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9/9/2013 6:48 P.M. ET

Masons of California pitch in to support Junior Giants Baseball

Masons4Mitts give kids a hand by giving them a glove

For the fifth consecutive year, the Masons of California are stepping up to the plate for the Junior Giants.   During a pre-game ceremony before tonight's game, Monday, Sept. 9, against the Colorado Rockies, the Masons of California will present a check to the Giants Community Fund for $83,140 as part of its Masons4Mitts program, which will provide 4,157 gloves for at-risk youth who participate in Junior Giants baseball. This year's contribution brings their five year donation total to nearly $275,000.  

Knowing that more than 40 percent of the kids in Junior Giants don't have a glove of their own, the Masons of California teamed up with the Giants Community Fund to start Masons4Mitts, a fundraising partnership designed to provide baseball mitts to as many Junior Giants as possible.

"Masons Night at the Ballpark" is an opportunity to recognize the Masons of California's overwhelming support and commitment to Bay Area youth. A home plate ceremony will take place prior to the game, during which Grand Master John Lowe will present a check on behalf of the Masons to Giants Community Fund Board Member John Gumas.

Using baseball as a forum to encourage underserved kids to live healthy and productive lives, the Junior Giants program currently includes 85 leagues in 175 cities around Northern California with over 20,000 participants and more than 2,500 volunteer coaches.

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