Lafayette Aviators spent baseball season benefiting non-profits

Each game the team partnered with a different non-profit to donate proceeds from ticket sales.

Posted: Aug 4, 2019 6:20 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Aviators spent this baseball season giving back to the community.

Each game the team partnered with a different non-profit to donate proceeds from ticket sales. On Sunday, the YWCA is benefitted.

The money will go towards funding its Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. 50% of the proceeds from tickets using the YWCA flier or promotion code go back to the organization.

Aviators' General Manager Zach Chartrand said the partnership has been a positive experience this season.

“We have several that have raised several hundred dollars, which goes a long way for a lot of them and it's nice because not only are they raising the funds but they're also getting that secondary awareness that will raise more funds down the line,” said Chartrand.

Jordan Bonfitto, YWCA Director of Communications and Engagement, said these donations can help serve many.

“The cost and financial resources it takes to run a 30-bed shelter are very large,” said Bonfitto. "We have staff that works 24 hours a day staffing our shelter as well as running our hotline."

Chartrand said this non-profit partnership is hands-on for both the baseball team and the non-profits.

“We work with them to set up a code and a flier where half of all ticket sales from that code and flier go directly back to the non-profit so they have to raise money through that code,” said Chartrand. “They also get a table on the concourse to help educate our fans about what they do.”

Bonfitto said it's a big benefit to have this partnership with the baseball team.

“We definitely hope people have fun at the game but we also want people to remember that YWCA was the non-profit for today and also everything that we do in the community, from domestic violence to women's cancer, to women's empowerment,” said Bonfitto.

The YWCA Domestic Violence Program Shelter is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. YWCA as a whole has been in the community for 90 years.

On Tuesday, Aug. 6 the Aviators will be playing their final game at Loeb Stadium. The night also doubles as “National Night Out.” The baseball team with be working with the Lafayette Police Department to give a farewell to the stadium. The game ball will be delivered to the field by helicopter. Chartrand said there will be a special guest in the helicopter and it’s something the community won’t want to miss.

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