The Minnesota Twins players and front office staff will take part in the organization's third annual Hope Week, an entire week dedicated to giving back to the community. During each day of Hope Week, different Twins players will lead groups of teammates in participating in various volunteer activities.
Monday, June 10 - Twins' radio home FM 96.3 K-TWIN hosted a scramble golf tournament at Chomonix Golf Course. The tournament will benefitted Spare Key, a Minnesota based non-profit that is focused on helping parents remain a part of seriously ill or critically injured child's care team in the hospital.
Twins Front Office Staff visited Feed My Starving Children to prepare food for shipment to developing nations.
Tuesday, June 11 - Participants in the Minnesota Twins Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) Program visited Target Fieldto watch Twins batting practice and meet players. They will stay to watch that night's game against the Phillies.
Wednesday, June 12 - Joe Mauer hosted a "Picnic in the Park." Twins players and staff met patients from Gillette Children's Hospital at Target Field for a picnic in the Delta Sky360° Legends Club.
Led by Brian Duensing and Josh Willingham, Twins players and their wives stuffed toy-filled birthday gift bags for Cheerful Givers. The bags will later be dropped off at food shelves and home shelters to allow parents living in poverty to give their children a birthday gift.
HOPE WEEK 2012
Sunday, June 10 -Justin Morneau's Casino Night for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Justin Morneau's luxurious, Las Vegas-style fundraiser was the kick off to the first annual Minnesota Twins Hope Week. Twins players and their wives mixed with Arthritis supporters for food, photos and a little mock casino gambling. The event raised more than $120,000 for juvenile arthritis. International Market Square was the setting for this classy event that also included live and silent auctions.
This is the third annual Casino Night, which Justin started to raise funds and awareness for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Justin's niece Maddie suffers from the disease and Justin hopes to help other kids to deal with the disease, and eventually find a cure.
Monday, June 11 - Hang with the Majors
The Hang with the Majors allowed Twins players to show off their bartending skills and help our families of our armed forces heroes. Twins players went to work serving and bartending at Toby Keith's I love This Bar in St. Louis Park to raise money for the Minnesota Military Families Association. Patrons and military families were waited on and sold beverages by many of the players.
Players' tips and other donations from autographs and a silent auction will go to benefit families of deployed soldiers.
A Brush with Kindness
Twins front office staff completed their first ever Habitat for Humanity volunteer event by helping local homeowners to fix up their homes. More than thirty Twins employees - and TC Bear - scraped, primed and painted two homes in North Minneapolis. These homes were affected by last year's tornado and need help to look new again.
Tuesday, June 12 - Ron Gardenhire's visit to the VA Hospital
On Day 3 of the Minnesota Twins Hope Week, Ron Gardenhire visited a group that he holds a very special interest in. Gardenhire, alumni, players, and TC Bear all traveled to the Minneapolis VA Hospital to mingle with veterans. Because Gardenhire's father was in the military, he continually visits veterans to let them know how much they are appreciated.
Veterans had the opportunity to get autographs, take pictures, and sit down and chat with Gardenhire, Twins players Drew Butera and PJ Walters, former Twins Tim Laudner and Kent Hrbek, as well as TC Bear. The group then made their way to individual rooms in the spinal cord injury wing and were able to have some extended conversations with veterans.
Wednesday, June 13 - Led by Joe Mauer, Twins players will meet a group of children who are currently at Gillette Children's Hospital and will take patients out for a pizza lunch.
Thursday, June 14 - Led by Carl Pavano, Twins players will take kids from various disadvantaged youth groups to Lake Harriet in Minneapolis to go fishing. They will be accompanied by a professional fisherman who will help teach the children to fish.
Friday, June 15 - Twins players will lead "Field Day for the Kids" at Target Field for children from People Serving People, CommonBond, and Mary's Place. The children will be invited on the field to interact with all of the Minnesota Twins players and coaches. Stations will be set up for various baseball activities, and the kids will also be able to play "MLB: The Show" on the giant 5800 square foot video board.
Saturday, June 16 - Twins players and their wives will stuff toy-filled birthday gift bags for Cheerful Givers. The bags will later be dropped off at food shelves and home shelters to allow parents living in poverty to give their children a birthday gift.