Kansas City Royals FanFestOmaha Storm Chasers staff members made the trip to Kansas City for the Third Annual Kansas City RoyalsFanFest in January 2011. They had the opportunity tokick off the 2011 season with their affiliated team the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City Royals CaravanThis year Kansas City Royals players Alex Gordon and Luke Hochevar made the trip up from Kansas City for their annual Caravan. Along with Gordon and Hochevar were former Royals Frank White and John Mayberry. All four of them stopped by the Children’s Hospital for a visit.
Speakers’ Bureau Each year the Omaha Storm Chasers Speakers’ Bureau goes out to local organization such as Kiwanis Clubs, Lions Clubs, church, schools and many more.
How To ScoreMark Nasser, Director of Broadcasting for the Omaha StormChasers, visited local libraries and taught them how to keep score with a pencil and paper.
Read Across AmericaMany Omaha Storm Chasers staff members took time out toparticipate in Read Across America. They visited 15 schools during the months of February and March.
Hit the BooksThe Omaha Storm Chasers continued itsHit the Books program in 2011. This yeara total of 48 schools and 16,173 students participated.
Home Run for Youth & Library Day Cox Home Run for Youth Library Day April 18 was Cox On August 7 and 8 theCommunications Home Run Omaha Public Library for Youth Day with more distributed 12,000 than 4,000 students in donated tickets for their attendance. Summer Reading.
Home Run Foundation ofGreater Omaha-Robinson Athletic Scholarship This year two outstanding students were chosen for the Home Run Foundation of Greater Omaha-Robinson Athletic Scholarship. Each of them received a $500.00 scholarship. (Pictured are: Omaha Storm Chasers VP/GM Martie Cordaro , Galen Gullie, Alexia Lawson and Community Relations Manager Andrea Stava.)
Community Organization of the Night The Omaha Storm Chasers, with the help of Today’s Dental, hosted 69 non-profit organizations at Werner Park for Community Organization of the Night. Each organization had: - Concourse Booth - First Pitch - On-field interview - Radio interview
Sam’s Club Canned Food Sunday Sams Club Canned Food Sunday The Open Door Mission was the beneficiary of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Sam’sClub Canned Food Sundays. Fans were encouraged to bring a non-perishable cannedgood to Werner Park and in exchange received a FREE McDonalds Berm Ticket. This season over 2,400 items were donated.
PlaySmart & Ronald McDonald House Ronald McDonald House PlaySmart RBIs Hurl the Pearl PromotionFor every RBI, $10.00 went to PlaySmart A Storm Chasers record of $10,232 wascourtesy of Werner Enterprises. $3,570 raised for the Ronald McDonald House. was raised in 2011. This was made possible by McDonald’s and Nissan of Omaha.
Walk to Defeat ALS Martie Cordaro and his teamraised over $4,000 to the Walk to Defeat ALS. This was thefirst time the Omaha Walk was held at Werner Park.
Kids Who Rock A big thanks to 89.7 The River who partnered with the Omaha Storm Chasers on “Kids Who Rock”. Children ages 7-17 were nominated and winners (as wellas those who did the nominating) were awarded with tickets to a game and an exclusive picnic in the Hy-Vee Pavilion.
Omaha Storm Chasers Golf Tournament benefitting MDA This year the Omaha Storm Chasers held their annual MDA Golf Tournament at Eagle Hills Golf Course. Over $2,500 was raised in support of MDA.
Public Service AppreciationPublic Service Appreciation Night was held on August 20, 2011. Over 880 berm tickets were donated to local police, fire, rescue and other service personnel.
Coat DriveOmaha Storm Chasers partnered with the Kansas City Royals for Joplin coat drive. A total of 79 coats were donated.
Player AppearancesThe Omaha Storm Chasers baseball players made 96 different appearances during the 2011 season.
Mascot AppearancesStormy, Vortex and Casey have been busy as they visited 189 differentlocations throughout the Omaha metro area.
Staff Community HoursThe Omaha Storm Chasers staff combined for a total of 869.5 hours during the months of September 2010-August 2011
Chasers FUNdamentals• Mission Statement: To bring the game of baseball to the youth of the minority populated areas in Omaha. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, our efforts were focused on connecting Minor League Baseball and the Omaha Storm Chasers to those communities during a culturally diverse eight-week youth clinic program.
Chasers FUNdamentals• Transportation: This was arranged through the Peter Kiewit Foundation for buses to be available each Wednesday.• Location: The time at the Hillside Little League fields was donated through Omaha Public Schools for weekly usage.• Equipment: Partnered with a local contact from Marucci who helped with a donation of bats. We also used items that were donated last season by Mizuno.• Staff: At least six Omaha Storm Chasers staff members, including full-time and interns, were present for the eight weekly clinic dates. Boys and Girls Club also provided chaperones. Members from Benson High School baseball team helped with the clinics as well.• Time Commitment: Clinics were held every Wednesday morning from 10am until 12pm for eight weeks. One clinic was held on a Sunday afternoon with Omaha Storm Chasers players and coaches lasting one hour.• Promotion: To help promote the program, the Boys and Girls Club with our mascot held ‘signing days’ at each club. Incentives were given to children interested in the program. A new logo was created to help with branding for future years.
2011 Minor League BaseballTM Youth Leadership AcademyThe Omaha Storm Chasers joined Minor League BaseballTM for the YouthLeadership Academy held in Vero Beach, Florida. Four at-risk youth developed their leadership and life skills Tianna, Therea, Luka, and Cornelius atduring a six day academy. an Omaha Storm Chasers game.
CARE Program Chasers Actively Reaching Everyone Throughout the 2011 season,the Omaha Storm Chasers andseason ticket holders donated tickets to local organizations.
Ticket, Birthday, Suites& Mini-Plan Donations During the 2011 season, the Omaha Storm Chasers donated $41,566 in tickets, birthday parties, suites, mini-plans, cash and memorabilia.
Autism Action Partnership Jersey Auction On April 16, the Omaha StormChasers auctioned off puzzle piece jerseys to benefit Autism Action Partnership. $4,620 was raised.
Nebraska Colon Cancer Jersey Auction A total of $3,800 went tothe Nebraska Colon Cancer for their jersey auction.
Aflac Children’s Cancer Center Jersey Auction A grand total of $5,000 went to the Aflac Children’s Cancer Center of Atlanta.
The Omaha Storm Chasers would like to thank all of our fans and partners for your support during the 2011 season.For more information about the Omaha Storm Chasers Community Relations Department, contact: Andrea Stava (402) 738-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org See you all next season!