ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals recognized 71 area organizations at Busch Stadium on Wednesday during the club's annual grant ceremony, during which they announced that Cardinals Care will distribute $133,000 in grants to these various non-profit groups, all of which do specific work with children.
Many of this year's grant recipients were on-hand for the ceremony, which included speeches from infielder Daniel Descalso, Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III and Michael Hall, the vice president of the team's charitable foundation.
Since Cardinals Care was founded in 1997, it has provided close to $18 million to organizations in nearby communities. Nearly $11 million of those funds have come in the form of cash grant distributions. These grants have impacted over 800 non-profit youth organizations and have helped lead to the construction of 19 baseball fields.
"Cardinals Care is very important for all the guys in the clubhouse," Descalso said. "We appreciate all [they] do to root us on, and this is the least that we can do to give back."
The largest yearly fundraiser for Cardinals Care comes each January, when the organization holds its three-day Winter Warm-Up events downtown. Descalso was one of many players who attended this year.