Scenes from the 2012 Holiday at Hadlock celebration. Be safe this Holiday weekend!
While I love the Holiday Season, there is often undue stress placed upon finding the perfect gift. We also all know someone who is incredibly difficult to shop for. For me, that person is my Dad. He is, without a doubt, the worst person to shop for because he claims to “like everything!”. Really, Dad? Because I was going to get you the unabridged version of Anna Karenina and broccoli. No one actually likes “everything”. But seriously, I enjoy shopping for other people. It is fun for me to think of gifts that they will truly appreciate and enjoy. Sometimes, that gift does not have to be a material item. At the Sea Dogs we have worked with many non-profit organizations that do tremendous work in Maine and throughout New England. This year I have made a few donations in the name of people on my shopping list, because I knew that would be more meaningful to them than another material possession. Don’t get me wrong, material possessions are wonderful. I still fondly remember the Barbie Dream House that was under the tree on Christmas morning when I was five. (It had an elevator!) But if you’re stumped this year, consider donating to an organization in the name of someone on your gift list. If you’re not sure what organization to look towards, read on to learn more about an organization that we worked closely with this summer.
This past summer, the Sea Dogs partnered with the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program to host the first-ever Adventure Series event for veterans and military families in the state of Maine. The Home Base Adventure Series is designed to support family relationships during and after deployments. The program offers military veterans and their families an opportunity to explore a new sport or activity together, meet other military families – and get acquainted with the Home Base Program. The Sea Dogs event this past summer was a big success — over 100 veterans and their families joined us at Hadlock field for an afternoon game and outdoor barbecue. During the opening ceremony, kids and adults helped unveil a large American flag on the field for the singing of the national anthem. Follow @Home Base Program on Facebook and see photos from the event http://on.fb.me/TSz7Zs. This was the beginning of what we hope to be a longstanding relationship with Home Base.
Donations made to the Home Base Program support the treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – the “invisible wounds of war.” It is estimated that as many as one in three Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experience the effects of one of these injuries. Home Base clinicians provide individualized, confidential mental health care, and physical, medicine and rehabilitation for veterans regardless of their ability to pay or their discharge status. Funding also allows Home Base to provide counseling and support of veterans’ families; research to improve understanding and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and TBI; and community and provider education surrounding these wounds. The support of generous donors has allowed Home Base to treat and support hundreds of veterans and families throughout New England; produce new educational materials and disseminate them to thousands of primary care physicians, nurses, educators and first responders not only in New England but nationwide; and employ a team of veterans to find those in need and guide them into care.
There are many ways in which people can support the Home Base Program:
The Home Base Program relies almost solely on philanthropic support from donors. This financial support may be given directly by individual donors, but donors may also host fundraising events that benefit Home Base. http://www.homebaseprogram.org/general-information/for-donors.aspx
A gift of time is always most welcome…the Home Base Program operates several special events which require hundreds of volunteers each year. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may know an active duty service member, veteran or family that is facing challenges from a military deployment. Let them know that the Home Base Program is there to help them. Visit www.homebaseprogram.org or call 617-724-5202 to learn more.
So whether it be planning a charity golf tournament, operating a lemonade stand, asking an employer to donate to Home Base, volunteering at a special event, or referring a veteran or family in need to Home Base, there are many ways to get involved!
Special thanks to the Development Team at Home Base for putting together the information on their wonderful organization. Be happy, healthy, safe and kind as we get closer to Christmas!
The Sea Dogs’ front office is whole again, with many of us returning home Friday evening from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville. The meetings were great, Nashville was awesome and even though we stayed for five days, I think the staff saw only about 1% of the hotel. As I’m sure you saw on TV, the place was enormous and decked out for the holiday season. The meetings are great because you get a chance to network with other people in the industry who are just as busy as you are during the season. The networking and the idea sharing are by far the best part, as well as (let’s be honest here) the food.
Before we left for the winter meetings we had a big event at the park, Holiday at Hadlock. We spent the week before decorating, planning and lining up entertainment. The weather that day was certainly in the spirit of the event, dusting the ground just enough to make it festive…if not a bit chilly. In spite of the low temperatures everyone looked they were having a great time. Here are some photos from the event in case you missed it:
We also had a S’mores station outside, thanks to Hannaford, free Cookies and Hot Chocolate being handed out by our friends from U.S. Cellular and an arts and crafts station in the Portland Room. Santa also stopped by to see the kiddos, although because of the snow his Elf Force One Helicopter was grounded. For a few moments, we weren’t sure how we were going to get him to the park. But thankfully, the folks from the Bramhall Fire Station came through in a big way, and brought Santa in with style:
Headlight Audio Visual also provided us with a big screen to show movies while families patiently waited to see Santa. And a big shout out should go to Mad Science, who did a fabulous job entertaining kids as well. Thank you so much to everyone who passed through the gates and paid a visit to Santa. We have already started planning for next year!
It is officially the holiday season; with Christmas in full swing and Hanukkah beginning on Saturday. Everyone in our office loves this time of year and we have a blast celebrating with each other. I even love doing my holiday shopping at the mall and (almost always) consider the crowds as part of the festivities. In addition to our own shopping times, everyone from our office has already spent a lot of time at the mall as we have a kiosk this year.
It has been a lot of fun working at our kiosk because you are literally the center of attention. You inevitably end up seeing familiar faces or meeting new people who can’t wait to talk baseball. The traffic this weekend at the mall was definitely heavy, and people looked like they were on a mission. Stop by and see us next time you’re there.
As far as other events coming up, save the date for our Hot Stove Dinner in January. We have a fun evening lined up that you can read all about by clicking HERE.
And just in case you had a hard time getting out of bed this morning with the dreary weather, here are some of the most summery/warmest photos that I could find on my computer: