At-risk kids in Northern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego have someone – and something – to cheer about: California Masons and the 2015 Masons4Mitts campaign!
This season was the most successful ever, raising more than $159,000 – enough to give mitts to nearly 8,000 children in need and bringing our seven-year Masons4Mitts contributions to more than half a million dollars. It was truly a testament to California Masons’ commitment to supporting local communities.
Celebrating our winners
Each year, teams of local lodges compete to donate the most mitts. This year, 16 teams competed in three regions. The winners were:
• Northern California: South Bay Bombers (five-year champions!) – 1,506 mitts
• Los Angeles: North West Beach Bums – 573 mitts
• San Diego: Mid City Marauders – 449 mitts
Captains of the winning teams presented ceremonial checks to representatives from each Major League Baseball team’s charitable foundation during special home-plate ceremonies.
Each region’s campaign ended with a festive “Masons Night at the Ballpark.” It was a chance for all teams in each region to come together to socialize, celebrate the season, and represent the fraternity in their respective communities. More than 2,900 Masons, families, and friends attended this year’s celebrations.
Those who attended can attest that there was much excitement in the air! In San Diego, teams made customized T-shirts to celebrate the campaign. In Los Angeles, Grand Master Charvonia threw the first pitch. And, in Northern California, Bro. Marlon Byrd, a San Francisco Giant and Master Mason at Conejo Valley Lodge No. 807 helped present the check.
The California Masonic Foundation thanks all of the Masons and friends who came together to make this year’s campaign a success. Through our efforts combined, thousands of children throughout California will have a mitt to call their own – and a chance for a brighter future. Your generosity has truly made a profound difference in their lives.
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