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The Fergie Jenkins Foundation Newsletter
Sold out crowd helps Fergie celebrate his 19th June charity event
After 19 years of success, the June version of the Fergie Jenkins Charity Classic continues to be a hit in the Niagara region. On June 13, Fergie and 160 other golfers teed off at Rockway Glen Golf Course in St. Catharines, in what was a great day for sports enthusiasts and local charities. Charity recipients of the proceeds from the event included the Canadian Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CNIB, Grimsby Girl Guides, Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics. The Fergie Jenkins Foundation has enjoyed longstanding partnerships with the local branches of these charities and Fergie and his friends were happy to hit the links for a good cause. As always, Rockway Glen put on a first-class event, with a well-manicured course, fantastic dinner banquet and, of course, a great staff. The prize table and silent auction display may have been the Foundation’s best in the 19-year history of the tournament. Tens of thousands of dollars in prizes and auction items were provided by the local business community who continues to show its support for what has become one of the Niagara region’s most storied charity golf tournaments.
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Fergie and the Foundation are looking forward to restarting our partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Here, Fergie presents a cheque for $2,000 to Don Stevenson, Director of Partnerships & Resource Development.
Fergie would like to thank all the golfers, sponsors and anyone else who helped make this event such Fergie Jenkins takes a break during registration for a great success. a photo with four-time Special Olympic-winning Inside This Issue medalist Ian MacLeod. At this year’s We look forward to tournament, next year when the Fergie was also joined by a Fergie Jenkins Charity Classic will Fergie’s Museum Grant ..... 3 select few sports celebrities, celebrate its 20th anniversary. who helped add to the event’s Santo & Elliott to the Hall ..... 5 prestige. Chicago Blackhawks Fergie’s Cy Young Year ..... 8 Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote returned for another year, as All-Star FanFest 2012 ..... 9 did Fergie’s fellow Chathamite Billy Atkinson, former Hamilton Accolades for Fergie ..... 9 TiCats fullback Willie Bethea, former NHL referee Ron Wicks Fantasy Camp 2012 ..... 10 and former Major League CNIB supervised the long drive contest on the 12th hole. Baseball outfielder Scott Bullett.
“Serving Humanitarian Need Through the Love of Sport”
Swinging for the Fences
ProFiling the Charities we are Proud to suPPort
The Fergie Jenkins Foundation
Who We Are
Fergie Jenkins Carl Kovacs John Oddi .................... Chairman .................... President ........ Executive Director
Board of Directors Jaff Stevenson Reid Strongman Barry House Rick Quirk Peter Warkentin
Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund, has donated more than $16-million to other non-profit organizations in the Chicago area since 1991. The McCormick Foundation has a number of other community partners and directs most of its funds towards youth programs. Cubs Care raises money via team fundraisers, memorials and direct donations and gifts to Cubs Care are matched at 50% by the McCormick Foundation. The Fergie Jenkins Foundation makes an annual contribution to Cubs Care following its autograph fundraisers at Cubs Convention in January.
Paul Cartwright Kelly McGiffin David Schurman Denise Stone Dave Hamilton
Bill Loftus Sid Stern Dennis Coulson Ben Craig Stacy Arrowsmith Steve Swan
Craig Nyman Director, Special Events Mike Treadgold Communications Coordinator Editor-in-Chief Ryan Nava Community Relations Officer Rachel Pray Executive Assistant Alyssa Munro Administrative Assistant Brett Varey Special Events Intern Kerrigan McNeill Public Relations Intern
The Girl Guides of Canada is the largest organization for girls and women in Canada, and originated in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1910. Through the process of “Guiding” the organization seeks to provide girls and young women with opportunities to better serve their communities. Donations to the Girl Guides provide funding for selfimprovement programs, scholarships, international work abroad, and opportunities for those who are less fortunate, including opening Guiding programs in areas that do not yet have such a presence.
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Tyler Harrison Sport Management Noah Anderson Sport Management Dexter McQueen Sport Management Nick Butts Sport Management Zack Schipper Sport Management
St. Catharines Mayor knows Fergie has the “key” to success
The Fergie Jenkins Foundation has been gradually developing its relationship with the City of St. Catharines for the past several years, particularly concerning the Foundation’s focus on acknowledging local Black history initiatives. St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan has long been an advocate of cementing Fergie’s position as a local icon and to continue with that trend, he made a special presentation to the Hall of Fame pitcher and renowned humanitarian at the Fergie Jenkins Charity Classic in June. McMullan presented Fergie with a Key to the City of St. Catharines, just the third such presentation in McMullan’s six years as mayor. The presentation was a complete surprise to Fergie, who has now been giving back to the local community for more than 15 years. Fergie’s ceremonial key will be displayed, along with his other awards and letters of recognition inside the Fergie Jenkins Museum in St. Catharines, set to be open to the public before the end of 2012.
Fergie’s dream becomes a reality
In March 2012, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation applied for one of the most important grants in the history of the organization. and, the crown jewels, his father’s scrapbooks (pictured, left), compiled throughout his son’s career, featuring every newspaper article, photograph and piece of recognition during Fergie’s baseball career. The second floor of the museum will be exclusively dedicated to honouring Black history in Canada and the Niagara region. As a proud black Canadian and having been honoured with a Canadian postage stamp last year for Black History Month, it was important to Fergie that his heritage be properly recognized in the museum.
Seeking government assistance to fund the Fergie Jenkins Museum in St. Catharines, a comprehensive application package was put together, and the results were recently released, favourably. Over the next year, the Ontario Trillium Foundation will provide the Fergie Jenkins Foundation with $115,000 to allow Fergie’s dream of building a museum to be realized. The facility was unveiled last November with an official ribbon cutting (pictured, right) by all the local politicians; however, it was just recently that the funding agreement was made official. The museum will display the most priceless artifacts from Fergie’s career as a player, including game worn uniforms, countless autographed bats, books, jerseys and baseballs,
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Any event - charity, corporate or business - is not complete without proper signage. A creative combination of fonts, colours and logos can effectively communicate details about an event and elevate its presence to new levels. The Fergie Jenkins Foundation has always recognized the importance of proper signage and our chloroplast displays are a recognizable trait at our events. Now, with our Trillium grant in place, the Foundation’s sign shop will move to the next level. If you or your company is interested in having signs made for any function, contact our office today.
The museum will likely be open to the public by the beginning of 2013 providing opportunities for school trips, corporate functions and general admission for people interested in learning about the life of not only one of Canada’s greatest athletes, but also one of the alltime great humanitarians.
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Where We’ve Been and Where We’re GoinG June 2012
June 12-13 • Scatcherd Golf Scramble • Oakwood Resort • Grand Bend, ON June 15 • 19th Annual Fergie Jenkins Charity Classic • Rockway Glen Golf Course & Estate Winery • St. Catharines, ON June 22 • 16th Annual Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Charity Golf Tournament • St. Mary’s, ON June 29-30 • Chicago Sun-Times Mounted Memories Memorabilia Expo • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center • Rosemount, IL August 21-24 • Fergie Jenkins Foundation Autograph Signings • Iowa Cubs • Des Moines, IA August 25-29 • Fergie Jenkins Foundation Autograph Signings • Wrigley Field • Chicago, IL August 29-30 • Jim “Mudcat” Grant’s Charity Golf Tournament • Binghamton, NY
September 1 • More Fun Sports Cards Autograph Signing • Dyer, IN September 2 • Sports City Autograph Signing • Skokie, IL September 3-5 • National Baseball Hall of Fame Charity Event • Cooperstown, NY September 10 • Texas Rangers Alumni Legacy Golf Classic • Texas Star Golf Club • Euless, TX September 12 • Chatham Mayor’s Golf Tournament • Links of Kent • Chatham, ON September 19-21 • 12th Annual Fergie Jenkins Celebrity Classic • Rockway Glen Golf Course & Estate Winery • St. Catharines, ON
July 1 • Canada Day with the Toronto Blue Jays • Rogers Centre • Toronto, ON July 4-11 • All-Star Fan Fest • Kansas City Convention Center • Kansas City, MO July 16-17 • Ron Santo Golf Experience • Kemper Lakes Golf & Country Club • Chicago, IL July 17 • WGN presents the Ron Santo Memorial Luncheon • Wildfire Restaurant • Chicago, IL July 19-22 • National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend • Cooperstown, NY July 27 • Christian Fellowship Night with the Fresno Grizzlies • Fresno, CA
August 2 • Tony Fernandez Charity Golf Tournament • Angus Glen Golf Course • Hamilton, ON August 8-12 • Fergie Jenkins Foundation/Columbus Clippers Fantasy Baseball Camp • Huntington Park • Columbus, OH August 10 • Hockey Night in St. Catharines • Jack Gatecliff Arena • St. Catharines, ON August 10 • Texas Rangers Alumni Luncheon • Arlington, TX August 12-13 • Swing With the Legends Alumni Golf Tournament • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa • Lake Geneva, WI
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Every year, in celebration of Canada Day, Fergie is recognized by the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2009, he took this shot with the Canadian Colour Guard.
Fergie finally receives some Canadian company in Cooperstown.
Bob Elliott was not famous in baseball circles for home runs, strikeouts, Gold Gloves or World Series titles. And yet, he is now in the Hall of Fame. Elliott’s contribution to the game, however, came via the pen, as one of the greatest sports writers in the history the J.G. Taylor Spink Award at the 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, an annual tradition the recognizes the best sports writer. Like Fergie Jenkins, Elliott will now be a permanent fixture in Cooperstown, just the second Canadian ever to be presented with such an honour. Elliott has long been a great supporter of Fergie and the Foundation, making a surprise appearance last year at the Fergie Jenkins Museum Grand Opening. His recognition in Cooperstown is much deserved, providing Fergie with some elite company in the Hall.
Santo enshrined among baseball’s greatest
Ron Santo was known for many things: an unabashed supporter of the Chicago Cubs, a tireless advocate for JDRF, a dedicated teammate and a great family man. Now you can add Hall of Famer to that list of wellknown traits. On July 22, 19 months after he passed away from complications due to diabetes, Santo was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, alongside former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, as part of the 2012 class of inductees. Droves of Cubs fans made the trek from all over North America to show their support for their beloved hero and listen to one of the most heartfelt induction speeches ever to take place, given by Santo’s wife Vicki.
Vicki Santo (right) accepts her late husband’s Hall of Fame plaque, alongside fellow 2012 inductee, former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin.
Hall of Fame chair Jane Clark (center) is flanked by Ford C. Frick Award recipient Tim McCarver (left) and Canadian Bob Elliott, the 2012 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.
of baseball. The Toronto Sun reporter, a native of Kingston, Ontario, was presented with
While he could not be on hand to witness such a touching ceremony, onlookers knew that somewhere, Ron Santo was clicking his heels together - fittingly - as he was finally given his place among the game’s greatest stars.
Foundation interns take the mound in Iowa
ceremonial first For just a pitch in a pair of brief moment, games. Fergie Jenkins Foundation Both interns interns Dexter held their own McQueen and on the hill, with Nick Butts the adrenaline got to see rush adding Fergie Jenkins Foundation intern Nick Butts shows the game as a little extra off his best stuff in front of Fergie, throwing out the only a pitcher ceremonial first pitch at an Iowa Cubs game. oomph to can, atop a their fastballs professional pitching mound. as thousands looked on, not In August, the Fergie Jenkins to mention the watchful eye of the boss, Fergie Foundation was Jenkins. holding charity autograph signings Not only was at Principal Park the Foundation in Des Moines, successful in raising Iowa, invited by money for charity the Cubs triple-A in Iowa, but the affiliate. As part event provided of the experience, two unforgettable both Foundation experiences for a interns were given pair of its young With nerves of steel, Foundation the opportunity staff members. intern Dexter McQueen gets ready to throw out the to take the hill.
Remembering “Ronnie” at JDRF event
On July 16th, Fergie and the Foundation attended the 16th Annual Ron Santo Golf Experience. Fergie, along with other celebrities, joined groups of golfers while the Foundation set up shop on one of the specialty holes. The tournament’s proceeds went to help support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The following day, Fergie attended Cubs Corner, a luncheon held at Wildfire Chicago. Fergie was featured in a panel that included Santo’s son, Ron Jr., and Chicago Cubs WGN Radio broadcaster Pat Hughes. The panel took questions from the audience and reflected on the life and career of their friend, teammate and family member. Santo spent his entire professional career in Chicago playing for the Cubs for over a decade and one season with the White Sox. He and Fergie were teammates during Fergie’s first run with the Cubs
from 1966 until 1973. He went on to become a broadcaster with the Cubs. He also suffered from diabetes and spent his retirement raising funds for the JDRF, one of the many charities The Fergie Jenkins Foundation is proud to support.
Under Fergie’s watchful eye, Judy O’Donnell, winner of the Wrigley Field suite, throws out the first pitch.
Fergie’s personal memorabilia fills the floor of the brand new Fergie Jenkins Museum.
Fergie is honored to be the first Hall of Fame ambassador at the annual All-Star FanFest
Fergie and former Pirates slugger Al Oliver at the Columbus Clippers Fantasy Camp.
Local artists providing pieces for the Fergie Jenkins Museum. Fergie sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Wrigley Field in August.
Fergie poses with Noah Anderson and Tyler Harrison, pitchers with the Brock Badgers team and interns at the Foundation
Back to his old stomping grounds, Fergie checks out the clubhouse inside Wrigley Field.
Fergie meets with Rangers star rookie pitcher Yu Darvish.
Fergie congratulates Clayton Kershaw, the 2012 winner of the Warren Spahn award.
Fergie and Rogers Clemens combined for more than 7,000 strikeouts and 600 wins over their careers.
Rickey Henderson (fourth from right) stopped by for a picture with the Foundation in Kansas City.
Fergie was on hand to welcome former pitcher Rheal Cormier (center) to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
From the Archives
a Look Back at What some of north america’s Greatest sports Writers had to say aBout ferGie Jenkins
PUBLISHED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BY: WILLIAM LEGGETT - AUG. 30, 1971 It was all wrong somehow, completely out of character. There were the Pirates and the Giants, well out ahead and comfortably in control and with nothing to do but keep winning and counting the days until they would get together to see who would play the Baltimore Orioles or the Vida Blues. But what everyone forgot was that this was the National League. And suddenly it reverted to lunacy. First the Dodgers closed in on the Giants. Really nothing so unusual about that; the Dodgers are always closing in on the Giants when it isn’t the Giants closing in on the Dodgers. But over in the Eastern Division…the big team was suddenly neither the Pirates, nor the Cardinals, but the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs? Aren’t those the guys who spend the balmy days of August and September leaning against the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field, only occasionally bestirring themselves to help Ferguson Jenkins on his way to another 20-victory year? Well, in this case they seemed to be bestirring themselves often enough to go in lively, happy pursuit of a pennant that has eluded them for more than a quarter of a century, but never more exasperatingly than during the past few seasons. Once, only two years ago, they almost had it won, only to blow an 8 ½-game lead and leave
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN
Manager Leo Durocher feeling like a man trying to catch jellyfish with a wooden spoon. …The North Side of Chicago is drugged by pennant fever and hallucinating about baseball games in October. And this time, the dreams have happy endings, unlike the nightmare of 1969. “We’re hungrier now,” Jenkins said the other day, “and we aren’t going to tire in the stretch.”
to put relief pitchers on welfare. Not really. He merely is enjoying his best season in baseball. After a shaky start in which he gave up two runs in the first inning, Jenkins shut out the Astros for the rest of the game. He won 3-2 to become the first 20-game winner in the league. He also became the first pitcher to win 20 games five seasons in a row since Warren Spahn accomplished the feat during 1956-60. …On the mound, Jenkins is a model, a man with a compact windup and delivery. Working quickly, he stands upright, takes the catcher’s sign without a bend or squint, quickly brings his hands, which have been hanging loosely by his side, together in his glove where he gets a grip on the ball. With hardly a quiver, he delivers the ball through about a three-quarter arm arc. He says he throws a fastball, a breaking pitch and a changeup. His fastball is not of Bob Gibson caliber, his breaking pitch is usually a slider. But his control—everybody can admire that. In 252 2/3 innings Jenkins has walked but 27 men. Since early June, Jenkins has worked almost 100 innings and during that span he has walked only seven. Probably Jenkins will appear in more than 300 innings before the season ends—this for the fourth straight year— and should all those midsummer dreams merge into one magnificent fall spectacle, the chances are the focus will be on this cool, collected Cub.
If staying in ball games is the way to keep refreshed, then Jenkins has a point. The Cub pitching staff already has an amazing total of 61 complete games. Last Friday, opening the team’s long home stand, Jenkins started his 30th game. He also finished for the 24th time this season, prompting one person to wonder whether Jenkins was running a campaign
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Kind words from across the continent and on the web The Fergie Jenkins Foundation is on Twitter as we extend our charitable reach and interact with our supporters. Follow us @fergiejenkins31 JC Schram @beavercubs @FergieJenkins31 Great day for cubs fans everywhere. I’m sure you are happy today too. #santo 22 Jul Jason Jung @jaykhjung @FergieJenkins31 great interview on the #fan590, as somone that doesn’t know much about #RonSanto - I now want to learn more, #thanks Fergie 20 Jul Peoria Diamond Club @PeoriaDiamond @FergieJenkins31 & others signed autographs supporting our charity and his. Thanks Fergie! 29 May 8
Willie Wilson steals the show at All-Star FanFest
Every year in mid-July, Major League Baseball brings together its best current players for a matchup between the National and American Leagues in the annual AllStar Game. Baseball fans from across the world tune in to watch as the best from both leagues team up and face off against each other. It offers fans a chance to see some of their favourite players share the field for what may be the first and only time. While the All Star Game is the main event, there is also a week of special events leading up to it, most significantly, the All-Star FanFest. For the past few years, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation has taken part in FanFest and this year was no different. The Foundation staff packed up our trucks and hit the road for a 16-hour drive down to Kansas City to take part in the weeklong event. The Foundation was joined by some familiar faces with Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers and Kansas City’s own Willie Wilson all signing on behalf of the Foundation. With proceeds being directed to JDRF and Breast Cancer Research, it was a great opportunity to raise money for charity. While fans gathered to receive signatures from Fergie, Rollie and Gaylord, it was clear that the week’s biggest draw was Willie Wilson. One of the friendliest of Fergie’s friends, Wilson took the time to engage each and every fan, take pictures and not only tell his own stories, but also listen to some of their experiences as Royals fans. Wilson spent the majority of his career with the Kansas City Royals, playing with them from 1976-1990. The two-time All-Star won a batting title in 1982 and is widely recognized as one of the game’s all-time elite base stealers. For his career, Wilson swiped 668 bags, good for 12th all-time. Wilson was also part of the 1985 Royals World Serieswinning team, the only title in the history of the franchise. With another year of FanFest in the books, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation can chalk up another successful charitable endeavor. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event when the mid-summer classic makes its way to New York City, hosted by the Mets at Citi Field.
Fergie’s signature immortalized among All-Star greats
When it comes to Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star FanFest, no one has the longevity of representing the game to equal Fergie Jenkins. At the 1991 All-Star game in Toronto, Fergie became the first ambassador at the fan festival, an event that has since grown to be one of the highlights of All-Star week every year. One of the landmarks of the event is a massive baseball that current and former players have autographed to mark their presence among the game’s best players. Until this year, however, the giant ball was missing one particular autograph; that of its first ambassador. In a great photo op to finish up the festival, Fergie finally put his signature on the baseball, signing directly above the great Ted Williams. Fergie was also presented with a commemorative crystal star for his dedication to the event.
Phoenix-based organization recognizes Fergie’s charitable work
For his tireless charity work in the Phoenix area, Fergie Jenkins has been recognized with yet another community honor. Linking Sports and Communities (LSC), a Phoenix-based non-profit organization, has bestowed Fergie with one of their annual Community Leadership Awards, which will be presented in a ceremony on Nov. 4. Further, Fergie will also be given a lifetime achievement award for his efforts. In addition to hosting an annual charity golf event in Arizona, Fergie and the Foundation also spend the entire month of March at Cactus League Spring Training, signing autographs to raise money for a number of charities in the valley. “We started [the award process] as a way of recognizing there are a lot of athletes that are doing a lot of good things in the community as well,” said LSC president Denise Meredith. “[Fergie] is always out there talking to kids, signing autographs and doing other nonprofit things.”
Did you know...
Fergie Jenkins, the ultimate control pitcher of his era, led the league in fewest walks per 9 innings five times. For his career, Jenkins averaged just 1.99 walks per 9 innings, finishing far ahead of his peers, such as Koufax, Gibson, Carlton, Seaver and Perry.
A league of their own
For a select group of 27 men, it was the experience of a lifetime: a chance to play baseball on a professional field, wearing professional uniforms, coached by some of the best to ever play the game. On Aug. 10-12, the Columbus Clippers and the Fergie Jenkins Foundation partnered to host an annual adult fantasy camp at Huntington Park in Columbus, OH. As usual, Fergie served as one of the guest coaches, alongside former Indians pitcher Len Barker, former Expos slugger Al Oliver, Indians great Joe Charbonneau and A’s All-Star shortstop Bert Campaneris. The guest coaches provided their expertise to the 27 campers over three unforgetable days. The camp was run with real professional baseball training exercises: pitching, hitting and fielding drills, strength and conditioning, and of course, scrimmages against each other. For the campers, it was an opportunity to live the life of a Major League baseball player, if only for a few days. The Clippers, the Cleveland Indians triple-A affiliate, have hosted the late summer camp for a number of years, run by sports marketing expert Mike Talis. On the field, the Clippers have been one of the most successful International League teams, winning a pair of recent championships, with Huntington Park having been named one of the best new stadiums in professional baseball. While the campers obviously enjoyed themselves, the experience was equally positive for Fergie and the guest coaches, who had the opportunity to revisit their professional playing experiences, right on the diamond.
Chicago’s sports heroes sign for charity
Chicago really knows how to celebrate its sports heroes. The Cubs had Jenkins, the Bears had Butkus, the Bulls had Jordan, and among the greatest Blackhawks, there was Pierre Pilote. The Hall of Fame defenceman won three Norris trophies as the NHL’s top blueliner and led the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup win in 1961, playing alongside the likes of future Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Glenn Hall. And this past summer, Pilote and Jenkins, two of the Windy City’s finest athletes, teamed to raise money for charity, signing autographs at the Chicago Sun-Times Mounted Memories memorabilia show in Rosemount, IL. Chicago sports fans got a rare opportunity to meet Pilote, who, like Fergie dominated the Chicago sports newspapers during the 1960s. Also like Fergie, Pilote is an avid fisherman who partners with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation at a number of charity events throughout the year. Proceeds from the Mounted Memories show were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Fergie supports local Guides trip overseas
Thanks to a generous donation from the Fergie Jenkins Foundation, a group of Girl Guides from Grimsby, Ontario, were able to travel to to London, Paris and Ireland this past summer. The Foundation has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Girl Guides and has helped a number of groups travel across the world on goodwill missions. To thank Fergie and the Foundation for their generosity, a pair of Girl Guides volunteered at the two most recent Fergie Jenkins charity golf Members of the Grimsby Girl Guides outside the gates to tournaments, Buckingham Palace in London. joining the CNIB on the 12th hole of Rockway Glen Golf Course in St. Catharines, supervising a specialty hole contest. We wish them the best of luck in all future endeavours and look forward to carrying on this great partnership with such a worthy organization.
Fergie Jenkins has done it all
By Kerrigan McNeill You might have heard the old question, “What do you give the man who has everything?” When referring to a man like Fergie Jenkins, the question can be rephrased as, “What do you give to the man who has done everything?” On June 15, during the dinner banquet of the 19th Annual Fergie Jenkins Foundation Charity Golf Classic at Rockway Glen Golf Course, that question was answered by St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan. Fergie Jenkins has lived a full life, to say the least. From his days on the field as one of the most celebrated pitchers of all time, to his philanthropy work in retirement, Fergie has done it all. Jenkins had a playing career lasting almost 20 years with four different Major League Baseball teams, most notably the Chicago Cubs. He was the recipient of the 1971 Cy Young Award, was named to three All-Star teams, had his number 31 retired by the Cubs, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. But, despite all of these illustrious awards, Fergie’s accomplishments are not confined to the world of sports. In 2007, he was presented with the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, and he was featured on a Canadian postage stamp to celebrate Black History Month in February 2011. He has been honoured with numerous awards inside and outside the world of sports and, thus, the question exists: “What can you give a man who has done so much?” Mayor Brian McMullan responded to that question by presenting Fergie with the Key to the City of St. Catharines, stating, “Fergie Jenkins has excelled in sports, is community-minded, a black history advocate and has inspired others to follow their dreams.” When the staff of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation found out about the Key presentation, they decided to keep it a secret from their chairman. June 15 was chosen as the date for the presentation as Fergie was in town for one of his annual charity golf tournaments, one of the Foundation’s most important events of the year. Fergie believed that the event would be like most: he would golf, sit down for dinner and say a few words. However, when his Foundation’s staff had finished distributing prizes to golfers, McMullan arrived with a special presentation for Fergie. After receiving the honour, Fergie showed his humility, saying, “It was very humbling. I am proud of the work we do in St. Catharines and it’s an honour to be given this distinction.” Jenkins is only one of three people who have received this recognition by McMullan, the other two being Mayor Murchison Brown of Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 2008, and Brock University’s Dean of Humanities, Rosemary Drage Hale, in 2010. In addition to being acknowledged for his continuous charitable contributions to the city and across the Niagara region, Jenkins is also a strong advocate for black history awareness in St. Catharines.
Fergie Jenkins and St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan
Sisters, CNIB and Special Olympics. Fergie and his Foundation are constantly giving back to the local community, not
While he is not a native of St. Catharines – actually hailing from Chatham, Ontario – Fergie now often refers to St. Catharines and the Niagara region as his second home, while he resides in Phoenix, Arizona. His charity work truly began with the creation of the Fergie Jenkins Foundation in 1997. The Foundation, based out of St. Catharines, has raised more than $4-million for charities across North America. The Foundation has strong relationships with local branches of charities such as the Canadian Red Cross, Big Brothers Big
“While he is not a native of St. Catharines - actually hailing from Chatham, Ontario - Fergie now often refers to St. Catharines and the Niagara region has his second home.”
only in terms of donations raised, but also in the experiences it gives to the people involved. The Foundation has a small staff, with only five full-time employees, all of whom started out as interns. Its other interns come from a number of Ontario post-secondary schools, including Niagara College and Brock University. The interns are able to gain real world experience, working alongside a living legend. Fergie Jenkins has spent his entire life giving back to people. He spent his professional career giving back to the sport he loved, and now, he spends his retirement giving back to that same sport, as well as the local community.
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From the Bullpen - Foundation experiences through the eyes of its dedicated interns
I’ve always wanted to work in sports and the Fergie Jenkins Foundation has provided me with a great start to my career. When I started as an intern, I could tell right away that this was going to be a great fit as I began to develop my skills in public relations. Not only have I had a number of opportunities to hone my skills as a communicator while working at the Fergie Jenkins Foundation, but I’ve also had the chance to spend time with some of the athletes that I considered heroes growing up. I would recommend this experience for anyone interested in sports, non-profit work, public relations or events management. - Mike Treadgold, Communications Coordinator
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• September Golf Recap • Fergie Jenkins Museum update • New charity partnerships
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How to Make a Donation to the Fergie Jenkins Foundation
As a non-profit organization, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation relies on the generosity of its sponsors, donors and supporters to conduct its day-to-day activities. There are a number of ways that you can assist the Foundation’s charitable efforts. • • • • • • Tax-refundable cash or cheque donation In-kind donation, which will also promote your business Hole sponsorship at one of our three annual charity golf tournaments Sponsorship of our quarterly newsletter Decal sponsorship to have your company logo featured on one of our three event vans If you have your own creative idea how you’d like to donate to Fergie’s charitable efforts, please contact the office at your earliest convenience.
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