Roger Dean Stadium is happy to help non-profit groups and their fundraising efforts through donations whenever possible. Due to the high volume of request received each week, we ask that you follow our guidelines and provide us with, at minimum, 8 weeks advanced notice.
Guidelines and Procedures:
- Organizations must mail their request along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Donation Request, Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main Street, Florida 33458.
- Phoned, E-mailed, or faxed requests will NOT be accepted.
- Beginning January 1st, 2017 we will no longer support third party requests or organizational campaigns. We must receive all requests from an authorized staff representative (i.e. The United Way request must be on letterhead and the representative’s contact information must be with The United Way).
- Organizations are limited to one (1) request per twelve month period. Please do not send duplicate requests.
- Due to overwhelming demands, we have to limit our donations to organizations within Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin Counties.
Please note: A submitted request does not guarantee a donation. No phone calls please.
Other Pertinent Information:
- Approved requests will receive one (1) voucher for a game of our choice at Roger Dean Stadium.
- We are unable to place or answer follow-up calls regarding donation requests.
- Donations may only be made to non-profit, charitable 501c3 organizations.
- We are unable to donate to for-profit companies- including employee appreciation days/ holiday events.
- We are unable to make monetary donations, purchase program ads, or buy sponsor tables at events. If you are interested in monetary grants, please see below for the Cardinals/Marlins Fund information.
Roger Dean Stadium’s front office personnel are unable to intervene on behalf of fans/organizations seeking autographs for charitable purposes.
Please consider the environment should you choose to send a Thank You note. Save paper, postage, and time by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardinals / Marlins Fund
When Roger Dean Stadium, now the Spring Training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, opened on March 1, 1998 in Jupiter, Florida, the event represented more to Palm Beach and Martin Counties than just a new venue in which to watch Major League Baseball.
The Marlins – who replaced the Montreal Expos as co-tenants of the stadium in 2003 – and the Cardinals have continued to play an active role in the local community throughout the years through both baseball and non-sport-related endeavors. The Cardinals/Marlins Fund seeks to provide financial assistance to local nonprofit organizations that encourage the participation of young people in sports and other physical fitness activities.
When the Cardinals and Expos first moved to Jupiter in 1998, both clubs expressed an immediate interest in playing an important role in the community’s well-being.
“Palm Beach County arranged the financing for us to build this wonderful facility,” said Cardinals President Bill DeWitt Jr. We wanted to reciprocate by creating a not-for-profit foundation.”
The Cardinals/Marlins Fund was initially endowed by the teams with a contribution of $12,000, representing the proceeds of the first exhibition game at the stadium (Cardinals vs. Expos). The teams have continued to increase contributions and now combine to distribute close to $40,000 each year.
The Advisory Board of the Cardinals/Marlins Fund has adopted the following Mission Statement:
“It is the mission of the Cardinals/Marlins Fund to provide financial assistance to sports and community service non-profit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties so that young people may participate in baseball, sports programs and physical fitness activities.”
The Advisory Board
Once the Cardinals/Marlins Fund was in place, the teams appointed an Advisory Board of community leaders and team officials to oversee all activities and serve as a liaison to the community. Included among the original Board members was Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock and Expos Hall of Famer – and Palm Beach Gardens resident – the late Gary Carter.
The Advisory Board is charged with establishing the guidelines, policies and parameters for the two major functions of the Fund – fundraising and grant awards.
The Fund Today
A large number of the programs, activities and promotions held at Roger Dean Stadium throughout the year, especially during Spring Training, are designed to benefit the Cardinals/Marlins Fund.
From PA announcements during all games to charity softball events, silent auctions and even in-game birthday recognitions, Roger Dean Stadium is dedicated to promoting the Fund and gathering as many resources as possible.
“I’m proud to work with the Cardinals, the Marlins and the Advisory Board to help improve the lives of our neighbors,” said Roger Dean Stadium General Manager Mike Bauer. “We’re presented with the unique opportunity to reach thousands of people every day at the games, so it’s important to make the most of it.”
Every Effort Counts
The Cardinals/Marlins Fund is designed to help make an important lifelong impact on those in our midst who deserve every opportunity for personal growth but may lack the direction and support that specific programs can provide.
Everyone Deserves a Chance to Play
The Cardinals/Marlins Fund is designed to promote sports and physical fitness, as these activities provide lifelong benefits to young people. Special consideration is given to baseball and to organizations that support the undeserved members of the community. Giving someone “the opportunity to participate when they otherwise might be unable to” is a top priority for the Cardinals/Marlins Fund.
The Board has provided more than $225,000 to local programs since 1998 thanks to a wide range of activities and promotions, but nothing compares to the individual contributions by baseball fans who visit Roger Dean Stadium each year.
To Make a Donation
Whether it’s donating money, time or other resources, every amount of dedication toward the Cardinals/Marlins Fund is appreciated. More information on how to donate can be found by calling the main stadium office at (561) 775-1818.
RDSAB Grant Award Criteria
- Application filled out clearly and completely
- Application submitted on time
- How closely does the application match the Mission Statement?
- Viability of the group as a community service or sports non-profit organization/ Schools are generally not to be considered unless the Board considers the situation unique.
- Need of people impacted/ Underserved group – those that might not get an opportunity otherwise – should receive preference
- In terms of the activity itself, baseball should be given top priority; followed by team sports and then other physical fitness activities.
- Quantity of people impacted
- Overall funding
- How critical is the grant to this particular program?
- Are CMF dollars being used to replace those of a more appropriate funding source?
- Does the organization exhibit adequate fundraising and budget management?
Purchase your own personalized brick that will be placed in the Circle of Palms at Gate A in front of Roger Dean Stadium. Partial proceeds from the brick will go towards the Cardinals/Marlins Fund, which benefits area youth programs.
Each 4-inch by 8-inch brick can be engraved with your unique message of up to 20 characters per line, including spaces (three line maximum).
The cost of purchasing each RDS brick is $106.50 (includes tax), and includes installation. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve yours now by calling (561) 775-1818 or printing and faxing the Brick Form.
If ordering by check, address check to: JUPITER STADIUM, LTD.