Charlie Furbush to receive Seattle Mariners RBI Club community service award

The Seattle Mariners RBI Club has conferred its top community service award on relief pitcher Charlie Furbush. The 2016 Al "Moose" Clausen Community Service Award will be presented to Charlie on November 19, at the RBI Club's annual Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom. The RBI Club is an organization of Mariners season ticketholders who are active in the community.

The Moose Clausen Award is for significant contributions to the community. This year's award is being presented to Furbush in recognition of his active support of many organizations and causes.

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