Mariners Care raises over $2 million for Northwest charities in 2016

Over $23 million raised since 1991

Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation, and its corporate partners, helped provide $2,084,238 in 2016 for a variety of charitable programs throughout the Northwest. Since 1991, when Mariners Care was established, the nonprofit has helped raise over $23 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs.

"The Seattle Mariners have long been leaders in giving back to the community. It is a responsibility that we all take very seriously. I'm proud to continue the tradition that has helped this organization make such a positive and lasting impact on our community," said John Stanton, Mariners Chair and CEO.

During 2016, Mariners Care and the Mariners corporate partners supported over 1,500 local organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Seattle Children's, United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program, Northwest Harvest, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally, every Mariners player participated in and supported various community programs and causes.

Mariners Care Highlights

All-Star Celebrity Softball Classic for Homeless Youth
On May 22, the Mariners and United Way of King County held a celebrity softball game at Safeco Field to benefit homeless youth in King County. Mariners Hall of Famers Dan Wilson and Jay Buhner served as team captains. The fourth annual event raised $742,566.
 
Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction
The 15th Annual dinner and auction, hosted by Rick Rizzs and the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, benefited several Puget Sound area charities serving disadvantaged children and families. The event raised over $300,000.
 
Cystic Fibrosis Mariners Care Golf Tournament
Over $205,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 31st annual golf tournament and auction held on June 27 at Broadmoor Golf Club.
 
Goodwill Refuse To Abuse 5k Run/Walk at Safeco Field
The fifth annual Goodwill Refuse To Abuse 5k Run/Walk, held on July 9 at Safeco Field, raised $155,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Refuse To Abuse campaign.
 
Mariners Care Silent Auctions
Held each Saturday home game at Safeco Field, silent auctions of autographed and game-used memorabilia raised $102,389 for Mariners Care. Since the Silent Auctions started in 2000, they have now brought in a total of $1.49 million for Mariners Care.
 
Peoria Diamond Club Annual Spring Training Charity Game
The annual Spring Training Charity Game between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres raised $97,000 to benefit youth charities and organizations in Peoria, AZ, home of the Seattle Mariners Spring Training complex, and to support Peoria Unified students through the Emerging Leaders Scholarship program.
 
PACCAR RBI for Literacy
For every Mariners run batted in during the 2016 season, PACCAR made a donation to the Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. The 2016 program raised $75,000.
 
Jack in the Box and Mariners Decals for Seattle Children's
Sales of $1 Mariners window decals at Western Washington Jack in the Box restaurants raised $60,000 for Seattle Children's Hospital.
 
Charity Auction Ticket Donations
In 2016, the Mariners contributed $49,113 in tickets for charity fundraisers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
 
Mariners Care Charity Night
ROOT SPORTS and the Mariners teamed up to host an on-line tele-auction during the June 1 telecast to raise funds for Mariners Care. The sixth year event raised $45,360.
 
Mariners Care Speed Pitch
Located on the Main Concourse in Center Field, all proceeds from the interactive fan game are donated to Mariners Care. The season ending total is $45,000.
 
Seattle Mariners "Groundskeeper for a Day" Fundraising Program
This season, $38,000 was raised for Pacific Northwest charities through the "Groundskeeper for a Day" donations offered at various auctions.
 
Alaska Airlines Home Runs for Wishes
For every home run hit by a Mariners player, Alaska Airlines donated airline miles to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. In 2016, 1,000,000 miles, valued at $27,500, were donated to help grant wishes for kids diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
 
Holland America Line K's for Kids
For every strikeout recorded by a Mariners pitcher, Holland America Line made a donation to the Seattle Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund. The 2016 program raised $25,000.
 
BECU Saves
For every save made by a Mariners pitcher at Safeco Field, Boeing Employees Credit Union made a donation to Junior Achievement of Washington. The 2016 donation was $23,000.
 
Mariners Wives Favorite Things Auction
A silent auction of baskets filled with the favorite things of Mariners players raised $17,965 to benefit Mariners Care.
 
Mariners Wives Mystery Bag Fundraiser
Selling mystery bags of baseballs autographed by Mariners players and manager Scott Servais raised $17,500 for Mariners Care.
 
Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive
On May 28, Mariners fans and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The equipment and cash donations totaled $13,000.
 
Mariners Care Garage Sales
Mariners Care Garage Sales held at FanFest and at select 2016 home games, featuring memorabilia from current and past seasons, raised $10,837 for Mariners Care.
 
Baseball Tomorrow Fund Field Maintenance Clinic
The Mariners Grounds Crew and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to present a Field Maintenance Clinic where a $10,000 grant was presented to Kennewick American Little League to help with a field project in Kennewick, Washington.
 
Moneytree Wins for Mariners Care
For every Mariners win, Moneytree made a donation to Mariners Care. The program raised $8,000 in 2016.
 
Hempler's Doubles
For every double the Mariners hit at Safeco Field, Hempler's donated $50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The 2016 total was $5,650.
 
American Red Cross Collection for Louisiana Floods
On August 19, volunteers from the American Red Cross collected $5,095 from Mariners fans at Safeco Field for Louisiana flood relief.
 
Fight Hunger Presented by 97.3 KIRO FM and Mariners Care
The annual food drive collected $4,500 in cash donations and 500 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest.
 
Page Ahead Book Drive Presented by PACCAR
On August 23, Mariners Care and PACCAR hosted a book drive at Safeco Field to benefit the Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. Participating Mariners fans donated books and cash valued at $1,763.