HR Derby donation renovates teen center

The Lehi Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, which serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, has unveiled renovations to their facility, which include the construction of a performance stage complete with lighting and sound system, upgraded fitness equipment, a computer lab, décor improvements and a painted mural representing the Native American culture. These renovations were made possible by a $50,000 donation from State Farm through Major League Baseball’s 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix. Raquelle Enos, a 15-year-old member of the Club, was paired with New York Yankees All-Star second baseman and 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby Champion Robinson Cano to win her Club the donation. 

“I’m glad I was able to hit so many home runs so that these kids get to enjoy this new teen center,” said Cano. “I had a lot of fun that night with Raquelle, and it’s great to see MLB and State Farm give so much back to the community.” 

 “The teenagers at the Lehi Branch have been excited and highly involved in the re-design of the teen center,” says Steve Davidson, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “The addition of a separate technology area will provide multiple education and visual arts opportunities and the upgraded fitness equipment will help emphasize our healthy lifestyle programs.  The renovation has made the teen center feel more like home while providing additional program opportunities that will support our Club for years to come.” 

The eight participating American and National League hitters in the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby totaled 95 home runs during the competition, 11 of which were hit with Rawlings “Gold Baseballs.” Each Gold Ball generated a donation of $18,000 per ball from State Farm and MLB to various charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In addition, State Farm donated $3,000 for each non-Gold Ball home run. The home run display generated a donation of $483,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America on behalf of State Farm and MLB.

“As a longstanding supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Major League Baseball shares and supports their commitment to affecting the lives of young people in a positive way,” said Tom Brasuell, Vice President, Community Affairs, Major League Baseball. “We are grateful for State Farm’s generosity through the State Farm Home Run Derby and are proud to work with them to support community programs that have proven to be effective.”

“The power of a home run can be a game changer, just like the power of caring adults who provide a safe and positive environment for young people,” said Pal El, Marketing Vice President at State Farm.  “We are proud to join with Major League Baseball and Boys & Girls Clubs to help change the game and the future for young people here in the Scottsdale area and throughout the country. After all, a focus on the future and helping our customers and communities get to a better state is at the core of what we do every day at State Farm.”

State Farm also awarded an additional $120,000 to Greater Phoenix area Boys & Girls Clubs as part of the Home Run Derby Player “Match-up” program. Enos was one of eight members from local Boys & Girls Clubs chapters who were matched with Home Run Derby participants for a chance to win $50,000 for his or her Club. State Farm awarded each of the other seven participants’ Clubs a $10,000 donation.

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About Major League Baseball Charities

Major League Baseball Charities is a not-for-profit corporation that provides support to local, national and international tax-exempt organizations to directly conduct or sponsor activities for the promotion of good health, physical education, public safety, medical research, literacy and educational or charitable purposes.  Major League Baseball is committed to leading the fight against cancer, and supports the research, awareness and prevention activities of Stand Up To Cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and Play Sun Smart, among others.

In addition to supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), MLB Charities provides support to a number of other national charitable initiatives, including Welcome Back Veterans, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Wheelchair Sports Federation among others. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball pays all administrative expenses for MLB Charities.