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Mustangs to raise $10K
Money to go to area non-profits
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Martinsville Mustangs announced Tuesday their plans to raise $10,000 for area non-profits this season as the team looks to make a positive impact in the community with its first ever fundraising program of this kind.
The program is called F.A.M., which stands for fundraising, awareness and momentum, has been successful with the Gastonia Grizzlies and Forest City Owls, two teams also in the Coastal Plain League and managed by Team Cole and Associates. The F.A.M. program gives area non-profits the opportunity to purchase tickets at a special rate and sell them throughout the community. In addition to fundraising tickets, groups that team up with the Mustangs will have the opportunity to lead the 50/50 raffle at the ballpark.
The program also gives non-profits a designated night at the park to help gain awareness and start momentum for their specific cause.
“This is an amazing program that has a proven track record of success,” Mustangs General Manager Tyler Parsons said in a release. “Already the reception from non-profits has been incredible, and we couldn’t be more excited. The F.A.M program is a great opportunity for non-profits to really get their name out there and get exposure for their great causes. This is something we are incredibly passionate about, and we can’t wait to get more non-profits involved.”
According to a release from the Mustangs, Team Cole and Associates helped the Grizzlies and Owls achieve some of the best attendance in the country, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Both franchises averaged more than 2,000 fans per game last season and Parsons said the consistent large crowds should provide the perfect canvas for non-profits to showcase their causes.
The Mustangs have already partnered with numerous non-profits in the area since Team Cole and Associates took control of the franchise in December. They include: The Boys and Girls Club, United Way, SPCA, Martinsville YMCA, Piedmont Arts and the Dan River Association.
“The United Way is excited to partner with the Martinsville Mustangs as part of this new initiative,” United Way Executive Director Tiffani Underwood said in a release. “This is a win-win for area non-profits as well as the Mustangs and an exciting way for the public to learn more about opportunities to get involved in the community.”
Non-profits are encouraged to call the Mustangs office at (276) 403-5250 for more information. You can also e-mail GM Tyler Parsons at Tyler@MartinsvilleMustangs.com or Director of Fun Emily McDonald at Emily@MartinsvilleMustangs.com.