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Night with the Missions, a baseball fundraiser in San Antonio, celebrates June 16th and raises health awareness

San Antonio – The connection between baseball and Juneteenth may seem weak at first, but they are closely related.

In 1898, San Antonio hosted its first June 16th celebration, and the baseball game was part of the festival.

The San Antonio African American Community Archive Museum (SAAACAM) and the Texas Kidney Foundation (TKF) have been paired in TKF’s annual night and mission fundraising game. The event will also celebrate June 16th to commemorate the players who have contributed to the development of the league. Fundraising will take place on Saturday, June 19th, from 7pm to 10pm at Nelson W. Wolf Municipal Stadium. The ticket is $ 75.

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SAAAACAM & Texas Kidney Foundation Fundraising Activities (SAAAACAM)

Tiffany Jones Smith, CEO of the San Antonio Texas Kidney Foundation, contacted SAAACAM when she wanted to honor her people, and that the annual fundraising activity was always on or near June 19th. I noticed.

“The way we got together and started working on this is that the Texas Kidney Foundation raises missions every year and they auction jerseys for us,” Smith says. “And it’s a really great time. Well, seeing it fall on June 16th every year, I thought we needed to do something to honor people. [SAAACAM] An organization that really maintains the exact history of our people. “

Deborah Omowale Jarmon is the CEO and Director of SAAACAM. She says these fundraising activities are a big problem for both organizations, as most of their services and activities are free to the community. Fundraising events are more elaborate.

In particular, the Night with the Missions fundraising activities will end the night of June 16th, including visits with current and previous players, fireworks, balls and more.

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“It’s this big white tent in the infield, and you’ll pour all the food you can eat, all the beer you can drink and additional liquor,” Jamon said. “We have fireworks and DJs, but we do that because the services we provide to both our community and our target audience are of color. We are most affected by kidney disease. So they both target the same market. “

Books on baseball replicas, souvenirs, and African-American legends, such as Biz Mackey and John Mule Miles, will also be on sale.

“The story of Biz Mackey, who played for the pennant-winning San Antonio Black Ace,” Giant Behind the Plate, “will sell a duplicate San Antonio Black Ace jersey approved by the Negro League Baseball Museum. Please carry the patch with you, “said Jamon. “So we’re doing some cool things.”

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The event aims to be fun and comfortable, but it takes a more serious tone by raising awareness of kidney health in the African-American community.

“The Texas Kidney Foundation has a campaign called Silent but Deadly, which is our main focus,” Smith said. “Because kidney disease is a silent killer, everything else is silent but deadly. One in three people in Texas and across the country is at risk for kidney disease, so we are always at risk. I’m looking for a way to raise awareness about kidney disease. All you have to do is visit silentbutdeadly.org. “

As for what young people should collect from the importance of Juneteenth, both women say that the younger generation should learn from their history.

“As an African-American woman who leads an organization throughout the state, I am the fact that Juneteenth and we were enslaved, and how far away we have been enslaved to gas lamps and enslaved as African-Americans for 400 years. You have to remember how you came, “Smith said. “Our history reminds us that it is one of the most important things we can know about ourselves. If you separate people from their history, you kill them. That’s why it’s important to continue celebrating Juneteenth. “

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Night with the Missions, a baseball fundraiser in San Antonio, celebrates June 16th and raises health awareness

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