Sox and Springs Rescue partner to fight homelessness

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skysox_fireworks_games_21The Colorado Springs Sky Sox and Springs Rescue Mission will join forces to make a significant and positive impact on the lives of the homeless and hungry in Colorado Springs.

For the 2014 season, Sky Sox fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, clothing and personal items to every game they attend. The Springs Rescue Mission collection spot will be outside the front entrance at Security Service Field. Donations will be accepted during all 72 Sky Sox home games. The donations directly benefit Springs Rescue Mission and its efforts to fight homelessness and substance abuse by feeding, clothing and housing those in need in El Paso County.

The Springs Rescue Mission collection spot is just one of the ways Springs Rescue Mission helps support the needy. Other services include its Food Service Program, Addiction Recovery Program, Family Crisis Center, Family Mentor Alliance, Resource Advocate Program, Support Family Services and its Box Lunches and catering service. The local nonprofit has its own onsite executive chef who helps prepare meals for more than 100 people a day.

Perkins Motors is also partnering in this initiative this year through a season-long promotion at the ballpark called “Doubles for Dollars.” Perkins Motors will donate $50 to Springs Rescue Mission every time a Sky Sox player hits a double in 2014.

“The Sky Sox are consistently voted the best family entertainment in town, and we are honored to have them as partners as we serve homeless and impoverished local families,” said Springs Rescue Mission President and CEO Larry Yonker.

This 2014 season will come together on July 27 when the Sky Sox and their partners will join to benefit Springs Rescue Mission through a new and refreshed “Faith Day Game and Christian Concert.” The game will start at 1:35 p.m., and fans will not only have the opportunity to enjoy 50-cent hot dogs and afternoon baseball, but they will also be treated to a post-game Christian concert. The headliner for the concert will be Jared Anderson, who performs at New Life Church, as well as various worship leaders from Colorado Springs-area churches. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.skysox.com/buytickets and clicking on the Sunday, July 27 game link.

A selected group member from those groups that collect and donate the largest number of items will be invited to go on stage with the performers to help kick off the concert.

“As the need for services to help the homeless and hungry grows in our community, so does our commitment to those who dedicate so much of themselves to serving them,” said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor. “We are honored to partner with two great community leaders in Springs Rescue Mission and Perkins Motors who continue to give so much to improve the lives of those most in need in our community.”

Fans who want to take a look at the impact Springs Rescue Mission has on the community can tour its campus at 5 W. Las Vegas St., just east of I-25.  For more information on how to get involved, log on to www.springsrescuemission.org.