The Rockies 50/50 Raffle is off and running! New for the 2018 season, Rockies fans have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win thousands of dollars each home game in the final jackpot at the end of the seventh inning.
At every Rockies regular season home game this year, representatives of the Metro State University Denver Alumni Association will be circulating throughout Coors Field, selling raffle tickets to fans for the chance to win 50% of the total raffle proceeds for that game. The more tickets fans buy, the better their odds of winning. Net raffle proceeds will be displayed publicly at Coors Field and online at roadrunnersathletics.com/5050.
The first-ever Colorado Rockies Foundation 50/50 Raffle winner, Andrea Burgess, walked away with $6,851 on Opening Day at Coors Field, and jackpots are expected to grow in the future as more fans become aware of the new opportunity at the ballpark.
Next time you're at Coors Field, look for members of the MSU Alumni Association in 50/50 T-shirts or visit the kiosk on the Main Concourse to buy raffle tickets for your chance to win a sizeable jackpot, and help out a worthwhile cause at the same time.
Buckley Air Force Base
On Saturday, May 12, a group of Rockies visited Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., to provide a special opportunity for military families. Upon arrival at the base, the Rockies players and staff put on a clinic for kids which included pitching, hitting, fielding and conditioning drills. The kids got to learn from and interact with players Daniel Castro, Noel Cuevas, Harrison Musgrave and Brooks Pounders, along with First Base Coach Tony Diaz. The day concluded with photos and autographs.
UCHealth Healthy Swings
On Friday, May 11, a collection of current and former Colorado professional athletes stepped up to the plate in the UCHealth Healthy Swings: Charity Home Run Derby at Coors Field to hit baseballs benefitting Gold Crown Foundation.
This year's participants included: Clint Barmes (Rockies alum), Malik Beasley (Nuggets), Rick Berry (Avalanche alum), Vinny Castilla (Rockies alum), Bill Hanzlik (Nuggets alum), Marquette King (Broncos), Casey Kreiter (Broncos), Gabriel Landeskog (Avalance), John-Michael Liles (Avalanche alum), Brandon Marshall (Broncos), Brandon McManus (Broncos), Jamal Murray (Nuggets), Shane Ray (Broncos), Ryan Spilborghs (Rockies alum) and Cory Sullivan (Rockies alum).
The Rockies maintain a long-standing community partnership with Gold Crown Foundation, a non-profit youth sports organization that emphasizes education youth and community through sports and enrichment programs. The Rockies partner with Gold Crown Foundation and UCHealth on numerous community projects each year. For the second annual Healthy Swings event, UCHealth donated over $53,000 to Gold Crown Foundation.
Home Run for the Homeless 5K!
The Colorado Rockies Home Run 5K Run/Walk took place at Coors Field on Sunday, April 29. Participants ran or walked through the LoDo neighborhood on a scenic route that finished up with a lap around the Coors Field warning track. There were over 4,600 participants this year, a fantastic turnout. While the event is a fun and memorable time for participants, there is also a strong community tie to the Rockies 5K. Proceeds from the event benefit Colorado Rockies Charities and Denver's Road Home, the city's longstanding program with the mission to end homelessness in Denver.
Children's Hospital Visit
On March 3, 27 patients of Children's Hospital of Colorado's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, along with 15 of their caregivers, arrived at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. Although no longer with the Rockies, Jason Motte, along with his wife Caitlin and the Jason Motte Foundation, funded this fun-filled weekend to help boost morale for the children on the road to recovery.
Each patient received personalized jerseys and the group was treated to lunch on the Rockies patio, including a visit from cancer survivor Chad Bettis.
The following day, before making their way back to Denver, the entire Rockies Spring Training Camp took time to meet with children. The kids had the opportunity to play catch, get autographs, take photographs and make new friends.
Ian Desmond Supply Drive
On March 10-13, Ian Desmond, with the support of the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, hosted a school supply and equipment drive at Salt River Fields benefitting Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community children. Each day of the drive, Rockies wives and Minor League players worked the gates, collecting donations as fans entered the ballpark.
After three days, over $6,000 in cash donations were collected, as well as several boxes full of gear and supplies for the children in need. Desmond not only personally dropped off the supplies, but played a little sandlot ball with a group of children.
Rockies Front Office Projects
The Rockies and Denver Rescue Mission teamed up to host their annual Ballpark Neighborhood Clean-Up on Saturday, April 7. The group collected over 60 bags of trash over the course of a couple hours.
On Friday, March 9, Rockies staff helped sort and pack medical supplies for delivery to underdeveloped countries with Project C.U.R.E. Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world.
On March 2, Read Across America Day, which coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday, members of the Rockies front office visited elementary schools in the Denver Metro Area to read to classrooms of students from grades K through 5.