San Diego Padres Will Play First Spring Training Game Against Seattle Mariners For Charity

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The San Diego Padres will take on the Seattle Mariners and play their first game of the 2013 MLB spring training season for charity.

This will be the 20th time the Padres and Mariners will play the annual Charity Game that benefits the Northwest Valley youth charities which is sponsored by the Peoria Diamond Club, a non-profit organization. The Peoria Diamond Club’s mission statement states that they “raise funds for local youth charities and organizations through extensive volunteer efforts.”

The organization was started in 1993 by the wishes of the Padres, Mariners and the city of Peoria to do something amazing for the community during spring training. The Peoria Diamond Club also raises money through various other functions and gatherings throughout the year. The PDC has 500 volunteer members working for them and has donated over $1.3 million since 1994.

The spring training charity baseball game was attended by 10,490 fans last year and raised over $140,000 for multiple youth organizations located throughout the northwest part of the country. All money generated by the game, whether it is ticket sales or parking, goes to the charity.

The Charity Game will take place on Friday, February 22, 2012 at 1:05 p.m. PST at the Peoria Sports Complex that was constructed in 1994 to hold such events. Tickets are already on sale with the prices starting at $7 and going all the way up to $28 per person.

“Local youth charities, educational and special needs programs need the Diamond Club and its partners to continue to support their effort and keep their programs alive,” said Bridget Binsbacher, executive director of the Peoria Diamond Club. “Proceeds garnered during the spring training season allow us to provide opportunity and hope to thousands of children in our communities.”

This is obviously a fantastic idea brought on by several great organizations to find a way to give back to the community that will benefit children not only in the present but in the future as well.

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