SAN MATEO, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco Giants' slugger Barry Bonds hit a home run before the first ball of the 2003 season crossed home plate. The San Mateo County native has teamed up with Peninsula Community Foundation to donate San Francisco Giants tickets for all 81 home games to low-income and at-risk children and families on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley.
"We are thrilled to partner with The Barry Bonds Family Foundation," said Peninsula Community Foundation President Sterling Speirn. "Barry's generosity will enable children and families who otherwise would not have this opportunity to experience the exhilaration of a baseball game at Pac Bell Park."
The special seats, known as the "Bonds Squad," are located in the bleachers immediately behind Bond's left field position at Pac Bell Park. The MVP chats with fans and tosses a ball into this section before every game. The program, currently in its fifth year, has allowed hundreds of children and families to become baseball fans for a day. The nonprofit agencies and programs selected by the two foundations reflect their mutual commitment to support youth development and family support. Residents of Daytop Village, a substance abuse recovery program for adolescents, and youth from Family & Children Services' Independent Living program were the inaugural 2003 Peninsula "Bonds Squad" members this week.
About Peninsula Community Foundation Peninsula Community Foundation, recognized as Outstanding Foundation/Community Grantmaker by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Northern California Grantmakers, develops resources and programs that enable San Francisco Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to support the common good and connect with causes they care about. PCF holds assets of nearly half a billion dollars, including a $100 million Community Endowment, to respond to the changing needs of the community in the areas of children and families, education, housing, health and human services, the environment and the arts. PCF divisions and initiatives include the Center for Venture Philanthropy, the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, and the Peninsula Nonprofit Center. More information on Peninsula Community Foundation and its award-winning programs can be found at www.pcf.org.
About The Barry Bonds Family Foundation
Baseball great Barry Bonds has long dedicated himself to assisting under- privileged children reach higher academic achievements and promote the general welfare of those children and their families. The Barry Bonds Family Foundation was founded in 1993 by Barry Bonds and other family members to encourage, promote and fund programs designed to improve the educational achievements, standards of living, and quality of life conditions for the African American youth with the Bay Area communities. The Foundation places an emphasis on programs that use technology-based solutions to achieve their goals.
SourceBy prnewswire.com on July 15th, 2004