With a historical presence spanning nearly 120 years, The Durham Bulls have long been a staple of the Greater Triangle community. United Way of the Greater Triangle has too.
For many of those years, United Way has been partnering with the organizations doing the on-the-ground work needed to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility.
On Sunday, August 25, the two entities joined forces for a United Way Night that celebrated the community’s efforts to create healthy families by educating attendees on United Way’s mission and honoring the organizations making it happen.
“We know our goal is a lofty one but if anyone can help us achieve it, it’s the people sitting out in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park tonight,” shared Eric Guckian, United Way of the Greater Triangle’s President & CEO, during a live interview with Bulls’ broadcasters. “We’re so thankful for the support we’re seeing tonight and the support we’re seeing from the community year-round.”
During breaks between innings, the Durham Bulls and United Way of the Greater Triangle honored nonprofit partners — Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Habitat for Humanity of Durham, and The Hope Center at Pullen — working hard to support the growth of healthy families in the Greater Triangle by building safe homes for our neighbors to sleep in every night, supporting young people aging out of foster care, and much more.
Additional partners and the families they support also got the opportunity to participate in princess-themed in-game activities including princess-themed trivia and musical chairs.
The power of partnerships was strong throughout the evening, but it began before the gates ever opened when the Durham Bulls instituted a unique giving opportunity at ticket purchase, allowing attendees to donate to the organization at check out.
“The Bulls don’t just play in the community, we’re also members of the community and we’re proud to support and give back to organizations making a difference for our fans, friends, and neighbors,” shared Nick Bavin, Durham Bulls’ Director of Corporate Partnerships. “We’re stronger when we work together.”
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