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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

Spring 2016

This Issue's Features:

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The Gonzalez Family's Offseason Community Work

Gonzalez Family and lots of happy children

While Carlos Gonzalez and his wife, Indonesia, always have community service in the front of their minds, they ramp up their efforts even more during the offseason.

When the Gonzalez family visited their native Venezuela this winter, Carlos and Indonesia arranged several festivals for children, some of which included donations of basic necessities such as oral care products and clothing. They also visited several hospitals and finalized details to give back to their home country through a major financial donation of $3,000,000 to fund the purchase of medical supplies and equipment so that hospitals in Venezuela can better serve patients. Various Venezuelan hospitals are set to receive funding, starting with those most in need of assistance.

Cargo giving out smiles

The first donation of approximately $500,000 is expected to be made in the coming months, and subsequent donations will continue for several years. "I have the desire and motivation to help people," Indonesia told Venezuelan publication Tendencia. "I could ask people to come [here to Venezuela on my behalf], but I wanted to come and meet who will be in front of this project. We are evaluating what are the [primary] needs of these health centers and we hope that the [first round] of resources are here from the United States in 45-60 days or less."

The Gonzalez Family is doing all they can to help young people be healthy and the best they can be.

FUN IN THE SUN - Rockies Prospects visit Salt River Elementary

Group photo Instructional tee ball

On March 1, a group of Rockies prospects visited Salt River Elementary to lead a baseball clinic and speak to students about the importance of physical education.

Volunteering and spending time with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community during February and March has been a staple of the Rockies Spring Training experience since making the move from Tucson. This year's clinic featured several stations of baseball drills, including hitting and baserunning, but also general physical fitness exercises such as stretching, calisthenics and even a game of tug-of-war with Dinger. The players spent one-on-one time with students, on and off the field, and participated in a large-group Q&A, delivering signed baseballs to students who answered questions correctly.

K CANCER COMES TO COLORADO - Jason Motte Joins the Rockies

Coors Field

On Dec. 8, the Rockies agreed to a two-year contract with right-handed pitcher Jason Motte. The move was one to fortify the bullpen, but along with Motte's on-field ability comes his passion for fighting cancer through Jason and Caitlin Motte's charity, the Jason Motte Foundation.

The mission of the Jason Motte Foundation is to provide comfort and care where there is a need for those affected, either directly or indirectly, by cancers of all kinds. And that work manifests itself in a variety of ways. The Mottes hosts a series of offseason fundraisers-everything from golf tournaments to galas-and they are active in making appearances at hospitals and schools. The Mottes' most well-known representation of their foundation is the K Cancer brand, which has received great support from the baseball community.

Several years ago, the Jason Motte Foundation partnered with baseball apparel brand 108 Stitches to produce a line of K Cancer T-shirts. Each Major League Baseball club has a K Cancer T-shirt in their colors and a player representative paired with each color scheme. For every K Cancer T-shirt sold, a percentage of the sale goes to the Jason Motte Foundation as well as the charity of choice of the player rep. Brandon Barnes has been the Rockies' K Cancer rep for several years, with $8 from the sale of each Rockies shirt going to Barnes' charity, The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and $2 going to the Jason Motte Foundation.

HELPING STOCK UP - Clothes To Kids Volunteer Project

On Feb. 11, a group of Rockies employees volunteered at Clothes to Kids of Denver, a Denver organization that provides new and gently used clothing to students.

What makes Clothes To Kids special is that the clothing is made available to children at no cost, and they have the opportunity to go shopping in a store-like setting. For their part, the Rockies sorted, organized and restocked donated items for kids who came through the store. Clothes To Kids has long served children from low-income families, those living in foster care or kids who are victims of crisis.

HEART HEALTHY - Project Angel Heart Volunteer Project

On Jan. 27, the Rockies spent the morning giving back at Project Angel Heart, a non-profit agency that provides home-delivered meals to men and women fighting life threatening illnesses.

There was a strong turnout of Rockies employees looking to help out and they were soon put to work packaging meals. The beauty of Project Angel Heart is that there is not bulk production of food for all clients; rather, each meal is modified to the individual's dietary needs based on their current health condition. And meals are provided at no cost. Founded in 1991, Project Angel Heart provides over 900 meals a week in Colorado Springs and Denver, roughly 70% of whom receive a modified diet.

SPECIAL DELIVERY - Rockies Ticket Specials

The 2016 regular season is almost upon us, and the best way to watch Rockies Baseball is live at Coors Field!

With a variety of ticket specials available for fans, the Rockies ticket specials page should be a daily stop during your everyday web surfing. Throughout the season, be on the lookout for Coca-Cola Value Pack games, as well as Power Ticket deals, HOT ROX specials and more.

Visit for the most up-to-date listing of available specials.

FUN-DAMENTAL - Reading Partners Volunteer Project

The Rockies took part in a volunteer project with Reading Partners on March 10, an organization dedicated to providing under-resourced schools reading programs for students who are struggling in that area.

The Rockies have been longtime supporters of Reading Partners, providing both funds and face time by leading students who are part of the program. On March 10, a number of Rockies employees participated led a one-on-one reading and tutoring sessions.

WINTER WARM-UP...FOR CHARITY - Rockies Fest 2016

Rockies Fest is always the best way to think ahead to summer in the middle of the long, cold winter. 2016 was no different and the Rockies hosted another outstanding Rockies Fest on Jan. 23 at Coors Field. While Rockies Fest is always a great opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite players, it is also a great fundraiser for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation!

All ticket revenue from the public Rockies Fest session went to the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation, as it does each and every year. And one of the most popular areas at Rockies Fest, especially for memorabilia collectors, is the Rockies Fest Garage Sale. At the Garage Sale, fans have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind collectables, everything from autographed baseballs, to ballpark signage, to authentic Coors Field seats and more. Funds generated from the Garage Sale go to charity.

When it was all totaled, Rockies Fest 2016 generated over $25,000 for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation, which goes to funding programs designed to serve underprivileged and at-risk youth through programs for youth baseball and softball, education and literacy and drug and alcohol-abuse awareness and prevention.

Rockies Holiday Party Gift Card Donation

At the annual Colorado Rockies employee holiday party, staff are encouraged to bring grocery store gift cards to be donated to local organizations that serve families in need.

This year, Rockies employees donated numerous grocery store gift cards totaling $1,235. From that total, the Rockies passed along $610 to the Volunteers of America's (VOA's) Supportive Services for Homeless Veterans and $625 to SafeHouse Denver's emergency shelter.