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12/16/2008 3:14 PM ET
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation raises $2.5 million during 2008 season
Foundation distributes more than $600,000 in grants to Arizona non-profits
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation raised $2.5 million during the 2008 season and will distribute $615,000 to more than 60 Arizona non-profit organizations as part of its 2008 grant recipient program, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced today. The $615,000 given to organizations throughout Arizona is the most money donated in the Foundation's history.

Included in the donation are the 2008 Grand Slam Award recipients, presented to: Great Hearts Academies, Horses with H.E.A.R.T., Open Table and Valley Youth Theatre. The organizations received either a $75,000 or $100,000 grant funded by the Arizona Diamondbacks partnership group to make a lager impact on that organization's bottom line.

Great Hearts Academies is a classical, liberal arts education for middle and high schools in the Phoenix area. The $100,000 grant will help fund its first school in an economically disadvantaged community, which will be located on the educational campus of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in downtown Phoenix.

Horses with H.E.A.R.T., Inc. provides therapeutic horse riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. The $100,000 grant will help fund a new facility in Prescott Valley, Ariz., which is set to open at the end of 2009.

Open Table acts as a team of life specialists and supporters who work with homeless individuals or families to help them overcome the obstacles that can hinder self-sufficiency, including but not limited to: health care, housing, employment, legal matters and education. The $75,000 grant will benefit the operations capital of this organization.

Valley Youth Theatre is committed to having a positive impact on the children of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area through a wide variety of performing arts opportunities. The $75,000 grant will fund the Valley Youth Theatre Scholarship Fund, which rewards young actors, technicians and orchestra members in the Valley Youth Theatre's productions scholarships for post-secondary education.

In addition to the Grand Slam Awards, 59 program grants totaling $265,000 were given statewide to non-profit organizations in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. Fund for these grants were raised throughout the 2008 season through team fundraising events, including the second annual "Evening on the Diamond" benefit dinner, "Shirts Off Our D-backs," Father's Day "Play Catch on the Field," "Sleepover at Chase Field," as well as additional events.

The full list of grant recipients is available online at dbacks.com/community. Applications for the 2009 program grants and Grand Slam Awards will be available in June.

About the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
Established in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation focuses its efforts on three main areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare, and children's programs of all types, including education and youth baseball field development. Through fundraising activities, the team's charitable arm has more than $14.5 million to the Arizona community. The cornerstone of giving for the foundation is the "Diamonds Back" Field Building Program, which has built or refurbished 28 youth baseball fields in Arizona since 2000. For more information on the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, visit dbacks.com/community.

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