Volunteers recognized for tireless efforts by Jays Care

Community Crew members gather for special night of appreciation

Volunteers recognized for tireless efforts by Jays Care

On Wednesday, more than 85 representative members of the Jays Care Community Crew made their way to Rogers Centre for Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Volunteer Appreciation Night, hosted in the Football Media Centre at Rogers Centre, saw members of the Jays Care Community Crew from across the GTA gather for a night of networking, ballpark fare and a chance to watch the Blue Jays take on the Seattle Mariners.

"When I began volunteering with Jays Care Foundation, I didn't realize that along with teaching kids how to play baseball, I would also meet friends, join a community and immediately be able to see the effect of the work I was doing," said Community Crew member Elizabeth Benn. "Volunteering with Jays Care has been a wonderful experience."

In 2014, 616 Jays Care Community Crew members participated in 124 events across the GTA & Golden Horseshoe, compiling an incredible 5,095 volunteer hours. Throughout the baseball season, Jays Care Community Crew members could be seen at Rogers Centre selling 50/50 Draw tickets and hosting charitable/community groups in the Jays Care Community Clubhouse. Members were spotted throughout the GTA participating in food sorts, baseball diamond makeovers, the Ronald McDonald House Toronto Home for Dinner program and even helped prepare Camp Ooch for the 2014 summer.

"The efforts of our Jays Care Community Crew members throughout the 2014 Blue Jays season cannot be overstated," said Shari Ralph-Topolie, manager of operations for Jays Care Foundation. "Community Crew members took time out of their busy schedules to help Jays Care with initiatives across the GTA and were instrumental in increasing our community outreach. Tonight's celebration is in recognition of their commitment and contributions to Jays Care. The representatives in attendance tonight are here on behalf of all 616 members of the Jays Care Community Crew -- tonight is all about them."

After the game, Community Crew members were presented with their very own "Volunteer Silver Slugger" awards.

A very special thank you is extended to all 616 members of the Jays Care Community Crew.