Furbush was the Seattle Mariners 2015 finalist for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball's highest honor for community service.
From 2014 to 2016, Furbush co-chaired the Annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament. Over that span, the event raised $615,000 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with their on-going efforts to find a cure for CF, a fatal disease afflicting children and young adults. He has also been an active participant in the Toys for Kids program attending the annual fundraiser and participating in holiday gift distributions at area hospitals.
Charlie has also been a regular on the Mariners annual winter Caravan that travels to communities around the state for three weeks in January meeting with fans, talking to school children and visiting hospitals.
He serves on the Advisory Board for the Taylor Hooton Foundation, a non-profit organization that educates youth about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs, and he has taken the message directly to Boys & Girls Club members by participating in the annual PLAY Campaign at Safeco Field focused on children's health and fitness. Furbush also supports the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT) which helps professional baseball alums in need of financial assistance.
The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al "Moose" Clausen, who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic. During his years at Ballard High School, Clausen's baseball coaches nicknamed him "Moose." The name stuck, and he has been fondly called Moose ever since.
In 1982, Clausen joined the Mariners Front Office as Director of Sales and was part of the Mariners family until he retired in 2012. Due to his decades of service with Northwest baseball and the community, the RBI Club and Seattle Mariners named their Community Service Award for Moose in 2001.
Previous Moose Clausen Award Winners are:
- 2001 Jamie Moyer
- 2002 Dan Wilson
- 2003 Edgar Martinez
- 2004 Jay Buhner
- 2005 Rick Rizzs & Dave Henderson
- 2006 Raul Ibanez
- 2007 Dave Valle
- 2008 John Olerud
- 2009 Howard Lincoln
- 2010 Bill Krueger
- 2011 Julio Cruz
- 2012 Jack Zduriencik
- 2013 Eric & Kate Wedge
- 2014 Michael Saunders
- 2015 Alvin Davis
- 2016 Charlie Furbush