WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes, in conjunction with the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, are pleased to announce the beneficiaries of funds raised during the 2016 baseball season.

Last year, the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation raised and distributed nearly $120,000 in support of 45 registered children’s charities (complete list of recipients below) through generous contributions from Manitobans all across the province.

“We are so grateful to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation for supporting children in Manitoba with disabilities,” said Kyla Wiebe, Gift Planning Manager for Society for Manitobans With Disabilities Foundation Inc.  “Their grants have helped children hear, move, and participate in childhood in ways they could not before.  How amazing is that?  Their support helps children hear their parents tell them that they love them.  Thank you!”

Founded during the 1940s, the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) supports the independence, participation, and empowerment of persons of all disabilities.  SMD operates multiple offices throughout the province, and helps support Manitobans affected by disabilities in both urban and rural areas.

“Every person has the potential to offer something great to their community and to the world, which is why it’s so important to not let bullying and the stigma surrounding mental illness prevent them from making a positive contribution,” said Kathy Lynn Byrka, Executive Director for No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society.  “The generous donation from the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation will allow us to continue visiting schools free of charge and empowering youth across Manitoba.  Thank you so much for your support, and for helping us make a difference.”

The No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society started its “No Time for That” Tour in 2012.  Tour founder Elsie Morden has visited various local schools to share messages of empathy and empowerment through her personal stories and music.

“Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association is very grateful and honoured to have received this generous donation from the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation,” said Peter Manastyrsky, Executive Director for Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association.  “This donation will allow disabled children to continue in the program, many of which would not have the opportunity to do so otherwise.  For many of the children in our program, this is the only sport they can participate in or belong to, and the Field of Dreams Foundation has helped to make that happen.”

Since 1977, the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association (MRDA) has provided a unique therapeutic and social environment to children with disabilities through horseback riding.  Riding sessions are conducted with certified therapeutic riding instructors in conjunction with volunteer physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

“The Foundation’s continuing ability to support children’s charities in Manitoba in such an impactful way is a tribute to those loyal Goldeyes fans and corporate sponsors who, through their own philanthropy, make all of this possible,” said Tony Fletcher, President of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation.

Since 1995, the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation has contributed more than $2 Million to children’s charities in Manitoba.  For more than two decades, Goldeyes fans and corporate partners have generously donated to the Field of Dreams Foundation while attending games.  The Fillmore Riley “Ks for Kids Program,” TCBY Radar Pitching Booth, Manitoba Pork Piggy Bank, “Path of Dreams” personalized sidewalk bricks at Shaw Park, memorabilia auctions, and nightly 50/50 raffles are several examples of how Manitobans have advanced the foundation’s mission.  Additional funds are raised through events outside of the ballpark, most notably the annual Field of Dreams Foundation Golf Tournament.

For more information about the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, including funding requests for 2018, please visit: http://goldeyes.com/community/field-of-dreams-foundation/

2017 Field of Dreams Foundation Recipients
Adoption Options Manitoba Inc.
Alpha House Project Inc.
Assiniboine Park Conservancy Inc.
Athletes In Action, Power to Change Ministries
Big Brothers & Sisters of Brandon Association Inc.
Big Brothers & Sisters of Portage la Prairie Inc.
Bookmates Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Inc.
Camerata Nova Inc.
Canadian Council of Provincial & Territorial Sport Federations Inc.
Canadian Diabetes Association
Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba Inc.
Child & Family Services of Central Manitoba Foundation
Child & Family Services of Western Manitoba
Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba Inc.
Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation Inc.
Circle of Hearts Family Support Network
Dreams Take Flight
Firefighters Burn Fund Inc.
Hearing Foundation of Canada
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Junior Achievement of Manitoba Inc.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada
Katie Cares Inc.
Khartum Shrine Patient Transportation Fund
Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba Inc.
Making Waves Winnipeg Inc.  (new name Manitoba Swimability Inc.)
Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts Inc.
Manitoba Hospice Foundation Inc.
Manitoba Museum
Manitoba Neurofibromatosis Support Group Inc.
Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association Inc.
Manitoba Theatre For Young People Inc.
Movement Centre of Manitoba Inc.
No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society
Open Access Resource Centre Inc.
Red River Heritage Fair, Canada’s National History Society
Salvation Army
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation Inc.
West Broadway Development Corporation
Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre Inc.
Winkler Family Resource Centre Inc.
Winnipeg Harvest Inc.
Winnipeg International Children’s Festival Inc.
Winnipeg Optimal Health Early Years Sports Club Inc. (OHEYS Autism)

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders.  The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park.  Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now.  For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com

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