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Trenton Thunder Charities Announces Grant Recipients

December 11, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Trenton Thunder

(TRENTON, NJ) - The Trenton Thunder Minor League Baseball team announced today that it has awarded grants to eight locally based non-profit organizations through the 2012 Trenton Thunder Charities Community Grant Program.

The following organizations have received the first grants from the new outreach program:

Organization / Program / City / Grant Amount

CYO of Mercer County / After School Programs / Trenton / $2,500

Mill Hill Child & Family Development / PEERS Program / Trenton / $2,500

PEI Kids / Kids On The Block / Lawrenceville / $1,500

UIH Family Partners / Reach Out to Reach Up / Trenton / $1,500

Womanspace / Children's Therapy Program / Lawrenceville / $1,500

YWCA Princeton / Bilingual Nursery Program / Princeton / $1,000

Hamilton Area YMCA / Strong Communities / Hamilton / $1,000

Trenton NAACP / Family Read Along / Trenton / $500

TOTAL = $12,000

The goal of the Trenton Thunder Charities Community Grant Program is to support organizations that enhance the educational opportunities and quality of life for children as well as programs that support the betterment of the local community in general. This year, five of the eight organizations received grants in the full amount that was requested on their application. A total of 28 organizations submitted applications.

"After a year of fundraising through special events like our 'Trenton Thunder Charities Treasure Hunt' we are thrilled to use the funds to support so many worthwhile organizations," said Patience Purdy, Executive Director of Trenton Thunder Charities. "It's great to see the money we raised make a direct impact on programs in our local community that desperately need funding."

Trenton Thunder Charities grants are awarded annually. Applications are available for 2013 by clicking here . To make a cash donation to the 2013 fund or to support Trenton Thunder Charities in another way, please reach out to Executive Director Patience Purdy at 609-394-3300 ext 104 or patience@trentonthunder.com.

The Thunder will host the inaugural Trenton Thunder Hot Stove Dinner & Benefit on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Trenton Marriott. The event, titled, "Jersey Pinstripes" will be an exciting evening to benefit Trenton Thunder Charities and local Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds. Ticket information & details will be announced soon. Trenton Thunder Charities will present the Second Annual Treasure Hunt Presented By First Choice Bank on Saturday, August 10. More details will be announced at a later date.

The Trenton Thunder, the Double A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have donated over $4.7 million in goods, services and monetary donations to community organizations in its 19 year history. Trenton Thunder Charities is part of the Grand Slam We Care Foundation with its sister team, the Lakewood BlueClaws.

The 2013 Trenton Thunder season will begin on Thursday, April 4 at Portland with the home opener slated for Thursday, April 11 vs. Richmond.

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