Winnipeg Goldeyes give back through Field of Dreams Foundation
Fish donate $1.4 million to local children’s charities
The Winnipeg Goldeyes are using their Field of Dreams Foundation to give back to the community that they say has given them so much.
The foundation was founded in 1995 and has raised over $1.4 million for children’s charities across Manitoba.
Funds are raised in a number of different ways including the sale of coupon books and an annual golf tournament.
Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier said the foundation has grown tremendously since its inception in 1995.
“We wanted to give back to a community that has been so generous with us,” said Collier. “It started slowly with us giving away $10,000 in year one and now we give away over $80,000 some years.” Collier said the Goldeyes know there are many children’s charities in need of donations, and that is why they try to work with as many of those charities as possible.
“We don’t just stick to one charity. We try to help as many as we can and help some charities with less money.”
Along with giving away money, the foundation also awards scholarships to kids who participate in baseball and succeed in school.
“We give away scholarships through Baseball Manitoba to kids who have a positive influence on baseball. These might be kids that coach or participate in other ways. We just look for well rounded kids.”
One of the foundations that has benefited from the Field of Dreams Foundation is Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba. Wayne Rodgers, the executive director of Variety, said he knows how lucky his charity is to be associated with the Goldeyes.
“They have been extremely supportive and are a major source of donations to Variety.” said Rogers. “The amount we have received from them is in the hundreds of thousands.”
Rogers also said the Field of Dreams Foundation was a major reason why a brand new children’s park was built at The Forks.
“The Goldeyes made a major contribution to the Variety Heritage Adventure Park and the park turned out just beautiful. It is one-of-a-kind and might not be there without the support of the Goldeyes.”
In addition to their support of children’s charities, Rogers also believes the Goldeyes are an amazing organization that has helped the Winnipeg community.
“They are a stellar and first class organization because they are just so community driven.”