December 3, 2014
Detroit Sports 105.1, Detroit Tigers Foundation and Apple Vacations came together to support youth baseball in the Dominican Republic. In October, Detroit Sports 105.1 awarded trips courtesy of Apple Vacations to the Iberostar Dominicana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The group traveled from Detroit to Punta Cana, with Detroit Sports 105.1 host, Matt Dery, for an extremely rare opportunity to join Tigers players JD Martinez, Bryan Holaday and Nick Castellanos to tour the Tigers Dominican Academy. While at the Academy, the Tigers players presented over 500 pieces of youth baseball equipment and one hundred Detroit Tigers t-shirts to the children in a neighboring orphanage, Our Little Brothers Dominican Republic.
Native Dominican Tigers players, Melvin Mercedes and Jose Valdez were also in attendance. The Tigers Dominican Academy, and Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, provided a lunch to the group and everyone in attendance was able to watch an Instructional League game.
Later in the day, Martinez, Holaday, Castellanos and Detroit Sports 105.1 staff visited Our Little Brothers Dominican Republic. During the tour, a 17 year-old boy who lives at the orphanage followed the players around campus. At the end, Martinez took off his shoes and gave them to the boy as a gift. The boy gave him back his flip-flops as a souvenir to remember him by.
December 1, 2014
Three local charities benefited from “Share the Joy,” the annual live radio broadcast drive hosted by Greater Media radio station WJRZ 100.1. On November 21 and 22, the public helped fill a 53-foot tractor-trailer at Perlmutter Family ShopRite of Bayville, Bayville, N.J., with donations of food, clothing, and toys for Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ocean County, the Jersey Shore Animal Center, and Ocean County Hunger Relief.
Sue Sedivic, the executive director of BBBS said, “We received $680 in monetary donations, $100 Toys R Us gift cards, and approximately 250 toys. That’s great! Despite the cold weather, it was a great event. Our kids will be so happy! Our holiday party is December 20, and that’s where we will distribute the gifts.”
Pat Wallace of the Jersey Shore Animal Center was touched by the generosity of everyone. She said, “We received monetary donations of $630 and a $100 Shop Rite Gift Card. We counted 22 boxes of items along with a very expensive orthopedic pet bed and car harnesses. Someone also donated medications for the animals. Best of all, we estimate we received more than 1000 lbs. of pet food. Whatever food we do not use will be donated to local charities to help people in need feed their pets. Thank you for always keeping our pets and our shelter in your hearts.”
WJRZ 100.1 Promotions Director Marie Senkeleski said, “Ocean County Hunger Relief received more than 15 pallets filled with food and clothing donations. They also received hundreds of dollars in monetary donations! It is heart-warming to know how much people are willing to give to help others.”
“Share the Joy,” a charity collection drive sponsored by Pepsi, New Jersey Lottery, and Michael’s Furniture of Brick.