Weill Child Guidance Foundation and Bakersfield Blaze Hit a Home Run
The Bakersfield Blaze celebrated their last regular season homestand with a fireworks display to help raise funds for the Child Guidance Clinic.
The Bakersfield Blaze wrapped up their regular season and had their eyes set on the playoffs when the Visalia Rawhide came to Sam Lynn Ballpark. For many in the crowd, it was about more than just supporting their local team during the playoff hunt; they were there to support the Weill Child Guidance Foundation and children’s mental health services in Kern County. The game began with the Clinic’s David McCrary throwing out the opening pitch and ended with a walk off home run and a Blaze victory followed by the final fireworks display of the year.
This was the third year the Foundation partnered with the Blaze and their 50/50 fundraiser program. Clinic staff and Foundation members sold tickets to the game in an effort to fill Sam Lynn Ballpark and raise funds for the Foundation. Many supporters bought extra tickets to donate to families served by the Child Guidance Clinic. “This is the type of event that represents the Clinic’s mission, the stands were full of families building bonds and creating memories,” stated Joshua Sullivan, Director of Marketing and Business Development,”for many of the children this was their first game and they will remember it for a long time.”
The Blaze also held a special meet and greet event for Clinic clients of the Clinic prior to the game in which Blaze players signed autographs and took photos with the children. This annual fundraiser brings together two great local organizations and helps shine a light on the services offered by the Clinic.