Citi Announces Citi ThankYou® Home Runs for Communities Program for the 2014 New York Mets Season, Supporting Four New York Community Partners
New York, April 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Citi announced today it will launch the Citi ThankYou® Home Runs for Communities Program at Citi Field during the New York Mets’ 2014 season. Through the program, Citi will donate $2,000 to one of four tri-state area community partners when a Mets player hits a home run at Citi Field during 2014 regular season games. The designated organizations are City Harvest, United Neighborhood Houses, USO of Metropolitan New York and the YMCA of Greater New York. The Citi ThankYou® Home Runs for Communities Program began yesterday (March 31) during the Mets’ Opening Day game and will operate through the last regular season home game (September 28) at Citi Field.
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is helping launch the Citi ThankYou® Home Runs for Communities Program. A Roberto Clemente Award nominee and Major League Baseball representative for the ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign, Granderson is recognized for his positive contributions on and off the field. Granderson’s support reinforces Citi’s commitment to working with local organizations to enable progress in the communities where it operates.
The Citi ThankYou® Home Runs for Communities Program will serve as the centerpiece of the Citi Teammates in the Community program, a multi-program initiative comprised of events, monetary donations, and ticket opportunities that will allow Citi to highlight its role as an enabler of progress and showcase the community partners as ‘stars’ of the 2014 season. The four community partners will rotate as benefactors at Citi Field home games, and all four partners will receive a $5,000 initial donation to kick-off the program.
“This program is the latest instance of Citi and the Mets coming together to make a difference in our local New York City communities, and we are looking forward to a successful season at the ballpark and beyond,” said Eileen Auld, Tri-State Regional Director of Citi Community Development. “Thanks to the enthusiastic support of Curtis Granderson and the entire Mets organization, the Citi ThankYou® Home Runs for Communities Program will have a meaningful impact for these organizations and the New Yorkers they each serve”.
“Giving back has always been important for me as a professional athlete who has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of fans.” said Curtis Granderson. “I am pleased to join Citi in supporting these important organizations that improve the lives of New Yorkers, and I am delighted to partner with Citi to add even more excitement to the on-field action at Citi Field.”
This season, fans will also have the ability to support New York City community groups through the use of their Citi ThankYou® Points earned across their Citi credit card and banking relationships. Thank You members can now redeem their ThankYou® Points to make a donation to a wide assortment of global and local charitable organizations which now include City Harvest, United Neighborhood Houses, USO of Metropolitan New York and the YMCA of Greater New York. Fans can find more information on thankyou.com/pointworthy and get started by linking their PointWorthy and ThankYou® accounts. To learn more about ThankYou Rewards visit www.thankyou.com.
“We’re proud to offer our members the opportunity to use their ThankYou Points to make donations to a wide variety of charities through our relationship with Point Worthy.” said Mary Hines, Head of Citi ThankYou Rewards. “And we’re thrilled to give our ThankYou members here in New York more opportunities to support the local community.”
Citi and the Mets will also continue to team up in a series of community-themed initiatives throughout the season, including the Citi Kids program, an educational and motivational community-based program that will benefit thousands of New York school students during the season.
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About City Harvest
Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest (cityharvest.org) is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women and children. This year, City Harvest will collect 46 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to more than 500 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed the nearly two million New Yorkers that face hunger each year.
About United Neighborhood Houses
United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is the membership organization of New York City settlement houses and community centers. UNH’s members – 38 independent nonprofit organizations – comprise one of the largest human service provider systems in New York City, delivering high quality services at more than 400 sites to more than a half million New Yorkers each year. These services include child care, after school programs, adult education, and employment programs, English and citizenship classes, legal services, senior centers and home delivered meals. UNH supports its members through policy development, advocacy, and capacity-building activities. For more information, visit www.unhny.org.
About USO of Metropolitan New York:
Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The USO of Metropolitan New York provides valued programs and services to troops and their families, and we help channel the American public’s desire to give back to those who serve our country into programs and services that enrich their lives. A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.
About the YMCA of Greater New York
The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 500,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit ymcanyc.org.