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LADF 50/50 Raffle debuts tonight at Dodger Stadium


By Erin Edwards

Dodger fans now have the chance to win big by participating in the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s inaugural 50/50 Raffle.

This charitable in-game raffle will be launched at Dodger Stadium tonight, continuing here all season, and the proceeds will benefit LADF’s programs and giving to local youth organizations.

During every Dodger home game, tickets will be sold by staff in gold shirts throughout Dodger Stadium. The winning raffle number will be selected during the seventh inning to determine the 50/50 Raffle jackpot winner. The winning raffle number will be displayed in stadium during the eighth inning.

For each and every raffle, half of the 50/50 Raffle jackpot will go to the selected winner, and the other half will go to LADF for its programs and to support youth organizations across Los Angeles.

Raffle tickets will be sold for cash only at three price points: three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. Fans can visit kiosks in the Left Field Plaza, Loge Level (behind sections 103/105) and Reserve Level (section 10). Sellers will also be roving throughout the concourse and Top Deck, Reserve, Club, Loge, Field and Pavilion seating areas.

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Hollywood Indies Little League thrives with LADF support

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By Jon Weisman

The latest issue of the Hollywood Reporter, dedicated to philanthropy, includes a feature by Scott Feinberg on the Hollywood Indies Little League, which is supported by Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

An excerpt:

The largest little league program in L.A. county, HILL was founded in 1994 by lifelong Angeleno and die-hard baseball fan Stan Brooks, 57, the director and Emmy-winning producer (Broken Trail) of many TV films and miniseries, including this year’s The Lizzie Borden Chronicles for Lifetime. “I was sitting in my office 22 years ago and I read an L.A. Times story about how the board of supervisors was cutting funding for parks and rec,” he recalls. “The first thing to go was going to be baseball because it’s such an expensive sport.” …

… Support from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation — which, through the nationwide RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities) initiative, provides funding, uniforms, equipment, health resources and an annual field trip to Dodger Stadium to take in a game — has been integral to HILL’s success. “The opportunity to use sports to engage kids — kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity or who otherwise really wouldn’t be seen — is intriguing to us,” says Nichol Whiteman, executive director of the Foundation.

Over the years, various members of the Dodgers organization have taken hands-on roles with the league, making opening day appearances, teaching clinics and giving pep talks, including Mike Piazza, Tommy Lasorda, Tim Leary and, most recently, star outfielder Carl Crawford. “I played in RBI programs,” says Crawford, 34, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Red Sox in 2012. (He helped to carry an RBI team from Houston to the 1997 RBI World Series.) “I love being around the kids and I just try to give them words of encouragement. You want to give them the same types of chances that you had.” …

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Surprise friends, family with Ribbon Board message at Dodger Stadium


By Erin Edwards

Do you know a Dodger fan who is about to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or promotion? Why not honor them in front of upwards of 50,000 people at Dodger Stadium?

You can do just that by displaying your message at Dodger Stadium on the Ribbon Board, located below the left-field Dodger Vision screen.

Ribbon Board messages can be purchased online for a cost of $75. This purchase will delight the recipient, and all proceeds go to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for its mission is to aide underserved youth in the greater L. A. area.

Ribbon Board message details:

  • The message will appear once during the game, at the end of the fifth inning.
  • In approximately six to eight weeks, you will receive a 5×7 color photo of the message.
  • Two lines of text each limited to 34 characters.
  • Purchase online at

Dodger dog: $5.50, Ribbon Board message: $75. Seeing your name in lights: priceless.

Viva Los Dodgers on Sunday features Mystery Bags with autographed baseballs

By Erin Edwards

This Sunday, Viva Los Dodgers — the family-friendly pregame festival where fans can enjoy live music, player autographs and other fun activities — will feature some exciting Mystery Bags for lucky fans.

LADF tentWhile at Viva Los Dodgers, be sure to stop by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation tent. You will find the Mystery Bag fundraiser, where for a $40 donation, you can get an official Major League baseball signed by one of 10 Dodger alumni or one of our current players.

You won’t know until you open your bag who signed your ball. Possible signatures include Andre Ethier, Zack Greinke, Nomar Garciaparra, Tommy Davis and Manny Mota.

Only 84 Mystery Bags are available. All proceeds will benefit the LADF and its programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy and health and wellness. All the programs help children and families throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Also this Sunday. Viva Los Dodgers moves to the Dodger Stadium 76 station, which has been refurbished for event use in Lot 6. A part of Dodger Stadium since the ballpark opened in 1962, the 76 station has been preserved but adapted into a flexible and nicely landscaped event space.

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