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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

November 2013

This Months Features:

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Precious CarGo - The Gonzalez Family Toy Drive

Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez and his family, wife Indonesia and son Santiago, are excited to announce their toy drive for Colorado families, taking place on Dec. 14. Helping families in need is of the utmost importance for the Gonzalez family, and CarGo has stepped up to the plate to do a one-for-one toy drive: one toy donation for one CarGo autograph.

Here's how it works: On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9-11 a.m. at Coors Field's Diamond Dry Goods store on Blake Street, Carlos Gonzalez will be signing autographs for the first 300 fans who donate a new, unwrapped toy. Cash donations of $25 or more will also be accepted in lieu of a toy. To ensure the maximum number of people have an autograph opportunity, there will be no reentry and only one autograph will be permitted per person. Toys and funds collected from the drive will be evenly distributed between Children's Hospital Colorado, Centro San Juan Diego, the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter and Tennyson Center for Children and the Give Denver Adopt-A-Family Program.

But the Gonzalez family's toy drive and autograph session is not limited to only the Denver Metro Area. After the conclusion of the Coors Field autograph session, CarGo and his family will do a similar one-for-one toy drive at the new Colorado Springs Dugout Store location from 1-2 p.m. The first 100 fans that go to 5230 N Nevada Ave., Suite #140 with a toy will have the opportunity to receive a Carlos Gonzalez autograph as well.

Sharing Experiences - DPS 8th Grade Career Fair

Career Fair

This year the Rockies once again participated in the Denver Public Schools 8th Grade Career Fair at the National Western Complex, an opportunity to spend time with local youth to talk about careers in the sports industry.

What students often may not to realize is that professional sports organization is a business like any other and the opportunities available fit a variety of skills and strengths: ticketing, marketing, community relations, engineering, finance, human resources, corporate sales and others areas.

In addition to the Rockies, DPS teamed up with hundreds of businesses and organizations to give its 8th grade students the opportunity to explore, connect with and learn more about a wide variety of careers. This career fair is actually the culmination of a larger program that includes in-school classroom activities as well. And, of course, local colleges also attended the fair to explain opportunities for higher education.

Dia De Muertos

A Learning Experience - Dia De Muertos Exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Center

Now through Nov. 8, stop by the Mexican Cultural Center in Denver, Colo., to view a special Dia De Muertos exhibit which protrays the history and cultural significance of Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. Created by Rita Wallace and Adrian Marban, along with the help of Mexican Cultural Center staff, the exhibit is free to the public, like most of the MCC's events.

More Visits in Store - Make An Impact Program

Make an Impact

With the Rockies' offseason now in full swing, the club will continue elementary school visits through the Make An Impact school visit program. The Rockies' elementary school visit program has been seen by over 100,000 students in Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming, sharing the important messages of staying in school, refusing drugs, getting involved and respecting others.

Click below for more information on the Colorado Rockies' Make An Impact elementary school visit program.

A Wine & Chocolate Event - Vino y Chocolate

Vino y Chocolate

The 14th annual Vino y Chocolate event will take place at Centro San Juan Diego on Dec. 5. The Rockies have been supporters of Vino y Chocolate for the past several years, proud to be park of this key fundraiser for Centro San Juan Diego's many initiatives that serve the Denver community. Every year Vino y Chocolate features tables artfully decorated by various donors and sponsors, and once again, Rockies staff will be creating a Rockies-themed table for auction.

For more information on Vino y Chocolate, be sure to follow @LosRockies on Twitter.

Fall Cleaning - Rake Up Denver

On Nov. 1, Rockies employees set out into the Denver community to participate in Rake Up Denver. As in past years, the event was intended to assist disabled and elderly residents of LoDo's ballpark neighborhood who may not be able to care for their own property.

Rake Up Denver Rake Up Denver

Movember

Movember

Movember is upon us! This month, the Colorado Rockies are excited to participate in Movember, coming together to grow mustaches in an effort to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health challenges. As an official global charity, Movember's vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's healthÂ…and do it in a fun and unique way.

Last year, outfielder Charlie Blackmon participated in his own Movember campaign, raising $4,159 through 77 total donation, and this year a large contingent of Rockies employees, including some players like Michael Cuddyer, are backing the charitable cause. And it's not just limited to men in the Rockies organization; Rockies women are also participating as "Mo Sistas," spreading word of the importance of this initiative.

Player Spotlight - Chad Bettis

Chad Bettis

After being drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, RHP Chad Bettis made his Major League debut on Aug. 1, 2013. Bettis made 16 total appearances last season, eight starts and eight relief appearances. Toward the end of the season, Bettis settled into a rhythm out of the bullpen and five of his final eight appearances were scoreless.

Before emerging with the Rockies this season, Bettis was a standout at Texas Tech University and, before his call-up this year, went 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Bettis also boasts a cumulative 21-10 record with 2.91 ERA in 299.2 innings pitched in the Minor Leagues.

After getting his feet wet in the big leagues in 2013, the hard-throwing righty will be a player to keep an eye on going forward, whether it's starting games or out of the pen.

Community Spotlight - Mike Shea

Mike Shea

Winner of the 2013 Colorado Rockies Hal O'Leary Award, Mike Shea is a leader and an outstanding resource for men and women with disabilities in Colorado and from all corners of the globe. He is also an accomplished athlete. An amputee, Shea has been head coach of the National Sports Center for the Disabled's Snowboard Cross (SBX) team, mentoring young athletes not only when it comes to snowboarding, but "life outside the snow." Shea was instrumental in getting SBX to be included in the upcoming 2014 Paralympic games in Sochi, Russia, and he is training to compete in the games himself.

While he is extremely accomplished in snow sports, having won numerous medals while competing against able-bodied riders as well, Shea considers his legacy to be his ability to connect with those around him, sharing important life lessons from his own experiences.