Carando® Classic Italian Meats and Hannaford® have teamed up with Minor League Baseball to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter of Southern Maine. Thanks to these two companies, 100 lucky kids and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters were treated to a fun filled day at the park, where they got to watch the Portland Sea Dogs take on the Trenton Thunder.
"A picnic and a baseball game is a special outing for the kids in our program, and we are grateful to Carando for this kind of gift which we rarely receive," said Sam Beal, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.
Mike Sargent, Brand Manager for Carando, spoke with pride about the days events.
"Carando is proud to reward such terrific organizations that are making a difference in our communities," Mike said. "There are so many unsung heroes that take an active role in helping others and we're excited that we have the opportunity to show them our appreciation. We had a blast with Big Brothers Big Sisters and are grateful for our retail partners, like Hannaford, that help make all of this possible."
Sherri Stevens, Community Relations Specialist, seconded this sentiment.
"Hannaford has been a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, because the organization has such as strong track record of providing positive experiences to young people in our community," she said. "Taking their volunteers, children and employees out to a ball game and giving them a picnic, in the summer in Maine, are activities that Hannaford is proud to support in partnership with Carando."
Through the “Carando Cares” outreach program, Carando takes great pains to give back to local communities, August 3rd's baseball game is just one example of a proud tradition of community outreach. According to a press release, in the past it has sponsored a Christmas lunch for the firefighters of Springfield Massachusetts and provided an Easter dinner for the patients of Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.
As a baseball fan, it warms my heart to see Carando and Hannaford do something like this for these young kids. This kind of behavior reveals volumes about the men and women behind these leading companies and it is one that everyone could get onboard with.
In addition to watching the baseball game, the kids were treated to a pre-game picnic in Deering Oaks Park. According to a press release Carando Ham and Classic Italian sandwiches, potato chips, and cookies were on the menu. Sounds good to me!