Masons4Mitts Sets New Fundraising Records
New single-season records set in partnership with MLB partner clubs;
all-time donations in Northern California top $1 million.
Friday, October 7, 2022 – SAN FRANCISCO – Building on more than a decade of partnership, the Masons of California, in affiliation with the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California and four Major League Baseball partner foundations, are proud to announce that they have raised more than $281,000 in 2022 for youth development programs through their signature Masons4Mitts baseball mitt drive. Since launching the program in 2009, Masons of California donations have raised $1.78 million, which translates to nearly 90,000 mitts to players across California.
Each year, Masons4Mitts teams up with the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres to purchase real, leather baseball mitts that are given, free of charge, to young ballplayers in junior baseball and softball leagues across California. Through these programs, Masons4Mitts and its partners provide children with a safe place to play while they develop key collaboration skills, learn about health and nutrition, build productive study habits and more.
In 2022, California Masons set new single-season fundraising marks in all four regions, including more than $123,000 in Northern California in support of the Giants Community Fund’s Junior Giants program. That figure pushed Masons4Mitts’ all-time giving to the Giants Community Fund past $1 million, a milestone that was celebrated by Masonic officials and representatives of the San Francisco Giants and Giants Community Fund during a special pregame celebration in September.
In addition to that important benchmark, California Masons set new fundraising records in support of the Los Angeles Dodgers Dreamteam program, the San Diego Padres Foundation for Children, and Los Angeles Angels RBI youth baseball leagues.
With special pregame, on-field celebrations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego, Masons from around the state had a special opportunity to celebrate the incredible success of the Masons4Mitts program.
About the Masons of California
Freemasonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization, guided by the enduring belief that everyone has the responsibility to make the world a better place. For 300 years, Freemasonry has enhanced and strengthened the character of its members by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, and the search for truth—within themselves and the larger world. Through Freemasonry, we make true friends, improve ourselves, and make a positive impact on our communities. The Masons of California have more than 40,000 members and more than 330 lodges located throughout the state. The California Masonic Foundation is committed to making a profound difference in our local community, and touches the lives of thousands of Californians each year. Learn more at freemason.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Since 2009, Masons4Mitts has been the signature public fundraising campaign of the Masons of California. Working with community fund partners at the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, L.A. Angels, and San Diego Padres, Masons4Mitts allows members of the fraternity to donate funds to purchase and deliver high-quality, leather baseball mitts to young ballplayers throughout the state—many of whom do not have access to such equipment otherwise. Through Masons4Mitts, young players are provided with a safe place to learn and play the game, develop collaboration skills, learn about health and nutrition, build productive study habits, and more. Masons4Mitts has raised more than $1.78 million for youth baseball programs since 2009 and is the largest single sponsor to many of its MLB partners’ community funds. Learn more at masons4mitts.org.