Hundreds of youth from the Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club will soon benefit from a $75,000 donation from the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and Orioles center fielder and Boys & Girls Club alumnus ADAM JONES. The donation will help to renovate and expand a Technology Center and the Callaway Community School Tech Lab at the Club's facility located at 4130 Callaway Avenue. It will be the third Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore that the Orioles and Jones have renovated along with the Brooklyn O'Malley Boys & Girls Club and the Westport/Winans Homes Boys & Girls Club.
The renovations will enhance the Club's ability to provide educational support, computer skill development, career enrichment, and college preparatory and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs to at-risk and underserved members by providing 50 new computers, as well as additional learning technologies. The Boys & Girls Club recreation room will also be updated with games, furniture, and electronics to support the Club's goal of providing a safe and supportive environment to its members.
Jones, once a member of the Encanto Boys & Girls Club as a child in San Diego, has been an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore throughout his time with the Orioles. "The Boys & Girls Club had such an impact of my life as a kid," said Jones. "The purpose of this donation is to help local youth develop into successful individuals and to brighten the future of our community."
"Adam Jones and the Orioles have demonstrated extraordinary care and support for the children of Baltimore City," said KEN DARDEN, President/CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. "The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore are so very proud and honored to have such a wonderful relationship with Adam and the Orioles."
Jones will present the $75,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, December 10, during the 37th Annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET at Dave & Busters in the Arundel Mills Mall located at 7000 Arundel Mills Cir #1, Hanover, MD 21076.
This year's event will include youth members of the Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club and the Towanda Extension Site. Jones will be joined by current Orioles TIM BERRY, BRAD BRACH, OLIVER DRAKE, RYAN FLAHERTY, MYCHAL GIVENS, L.J. HOES, T.J. McFARLAND, and TYLER WILSON, as well as former Orioles AL BUMBRY and SCOTT McGREGOR for the event. MASN broadcaster JIM HUNTER will serve as emcee.
Players will serve lunch, play games with, and sign autographs for the children. MASN's TOM DAVIS will play Santa Claus alongside Santa Bird and deliver gifts donated by the Orioles and OriolesREACH. Every child will receive a baseball glove, ball, backpack, Oriole Bird plush pillow, and board game. Students will play for free in the arcade room courtesy of Dave & Busters.
This year's event marks the 37th year the Orioles have held a holiday party for children from economically-disadvantaged areas in Baltimore.