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Community Baseball Club of CNY, Inc. 2011 Report to Shareholders

Community Baseball Club of CNY, Inc. 2011 Report to Shareholders

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When we look back to the top moments of the past two seasons, naturally they were dominated by Stephen Strasburg, the phenom who took the baseball world, and our community by storm in 2010 then returned here this year following surgery as the most closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball.
But the Syracuse Chiefs’ story for 2011 goes far beyond the field or the clubhouse. We reached an important financial milestone, established a variety of community and minority community initiatives and paved the way for improvements in concessions and the overall fan experience.
When we look back to the top moments of the past two seasons, naturally they were dominated by Stephen Strasburg, the phenom who took the baseball world, and our community by storm in 2010 then returned here this year following surgery as the most closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball.
But the Syracuse Chiefs’ story for 2011 goes far beyond the field or the clubhouse. We reached an important financial milestone, established a variety of community and minority community initiatives and paved the way for improvements in concessions and the overall fan experience.

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Dear Shareholders:When we look back to the top moments o the past two seasons, naturally they were dominated byStephen Strasburg, the phenom who took the baseball world, and our community by storm in 2010 then returnedhere this year ollowing surgery as themost closely watched pitching prospect in the history o baseball.But the Syracuse Chies’ story or 2011 goes ar beyond the eld or the clubhouse. We reached an importantnancial milestone, established a variety o community and minority community initiatives and paved the way orimprovements in concessions and the overall an experience.We are currently in nal negotiations with Onondaga County or the maintenance, operations and managemento Alliance Bank Stadium. When completed, we expect to announce the purchase o a new video scoreboard andimprovements to the amily picnic area and in our ticketing technology, among otherimprovements in the coming years. The sta o the Syracuse Chies Baseball Club is ready to continuebuilding upon its 50 years o successul management, operation andmarketing o the acility. We take great pride in our 100 years o bringing Minor League Baseball to Syracuse and take seriouslyour role in providing a positive economic impact or ourcommunity.We are pleased to outline our 2011 accomplishments inthis report, as well as look ahead to an exciting2012 season.Sincerely,Ron Gersbacher
President 
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Key Accomplishments During 2011
Final Loan Payment 
On September 30, 2011, the Syracuse Chies made the 180
th
consecutive and nal payment on a $4 million loanissued in 1996 as part o the team’s original lease agreement with Onondaga County. The grand total o all paymentsmade by the ball club over the 15-year term was $6,396,136. During the initial planning or the construction o Alliance Bank Stadium, the Chies Board o Directors agreedto a yearly rent payment schedule with Onondaga County ocials. However, as the project costsescalated, county leaders asked the ball club to make a one-time, up-ront payment ratherthan the previously agreed-upon monthly payment schedule. By taking that course o action, we sacriced short-term prots in the interest o long-term existence.
New Concessions Agreement 
 The Syracuse Chies have selected Ovations Food Services, LP, a nationallyrecognized leader in providing high-quality ood and beverage services,to provide exclusive concession and catering services atAlliance Bank Stadium.Ovations will begin operations on Opening Day, April 5, 2012.Renovations will be made to existing concessions and capitalimprovements to existing ood service acilities will support Ovations’introduction o new menu items, many o which eature regionalspecialties and avors.
Outreach Efort to Minorities
Syracuse has been identied as having one o the largest minority communitieswith a Minor League Baseball ranchise. As such, and as part o Minor LeagueBaseball’s commitment to minority programs, the Chies have embarked on anoutreach initiative to these groups by:
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Hiring Otis Jennings, ormer Syracuse parks director, to make connections with minority communities
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Establishing a non-prot oundation or programs supporting minority outreach,among other programs
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Sending players into city schools and minority communities. (Players visited six Syracuseelementary schools in May and June).
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Establishment o a Charitable Foundation
 The Syracuse Chies Charitable Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)3 corporation, wasormed in 2011 and is dedicated to providing opportunities or children inCentral New York.
Community Engagement 
Hospital visit (Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate): For the 44thconsecutive year Chies players, coaches, and members o the team’sront oce made a visit to children at the Golisano Children’s Hospitalat Upstate.10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum visit (United States Army): Chiesplayers, coaches, and members o the team’s ront oce took a two-hour bus ride to visit with United States Army soldiers at FortDrum. The Chies delegation learned about the daily lie o asoldier, took a tour o the acility, and signed autographsor the soldiers.Baseball clinic (Inner City Little League RBI program): Chiesplayers put on a ree baseball clinic or children in the SyracuseInner City Little League on the eld at Alliance Bank Stadium.Children learned the basics o throwing, elding, and hitting rom theplayers. The players also gave brie talks about the importance o schooland amily.Whife ball game (First Tee o Syracuse): Children rom the First Tee o Syracuse were invited to participatein a game o whife ball on the eld at Alliance Bank Stadium with Chies players and LPGA Futures TourGolers. The mission statement o The First Tee o Syracuse is to impact the lives o young people by providing learningacilities and educational programs that promote character development and lie-enhancing values through the gameo gol.National Anthem/Team Recognition Fundraisers (Various): The Syracuse Chies oered local sports teams and schoolmusic groups the opportunity to sell tickets to select games as a undraiser. The groups sold the tickets at the grouprate o $9.00 each and kept $4.00 rom each ticket as their prot. The Chies also contributed $0.50 or each ticket usedon game night to the organization. The music groups that participated in a undraiser perormed the National Anthemon the night o the game that they sold tickets or. The sports teams were recognized on the eld prior tothe game that they sold tickets or.
Outreach and charitable programsfor 2011
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Day
(Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Homers or Hillside
(Hillside Family o Agencies)
Home runs over the manual scoreboard
(Francis House)
Doubles or Diabetes
(Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)Raised over $100,000 over the past 22 years!
Strike Out the Overpopulation o Pets
(Spay and Neuter Syracuse)
Syracuse Kidney Walk 
(National Kidney Foundation o Central New York, Inc.)
 Strike Out Lou Gehrig’s Disease High School BaseballClassic
(The ALS Association)
 The Autism Awareness Day
(Families or Eective Autism Treatment o CNY)
 Volunteerism Fair
(Various)
 Sae Kids Upstate New York Night
(Sae Kids Upstate New York)
AAA Saety Patrol Night(AAA o Western & Central New York)Armed Forces Celebration
(Adopt a US Soldier)
 Longhouse Council BSA Night
(Boy Scouts o America)
Girl Scouts o NYPENN Pathways Day
(Girl Scouts o America)
 Volunteer Fireghter Night
(Onondaga County Volunteer Fireghter Association)
 Little League Night
(District 8 Little League)
United Methodist Night
(Crossroads District United Methodist Men)
Lions Club Night
(Lions Club o Syracuse)
Breast Cancer Awareness Night
(Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund o CNY, Inc.)
 Christmas in July collection
(Salvation Army o Syracuse)
Syracuse Fire Department Night
(Syracuse Fire Association Local 280)
Prostate Cancer Awareness Night
(Ed Randall’s Bat or the Cure)
 Onondaga County Public Library Night
(OnondagaCounty Public Libraries)
Mystery Baseball Night
(Syracuse Chies Charitable Foundation, Inc.)
Jersey Rafes
(Syracuse Chies Charitable Foundation, Inc.)
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