Cardinals Care Summer Grant Cycle to Aid More Than 65 Non-profits

ST. LOUIS – September 17, 2012 – Cardinals Care will distribute over $148,000 to 66 area non-profit groups that support local kids during a ceremony Wednesday at Busch Stadium. Cardinals’ players, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event. Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children, has invested nearly $18 Million since its inception in 1997, in “Caring for Kids” both on and off the baseball field. 

Who:   Cardinals Care along with Cardinals’ players, executives, Fredbird and hundreds of children and representatives from many of the organizations who will benefit from the Cardinals Care Grants

What:  Cardinals Care Summer Grant Ceremony

Where:  Guests & Media are asked to check-in beginning at 2:15 p.m. at Gate Three, located on the third-base side of Busch Stadium.

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

Over the last 15 years, Cardinals Care has provided nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations and built 19 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. Cardinals Care also runs the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids in Missouri and Illinois who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.  Fans may now make a tax-deductible donation to Cardinals Care online at cardinals.com/community.

2012 Summer Grant Recipients

Academy of St. Louis

Megan Meier Foundation

ALIVE, Inc.

Mission St. Louis

Angels' Arms

Neighborhood Houses

Anti-Defamation League

North Side Community School

Assistance League of St. Louis

Ozark Family Resource Agency

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Missouri

Peace for Kids

Board of Religious Organizations

Ride On St. Louis, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis

Caring for Kids, Inc.

Safe Connections

CHARACTERplus

Safe House for Women Inc.

Circus Flora

Saint Louis Science Center

Clarkson Eyecare Foundation

Saint Louis University AIMS Program

COCA-Center of Creative Arts

South City Community School

Community Caring Council

Southside Early Childhood Center

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, Inc.

Special Education Foundation

Covenant House Missouri

Special Learning Center

De La Salle Middle School

Special Olympics Illinois

Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments

St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery

Diversity Awareness Partnership

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis

St. Louis Irish Arts, Inc.

ECH School

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association, Inc.

FOCUS St. Louis

St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled

Friends of Kids with Cancer

St. Vincent DePaul Schools

Friends of Tower Grove Park, Inc.

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service

Giant Steps of St. Louis

The ALS Association, St. Louis Regional Chapter

Immanuel Lutheran School (Perryville)

The Haven of Grace

JDRF Ozarks

The Little Bit Foundation

Junior Golf Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Variety The Children's Charity of St. Louis, Inc.

Kenny Rogers Children's Center

Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois

Logos School

Vision for Children at Risk

Lutheran Association for Special Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Marian Middle School

Women for Health and Wellness, Inc.

Masterpeace Studios

Women In Charge