SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants and the Giants Community Fund have been outstanding supporters of the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, donating a combined $12,500 and helping to raise an additional $8,925.81 during the March 28 exhibition game versus the Oakland A’s.
The Giants’ commitment towards supporting the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund partly comes from knowing that 100 percent of funds donated will go towards helping those most in need in Japan, but their true motivation resides in their good relationship with the local Japanese community.
The Giants have a long and strong tradition of working with the community. Off the field, the team will continue to raise awareness and funds for the citizens of Japan and particularly the Tohoku region throughout the season.
On the field, the historical ties between Japan and Major League Baseball began in San Francisco when Masanori Murakami opened up the fields for Japanese players by signing with the Giants in 1964.
“We have all experienced great sadness and dismay with the series of tragic events to hit Japan and its citizens,” said Larry Baer, Giants president and chief operating officer. “We know that so many of us want to help as we witness the unbelievable and overwhelming devastation to life and property being experienced throughout Japan. It is our intention to spread the word amongst our fans and raise awareness for the many ways they can assist the people of Japan.”
In the wake of the recent tragedies that have hit Japan, the Giants are dedicating this season’s Japanese Heritage Night I to the memories of those lost, and to the support of those working to rebuild. Proceeds from each special event ticket will be donated directly to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, and Giants staff will be on hand on the day of the game to collect additional donations from fans who would like to contribute further to the cause.
Special event tickets will place ticket-holders in Japanese Heritage sections, creating a bond between members of the Japanese community and their supporters in a show of solidarity. Additionally, all ticket-holders will receive a special-edition Sumo Lou Seal bobblehead. A pregame fundraising festival in Seals Plaza will feature cultural performers and Japanese food and drink specials.
Japanese Heritage Night will be held on Friday, June 3, at 7:15 p.m. Tickets in Sections 308, 312 and 313 are available through the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. The cost is $24 for JCCCNC members and $26 for non-members. Contact Courtney Okuhara at (415) 567-5505 to purchase tickets or for more information.