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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Table

We’re gonna need a bigger table…specifically a table with 1,160 seats, because that’s how many people gathered together and gave thanks last Friday at Marlins Park.


Friday marked the fourth annual Marlins Ayudan Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution. 1,000 guests from throughout the community came to receive free turkeys and Thanksgiving fixings compliments of the Marlins Foundation, Farm Share, Feeding South Florida, Pepsi and Goya. Guests expressed many thanks for the wonderful meals they were able to receive. Our guests had even more to be thankful for than simply the food -  they were thankful for friends and neighbors, such as Abriendo Puertas, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Curley’s House, and Sagrada Familia, who were able to provide them with the opportunity to come as well as support all throughout the year.  We all know that good company makes for great holidays, and that was definitely the case for the Marlins Thanksgiving guests as they got to get ready for their holiday side by side with Marlins players Henderson Alvarez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Tom Koehler, and Ed Lucas!

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Many Miami families had a great evening on Friday, but we haven’t quite finished making our way around the giant table yet to hear everyone’s “thanks”. With thousands of pounds of food to be distributed, Marlins Ayudan front-office volunteers played a crucial role in this Thanksgiving celebration. Over 150 staff gathered around in the west plaza to unload, set-up, distribute, and prepare. Through all this work there was no shortage of thanks. One employee was thankful to be able to experience the teamwork it took to be able to provide 1,000 families with meals. Another employee gave thanks for the opportunity to grow her relationship with one of our Vice Presidents while working side-by-side. Colleagues were even thankful for the food that was provided!

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It’s safe to say that although all the people involved in the Friday’s distribution won’t be able to gather around one 1,160-seat table, there were enough “thanks” and enough “giving” to make the day a successful Thanksgiving celebration!

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Miami Lighthouse Day

The Miami Marlins and the Marlins Foundation present Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired with a check for $25,000.

The Miami Marlins and Marlins Foundation present Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired with a check for $25,000.

As a 2013 Official Charity Partner, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired held their day at Marlins Park on August 3rd. Before the game, Marlins President David Samson, and Marlins executives PJ Loyello and Alfredo Mesa presented them with a $25,000 check before the game. Accepting on behalf of Miami Lighthouse was President and C.E.O. Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board, Agustin Arellano, Jr., and former Board Chair, Ray Casas. The Marlins Foundation also hosted a silent auction and 50/50 Raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks to provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence, to educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields. We are proud to have them as a 2013 Charity Partner!

Charity Partner Days at Marlins Park

Enjoy reading about all the Marlins do in the community? Then come support our official 2013 Charity Partner days at Marlins Park! On each of their days, our Charity Partner will receive an on-field check for $25,000 dollars from the Marlins Foundation. While at the ballpark don’t forget to grab your 50/50 Raffle ticket to help raise money for their causes, and potentially win some yourself!  See the dates below:


Breakthrough Miami 

Sunday, July 14th Marlins v. Nationals


Miami Lighthouse for the Blind  


Saturday, Aug. 3 Marlins v. Indians

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 Miami Children’s Museum 

Sunday, Aug 25 Marlins v. Rockies.



Miracle League of Miami-Dade 

Saturday, Sept. 28 Marlins v. Tigers.

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To read more on any of these charities visit their websites linked above. To come out to Marlins Park to support them head over to and get your tickets there. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charity Partner of that day.

In the meantime, check out Breakthrough Miami’s spirit check at Camp Day!


May The 4th Be With You… Pitch, Hit & Run

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On Cuatro de Mayo, kids from City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami PAL were bussed out to Marlins Park for the 2nd Jr RBI Pitch, Hit & Run Competition. This baseball skills challenge measured who could drive the ball the furthest off a tee, throw the most strikes with 6 pitches, and blaze around the bases the quickest. This was a welcomed experience for the kids who had their games rained out from the nasty weather earlier in the week… but on this day, with the ballpark as the backdrop, it was picturesque. At the end of the day 12 kids from 4 different age groups advanced to the sectional round and we hope to see those Jr RBI shirts back at Marlins Park for the on field Regional Championships. The Jr RBI program is supported by Marlins Ayudan volunteers and sponsored by Marlins players Adeiny Hechavarria, Donovan Solano, and Nathan Eovaldi.


Role Model Apprentice Day

On Tuesday, April 13 the Marlins partnered with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project to welcome five 5000 Role Models mentees for the Annual Take a Role Model Apprentice to Work Day. All of the high school senior mentees shared the day on the job with various Role Model Mentors while they performed their daily professional responsibilities, with the goal of exposing the Mentees to potential career opportunities. The Mentees enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of Marlins Park before sitting down with the Marlins in house Role Model Mentors, Derek Jackson, VP and General Council, and Mike Hill, Marlins General Manager. After a thrilling morning learning about the front office aspects of a professional baseball team, they all enjoyed lunch where they exchanged riveting stories about their lives at Harvard and shared much needed advice with the Mentees.

For more information about the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, please visit

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