Big hits become big win for kids at State Farm Home Run Derby

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Some of baseball’s premier power hitters stepped to the plate tonight to support State Farm and Major League Baseball’s®  (MLB) effort to go to bat for charity, raising $615,000 during the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium. Capping off a night of tape-measure long balls, Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers knocked-off Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays in the Championship Round to join the elite class of two-time Home Run Derby Champions.

With Derby Champion Fielder leading the way, the eight participating MLB hitters blasted 82 home runs during this year’s competition. Of the 82 baseballs that ended up in the seats and concourses of the K, 16 were State Farm Gold Balls, which each triggered its own $18,000 donation from State Farm and MLB to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In addition, State Farm donated $3,000 for each non-Gold Ball home run launched into the Midwestern night sky. By the time Fielder raised the trophy and the Derby concluded, the event generated a total donation of $615,000 on behalf of State Farm and MLB to help neighborhoods across the country “get to a better state®.”

“The State Farm Home Run Derby showcases awe-inspiring athleticism while generating support for great charitable causes,” said Justin Reckamp, State Farm Marketing Analyst. “State Farm is extremely proud to sponsor MLB and the Home Run Derby. It’s a wonderful event and helps us show exactly what it means to help our neighborhoods “get to a better state.”

Among the $615,000 donation made at tonight’s Derby, State Farm stepped up to go to bat for Kansas City Area Boys & Girls Clubs by awarding $120,000 to local clubs as part of the Home Run Derby Player Match-up program. Paired with Fielder, Axton Buchta of the Fort Leavenworth Child and Youth Services earned $50,000 compliments of State Farm for his club. Eight members from Kansas City area BGCA chapters, including Buchta’s, were matched with Home Run Derby participants as part of the Player Match-Up program. State Farm awarded each of the other seven participants’ clubs a $10,000 donation.

“State Farm and Major League Baseball continue to be two of the strongest advocates for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and we’re so thankful to both for their support,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO Jim Clark. “In addition to the critical monetary support they provide, the once-in-a-lifetime experiences afforded the young people we serve are unforgettable. We can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

The promise of helping communities “get to a better state” comes to life in the State Farm Home Run Derby donation format. The foursome from the American League, captained by Robinson Cano, defeated the National League’s four, captained by Matt Kemp, in the team competition, 61 home runs to 21. To celebrate the American League victory, State Farm and Major League Baseball awarded a $100,000 donation to BGCA in Cano’s name. In addition, Cano’s charity of choice, RC24 Foundation, will receive a donation of $150,000. For Kemp, the National League captain, his team earned a $25,000 donation for his charity, LA Dream Center.

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