In conjunction with the 2014 All-Star Summer, Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins, the Twins Community Fund, and the Pohlad Family Foundation will team up to contribute more than $8 million to benefit local and national charities including the following capital projects in Twins Territory:
Project: Renovate the historic Fort Snelling Upper Post military buildings into 58 homes for homeless veterans, including an advantage services center. CommonBond is the largest nonprofit provider of affordable rental homes with life-enhancing services in the Upper Midwest.
Project: Renovate the unusable pool at the Jerry Gamble Club into a multipurpose sport and arts space. Club membership is estimated to increase by 400 or approximately 15% with the increased programming.
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Project: Renovate the youth field on St. Paulâs West Side laden with significant drainage problems, no irrigation system, no lights and significant fencing wear and tear. El Rio Vista Field will be a showcase field for the Twins and St. Paul Parkâs Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (R.B.I.) youth baseball program in the neighborhood.
Project: Renovate the rooms at the Oak Street facility, including new HVAC, furniture, appliances, and common areas. Serving nearly 400 families in 2013, the facility provides a private space for families of children with life threatening illnesses to stay, eat a warm supper, and attend an accredited on-site K-12 school.
Project: Renovate the youth field in Northeast Minneapolis hindered by significant drainage problems, no irrigation system, no dugouts, no lights, no scoreboard, no batting cage, no bullpens, and a dilapidated backstop. Along with enabling more games to be scheduled, this field will be a premier facility that will aid in recruiting R.B.I. players.
Project: Construct a brand new field at this location, allowing for the programming of significant youth baseball and softball time for the community members living in this area. An estimated 40 teams will play spring/summer seasons on this new field with an additional 10 teams playing in the fall.
Project: Transform the preserve into a nature sanctuary complete with prairie, savanna, maple-basswood forest and a storm water management system of filtration ponds and wetlands, as well as expand the trail to create an 18-mile uninterrupted path through nature. Pohlad Companies employee-volunteers will do the bulk of the reforestation work.
Project: A partnership with Phillips Eye, the mobile eye clinic will provide more than 43,000 un- or under-insured children and adults throughout Minnesota with preventative eye care. By integrating into the Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) program, the Mobile Eye Clinic becomes the first stop for vision care for all children who do not pass the vision screenings currently conducted in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools.
Project: A partnership with the Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant program to renovate the field to allow for more practice time for teams as well as another place to play games. Robbinsdale youth baseball is rapidly expanding and this field renovation accommodates their growth.
Project: Construct a new Miracle League field in Hibbing, MN that serves disabled youth from many Iron Range communities. Miracle League fields are made of a rubberized turf specific to baseball and softball play for youth with disabilities.
Project: Fans worldwide have the opportunity to vote via AllStarGame.com/FansChoose for one project to receive a one-time grant for a capital project that affects youth in Twins Territory (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Western Wisconsin). The winning project will be announced in a ceremony during the week leading up to the All-Star Game.
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