FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       May 10, 2012

Contact: Bevin Theodore

Director of PR & Communications    

610-799-7797, bevin.theodore@kidspeace.org or         

Ray Schulte, Schulte Sports Marketing & Public Relations, Inc.

410-350-6226, Ray@SchulteSports.com

Baltimore Orioles donate $10,000 to national children’s charity KidsPeace

BALTIMORE -- In honor of Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter’s 1000th win, the team, through the OriolesREACH program, presented KidsPeace with a check for $10,000 on Monday night.

Since last June, Showalter and his wife Angela have been vocal proponents of KidsPeace’s mission, particularly in regards to the Foster Care and Community Services the organization provides to children with mental and behavioral health issues. The city of Baltimore has more than 4,000 children in foster care, and May is Foster Care Awareness Month. KidsPeace, based in Pennsylvania, also offers residential treatment facilities and a unique psychiatric hospital serving children from age 3 to 21.

KidsPeace foster youth Desiree Williams and Michael Slack, executive vice president for marketing and development for KidsPeace, attended the game and accepted the gift.

“KidsPeace is truly honored by the ongoing support of the Showalters and the generosity of the Orioles organization. This donation will help us continue our work of serving children and families in need,” Slack said. “Congratulations to Buck and the team on this momentous win.”

The odds are stacked against foster care youth. Only 46 percent graduate from high, 40 to 50 percent are homeless within 18 months of aging out of the system and 25 percent are incarcerated within 24 months. KidsPeace offers mentoring and life-skills training such as the KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) program, which helps prepare foster youth ages 16 to 20 for their transition to independent living.

This donation is just the latest way the Showalters have shown their support for the national nonprofit. Last year, they were featured in a Public Service Announcement for KidsPeace, and Angela Showalter also serves on the KidsPeace Board of Associates for Maryland. They were honorary chairs for the KidsPeace Annual 5K Race & Fun Walk in Baltimore in October, and Angela Showalter recently donated formalwear for the Inner Beauty Pageant on KidsPeace’s Pennsylvania residential campus.

“We would like to congratulate Buck Showalter for his 1000th major league baseball victory," said William Isemann, KidsPeace president and CEO. “This is quite an accomplishment! We would also like to thank the Orioles organization and Buck and Angela Showalter for being such great supporters of our children and our programs.” 

This year, KidsPeace proudly celebrates 130 years of giving hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org and https://www.facebook.com/KidsPeaceMarylandFosterCareandCommunityPrograms.

About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.