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The 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 season.
Charitable Donations
The 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.

ALS Association

The SkyChiefs held ALS Awareness Night on June 25 in conjunction with Lowery Brothers Chrysler-Jeep.

Special General Admission tickets and Lou Gehrig bobbleheads were sold to benefit the Upstate NY Chapter of ALSA.

Fans also had the opportunity to sign a giant, inflatable jersey commemorating Lou Gehrig's 100th birthday.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

The 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.

SkyChiefs General Manager John Simone presented a check to Crystal Wilcox of the Onondaga-Oswego Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Louisiana native Chad Gaudin signed autographs on the concourse for fans who donated money to assist Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. (photo by Ed Gonser)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga County

The 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.

SkyChiefs General Manager John Simone presented a check to BBBS Youth Services Director Oscar Vergara (right).

PEACE, 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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse

The 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.

Boys & 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.

Francis House

Melvin & 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

Bob Scalione, Managing Partner of Melvin & Melvin, presented a check to Beth Hoey of Francis House during the SkyChiefs' game on September 4.

Hillside Family of Agencies

The New York Heart Center donated $45 to Hillside Family of Agencies for every home run hit by the SkyChiefs this season.

The 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.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Alliance 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)

Lions Club of Syracuse

The 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.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Alexander & Catalano donated $20 to the MDA for every double play turned by the SkyChiefs at home this season.

James 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)

Ticket/Memorabilia Donations

The 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:
Syracuse SkyChiefs
Attn: Donation Requests
1 Tex Simone Dr
Syracuse, NY 13208

Player Appearances

Alliance 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 New York.

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.

University Hospital

The 2005 season marked the 38th consecutive year that SkyChiefs players visited children at University Hospital.

Current 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.

Onondaga County Public Library

In addition, 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.

Skiddy Park

SkyChiefs 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.