Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission on on Dec. 16, serving meals in the Mission’s cafeteria and distributing gifts bags with items from New Balance, Easton and Pacific Shore Holdings. Dodger partner Farmer John donated Farmer John DODGER DOG® hot dogs that were served at lunch.
Ethier donated $75,000 to the Union Rescue Mission’s learning center and created a scholarship program. His contribution helped secure two instructors for the leaning center and will serve to make improvements to the center such as new paint, furniture and supplies. FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising students prepared design plans for the enhancements of the learning center, which were unveiled to Ethier during this visit.
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The Dodgers are continuing to spread holiday cheer this season and Monday was a very special day for 10 year old Emily Lomeli who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is currently under-going chemotherapy. Emily is an avid Dodger fan and is the only girl on her baseball team.
Emily’s favorite Dodger, Andre Ethier, heard about her story and happened to be in Los Angeles and wanted to set-up a surprise visit for her. We invited Emily out to the stadium and she was surprised by Andre in the Dodger dugout. They spent time talking and Andre offered encouragement as she fights her battle with cancer. Andre gave her a behind the scenes tour of the newly renovated clubhouse and gave her a game used bat and jersey.
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Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti was on hand for the LA Rotary’s Angel City Toy Giveaway at Algin Sutton Recreation Center which is also the sight of a Dodgers Dreamfield. Colletti has donated his time for several years to help hand out toys and gifts to children at this holiday event. The Dodgers have donated blankets and other items in the past and this year provided backpacks, T-shirts and hats.
For a second consecutive year Adrian Gonzalez purchased and donated more than 3,500 toys for children in the East Los Angeles community. Gonzalez attended the East L.A. On Ice Winter Wonderland to personally help children choose their toy. Gonzalez joined Supervisor Gloria Molina on stage to greet attendees and take pictures on the ice rink before handing out toys. Other attractions at the event included a visit from Santa Claus, piles of real snow for winter play, face-painting, magicians, holiday train rides, carolers, food vendors with holiday antojitos (tasty treats), arts-and-crafts and music provided by a DJ.
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On December 11 following the Dodgers’ annual Children’s Holiday Party, Adrian Gonzalez joined PADRES Contra El Cancer’s “Season of Hope” to visit young patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Gonzalez handed out Dodger goodie bag of hats and t-shirts as well as toys donated by Mattel to patients and visited with patients’ families.
Adrian and his wife Betsy are supporters of the work of PADRES Contra El Cancer which is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families.
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On December 10, Yasiel Puig was back in Los Angeles to spread some holiday cheer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Dodgers’ outfielder handed out goodie bags to patients, posed for photos and signed autographs. This visit followed a previous stop on Nov. 19 to the hospital with his friend, Laker Pau Gasol.
On Wednesday, November 27, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and 20 members of the front office, joined The Salvation Army L.A. Red Shield Youth and Community Center at the LA Convention Center for a special Thanksgiving meal. The Dodgers along with City Year, Nickelodeon and many more volunteers from various organizations served turkey dinners with all the trimmings to approximately 2,000 low-income families from the Pico-Union area and surrounding communities.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were honored to receive the Disability Rights in Sports Award at a dinner on November 13 in Los Angeles. This award from the Disability Rights Legal Center recognizes the Dodgers for the recent improvements at Dodger Stadium. Transforming a 50 plus year old venue into a place that complies with ADA was a challenge but an important upgrade. The improved circulation, wider concourses, added ADA seating and accessible restrooms, have made Dodger Stadium more accommodating for all fans, especially those with physical challenges.
The award was presented by Joni Campanella-Roan the daughter of Roy Campanella and was accepted on behalf of the organization by Dodger Coach and former Dodger catcher, Steve Yeager. Also in attendance were Dodger alumni Tim Leary and Dennis Powell along with Dodger’s Senior Vice President of Planning & Development Janet-Marie Smith who was instrumental in renovations to the stadium.
Kicking off Veterans Day early, Dodger alumnus Billy Ashley visited with residents at the Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles on November 7. Ashley, whose father served in Vietnam with the Marine Corps, was honored and touched to meet with the residents. He presented Dodger blankets and a commemorative Dodger Challenge Coin to each veteran.
Hannah Vincent was at a bonfire with friends when someone through a can of spray confetti into the fire. Hannah was injured when the can exploded. It’s been a long road to recovery and continues to be. For a class assignment to write a self-portrait in the third person, Hannah wrote about her journey to heal and the motivation to pick up the pieces and get her life back on track. Like other teens, she loves Facebook and instagram, and is passionate about playing volleyball and the piano. She also stated that she loves Dodger baseball and wanted to someday meet Clayton Kershaw. What she didn’t know is that her teacher, Grace Hinojosa, sent a copy of her paper to the Dodgers.
After reading Hannah’s paper, Clayton wanted to meet Hannah and welcomed her and her famliy to the game on July 28. A dream come true for Hannah and a moment in time that now is an experience that brings brightness to the dark days.