Community Involvement Remains a Top Priority for the Rox in 2017, Over $25,000 Raised for Charity
St. Cloud, MN – During the 2017 season the St. Cloud Rox teamed up with fans and corporate partners by putting a strong emphasis on giving back to Central Minnesota organizations as more than $25,000 were raised for area non-profit organizations. Since the Rox inaugural season in 2012 over $125,000 has been raised through a variety of events including silent auctions, ticket fundraisers, and in-game promotions which helped support nearly 180 Central Minnesota organizations in need.
On July 16th, the Rox partnered with Center for Diagnostic Imaging for “Pink in the Park Day” where the team wore special edition pink jerseys. A silent auction for the jerseys raised $3,050 for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In partnership with Sentry Bank, the Rox held a Community All-Stars Night on July 27th where there honored 11 area youth in the community who became Rox for the day. The Rox all wore red #11 jerseys in honor of Jacob Wetterling and raised $1,000 for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center through an in game auction. On July 30th, the Rox also teamed up Rapid Recovery & Aquatic Center for Military Appreciation Day where special edition camouflage jerseys were worn and several were auctioned off. The auction raised over $1,000 for the Country Manor Foundation, helping local veterans. The Rox also teamed up with local youth sports organizations and other non-profits where over $3,100 was donated back to their organization from ticket sales.
In 2017, the Rox held their 6th annual Bark in the Park Night presented by the Granite City Pet Hospital where over $400 were raised by collecting donations from fans that brought their dog to the park. Proceeds went to help support the Tri-County Human Society. On August 5th, the Rox again partnered with Country Financial for a Battle of the Badges pre-game softball event to help recognize local law enforcement, EMT’s and firefighters.
The Rox developed a pair of unique in-game promotions that helped raise funds for two non-profit organizations. The Rox partnered with Capital One to raise $3,260 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota through the “K’s for Kids” promotion where $10 was donated for every strikeout (K) that the Rox pitchers had during home games. The Rox also partnered with St. Cloud Stamp and Sign to raise $930 for Mended Hearts through the “Heart of the Order” promotion.
In addition to raising funds for local charities the Rox staff, coaches and players spent time visiting many local senior living communities, libraries, summer camps getting to know fans of all ages in the St. Cloud area. Making over 60 community appearances during the year, staff, coaches and players totaled over 1,000 combined volunteer hours; the Rox shared experiences with fans, read books to children and even offered baseball instruction at several baseball and softball clinics.
During the spring of 2017, the Rox again partnered with Central Minnesota Credit Union for the Rox Reading Program. The program encouraged over 11,000 students in over 480 classrooms throughout Central Minnesota to read outside of the classroom.
Rox Reading Program is Huge Success
The St. Cloud Rox are proud to partner with Central Minnesota Credit Union for their Rox Reading Program. This past spring the Rox and Central Minnesota Credit Union helped motivate over 11,000 kids in over 480 elementary classrooms in Central Minnesota to read outside the classroom! Kids in each classroom participate in a four week reading program. Each week a lucky winner who completed their reading goals for the week is selected in each classroom to receive a prize and then every child who completed the four week reading program receives two Rox tickets and a certificate of completion courtesy of the St. Cloud Rox and Central Minnesota Credit Union. One student who completes the reading program receives $250 placed in a Central Minnesota Credit Union savings account.
Rox Work Closely with Volunteers
The St. Cloud Rox are always looking for volunteer organizations to help out at home games and one group has always been willing to go above and beyond with the support they offer. The Rox have been working closely with the RSVP group who volunteers at a majority of the Rox games each season. They have done an outstanding job and make the experience for all fans great. Pictured is the RSVP group being recognized for their service to the Rox during one of the home games last season.