Results tagged ‘ Community Relations ’

Nats help beautify DC’s Ballou High School

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

community service 041 c.jpgThe Nationals continued their philanthropic efforts around the DC area and participated in a volunteer effort on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at a local D.C. Public School. In support of the President’s “United We Serve” initiative and Serve DC’s Seasons of Service Days, Washington Nationals Front Office Employees volunteered at Ballou Senior High School’s School Beautification Project.

Education is one of the cornerstones of the Nationals’ community relations programming, so it was only fitting that staff spent their “day off” helping to beautify the local school and make it a more inviting place for students.

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community service 044 cc.jpgAt the school, Nationals staff banded together with several other local volunteers – including Ballou students – to remove graffiti from the hallways, clean lockers, repaint the bathrooms and interior doors, design bulletin boards, and paint murals in the school library. Within four hours, the school had already transformed into a nurturing environment where the students can learn and grow.

community service 047 c.jpgCommunity Relations is one of the pillars of the Nationals organization, and the Nationals are happy to have had the opportunity to make the school a positive place for the students to thrive during their high school years and beyond.  

Pups at the Park

Ladies, Gentlemen and poochies. That’s right, tonight Nationals Park played host to some canine companions during two exciting events: the First Annual Pups in the Park and the Second Annual Adopt-a-Pet. Below are some pictures from these fun events.




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Puppies 046.jpgTo find out about how you can adopt a pet, check out the Washington Humane Society’s website here.


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2009 Washington Nationals Blood Drive

The Nationals hosted their fifth annual blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Nats fans from far and wide, as well as, members of the Nats front office rolled up their sleeves to donate blood. In all, the blood drive collected an amazing 252 pints of blood!


rob dibble.jpgMASN Color commentator Rob Dibble went with the sleeveless method for an easy donation. We can tell he’s done this before.


 pat listach2.jpgThird base coach Pat Listach showed up in uniform to donate blood. Hope it won’t affect him later as he waves Nationals runners home.


pat listach.jpgAlways willing to help out the fans, Listach signed autographs to pass the time.


zimm blood drive1.jpgStarter Jordan Zimmermann even stopped by to sign autographs and meet with the donors.


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zimm blood drive4.jpgOverall, it was a very successful day. Thank you to everyone who showed up to donate as well as the Red Cross for all of their help today.


First-Ever Grill-Off at Nationals Park

Food Network Event 002b.JPGThe Washington Nationals welcomed the The Food Network today as The Next Food Network Star finalist Teddy Folkman took on Levy chef Phil Bucco in battle flank steak/swordfish. The two contestants were both told of the mystery protein just as the 45-minute challenge began.



Food Network Event 026b.JPGChef Folkman, a District area chef who owns Granville Moore’s Gastropub in DC, chose flank steak…


Food Network Event 012b.JPGWhile Chef Bucco, who oversees menu concepts and the food served in each area of the ballpark, went with the swordfish.


Food Network Event 003b.JPGThe event was hosted by Eddie Gilbert, who was also a finalist on this season of The Next Food Network Star.


Food Network Event 017b.JPGFans from all over swarmed the event to get a glimpse of the chefs and (hopefully!) a taste of their creations.


Food Network Event 056b.JPGDuring the event, Teddy stopped by to see what the excitement was all about. His choice to win the battle? The other Teddy, of course!


After 45 minutes, the chefs finished their dishes and prepared for the judging.


Food Network Event 058b.JPGChef Teddy Folkman prepared his grilled flank steak with a grilled potato salad and a pineapple-tomato sauce.


Food Network Event 059b.JPGChef Phil Bucco served up an all-grilled dish of swordfish, zucchini and potatos topped with a tropical mango salsa.


Food Network Event 064b.JPGThe two judges, The Washington Post Food Editor Joe Yonan and WTTG Sports Anchor Dave Ross, were brought in for the event. They were sequestered during the cooking process and were unaware of which chef cooked each dish.


Food Network Event 065b.JPGThe other two judges, Kim Dickson of Alexandria and Becky Goehler of Richmond, were chosen by host Gilbert to sample the food. Both women had a blast at the event and really enjoyed trying the food the chefs made.


“I don’t usually like fish dishes, but I couldn’t stop eating this one,” said Dickson.


The judges scores are in, and the winner is…


Food Network Event 071b.JPGTeddy Folkman!


Food Network Event 067b.JPGAnd the chefs generously gave out samples of their dishes to the fans in attendance.


Food Network Event 069b.JPG“We do events like this all the time,” said Folkman. “But this is definitely the best one yet.”

Nationals collect 1,100 ties in first-ever Tie Drive

032708-023 team 1st visit.JPGThe Washington Nationals collected over 1,100 neckties during their first-ever tie drive on Thursday, June 25 during their game against the Boston Red Sox.  The collected ties will benefit Career Gear, a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged and underserved men in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. The Nationals partnership with Career Gear includes the collection of suits and ties from on-field personnel and front office staff. Additionally, Career Gear will identify a beneficiary to receive a suit made by a tailor used by Nationals players to be presented during a pre-game recognition ceremony at the end of the baseball team’s season.


 “Washington Nationals fans continue to demonstrate their incredible generosity with their contributions to another successful drive,” said Nationals Vice President of Communications and Community Relations Chartese Burnett. “Throughout the team’s five years in the District, our fans have stepped up to the plate time and again to help those less fortunate then themselves.

Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Nationals Park

The Washington Nationals and Becky’s Fund will host Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Nationals Park on Friday, July 3, when the team plays the Atlanta Braves at 6:35pm. Becky’s Fund is a public charity dedicated to domestic violence awareness and prevention. The Nationals have joined the fight against this human rights offense and invite their fans to strike out domestic violence with Becky’s Fund.

District of Columbia Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas will present a resolution passed by the DC Council prior to the start of the game, declaring July 3, 2009 “Domestic Violence Awareness Day” in Washington, DC, and will present The Bill of Domestic Violence Rights. Councilmember Thomas will challenge Nationals fans and District residents to join the fight against Domestic Violence, which affects one in every three women in their lifetime.  Nationals fans may visit the Community Desk, located in the Left Field V, for more information on Becky’s Fund, to make donations, and for the chance to win t-shirts and autographed memorabilia.


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