Jays Care Foundation Photo Recap with Roberto Alomar


On June 23rd and 24th, Julie Whelan Photography had the pleasure of photographing two charity events hosted by the Jays Care Foundation.

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The Jays Care Foundation

The Jays Care Foundation was established in 1992 and was designed to assist charities and organizations that support children and youth in Ontario through fundraising and awareness programs. This is a charity after our own heart. We are passionate about helping underprivileged youth in our area through fundraising for sport programs. We believe that youth sports help with the proper development of a child and have a strong and positive impact on a community. To date, the Jays Care Foundation has donated more than one million dollars to this worthy cause. Julie Whelan Photography would like to thank Danielle Holt, Jenny Le, and Matt Warner for contacting us and getting us involved in two wonderful charity events.

The Field of Dreams Grant

The first event took place on June 22nd at the Dorchester Outdoor Recreation Complex in the Municipality of Thames Centre. The Field of Dreams grant, an investment of $100,000 from the Jays Care Foundation, was donated to the Municipality of Thames Centre and was used to purchase and install stadium lighting to increase access to baseball in response to a 20% increase in registration for local youth sporting groups in 2014.

Field of Dreams

Jim Maudsley, the Mayor of the Municipality of Thames Centre got the event swinging with a media walk through with Robert Witchel, the Executive Director of the Jays Care Foundation:

Mayor Jim Maudsley media walk through

Mayor Jim Maudsley Robert Witchel Executive Director

After the walk through, the Jays Care Foundation brought along some Jays Alumni to help christen the Field of Dreams. Roberto Alomar, Devon White, Lloyd Moseby, and Duane Ward were honoured to be part of such a special event for the youth of the¬†Municipality of Thames. Ten time Gold Glove winner, Roberto Alomar, said in his speech “This is one of the nicest baseball fields I’ve ever seen.” A powerful endorsement for the new field.

Jays Alumni Speech

Roberto Alomar Speech

Devon White Jim Maudsley Roberto Alomar

The Boys & Girls Club of London came out to help the Blue Jays Alumni christen the Field of Dreams. After the speeches, the kids even got the chance to be part of a clinic put on by the Jays Alumni. Below you can see the Boys & Girls Club posing, throwing, and catching with the former Blue Jays.

Jays Alumni Boys and Girls Club

Lloyd Moseby teaching to catch

Robert Alomar teaching to throw

Boys & Girls Club Clinic

The kids seemed to really enjoy the clinic held by the Jays Alumni. They held out until a severe thunder storm rolled in and even then they didn’t seem to want to stop playing on the Field of Dreams. In the image below, you can see the rain pouring down while the player completes his pass.

Boys & Girls Club Clinic in the rain

Home Run Challenge

The second event, the Home Run Challenge, was held at the Labatt Park in London, ON on June 23, 2015. The event is modeled after a Fantasy Baseball Camp idea where participants must raise a certain amount of money to take part. The Blue Jay Alumni put on drills and batting practices for the participants and then in the afternoon, the participants competed in the Home Run Challenge.

Home Run Challenge Labatt Park

Jays Alumni Drills

Lloyd Moseby teaching to swing

Lloyd Moseby throwing a ball

Devon White talking with London Majors

Devon White teaching to swing
Mayor Matt Brown is a huge Blue Jays fan and was elated to come out and learn from the best. Below, the Mayor gets pointers on his swing from Roberto Alomar before participating in the Home Run Challenge.

Mayor Matt Brown learning how to swing

Mayor Matt Brown Home Run Challenge

Lloyd Moseby cheers on a participant during the Home Run Challenge.

Lloyd Moseby Home Run Challenge

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About Julie Whelan

Julie Whelan, professional photographer of over fifteen years, has had the opportunity to shoot all over the globe--from capturing portraits in Vanuatu to shooting off rooftops in Maui to photographing products in Calgary. She now finds herself in Ontario photographing outdoor adventures and the active lifestyles of athletic individuals and athletes in competition & training. Julie has also worked with professional athletes such as Don Cherry, Darryl Sittler, and Roberto Alomar. When not behind the lens, Julie likes to unwind with a good book or spending time in the garden.

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