnered with KidsPeace to host the fourth annual Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk on November 2. More than $75,000 was raised for KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and Washington D.C. including KEYS (KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed), a program that prepares youth for independence through life-skills training.
Brian Matusz works with a youngster on his wind-up during the Casey Cares Extra Innings event on August 20.
On May 30, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis appeared at Catonsville High School on behalf of AT&T to educate students and faculty on the dangers of texting while driving and generate awareness for AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign. AT&T presented a 10-minute documentary, "The Last Text," which recounts stories of families and students who have lost loved ones or been involved in accidents as a result of texting while driving.
On May 2, OriolesREACH and Major League Baseball hosted a private screening of the movie "42" for 300 junior varsity baseball and softball players from 12 Anne Arundel County high schools at Hoyt's West Nursery Cinemas in Linthicum. Students from Annapolis, Arundel, Broadneck, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Meade, North County, Northeast, Old Mill, Severna Park, South River and Southern High Schools attended the screening.
On May 11, former Orioles pitchers Ken Dixon and Nate Snell signed autographs at the annual "Back to the Old Ball Game" Day of Honors event to benefit the Hubert V. Simmons Negro League Baseball Museum of Maryland.
On July 31, the Players Trust's Annual Buses for Baseball visited Oriole Park and hosted children with cancer from the Cool Kids Campaign. The youth met Orioles players prior to the game and received round-trip transportation to and from the game as well as free tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs from OriolesREACH. Last season, Buses for Baseball provided transportation and personal greetings to more than 750 underprivileged children attending Major League Baseball games as invited guests of their big league heroes. Buses for Baseball provided many of the children with their first chance to attend a Major League Baseball game. The Cool Kids Campaign provides children with cancer a higher quality of life for themselves and their families as they face their health challenges.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones joined the Y of Central Maryland for "A Monument to Greatness" tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18 at the Weinberg Family Center Y in Baltimore. Jones and MLK Foundation President and CEO Harry E. Johnson spoke at the breakfast.