Baysox Bring Smiles To 20 Families

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Louie, the Bowie Baysox Mascot poses with family

Louie brings smiles to the Stevens family of Lothian this holiday season.

The Bowie Baysox and their partners announced yesterday that Louie’s Holiday Hope Project helped 20 families in need, including 60 kids, during the 2010 holiday season.  The team partnered with Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, the Bowie Police Department and Bowie Youth & Family Services to provide food, winter coats and Christmas gifts to the families, based on each family’s needs.

Baysox Director of Marketing Brandan Kaiser commented on how the program has grown over the years.  “This was the fourth year of Louie’s Holiday Hope Project, and it continues to expand each year,” Kaiser said.  “In 2007 we were able to help four families, in 2008 we reached out to five families and last year we were able to help 11 different families in need.”

Nancy Branch, Director of Bowie Youth & Family Services, noted the increase in local families in need this holiday season.  “With the economy affecting our area there were more families in need than we had in previous years,” Branch said.  “The families were overwhelmed with the generosity of the people involved in Louie’s Holiday Hope Project.  The contributions of gifts and food were very much appreciated.  You made Christmas a brighter holiday for so many children and their parents.  Thanks for being there for Bowie.”

Of the 20 families the program touched this year, 15 were from Bowie.  The other families reside in Lothian, Beltsville, Hyattsville, Suitland and Arnold.

Bowie Interim Police Chief John Nesky enjoys working with the Baysox on the program.  “We continue to enjoy a great relationship with the Baysox and this program is another example of how we can work together to give back to the community,” Nesky said.  “It is a wonderful opportunity and we are already looking forward to next year.”

In addition to the Bowie Police Department, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and Bowie Youth and Family Services, the Baysox would like to thank the Baltimore Orioles for donating more than 100 items to the program.

The Baysox held a raffle in November to raise money for the program.  The winner received a luxury suite for Opening Night in 2011, autographed memorabilia and collectible bobblehead dolls of former Bowie stars Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Nolan Reimold.

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