Community-Owned Syracuse SkyChiefs are grateful for the
opportunity to give back to the community which has provided
outstanding support for the team over the years. The SkyChiefs
remain committed to the betterment of the Central New York
community and the club continued its tradition of community
involvement through numerous programs and initiatives this
SkyChiefs, in conjunction with several local businesses,
helped raise $25,012
for local charities during the 2005 season. Below is a summary
of the different charitable organizations that the SkyChiefs
assisted this season.
SkyChiefs held ALS Awareness Night on June 25 in conjunction
with Lowery Brothers Chrysler-Jeep.
General Admission tickets and Lou Gehrig bobbleheads were
sold to benefit the Upstate NY Chapter of ALSA.
also had the opportunity to sign a giant, inflatable jersey
commemorating Lou Gehrig's 100th birthday.
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
SkyChiefs collected donations to aid victims of Hurricane
Katrina at the team's final regular
season game on September 5. All fans who made a donation
received a SkyChiefs promotional item.
General Manager John Simone presented a check to Crystal
Wilcox of the Onondaga-Oswego Chapter of the American Red
native Chad Gaudin signed autographs on the concourse
for fans who donated money to assist Hurricane Katrina relief
efforts. (photo by Ed Gonser)
Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga County
SkyChiefs held raffles at home games for jerseys worn by
former players such as Roy Halladay, Orlando Hudson, and
Ryan Freel. Proceeds from the nightly raffles were donated
to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga County.
General Manager John Simone presented a check to BBBS Youth
Services Director Oscar Vergara (right).
Inc.'s BBBS program also celebrated its 25th anniversary
on the field at Alliance Bank Stadium prior to the SkyChiefs'
game with Norfolk on July 14. State Senator John DeFrancisco
was presented with a plaque in recognition of his long-standing
support of the program (left). Over 150 "bigs"
and "littles" attended the game.
& Girls Clubs of Syracuse
SkyChiefs wore special Montreal Royals replica jerseys on
Jackie Robinson Day, April 15. The team then held raffles
and auctions for the jerseys and donated the proceeds to
the Boys and Girls Clubs of Syracuse.
& Girls Clubs of Syracuse Executive Director Duane Kinnon
(left) and Syracuse Common Councilor Bill Simmons (right)
accepted a check from SkyChiefs General Manager John Simone
in a special presentation at Alliance Bank Stadium.
& Melvin, PLLC donated $50 for every ground-rule double
and $100 for every home run that the SkyChiefs hit over
the Melvin & Melvin, PLLC sign on the out of town scoreboard
Scalione, Managing Partner of Melvin & Melvin, presented
a check to Beth Hoey of Francis House during the SkyChiefs'
game on September 4.
Family of Agencies
New York Heart Center donated $45 to Hillside Family of
Agencies for every home run hit by the SkyChiefs this season.
SkyChiefs player who hit the most home runs during each
month of the season was recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
Kevin Barker hit 9 home runs in June to win the award in
his first month with Syracuse.
Diabetes Research Foundation
Bank donated $25 to the CNY Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation for every double hit by the SkyChiefs
at home from June 20 - September 5. Mike Cortini (center)
of Alliance Bank and SkyChiefs Executive VP/COO Tex Simone
(right) presented a check to Lucienne Cole-Dargan (left)
of the CNY Chapter of the JDRF prior to the SkyChiefs' game
on August 29. (photo by Ed Gonser)
Club of Syracuse
SkyChiefs hosted Lions Club Night on August 3. The Lions
Club of Syracuse received complimentary Level 300 tickets
for the game and used the night to raise funds and awareness,
as well as collect eyeglasses.
& Catalano donated $20 to the MDA for every double play
turned by the SkyChiefs at home this season.
Alexander of Alexander & Catalano presented a check
to Diane Kesel of the Muscular Dystrophy Association prior
to the SkyChiefs' season finale, September 5. (photo
by Ed Gonser)
SkyChiefs also donated season tickets, coupon books, single
game tickets, and memorabilia to more than 500 non-profit
agencies and fundraisers during the 2005 season.
All donation requests must
be made in writing, on your organization's letterhead,
and should be mailed at least four weeks in advance to:
Attn: Donation Requests
1 Tex Simone Dr
Syracuse, NY 13208
Bank Stadium isn’t the only place fans have had the chance
to see the SkyChiefs in action - players make countless
appearances during the season at locations throughout Central
SkyChiefs players and Scooch, the team mascot, visited
several area schools and parks this year, as well as Hancock
International Airport (right), and the New York State Fair.
2005 season marked the 38th consecutive year that SkyChiefs
players visited children at University Hospital.
Major Leaguers Shawn Green, Vernon Wells and Orlando Hudson
(right) are among the former (Sky)Chiefs players who have
accompanied SkyChiefs Executive VP/COO Tex Simone and Board
Member Harold Berman to the hospital over the years.
County Public Library
the SkyChiefs are proud supporters of the Onondaga County
Public Library's summer reading program. SkyChiefs players
and Scooch visited 10 libraries this summer and the team
provided free tickets to OCPL Night at Alliance Bank Stadium
to all children who participated in the program.
players were on hand for the grand opening of Skiddy Park
on June 21. Skiddy Park was renovated in part by an $80,000
grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The Baseball Tomorrow
Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball
and the Major League Baseball Players Association.