The Amarillo Sod Poodles, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, and Fairly Group held a joint press conference Wednesday at Hodgetown to announce a new partnership for the upcoming season.
For every home run the Sod Poodles hit in 2019, Fairley Group is donating $800 to the Boys Ranch healthcare account for kids.
“It kind of leaves me speechless,” Boys Ranch Resident Dalyn Palmer said. “Realizing that this is something that paid for a surgery that’s going to affect the rest of my life, and it gets to help other people with the same thing.”
Dalyn can see today thanks to an eye surgery paid for with money from this fund.
The Fairly Group started the healthcare account for Boys Ranch two years ago, now adding baseball to the mix just makes sense.
“Cal Farley came here back in 1925 to play baseball for the Amarillo Gassers,” Cal Farley’s CEO Dan Adams said. “So there’s history of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch being involved in baseball.”
The Fairly Group wants to see as many round-trippers as possible. It even went as far as setting a floor on its donation instead of a ceiling.
“Minimum we’ll give is $80,000, but we’re sure that will well be exceeded,” Fairly Group Marketing Specialist Judt Papenfus said. “Of course we want to encourage the community to, pun intended, pitch in and get on board with this great cause.”
Sod Poodles General Manager Tony Ensor said he expects the team to hit between 100 and 130 home runs this year.
You can track the number of home runs the team hits, or make an individual donation at homerunsforhealthykids.com.