In the Thanksgiving spirit, the Angels' Groundskeepers hold an annual Canned Food Drive the weekend before Thanksgiving. Fans are given the opportunity to step up to the plate at Angel Stadium and support their local community. All proceeds from the Thanksgiving Drive benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in the fight against hunger during the holiday season.
Angels Baseball Foundation Golf Classic
The Angels annually host the Angels Baseball Foundation Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. In 2014, the event raised over $120,000 for the Foundation. Thirty-six foursomes participate and each is joined by an Angels' Alum. Participants enjoy a round of golf and a dinner reception with Angel greats such as Tim Salmon, Gary DiSarcina, Chuck Finley, Rod Carew and many others.
Angels Baseball Foundation Children's Holiday Party
Each year the Angels Baseball Foundation aims to make the season brighter for 200 underprivileged kids by hosting a Children's Holiday Party for organizations in the Southern California area. The Angels partnered with AM 830 to host the event at ESPN Zone in Anaheim ESPN Zone generously donated the use of their facility, food, and free video arcade games to all the children in attendance. Players, coaches and broadcasters attend each year to kick off the event and provide the children with an afternoon of fun. Angels representatives welcome the children, pass out Angels hats and special holiday t-shirts. The children eat dinner, have a special visit from Santa, and then take time playing games. As the children leave the party, they each receive a toy from Santa, pajamas, a gift to pass onto a loved one and warm holiday wishes from the Angels.
The Angels Wives Group takes an active role in the community throughout the season by contributing their time and effort toward numerous charitable events and organizations. The Player Basket Online Auction annually raises over $20,000 for the Angels Baseball Foundation. The baskets are personalized to the players and coaches and contain game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as Angels' tickets and merchandise.
Once a month, the Angels and Hyundai will recognize an outstanding individual from the community for their service, acts of heroism, or dedication to helping others through various projects and initiatives. Heroes come in many forms, and the Angels are excited to honor local individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to serving youth, performing acts of selflessness, and exhibiting exceptional character. All stories will be welcomed; no act of heroism is too big or too small.