Rox Continue Strong Community Involvement in 2018,
Raising Nearly $34,000 for Charity
Throughout the 2018 season, the St. Cloud Rox once again teamed up with fans and corporate partners by focusing on giving back to Central Minnesota organizations by raising nearly $34,000 for area non-profit organizations. Since the Rox inaugural season in 2012, over $159,000 has been raised through a variety of events including silent auctions, ticket fundraisers and in-game promotions which have helped support nearly 200 Central Minnesota organizations in need.
On June 28, St. Cloud teamed up with Advantage 1 Insurance Agency for Military Appreciation Night, where the Rox wore special edition camouflage jerseys that were auctioned off. The auction ended up raising over $6,100 with net proceeds benefiting Vietnam Veterans of America Central MN Chapter 290 to help local veterans.
On July 15, the Rox partnered with Center for Diagnostic Imaging for Pink in the Park Day, where the entire team wore special edition pink Rox jerseys. The pink jerseys were auctioned off, raising nearly $4,400 with net proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
In partnership with Sentry Bank, the Rox also held Community All-Stars Night on July 31, where nine area youth in the community were awarded the ultimate Rox experience for the day. The nine Community All-Stars were provided with a replica Rox uniform, took batting practice with the team and met players and coaches throughout the day. The Rox also teamed up with local youth sports organizations and other non-profits where nearly $3,500 was donated back to their organizations from ticket sales.
St. Cloud held its 7th annual Bark in the Park Night presented by Granite City Pet Hospital, where nearly $300 was raised by collecting donations from fans that brought their dogs to the Rock Pile. Proceeds went to help support the Tri-County Human Society.
The Rox continued with a pair of unique in-game promotions that helped raise funds for two non-profit organizations. St. Cloud partnered with Capital One to raise nearly $3,000 for Waite Park Babe Ruth Youth Baseball and Softball through the K’s for Kids promotion, where $10 was donated for every strikeout a Rox pitcher recorded during home games. The Rox also partnered with Tischler Wood Products to raise $3,100 with proceeds benefiting the ALS Association through the Walk for a Cure promotion, where $25 was donated for every walk a Rox player recorded during home games.
St. Cloud held numerous silent auctions at games throughout the season, featuring various one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia that raised over $1,500 to help support the Rox Community Fund. The Rox also donated $3,600 to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which generously provides volunteers that serve as ushers and ticket takers at Rox home games.
The Rox teamed up with the Northwoods League Foundation “Share the Glove” program to award the Miracle League of Central Minnesota with the Share the Glove youth equipment grant, which provided baseball equipment totaling a retail value of $2,500 including catcher’s gear, gloves, helmets, bats and baseballs.
In addition to raising funds for local charities, Rox staff, coaches and players spent time visiting many local senior living communities, libraries and summer camps getting to know fans of all ages in the St. Cloud area. Making over 60 community appearances during the year, St. Cloud’s 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, the Rox once again partnered with Central Minnesota Credit Union for the Rox Reading Program. The program encouraged around 11,000 students in nearly 500 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.