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Beneficiaries of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams

WINNIPEG, MB. -The Winnipeg Goldeyes, in conjunction with the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, announced the beneficiaries of funds raised during the 2016 baseball season.

Last year, the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation raised and distributed nearly $120,000 in support of 45 registered children’s charities through generous contributions from Manitobans all across the province.

“We are so grateful to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation for supporting children in Manitoba with disabilities,” said Kyla Wiebe, Gift Planning Manager for Society for Manitobans With Disabilities Foundation Inc.  “Their grants have helped children hear, move, and participate in childhood in ways they could not before.  How amazing is that?  Their support helps children hear their parents tell them that they love them.  Thank you!”

Founded during the 1940s, the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) supports the independence, participation, and empowerment of persons of all disabilities.  SMD operates multiple offices throughout the province and helps support Manitobans affected by disabilities in both urban and rural areas.

“Every person has the potential to offer something great to their community and to the world, which is why it’s so important to not let bullying and the stigma surrounding mental illness prevent them from making a positive contribution,” said Kathy Lynn Byrka, Executive Director for No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society.  “The generous donation from the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation will allow us to continue visiting schools free of charge and empowering youth across Manitoba.  Thank you so much for your support, and for helping us make a difference.”

The No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society started its “No Time for That” Tour in 2012.  Tour founder Elsie Morden has visited various local schools to share messages of empathy and empowerment through her personal stories and music.

“Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association is very grateful and honoured to have received this generous donation from the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation,” said Peter Manastyrsky, Executive Director for Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association.  “This donation will allow disabled children to continue in the program, many of which would not have the opportunity to do so otherwise.  For many of the children in our program, this is the only sport they can participate in or belong to, and the Field of Dreams Foundation has helped to make that happen.”

Since 1977, the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association (MRDA) has provided a unique therapeutic and social environment to children with disabilities through horseback riding.  Riding sessions are conducted with certified therapeutic riding instructors in conjunction with volunteer physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

“The foundation is once again pleased to offer funding to 45 children’s charities here in Manitoba,” said Tony Fletcher, president of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation.  “Thanks to all of the fantastic Goldeyes fans and corporate partners in helping the foundation raise the funds that make these donations possible.”

Since 1995, the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation has contributed more than $2 Million to children’s charities in Manitoba.  For more than two decades, Goldeyes fans and corporate partners have generously donated to the Field of Dreams Foundation while attending games.  The Fillmore Riley “Ks for Kids Program,” TCBY Radar Pitching Booth, Manitoba Pork Piggy Bank, “Path of Dreams” personalized sidewalk bricks at Shaw Park, memorabilia auctions, and nightly 50/50 raffles are several examples of how Manitobans have advanced the foundation’s mission.  Additional funds are raised through events outside of the ballpark, most notably the annual Field of Dreams Foundation Golf Tournament.

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-Kevin Klein, MyToba News

Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at kevin@mytoba.ca and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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