Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets Single-A South Atlantic affiliate, raised over $2,300 to support “Peace of Mind,” a program that provides free hotel rooms to Columbia’s first responders, medical professionals, and front-line city staff who work in challenging environments that might allow for overexposure to the Coronavirus.
Profits from the “Wash Your Wings” tee-shirt sales resulted in a nice donation to the Midlands organization.
“We are extremely excited that we were able to raise over $2,300 for Peace of Mind,” Mallory Turnbull, Merchandise Manager for the Fireflies, said on Columbiafireflies.com. “Orders for the “Wash Your Wings” T-Shirt came in from all over the country and we would like to thank everyone who purchased a shirt for supporting our local community and the front line workers who continue to work hard to keep our community safe.”
The Fireflies’ initiative started April 16 and ran through April 30.
The Columbia Police Foundation, who have set a goal to raise at least $20,000, administer Peace of Mind. If you would like to donate separately, you can send donations to: Columbia Police Foundation, Attn: Chief Skip Holbrook, 1 Justice Square, Columbia, SC 29201.
Even though shirt sales have concluded, the Fireflies are continuing their philanthropic efforts to help the Midlands during this unprecedented time. The Fireflies have partnered with Minor League Baseball and Feeding America to help the national CommUNITY First campaign.
Fireflies fans are encouraged to visit MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst through May 31 to donate. Once on the site, fans can pick their donation amount and the Columbia Fireflies as the recipient of their donation to direct funds to the Midlands community. For every $10 donated, the Fireflies will donate one ticket to a future home game this season or in 2021 to a local hero of the pandemic.
— Jerry Del Priore