D-Backs, Helios Education Foundation Expected to Donate $100,000 To Valley of Sun United Way Through ‘Shirts Off Our D-Backs' Fundraiser

Posted on: September 22, 2010

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Helios Education Foundation are expected to donate $100,000 to the Valley of the Sun United Way from scratcher card sales of the team's annual "Shirts Off Our D-backs" fundraiser, presented by Panda Express, during this weekend's series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

To highlight this partnership, Helios chairman Vince Roig will throw out the first pitch of the Diamondbacks/Dodgers game on Sunday, September 26 at 1:10 p.m. and he will join Derrik Hall, president of the D-Backs in making an on-field presentation to United Way at the end of the game.

Fans can purchase scratcher cards beginning on Friday and could win the official jerseys directly off the backs of their favorite D-backs' players and coaches. Scratcher card packs, which include three scratcher cards, are $5 and will be sold at all three games this weekend. Each scratcher card pack includes an offer from Panda Express and non-winning cards will receive a merchandise discount offer at Team Shop locations in Chase Field, a two-for-one ticket offer for 2011 D-backs' games or a chance to win a Chris Young autographed jersey.

"Our annual ‘Shirts Off Our D-backs' fundraiser has been a great way for our fans to assist us in raising a large amount of money that goes to a great cause with the Valley of the Sun United Way, which allows them to interact with our players and coaches if they win a game-worn jersey," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "The addition of the Helios Education Foundation this season will allow us to give more back this year when it is probably needed the most during these difficult economic times."

Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation to match the scratcher card sales from the "Shirts Off Our D-backs" fundraiser up to $50,000. The expected $100,000 raised will go to the Valley of the Sun United Way to fund a program that focuses on impacting the education outcomes for students in grades 5-12 transition years.

"Positive change in education has to be driven by collaboration and effective community partnerships," said Paul Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation. "That's why we're excited about our work with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Shirts off our D-Backs initiative."

"Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education, and that work begins by supporting initiatives that help create a college going culture in our homes, neighborhoods and communities. Through this partnership, we're elevating the conversation about preparing our students for success across the education continuum, from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary education. And, that truly is a home run for all of us."

Category: College and Career Readiness

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