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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

December 2013

This Months Features:

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Precious CarGo - The Gonzalez Family Toy Drive

Carlos Gonzalez

On Saturday, Dec. 14, Carlos Gonzalez and his family will host the Precious CarGo Toy Drive at Coors Field and the Colorado Springs Dugout Store, giving fans the opportunity to receive a CarGo autograph in exchange for the donation of a toy.

With the motivation to make a difference and a soft-spot for helping children in need, CarGo and his family, wife Indonesia and son Santiago, will be accepting new toys for children ages up to 14 and donating to a number of local organizations who will put them to good use.

The first part of the toy drive will take place at Coors Field's Diamond Dry Goods Store from 9-11 a.m. and the first 300 fans are guaranteed a CarGo autograph. Fans will be allowed one autograph per toy donation. Line formation begins at 8 a.m. and free parking is available in the RTD Lot at Blake St. and Park Ave.

After part one of the Precious CarGo Toy Drive at Coors Field, the Gonzalez family will head south to the new Colorado Springs Dugout Store location (5230 N Nevada Ave., Ste. #140) for an additional autograph opportunity and toy donation collection for Southern Colorado fans from 1-2 p.m. The first 150 fans at the Colorado Springs Dugout Store will be guaranteed an autograph.

CarGo and his family are excited to get involved and help out in the community during the holidays.

"It's a beginning," Gonzalez recently told MLB.com. "I want to provide motivation to keep kids on the right path. I want to get involved in this community and do it rightÂ…I want to help kids reach their dreams."

Colorado Rockies Movember - A Movember to Remember

Rockies Movember
Michael Cuddyer Movember

Throughout the month of November, the Rockies grew mustachesÂ…for a good cause. Movember, a global charity whose mission is to raise awareness and funds for critical men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer, has grown bigger and more prominent with each passing year as millions of men and women around the world have taken a stand to change the face of men's health.

Hopping on board with the cause, the Rockies front office and several Rockies players sported Mo's in support, including Michael Cuddyer, Chad Bettis, Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon who, as many may remember, participated in his own Movember campaign in 2012.

Through a social media campaign that included weekly posts and Movember avatar images all month long, as well as numerous events and fundraisers for Rockies staff and fans, the Rockies Movember Team was able to raise over $10,000 for this cause.

Vino y Chocolate - Wine and Chocolate for a good cause

Vino y Chocolate

On Dec. 5, Centro San Juan Diego hosted the 14th annual Vino y Chocolate event, an opportunity to collect toys for children in need. The Rockies participated again this year by donating and decorating a table for the event, a table that was auctioned off during the event.

The Rockies table for Vino y Chocolate featured authentic stadium seats, autographed items, elegant place settings and other Rockies touches. And in another Rockies tie, some toys from the Precious CarGo Toy Drive were donated to families who benefit from the Vino y Chocolate fundraiser.

Winter Outreach Project - A Colorado Rockies Coat Drive

As temperatures dip toward freezing on the Front Range, the need for winter coats becomes even more important for families in need, and for the second consecutive year, the Rockies participated in a Winter Outreach Project by collecting winter gear. The Rockies front office collected numerous gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, blankets and other winter necessities.

If you'd like to add some of your own gently used items to the Rockies' donation, stop by 20th and Blake before Dec. 20 and drop off your items at the Coors Field Ticket Office.

Player Spotlight - Latroy Hawkins

LaTroy Hawkins

On Nov. 22, RHP LaTroy Hawkins signed a free-agent contract with the Rockies, beginning Hawkins' second tour of duty in purple pinstripes. Regarded as a tireless worker and outstanding mentor for young players, Hawkins was a key bullpen anchor on the Rockies' NL pennant winning team in 2007 and has pitched for 10 Major League clubs over the course of his career.

A native of Gary, Ind., Hawkins, 40, pitched for the New York Mets in 2013, serving as closer for much of the season and finishing the season with 13 saves and a 2.93 ERA in 70.2 innings pitched. Hawkins ranks 20th on MLB's all-time games pitched list (943), leads all active pitchers in games and holds (178), and has a career 4.37 ERA in 19 Major League seasons. Among a long list of career achievements, Hawkins is one of just 48 Major League pitchers who have thrown an immaculate inning (striking out three batters on nine consecutive pitches in a half-inning), achieving this feat on Sept. 11, 2004, when he struck out the Florida Marlins' Jeff Conine, Juan Encarnacion and Alex Gonzalez on three pitches each to save the game.

Community Spotlight - Christine Marquez-Hudson

Christine Marquez-Hudson

Serving as CEO/Executive Director of Mi Casa Resource Center, an organization that helps to advance the economic success of Latino families, Christine Marquez-Hudson is an outstanding leader in the Denver community. Marquez-Hudson's list of accolades is impressive, topped off by being named 2013 9NEWS Leader of the Year.

Marquez-Hudson's greatest attributes lie in her organizational development and strategic planning abilities, as well as her understanding of governance issues and resource development. As such, she has led Mi Casa to unprecedented growth since joining the organization in 2008. Marquez-Hudson has a strong connection to grassroots groups and an ability to coordinate multiple projects with many different organizations at the same time. She has previously served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Escuela de Guadalupe and has been part of the Leadership Program of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, as well as serving on the Denver Latino Commission, Colorado Nonprofit Association's Nonprofit Advisory Committee and Skillbuild Colorado.