Historic Dodgertown raises $26,000 for charities, adds new staff

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Following the success of the 2nd Annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game that saw nearly 6,000 spectators enjoy an evening of professional baseball at Holman Stadium, four local organizations will receive financial gains from this great community event.

All ticket proceeds from the event benefited the United Way of Indian River County. The Game Committee worked for many months devising the promotional and logistical plan with the support of numerous volunteers and sponsors.

“The Jackie Robinson Celebration Game has exceeded all our expectations for a family friendly, truly community-wide event, celebrating an important man and an important step in the integration of major league baseball,” said United Way CEO, Michael Kint. “Historic Dodgertown exudes an amazing nostalgia for those of us who remember as well as great entertainment for the young. We are grateful to Historic Dodgertown, their staff, and the Florida State League for including us in such a special event. Moneys raised will allow United Way of Indian River County to provide the building blocks for a solid community with access to a good education, financial stability and quality health care. Funds raised here, stay here, changing the lives of friends and neighbors in need.”

Additionally, three organizations provided manpower for the food and beverage concessions stands during the game earning a percentage of sales for the evening. The Exchange Club of Indian River, Vero Beach High School Lacrosse Club and Dodgertown Elementary PTA all worked with great urgency to keep up with service orders throughout the event.

Historic Dodgertown is also pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its full time staff in TJ Donahue (Asst. Director of Athletics) Miranda Owen (Events Planning Assistant) and Jason Smith (Front Desk Manager).

T.J. Donahue is a Florida State University alumnus from Vero Beach who graduated from St. Edward’s School. As Assistant Director of Athletics, T.J. will coordinate team tournament events throughout the year and serve all athletic activities while athletes train and play.

Miranda Owen is a recent graduate of Flagler College. Following a spring internship at Historic Dodgertown, she will now serve in event planning, helping to coordinate social events, business meetings, weddings and parties held at the facility.

Jason Smith, now front desk manager, was also promoted following his contributions to a variety of departments including the on-site hotel. He is a Vero Beach High School graduate who began his Historic Dodgertown tenure in March of 2013.

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