On June 23rd and 24th, Julie Whelan Photography had the pleasure of photographing two charity events hosted by the Jays Care Foundation.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lloyd Moseby cheers on a participant during the Home Run Challenge.
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