August 6, 2015 11:40 am
Updated: August 6, 2015 12:41 pm

Better Winnipeg: Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation keeps giving to children

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They’re known as the fish, but for one night in Winnipeg that Goldeyes logo was replaced by bacon.

A unique pork inspired jersey that is now being used to reel in thousands of dollars for Manitoban kids.

“Once all the jersey’s are auctioned off, there should be about $5,000 for the foundation. That could mean one or two more charities are going to get funding from us this year,” says Andrew Collier, General Manager of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club.

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Money raised from each autographed, game worn jersey is going straight to the Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation.

Already $2 million dollars has been given to children’s charities since the foundation was established in 1995.

“It’s very important for us to be a part of the community because it’s the community that has kept us around so long,” says Collier.

Every year, 30 to 40 local organizations receive financial support from the Foundation. Manitoba Riding for the Disabled is just one of them.

“We get kids that come with wheelchairs, walkers, with autism. Every child is different,” explains Peter Manastyrsky, Executive Director of Manitoba Riding for the Disabled.

“For many of the children in our program this is their only activity, their only sport.”

Twenty-four children are enrolled in the riding program.

Even though it’s run almost entirely by volunteers, the cost of each 10-week session per child is around $5,000. The money is raised through public donations and organizations like the Field of Dreams Foundation.

“Without the help of the Winnipeg Goldeyes several children wouldn’t be riding in the program.”

The Goldeyes annual golf tournament, 50/50 tickets and even specialty jerseys like the bacon inspired ones currently being auctioned off at each home game this season keep the importance of community top of mind. It’s woven into the fabric of the organization and the players that take to the field.

“Right from day one in 1994 the Goldeyes fans in Winnipeg have been so generous and so giving to the Goldeyes.  That’s why we’re still here 22 years later,” says Collier. “(The foundation) It’s our way to say thank you to the community.”

Find out more about the Field of Dreams Foundation.

Better Winnipeg is a weekly feature highlighting the people, events and organizations that make Winnipeg a better place to live. If you have a story idea, send an email to betterwinnipeg@globalnews.ca

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